White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is entering his 31st and final year in the Majors, and at 50 years of age, is eligible to become a member of the American Association of Retired Pauls.

“Technically I’ll be on the big league roster, but for all intents and purposes I retired last year,” said Konerko. “By joining AARP, I get the same discounts at Denny’s, Jewel-Osco and other local businesses that people like Paul Molitor and Paul Simon enjoy.”

Added Konerko: “It’s just a great way to save money in my twilight years. I can even score a discount on a Hover Round, which will be a real help this year in the event I get some part-time work at first. I’m allowed to work up to five hours per week and still be in AARP, by the way.”

The former All-Star and potential Hall of Famer is also excited about participating in such AARP sponsored events as “Pauls To The Wall,” where a group of retired Pauls visit China and take a tour of The Great Wall.