Wednesday, October 26, 2005
You can put it on the board, YES! 1-0 SOX, as in WHITE SOX! In a clean sweep, sweep home Chicago. It's been way way way too long, 88 years to be exact. But, the City of Chicago now can add World Series Champion White Sox to the list of great teams from the windy city.
Give credit to Houston and their great team. They easily could have won each and every one of the 4 games they lost. Kudos to the ASTROS - great competitors.
How was it done? SMART BALL. Heart and Effort, Man! The same as it was all year on route to 99 wins. Should have been more like 110 wins, but who cares now? No mas. Ozzie Guillen's boys broke the barrier of the perrenial loser to bring it back to sweet home.
It was done with PITCHING, awesome defense, and timely hitting. It was done with heart, soul, brains, and braun. Make no mistake about it, this was not a power team. But this was a dominating team. They knew how to manufacture runs. OZZIE was the wizard - got love his charisma. They went 11-1 in the post-season. Fitting, that 88 years after Harry Caray was born (1917) the SOX bring it back to the south side for the people of Chicago. No more second city tonight, we are #1!
I remember going to those south-side games at 35th and Shields in the OLD Comiskey Park. What an awesome place. My dad and I always had a great time, despite the fights, the beer falling from the upper-deck, and the naked fans taking showers in right field. That place had character. Then came the new Comiskey (US Cellular Field). At its time in the early 90's, it was state of the art. There is no better ball-park food in baseball than what they serve at Comiskey Park. Dogs, Brats, Sausages, Italian beefs, deep-dish pizzas, and ice-cold Budweiser. Gotta love it!
The strength of this team was its pitching: Buerhle, Garcia, Garland, Contreras, Politte, Cotts, Hernandez, and of course Bobby 'Big-Boy' Jenks! When the experts were writing them off a month ago as the biggest collapse in baseball history, Ozzie kept the boys together through the toughest of times only to lead them back again to the very top of the game. Wow! What an amazing year!
Give credit to the front office as well: Kenny Williams made some big moves in the off-season after losing Ordonez and Lee. Kudos to Jerry Reinsdorf (the boy from Brooklyn) as well. Then, the BIG HURT goes down with a broken foot in July. What an awesome squad: Konerko, Rowand, Crede, Uribe, and Jermaine Dye (WS MVP). Best record in MLB history over the past 3 weeks. What a way to close it all out! Kudos to the entire organization.
For the North Side, West Side, and the South SIDE this win was for you! Watch out Daley, Guillen wants your Mayor's seat. Jimbo's Bar on the South Side is going to be Rockin' for a long time. What a great atmosphere. What a great Sport's town. Na Na Na Na, Na Na Na Na, hey hey hey.....Good Bye!
This won was for Harry Caray, Bill Veck, showers in the bleachers, those who hated disco, Bo Jackson, and most of all the fans of Chicago. What a genuine team - just like the folks from the windy city. This party will go on for a long time tonight.