What an Ending!
Great night at U.S. Cellular Field. Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox scored three times — capped by A.J.’s two-run homer — for a dramatic, come-from-behind 5-3 win Saturday night.
The crowd was electric. Just before the bottom of the ninth inning, the ballpark scoreboard replayedthe 1959 video, "Let’s Go Go-Go White Sox" as the fans stood and roared. You could feel the electricty and the momentum switch on a dime.
The team responded. Tad Iguchi had a great at-bat to get things started. Carl Everett singled, and then Aaron Rowand came through with a clutch two-out hit to tie the game. Pierzynski followed with his first career walk-off home run on a 3-2 count.
The Sox wore throwback 1959 jerseys for the game. Reaction in the stands was pretty positive to the look. How did they look on television? After the game, guys in the clubhouse — which was rocking, by the way — signed their game-worn jerseys for Chicago White Sox Charities. The club bought each player an extra jersey as a momento, and guys seem to like how they looked.
The 2005 White Sox mixed with members of the 1959 team before the game. Bill Pierce and Mark Buehrle posed for photographers and each lefty held out his hand showing his pitching grip. Bob Shaw threw the ceremonial first pitch to Buehrle (who might be the only All-Star in MLB to offer his services as a catcher for the ceremonial first pitch).
After the game, most fans stayed for the fireworks show. The Sox go for the sweep tomorrow, but tonight was one of those "no way we should win this game but we do" kind of nights. Makes you believe in magic and karma. Enjoy.
And a happy father’s day to all dads.