Game 2

Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 1:23 pm

Tuesday Leftovers

Contreras_2

Someone remarked that it was sure nice to have "Havana" type weather for Jose Contreras’ start yesterday.

Was it just me or did it seem like a huge weight was lifted off our fans’ shoulders?

So much for "small ball."

After the five-run first inning, my first thought was how slow the next eight innings were going to go.

I joked with Scott Podsednik about the amount of attention his home run received.  "It’s not like it was my first career home run," he said, laughing.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one other player in MLB history, with 500 at-bats in a season, hit his first home run in DS, LCS or WS play.  Can you name him? (Answer later)

Ozzie on his reaction to Tadahito Iguchi’s throwing to third base to catch Kevin Millar:   "No! No! No! … nice play."

Today’s Lineup

Pods, LF … Iguchi, 2B … Dye, RF … Konerko, 1B … Everett, DH … Rowand, CF … AJ, C … Crede, 3B … Uribe, SS … Buehrle, LHP.

Sox SupportDocrivers

Chicago native and current Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers courageously admitted to being a life-long White Sox fan.  Since, he will likely need some South-Side love, drop Doc an email of support.  He probably won’t be feeling much love from Red Sox fans right now.

White Sox vs. Wells

Career Batting numbers against Boston’s starter today:

Uribe, 2-3, .667

Crede, 4-9, .444

Pods, 2-4, .500

Rowand, 2-6, .333

Dye, 6-28, .214

Everett, 5-23, .217, 1 HR, 4 RBI

Konerko, 3-14, .214, RBI

Iguchi, 0-3

Widger, 3-11, .273, 1 RBI

32 Comments

For your trivia question, I guessed Ozzie Smith in 1985, but then I looked it up and he had 6 HRs that year, so I’m wrong.

Why are there not Standing room only tickets? GO SOX

What a great game to watch yesterday! My dad and I had to pay a bit of a premium for our outfield seats, but we felt it was worth every penny. The atmosphere was great, high fives all-around, and I think our fans made themselves heard during the entire game with enthusiasm.

I just wish they could have put some of the runs from yesterday into the bank today, but you can’t have everything. I just hope the bats are just as lively today.

I think the Sox must have sold standing room only tickets because there were people standing along the entire lower and upper decks from what we could see.

Lets not let our guard down and keep the intensity where it was yesterday!

hi guys, i’m back from phoenix, where i watched the game with my 91 year old dad. great show! i too hope we have a few more runs left in our bats, and i agree with dbrussa from yesterday who was pleased to see so many posts from new people. and there’s no moaning or complaining either. i must be in the twilight zone or dreaming. if so, i hope i don’t wake up until oct. 30th. go white sox!!! j.k. in tucson……later.

Why I believe the answer to your trivia question is none other than former White Sox Lance “One Dog” Johnson in 1993. That’s my guess.

Speaking of Lance, I will always remember Hawk and Wimpy calling the games and Lance running in for a catch with “Never Fear, One Dog is Here”

It probably happened before i was born… or at least old enough to really remember. But i’d guess 1-dog, since it’d be too fitting.

Hope to see a gem from mark tonight.

And Freddy on the road and in the daytime for game three… are you thinking what i’m thinking???

let’s just stick with one game at a time… GO SOX!!!

What a great game yesterday! The crowd was awesome and the energy was insane. I loved it!!!

I wish I could’ve gotten tix for today but I will be watching. GO SOX!!!

Where’s the email address for Doc Rivers??? Go White Sox!!

Paul Nelson

Auburn, WA

JK..if anyone found ANYTHING to complain about after yesterday’s game…. they have more issues that we can address on the blog =) Let’s strap it down and do this!! -Dawn

HAAAAAAAAAAY , THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT, WHAT A NICE FIFTH INNING, COME ON LETS KEEP IT UP AND WE CAN THE SECOND ONE AS WELL.. GO SOX.. WHAT A NICE HOMER BY IGUCHI AND WHAT A GOOD NIGHT FOR EVERETT. COME ON LETS DO IT.. WIN OR DIE TRYING, BUT OF COURSE WE ONLY LOVE TO WIN.. GO WHITE SOX, GO SOX, GO SOX…

I AM HAVING MY HAND ON MY HEART AS I SEE JENKS GETTING READY TO PITCH IN THE NINTH…. THIS IS A HARD SITUATION FOR A YOUNG PITCHER LIKE HIM SO IT IS A LITTLE SCARY, BUT HOPEFULLT HE WILL DO IT… GO SOX…

YAH BABY, WE DID IT,, WE R IN, ALMOST.. WHAT A GREAT NIGHT THAT WAS FULL OF FUN AND GREAT PLAYS .. GREAT PLAYS BY OUR DEFENSE, AND WHAT A GREAT PITCHING OUR GUYS DID… MARK WAS SHARP MOST OF THE TIME WITH SOME MISTAKES, AND BOBBY WAS GREAT FOR A FIRST TIME IN THE PLAYOFFS,, GREAT GAME, AND LETS LOOK FOR THE SWEEP.. GO SOX..

YEAH BABY!!!!! man, INTENSE!!!
they’ll get’r done on friday!! great job sox!!!!

iguchi – you da man!!

how about that, pitching and errorrless defense Wins the day. I’d like to thank Matt “once a cub, always a cub” Clement, and Tony “Bill Buckner” Graffanino for games one and two. Sure the pale hose had something to do with it, but ESPN and the trib will never admit it.
Freddy game 3 right? makes sense, bad *** in the daylight, bad *** on the road. Garland gets game 4 or more likely game 1 v. NYY or LAAofA.

I want the Yankees.

HEY , CAN THEY PUT THE GAME ON MUTE, I WOULD RATHER TO HEAR JUST THE FANS YELLING THAN TO HEAR THOSE IDIOTS ON ESPN. IT WAS VERY EASY TO NOTICE THAT THEY LIKE THE RED SOX. THEY KEPT SAYING ” oh well they can come back like they did last year crab BLAH BLAH BLAH” THAY ONLY SAY BS, AND THEY CAN’T ADMITT THAT WE R THE BEST SO FAR.. SO PLZ TELL WGN , OR ANYBODY ELSE TO DO WHAT EVER TO MUTE THOSE GUYS.. AND HEY THANX TO WGN FOR BRINGING US THE GAMES…… LETS SWEEP AND LETS GET IT DONE,,, GO SOX GO SOX GO SOX GO SOX…..

As amazing as this win was tonight- as great as it was seeing Graffanino miss that ball and Guch hit that HUGE home run- NOTHING was better than seeing Mark give Tadahito that huge bear hug. THAT is what being a team is all about- and THAT is why I love the White Sox. Thanks for another great win!

Lemme tell you, what was almost, ALMOST as wonderful as the win tonight was being at a bar in Providence, RI, and watching everyone’s smiles drop so suddenly in the fifth. The Red Sox fans were talking about how they’ve come back before in bigger deficits, of course, but I’m not convinced at all that any of them believe they can pull it off. Tonight was fun, especially for this White Sox fan trapped in New England. Go White Sox!

I’ve got a fist-sized hole in the wall and a pissed off girlfriend but I’ve never felt better. That was amazing. We don’t win those type of games, right? After the third, I was screaming obscenities so loud, I got my upstairs neighbors stomping on their floor. After the fifth I was screaming obscenities once again, galloping around my little apartment. What an epic comeback!

Mark you showed a lot of grit and determination. It takes a real man to pull it together when the going gets tough like that.

A big White Sox thank you to Tony G. We still love you in Chicago!

Oh Yeah Oh Yeah Oh Yeah!!!!!

I am still not breathing!!

GO SOX!!!

Where do I start…GOOCH…Iguchi, Iguchi! Katobase Iguchi!! I agree with bconrad..seeing Buerhle come and nearly tackle Iguchi from behind is what this team is about. What a great bunch of guys. I do feel sorry for Tony G. I always liked him when he was on our bench, and was pleased to see him get a chance to play everyday, which he wouldn’t here…3 errors in 233 attempts is great..just happened at a bad time. However, he redeemed himself, and if the almighty wonder bats of the Sox can’t bring him home from second with 1 out…well, that says it all, doesn’t it! I’m sure I’m getting ahead of myself, but..I WANT the Yankees. I know we can take them, and what joy it would give to beat them!! GO GO SOX!!! -Dawn

Went to the game last night and all I can say is “Wonderful!!!” That was the best game I’ve been to in my life as a White Sox fan. So loud too! It was a very sketchy first couple of innings, but then everything came together. If there are still doubters out there, then there is no way they can not believe now. Go Go White Sox!!

Incredible amount of poise and defiance by Buerhle and Jenks last night. Tadahito was waiting for that hammer. According to Walker, he set the pitching machine for a Wells-like curve and spent most of bp hitting curveballs. That’s preparation. I can’t believe Wells had the audacity to throw the same pitch back-to-back. I agree with bconrad and dbrusa about Mark embracing Tadahito. That was a special moment. Perhaps the only player more happy to see that 3-run homer off Boomer was his old buddy Frank. Keep the focus fellas. We heading into the belly of the beast.

TICKET PROBLEM: Scott, the links from Whitesox.com to Ticketmaster for playoff tickets were not working today. One could only access Ticketmaster from its own list of events. It took me 7 minutes to figure out what was wrong. By then it was too late. So people who tried to link from whitesox.com didn’t get tickets. Who are those people? White Sox fans. And people who went directly to Ticketmaster did get tickets. Who are those people? Not White Sox fans. Bummer.

Scott: The link worked fine from WhiteSox.com, the user just needed to take off the pop up blocker so that it could launch a new browser. Go SOX!!

Did anyone screw up the courage to actually LISTEN to “Bummer”Berman last night when the grounder scooted under Graffanino’s glove? I swear he was channeling Santo the day that Brant Brown dropped the fly ball in Milwaukee…
Now,to the game itself…Buehrle usually has a rough spot or two early on, then settles down—he did the same last night…The grounder that went under the glove? That play is seen so many times during the course of a regular season, nobody thinks much about it–till it comes to post season,when the collars get a lot tighter and every miscue is magnified twenty times larger than actual size…A good team takes advantage of such plays by making the other team pay through the nose…And Iguchi’s liner into the bullpen was the rhinoplasty job delivered to the Bo-Sox… The first thought I had when he was rounding the bases was for Wells, and it was simply *********************!!!”

And it was a gutsy move by Ozzie to keep Jenks in to get a two-inning save…I can recall when Jerry Manuel sent Foulke out too many times in the same situation, only to have it fall apart…But, all’s well that ends well.

Dawn, don’t get the cart ahead of the horse…The perfect scenario would be for Freddy and the boys to keep their foot on the throat of the Carmines as they are down on the ground writhing…Then the next step would be for the Yank-mes and the Halos to kill each other, with the series going the distance in la-la land Sunday night…Whomever wins then would have to come in on the red-eye to Chi-town to face a rested bunch of Pale Hose…then,in the famous words of Doris Day,”que sera sera—what will be, will be”

And to you,willchase.johnson, my condolences to you,sir,sitting there in the middle of Rhode Island watching and rooting silently lest you be burned at the stake by the Puritans…Maybe we can all chip in and send a Democrat up there to join you.

In closing,with regards to Friday’s game…if Wakefield throws the same kind of batting practice that he did to the Yank-mes last Saturday(especially the one that A-Rod hit onto the offramp of the Mass Turnpike),then the celebration will be on as of, maybe,7 PM Central Time…The defending World Champs will not go quietly, but I think their last gasps were expended last night…

Just blogged in to Red Sox Chick with the immortal words of “Dandy Don”Meredith, should the final shovel of dirt be poured on tomorrow…”TURN OUT THE LIGHTS,THE PARTY’S OVER…THEY SAY THAT ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END…”

However, let us be humble in victory and gracious to the vanquished…my foot, they’d pour it on if they were in our shoes…

I have the feeling that Red Sox Nation is p***** off that this year’s “gang of idiots” is beating last year’s “idiots”…well, let’s just see if that’s right…

Awesome game Tuesday! awesome game last night! Talk about a pump! Mark pitched a **** tough game and hats off to Jenks – can’t imagine how he felt out there. Iguchi and the rest of the team too. I also think a lot of folks overlooked Rowand’s performance in center field – he rocked out there! Regarding tix, Scott – I know I bitched and moaned about the online ALDS tix and one guy posted something about having trouble w today’s sales. FYI to give feedback where its due – I was very fortunate to get tix today thru whitesox.com and did NOT encounter the same strange error msgs that I saw last time. At least it appeared that the process worked better this time (from others I spoke to as well) and folks were less suspect that someone had an ‘in’ on the system and was hoarding rather than fans having an equal oppty. GO WHITE SOX!!!!!!

hi all! what a game yesterday! i was hoping that we could peck away after two runs scored in the 5th, but what happened turned out better, much better. i’m visiting my daughter in ky. and thought maybe i would come up next week for a game. how much would i be looking at for a single ticket, and where would i go to get it? thanks and go white sox!!! j.k. in tucson…..

I’m highly disappointed. I tried so hard to get tickets for the next round but it was not meant to be. Regarding game 3 with Wakefield pitching, I understand the White Sox have a minor league pitcher who throws the knuckle ball. Wouldn’t it make sense to have that pitcher or perhaps even Charlie Hough throw batting practice? When I batted against that type of pitcher, I stood in the very front of the box so I hit the ball before it broke. Since the ball is so slow, it was almost like slow-pitch softball. Also, it’s very unlikely Iguchi will play in game 3. Ozzie has not allowed him to face Wakefield since no one in Japan throws that pitch.

i have 2 partial season ticket passes so i get 2 tickets to game one. i think that season ticket holders should have the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public. i would have liked to get another ticket for my brother but now he will have to stay home. who pays the bills around here anyway? i am the one with tickets in april when there is 5,000 people. now all of those people get to go to the games and my brother has to sit at home? not fair. on to other matters-go sox! i was at games 1 and 2 and they were wonderful games. ive been a fan since 83 and i have to say that even though i liked the players better on the 83 and 93 teams, this team has an actual ligit shot at winning it all. if that happens i can die a happy man. if someone has an extra ticket for game one email me il buy it. thanks

For Doc Rivers – You are truly a Celtic in the highest traditions of that team. As a lifelong (I’m 50) Celtics fan & Massachusetts resident, you’ll get no grief from me for rooting for the White Sox. We were all thrilled by the Red Sox success last year, I see a great similarity in team spirit to this years White Sox team. They deserve to go all the way. I had the privilige of seeing a game in the old Cominskey park in 1980 right after Mount Saint Helens erupted. It was against the Twins.It will always be something special that I was there while the late Bill Veek still owned the team. OK, Doc, now it’s your turn with The Green!

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