We Did It!
Friday, October 7, 2005, 11:03 pm ET
Brita Meng Outzen / MLB.com
Put that one on the board!
Congratulations to all those White Sox fans as your (our) team captured its first postseason series since 1917. How sweet it is …
So typical of the team that you would struggle to choose a Division Series MVP. Konerko (two homers), AJ, Iguchi, Jenks, Contreras, El Duque … all merit consideration.
To a man, our clubhouse tonight was in awe of Orlando Hernandez’s performance in the sixth inning (and beyond). Bases loaded and no outs .. clutch, clutch, clutch. As GM Kenny Williams entered the postgame clubhouse celebration, El Duque met him with a cigar and a smile, saying "I told you El Duque could do it. I told you." (Think Waterboy)
As Ozzie pointed out after the game, only El Duque has that type of postseason experience and poise. Ozzie went on to explain that if he had taken McCarthy instead of El Duque, not one pitcher in our bullpen would have entered this series with playoff experience. Heavily debated and criticized by some, the move paid huge dividends tonight.
Celebrate Good Times
Enjoy this moment. At the team party following the game, Roland Hemond told a crowd of about 200 staff, players and employees to savor this experience. "Enjoy it," he said. "Appreciate it. Caress it. Tonight, we own Boston! Tonight, we own Chicago."
Everyone in attendance then toasted the victory.
It was very cool of so many players — most of the roster — to stop by the party and join in the festivities.
Not Done Yet
To quote Joey Cora, "I’m not ready to celebrate yet. We’re not done."
How about that 3-2 pitch Hernandez threw to get Graffanino in the sixth inning?
Hey, What Do You Know?
We actually led off SportsCenter tonight. And now Jeff Brantley likes us. Will wonders ever cease?
Sox fans in attendance could not say enough about how courteous and friendly the Red Sox fans were after the game. One complimented me on our team and then added, "Beat those Yankees … or Angels."
White Sox fans stayed well after the game, celebrating around our dugout. Players came back out to join the fans, the team posed for an impromptu team photo and Mark Buehrle sprayed the fans with champagne. How great for our players to share the moment with our fans?
Some have noticed that one version of the Division Championship t-shirt on sale at the ballpark omits Joe Crede’s name from the roster. The shirts were produced by an MLB supplier at the time Joe was on the disabled list, so when they pulled the roster for the t-shirt, his name did not show up.
Just prior to game time, Joe was busy with a white magic marker adding his name to thousands of shirts. We figured they would be worth more this way.
"It’s not always the best team that wins, it’s the team that gets the hottest." — Tim Wakefield.
Tim must have missed those 99 victories and the combined 102-63 record. We’re just hot right now.
Forgot This Yesterday
On the bus ride back to the hotel after the workout, one player snagged Man So Lee’s English/Korean computer translator. You can imagine the words guys inputed as everyone roared with laughter as a semi sexy female voice repeated the words out loud. Maybe you had to be there, but it was funny.
Best Press Box Quote of the Night
From a national reporter:
"Do you think Jay Mariotti will rip the White Sox in his column tomorrow for choking and not winning this series in two games?"
Each day, I try to jot down notes and ideas for this blog on a sheet of folded notebook paper. Tonight, I am trying to read the ink since it was smeared by champagne. I like this problem.
John Wayne was watching tonight’s game on television from Chicago.
To White Sox Fans Everywhere, Enjoy Tonight. You have earned it. Your team is going to the American League Championship Series.
Sweet Caroline. Oh-Oh-Oh.