Off Day Thoughts

Monday, October 24, 2005, 5:41 pm

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Game 2 Leftovers

Two amazing moments last night … Paul Konerko’s grand slam and Scott Podsednik’s game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.  For White Sox fans, both will forever be "Where were you when" moments.

October Heroes

If postseason makes heroes, then PK and Pods are in the pantheon.

Perry_1Steve Perry

Is now a card-carrying member of the White Sox.  After last night’s game, Steve and his friend, Dan, visited the celebrating Sox, who convinced the former Journey rocker to come to Houston for the next three games.

Big Hug

Ozzie Guillen looked for closer Bobby Jenks immediately after Podsednik’s home run.  "I slapped him and told him to forget tonight," Guillen said.  "The next time we are in a save situation, you will be in the game."

Home Run Balls

Pods got his ball back from a group of four guys who exchanged the ball for three autographed baseballs and a signed bat.  Arrangements are being made to get Paul’s home run ball when the team returns to Chicago.

"Was that one for Nicholas," Phyllis Merhige of MLB asked Paul in the postgame interview room.  He just smiled.

Pods and the Hall

The Baseball Hall of Fame asked for Scott Podsednik’s bat from last night’s home run.  The leadoff hitter will donate it after the series.  Right now, it is safely stored in clubhouse manager Vince Fresso’s trunk.  Pods has two more bats of the same make and model, so as long as they don’t break in the next two games, all is well.

Not Like Sox Fans

Apparently as last night’s game ended, a fan sitting behind some Astros families slapped Craig Biggio’s wife across the back of her head.  He was grabbed by fans (Craig even laughed that his wife ran him down … "He picked the wrong New Jersey woman …"), Sox security and MLB security.  The Biggios decided not to press charges (and we cannot), but the events still left a bad taste for Ozzie Guillen and the Sox.

Ozzie went over to the Astros clubhouse today to apologize on behalf of the Sox.

Biggio was incredibly gracious and understanding and blamed no one for the actions of one idiot.

Podsatmmp

Workout

Cool and windy today in Houston.  If you were in the sun, it felt nice.  With the ballpark empty, the left field fence did not seem that close.  Everyone says it is much different when the ballpark fills up.

Open or Closed, Boxers or Briefs

A big issue today was whether or not the ballpark’s roof would be closed or open for the games.  MLB and the Commissioner are involved.  It seems the ballpark is much louder with the roof closed (brilliant deduction, don’t you think), so the Astros want it closed.  MLB’s position, as I understand it, is that they want to remove gamesmanship from an event like the World Series.  During the season, the rule of thumb is to open it if the temperature is under 80 degrees (and there is no threat of rain), so that argument is that it should be open for these games.  Stay tuned.

Sox Fans

Plenty of Sox fans headed this way for the games, including three flights full of Sox families and employees.  Rumor has it that several hundred Ozzie masks will make the trip to Texas, as well.

SharkFatigue

We arrived last night/this morning at 4 am and worked out from 1 to 2:15.  Can’t speak for the players, but I am tired (blogging takes a great deal out of you).  I feel like a shark.  If I stop moving or stop talking on the cell phone for 10 minutes, I will fall asleep.

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Scott..Thanks again for the update. Last nite was truly magical!..I was on the right field line hanging with the crew chief…I turned to the guy next to me when Paulie came up and said..”If Paulie jacks this one…this place will be up for grabs”..no sooner do I turn my head back towards the field do I see the pitched released and PK put it where it belongs. WHAT A WEEK FOR PK!! God says..have a son..and oh yeah..here’s a grand slam!! Pods..so happy for that guy..defines perseverance!! What was classic was the hugging of complete strangers but yet family..knowing this was ONE SPECIAL MOMENT we wish we could put in a bottle. When I saw Buerhle’s reaction and Aaron’s on the big screen and at home…the true sincerity and “TEAM” of this group almost chokes you up….I am so happy for THEM!! Keep up the good work and THANK YOU!!!…2 more baby..2 MORE!!!

Absolutely amazing last night! Considering watching the whole thing again tonight, (i’m taping all the games for long cold winter evenings to come). Can’t describe this feeling of elation… yes, there IS crying in baseball! I too am headed to Houston on a business trip tomorrow morning, unfortunately with empty hands for WS tickets but I’ll be watchin from my hotel room. Considering taking my newly acquired copy of ‘Lets go go go White Sox’ cd, to play when we win again.

Bring another home Jon!

Well folks, popped in the astro world guest book, seems there a few starting to sound like some recent angel fans we came across.. still seriously trying to figure out the whole ‘cheater’ thing when it’s not our decision or up to us what the ump calls. Did Dye get hit.. don’t know.. but again, it’s not OUR call.. frustrated in being called that.. oh wait, i think they handed us the ball and MADE us win.. give me a break.. sorry to vent, just pisses me off!

GO SOX!

Roadtripping today in connection with work, and headed to southern Wisconsin..just before passing the border, they have one of those overhead traffic related signs…This morning, I was 21 miles from South Beloit, and GO SOX GO! was also evident. A welcome surprise so far from the city. Brilliance runs all over the state these days =)

Scott, no falling asleep now…you can sleep all you want in a few days ;) 2 more games!!

Scott…
I was at the game on Saturday night and saw Cliff Politte drinking an XS Energy Drink. I was then watching the game on sunday on tv and saw in the background another can of XS. Any idea who on the team has the ability to order those drinks or who they get them from? It was a pleasant suprise to see guys drinking the energy drinks.

Pinch me – Because I think I’m dreaming.
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When Pods came up to bat last night, I told my son it was time for a home run. He said “No, Mom (insert exasperated 12 year old sigh here)- Scott does not hit home runs. He will get a base hit and Tadahito will move him around – just like always.” HA! Sometimes Moms get it right. Thanks Scott P for the home run and thanks to you, Scott, for making this behind the scenes look at our favorite team so enjoyable. Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m hoping for another White Sox win as my present. Go, Go, GO WHITE SOX!!

I was at Game 2 last night and it was truly magical.

What’s not so magical, however, is the increase in parking fees. I was parked in the farthest lot (which is unpaved and has many weeds that are starting to resemble small trees) and I still had to pay the full fee. Scott, any chance they could pave that back lot sometime? Does anyone from the team go back there and look at how bad it’s gotten? It’s a travesty that you pay that much money to park on such garbage.

Thanks again for such a great job on the blog! I love reading this. GO SOX GO!

lpfinearts:

1. Feel lucky you did get a spot.

2. Feel lucky it wasn’t $$$$$.

3. It is a small price to pay to be at the World Series (If you were lucky enough not to pay serious cash (Ie face value) for a ticket, then paying a little extra for parking is nothing!).

Walking around Bridgeport I saw signs upwards of $60 to park. $60! I remember those same areas going for $15 during the season… The entire southside area is raking in the fees for the game… Same goes for the t-shirt/extra vendors. They were chanrging an arm and a leg for World Series gear, championship shirts were going for like $30!!!! I am guessing if you went other places it would be cheaper. Again, the ‘economy’ of a World Series/major event!

GO SOX!!!

Oh, yes…the hugging of complete strangers after #22’s home run at the Cell ranks as a top moment of attending such a tremendous tremendous game. The atmosphere was just unbelievable. I wish the excitement could be bottled up and opened on snowy days in January when everyone is suffering from baseball withdrawal.

I am sooooo excited about going to the United Center Wednesday and being with the rest of the White Sox fan nation while the team plays in the Houston juice box. I feel more hugging of instant White Sox family members is on the way!

…been watching the news today and heard that the guy who has Paulie’s ball was only considering giving it back to Konerko if he asked for it – otherwise he’d probably sell it at a premium. The interview was kind of pretentious ending with “…I’ve got 2 kids to put through college.” Scott, I hope you are right that Paul is going to get his ball back when the team returns to Chicago. If I win the MegaMillions Tuesday night, I’ll call the guy & buy the ball then send it over for free. That ball only belongs to Paulie.

Here’s to a winning Game 3!

Go White Sox!

Pride of the South Side!

Anastasia, Thanks for mentioning that…I have to get this off my chest, and if I’m in the minority, so be it. This guy is a world class jerk. Two kids to put through college..lots of people do. If he hadn’t been fortunate enough to snag that ball, where would he be then. That ball means more to Paulie than money. IT IS HIS AND SHOULD BE RETURNED. Now, should Paulie choose to reward this guy for his kindness of heart, so be it. To essentially hold this over Paulie’s head with those comments, is essentially extortion, in my humble opinion. If I had caught that ball…the exhiliration and feeling of being able to meet Paulie and turn the ball over in person would be enough. To have in my memory, and to have the story to tell my grandkids of how I caught the ball, how I was part of history, and “did the right thing”…well that’s all a true Sox fan would need. Again, this may not be a widespread view, but it just feels right. Let’s make it 3 tonight GO GO SOX!! -Dawn

I feel ya Dawn. The ball should be given back to Paulie and the guy should get some great collectibles from PK. Meeting him and getting a bat would be more than enough for me. I was at that game and this is my first opportunity to post since then. What a game!!! I wasn’t worried the entire time. Somehow I felt that the Sox would come back, even after they tied it up against Bobby. The whole place went nuts after the homers. High 5’s were being thrown around by complete strangers. What an amazing feeling. I can’t wait for tonight’s game. After the game I was listening to the radio and they kept replaying the homers. They replayed local and national broadcasts. The best part was hearing dumbsh!t McCarver saying that Lidge has that bad taste out of his mouth from Phat Albert P. The words weren’t even fully out of his mouth when PK drilled that first pitch out of the park. Now what do you have to say McCarver??? Oh wait, you’ve got your foot in your mouth.

I have commented in this blog a few times. Scott – could you please send me a (more)private address? There have been several newspaper articles about the Sox and myself lately, from newspapers in various parts of the U.S. as well as the middle east, remarking on how I am the only Sox fan within a thousand miles, or to that effect. Thought the Sox might like to see them. David Bar-Dov, Israel

Call me the bleeding heart…but I’d be selling that ball too. I’ve got 4 kids, and I would buy them a batting cage and machine…and then give the rest of the $ to WorldVision.org . 24,000 people die of starvation related illness EVERY DAY, and most of them are children. Check out “ipaid.org”

If I got a chance to make a dent in that I couldn’t pass it up just b/c I love Paulie and Sox.

Tough call with keeping the ball, selling it, or giving it back. (though if you had both PK and SP homerun ball that would be even worse of a decision!)

Regardless though I am guessing that if you were up front about it and said hey Paul I understand about the ball here you go, most likely he would give you some schwag for it. (Honestly what would the actual home run ball mean to you? If you caught it that would be awesome, the ball doesn’t really have any value)

1. You get to meet an all star and general hero for Chicago.

2. You could sell the stuff you get in return for the ball. I am guessing if the guy was nice about it, he probably could get a signed jersey/bat/ball/etc… which might rake in a good amount anyway.

3. If it got around that you didn’t give the ball back you *might* be recognized on the street and have some crazy person attack you because of some werid thought passing through their head and recognizing you! (yeah it is crazy, but some other fan smacked Biggio’s wife in the head during the game just for being a Astros fan! Imagine if you were targeted!)

So yeah, personally I would give the ball back. I think most people have some sort of sob story they could use for the ball, selling it, getting the money… But still depends on the type of person you are… (Considering he was at the game, maybe he wants to make up for how much money he spent on tickets!)

The players should ALWAYS be given the homerun balls back if they want them. I’d ask to give it to them myself and would gladly accept a team signed ball or bat, but I’d definitely give them their momento. The guy who caught Paulie’s homerun is making White Sox fans look bad as is the person who slapped Mrs. Biggio.

Tough call with keeping the ball, selling it, or giving it back. (though if you had both PK and SP homerun ball that would be even worse of a decision!)

Regardless though I am guessing that if you were up front about it and said hey Paul I understand about the ball here you go, most likely he would give you some schwag for it. (Honestly what would the actual home run ball mean to you? If you caught it that would be awesome, the ball doesn’t really have any value)

1. You get to meet an all star and general hero for Chicago.

2. You could sell the stuff you get in return for the ball. (Might not be worth as much, but honestly how much do you think you would get for the ball?)

3. If it got around that you didn’t give the ball back you *might* be recognized on the street and have some crazy person attack you because of some werid thought passing through their head and recognizing you! (yeah it is crazy, but some other fan smacked Biggio’s wife in the head during the game just for being a Astros fan! Imagine if you were targeted!)

So yeah, personally I would give the ball back. I think most people have some sort of sob story they could use for the ball, selling it, getting the money… But still depends on the type of person you are… (Considering he was at the game, maybe he wants to make up how much money he spent on tickets!)

Tough call with keeping the ball, selling it, or giving it back. (though if you had both PK and SP homerun ball that would be even worse of a decision!)

Regardless though I am guessing that if you were up front about it and said hey Paul I understand about the ball here you go, most likely he would give you some schwag for it. (Honestly what would the actual home run ball mean to you? If you caught it that would be awesome, the ball doesn’t really have any value)

1. You get to meet an all star and general hero for Chicago.

2. You could sell the stuff you get in return for the ball. (Might not be worth as much, but honestly how much do you think you would get for the ball?)

3. If it got around that you didn’t give the ball back you *might* be recognized on the street and have some crazy person attack you because of some werid thought passing through their head and recognizing you! (yeah it is crazy, but some other fan smacked Biggio’s wife in the head during the game just for being a Astros fan! Imagine if you were targeted!)

So yeah, personally I would give the ball back. I think most people have some sort of sob story they could use for the ball, selling it, getting the money… But still depends on the type of person you are… (Considering he was at the game, maybe he wants to make up how much money he spent on tickets!)

Here’s hoping that Mrs. Biggio is alright. Hope that idiot gets some kind of punishment.

list@f-ox.com:

1) I definitely paid serious bucks (more than face value) for my game ticket, although of course it was worth every penny.

2) I am simply trying to draw attention to the parking lot situation, which may have been overlooked between all the other great improvements to US Cellular Field. I go to a lot of games during the regular season (10+), and paying $17 to park on what is quickly becoming a forest is pretty disappointing.

I applaud the Sox on all they have done to improve the park (it is the nicest in the majors, I think). I can’t wait to see it when all the seats are green again, as they should be! :)

Christy

Thoughts while awaiting Game Three…. Yes,the fan with his arm in a sling is,unfortunately,representative of the culture in which we live,i.e.,”Where’s mine?”… For that kind of attitude,this jamoke is lucky he doesn’t have his neck in a sling to go along with his arm….maybe he has signed Scott Boras to be his agent….
Second, to the jerk who slapped Mrs Biggio…THANKS A LOT,IDIOT! You deserve just what you may get,including five minutes alone in Oswaldo’s office,with the door locked from the outside…White Sox Nation needs that kind of behavior like we need a third eye…

Next on the docket…I like fine wine,a Merlot,a Pino Gregiot(sic),a Reisling….what I don’tike is the WHINE that comes from the Southwest Juice Box and its tenants….”WE WANT THE ROOF CLOSED,WE WANT THE ROOF CLOSED!!!”

Could it be that the ‘Stros realize that during 2005,there are 34-27(I believe)with the roof on and 15-11 with natural effects provided by the “higher authority”….In other words, they want things their way…. but they should realize,like Sox fans wanting tickets,that this is a production of MLB(Bud Selig and the “usual gang of idiots”)and what MLB says,goes…

I think for what Brad Ausmus said in the clubhouse yesterday,to the effect that MLB ought to be ashamed of themselves,dictating policy to the Astros this far along in the season, he may find a nice little note from the Lords of Discipline,relieving him of a couple of dollars for insubordination….We’ll see…

As to tonight,I have the lineup down on the scoresheet already….no C Everett at the start,but if needed off the bench,definitely…. To think about Mr Oswalt,I don’t think the lineup will be intimidated…They’ve faced Johan Santana and others who are the “next big thing”,and if they concentrate,they should be fine… Garland just needs to have the same stuff he had in Anaheim and whatever he had in the simulated game conditions here….

If things go the way they have the last few contests,tomorrow shapes up to be most interesting….

Till then…..

Thoughts while awaiting Game Three…. Yes,the fan with his arm in a sling is,unfortunately,representative of the culture in which we live,i.e.,”Where’s mine?”… For that kind of attitude,this jamoke is lucky he doesn’t have his neck in a sling to go along with his arm….maybe he has signed Scott Boras to be his agent….
Second, to the jerk who slapped Mrs Biggio…THANKS A LOT,IDIOT! You deserve just what you may get,including five minutes alone in Oswaldo’s office,with the door locked from the outside…White Sox Nation needs that kind of behavior like we need a third eye…

Next on the docket…I like fine wine,a Merlot,a Pino Gregiot(sic),a Reisling….what I don’tike is the WHINE that comes from the Southwest Juice Box and its tenants….”WE WANT THE ROOF CLOSED,WE WANT THE ROOF CLOSED!!!”

Could it be that the ‘Stros realize that during 2005,there are 34-27(I believe)with the roof on and 15-11 with natural effects provided by the “higher authority”….In other words, they want things their way…. but they should realize,like Sox fans wanting tickets,that this is a production of MLB(Bud Selig and the “usual gang of idiots”)and what MLB says,goes…

I think for what Brad Ausmus said in the clubhouse yesterday,to the effect that MLB ought to be ashamed of themselves,dictating policy to the Astros this far along in the season, he may find a nice little note from the Lords of Discipline,relieving him of a couple of dollars for insubordination….We’ll see…

As to tonight,I have the lineup down on the scoresheet already….no C Everett at the start,but if needed off the bench,definitely…. To think about Mr Oswalt,I don’t think the lineup will be intimidated…They’ve faced Johan Santana and others who are the “next big thing”,and if they concentrate,they should be fine… Garland just needs to have the same stuff he had in Anaheim and whatever he had in the simulated game conditions here….

If things go the way they have the last few contests,tomorrow shapes up to be most interesting….

Till then…..

I agree on every level…This guy who is “soooo concerned about paying for his children’s college”, perhaps should have put the money he paid for his ticket to that cause???

I’m not afraid of Oswalt and I’m sure our guys feel the same way…we’ve faced great pitchers this year..some with better stuff than his.

Tomquaid, try Toasted Head by RH Phillips for a nice merlot and chardonnay =)

That peice of **** that slapped Biggio’s wife should be tarred-and-feathered. Forget the fact you should be enjoying the game. What self-respecting man hits a woman, period. What are you auditioning for the Ligue family or something? Good to see real fans like him and Bernie Mac in attendance. You make us so proud.

Dawn…thank you,dear,for the recommendation….My youngest nephew is in the restaurant trade,I’ll see if he knows about that….Hmmm, Toasted Head by RH Phillips….sounds like a Stephen King type of book….
Speaking of books(boy,is this kid the prince of segues or not?),if the Miracle of 35th and Shields(trademark still patent pending)does come through,how many of the boys will put their thoughts through the word processor to the printed page? And, would any of us buy it?

Just thoughts…..

By the way,the second post I did was a repeat for those on the West Coast(an old,old-time radio joke….)…..

I agree with the writer above who talks about the ***** who slapped Biggio’s wife. The unfortunate thing about this is that one individual’s actions end up reflecting poorly on Sox fans as a whole. I want to win the World Series, but I bear no animosity toward a spouse who supports the team her husband plays for. It’s amazing the extent to which some people will go to prove they are idiots. Pick another team to root for if you’re going to be a jerk. Go Sox!

Hahaha. Great comment, drusa, on the thought that maybe the guy should’ve put his WS money towards the college fund! The guy’s a creep…while I really wish for Paulie’s sake that he could have the ball, I hope Paulie doesn’t give the guy anything if he’s going to be a creep about it, don’t you think that meeting Paulie would be enough? Also, I got a good hearty laugh after reading a comment on the Astros blog regarding the dome issue. Someone posted that it’s just because FOX wants us to win…muhahahahaha. I don’t know that I’ve ever been so amused. I wish we, in Chicago, could get the broadcast that that guy is getting in Houston! Go Sox with the dome opened or closed!!!!

In the combined 78 seasons of major league baseball that have been played in the great state of Texas,there has never been any reason to have debate on whether the roof of the Southwest Juice Box or the Astrodump should be ripped open or stayed closed,because this is virgin territory for the ‘Stros…So naturally,they don’t know what to do,and when MLB(Bud Selig and the “usual gang of idiots”)tell them, they get all huffy and bent out of shape….If I had a franchise still playing at the a** end of October,I’d be so freakin’ grateful,I’d do whatever anyone told me to….
By the way, this is a classic story that the late sportswriter Jimmy Enright used to tell about his days as a basketball referee working in Texas….One night,the two teams were introduced,the song “The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You” was played and the crowd cheered…Enright was standing at center court with the ball under his arm and the whistle in his mouth. A fan yelled out,”Come on, ref!

Let’s start the game!” Enright told him “I’m waiting for the national anthem to be played.” The fan then said, “Blow that whistle,you **** fool—they just did….”

Scott to grandson on his lap: “in the top of the ninth with two men on, i had a throw to the plate that was off by about two feet; the run scored to tie the game. The bottom of the ninth, with one out, he threw me a fastball and I crushed it for a walk off homerun. The crowd went wild everywhere ~!” That’s the only story i have”
“Oh really? Show me the bat!”

“It’s in the Hall of Fame, we can go there together.”

P R I C E L E S S.

smoothstone.. thanks..that was amazing..brought tears to my eyes! 6 more outs!!

it was looking good.. and it still… it wasn’t Hermanson’s fault to give that run away, because he hasn’t pitched in like more than 2 weeks.. it is ok guys the game didn’t end yet, it is 5-5 in the top of the ninth, and i am believing, do not stop believing.

that was a hug fifth inning for us, i loved it..and guess who started it, YES IT WAS CREDE.

I BELIEVE IN THOSE GUYS.. NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN THE HEROS.

GO GO WHITE SOX, GO GO WHITE SOX…

Oh, baby! Go Blum!

white sox win white sox win…WOW, WHITE SOX WIN….YEEEEEEEEEEEEES… OH MY GOD, EVERYDAY WE HAVE A NEW HERO, BLUM WAS TONIGHT’S HERO, MARTE DID A GREAT JOB, MARK ALSO SAVED IT FOR US… NOBODY EXPECTED BLUM TO BE A HERO IN GAME 3 AT LEAST… GO SOX…… OH MY GOD.. WE WON THE LONGEST GAME IN THE WORLD SERIES HISTORY….. YAAAAAAH … GOO SOX. GO SOX. GO SOX……

AMAZING!!! no other words to describe it. Marathon game with yet another unlikely hero. THANK YOU, JEFF BLUM!! This season truly belongs to each and every one of these guys. Nothing beyond fate can explain how we took this game! ONE MORE, my friends. HOW DOES IT FEEL????? -Dawn

UNBELIEVABLE! 3 wins down, 1 more to go. This team ABSOLUTELY ROCKS! Who’d have thought it would be Blum tonight? (Not me, but my boyfriend half-joking dubbed him as his pick-to-click.) And how about Marte? Now THAT’S the Marte I love watching on the mound. We’re on a flight to Houston tomorrow morning. This is history in the making. GO WHITE SOX!!! :)

Safe journey Maria! You carry the hopes and dreams of all White Sox fans with you. Bring back a World Series Championship!!!

Am I going to hear it from my neighbors later this morning for all the jumping around & cheers up in my apartment for the past few hours!

How many of you could hear Hawk at the end of the 14th? Yee-essssssssssssssss!!! Thank you Geoff Blum & Marte & the whole team!

Who is planning on going to the UC tomorrow night? I’ll be there and am looking forward to watching the fourth win of the series among the rest of the White Sox Nation!

GO WHITE SOX!

PRIDE OF THE SOUTH SIDE & THE WHOLE MIDWEST!

i am drained. so many times we were going to lose, so many times we were going to win. what a ride. i can’t complain like all of you( it’s only 12.15 am here in tucson). do i dare say it? will i not only be wearing my WS tee next spring, but a WS winner? let’s do it, let’s finish our last 8 game win streak of the year!. go sox. j.k…..tomorrow, my friends.

make that later tonight! j.k….

WE ROCK, OH YES WE DO… I WAS SURPRISED THAT MARTE WAS THAT READY TO PITCH TODAY, or yesterday. Marte did great as well as each and everyone of the guys… Blum showed us how that the JM Williams did all the great moves this year… lets finish the year with the winning streak, lets do it tommorow, I am sorry i mean today…..GO SOX/….. GO SOX.

THESE ARE SOME FACTS THAT WERE ON MLB.COM:

• It was the longest World Series game ever played, lasting five hours and 41 minutes — with 1:20 a.m. showing on the Minute Maid scoreboard for the final out. That surpassed the record of 4 hours and 51 minutes that was required for the Yankees’ 4-3, 12-inning victory over the Mets in Game 1 of the 2000 Series.

The longest overall postseason game in history — both in time and innings — was right here on Oct. 9, when the Astros eliminated the Atlanta Braves from the National League Division Series on Chris Burke’s walk-off homer in the 18th inning. That one lasted five hours and 50 minutes, so this one fell just nine minutes short.

• It matched the longest World Series game ever played in terms of innings. This one ended because of Geoff Blum’s home run in the top of the 14th inning, propelling Chicago to a 7-5 victory and a 3-0 lead in the Series. The only other World Series game that lasted 14 innings was on Oct. 9, 1916, when the Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 2, 2-1, behind winning pitcher Babe Ruth.

This was the 55th extra-inning game in World Series history, and those were the only two to go beyond 12 innings. The last one to go that long was Oct. 22, 2003, when Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez hit a walk-off homer to beat the Yankees in the 12th inning of Game 4 at Florida.

• The White Sox (9) and Astros (8) used a combined 17 pitchers, far exceeding the previous high of 13 for a World Series game. Mark Buehrle was the final pitcher substituted in this one — becoming the first pitcher in World Series history to start (Game 2) and earn a save in consecutive games.

The old mark of 13 had been done twice: Oct. 22, 1991, Game 3, Atlanta at Minnesota, 12 innings; and Oct. 23, 1996, Game 4, New York at Atlanta, 10 innings.

• The two clubs combined to set the record for most walks in a World Series game with 21 — two more than the previous high. The old mark of 19 was accomplished on Oct. 5, 1957, Game 3, New York at Milwaukee.

The record for walks in a World Series game by one team had been 11, and the White Sox topped that with 12 while the Astros fell just short with nine. The mark of 11 had been accomplished three times, last by Detroit on Oct. 12, 1984, in Game 3 against San Diego.

• The 43 combined players used by Chicago (22) and Houston (21) were the most used in a World Series game.

• The 30 men left on base, 15 by each team, were the most in a World Series game, with the previous high being 27. The 15 left on base by each team ties the most by one team in a game, done four times previously.

• The six double plays by Chicago (2) and Houston (4) tied the World Series record for most combined double plays. It has been done four times previously, last on Oct. 23, 2002, in Game 4 between the Angels and Giants.

• And there was that remarkable individual record for Podsednik. He finished the previous game with a walk-off homer, and he couldn’t stay away from the plate in the game immediately after that one. Only one player in World Series history even had seven at-bats in a game prior to this one: Don Hahn of the Mets on Oct. 14, 1973, in 12 innings of Game 2 at Oakland.

GO SOX

Wow. I’ve seen 2 no-hitters in person. I’ve seen a number of playoff games. I even saw Lance Johnson hit a grand slam once. But last night’s game was the best I’ve ever watched. Wish I could’ve been in Houston. When Blum hit that home run, I called someone and said “I fell asleep, right? That didn’t really happen.”

Go Sox! Let’s wrap it up tonight!

Ok, admit it…if anyone had told you at the start of game 3 MARTE would get the WIN, BUEHRLE the SAVE, and the game winning run scored on a HOMER by BLUM, you would’ve asked them what kinda drugs they were on! Holy Moly if this isn’t a sign of destiny, I don’t know what is! I have game 6 tickets, but lets just wrap this up TONIGHT!!

This is just absolutely amazing. What a ride this has been. 1 more win and we can all celebrate. I’m never going to forget this season. WOW!

With a couple of calls going for the stros, I guess they won’t be bellyaching about the calls going for us. Glad that is finally a non-issue. I’m ready for Freddy to bring his broom to the park tonight. Go Go White Sox!!!

Luckily my bosses are understanding. No work for me today…too tired.

Go Sox! Let’s win it all tonight!!!

The White Sox are unstoppable this year. I believe that they will win the World Series and after last nights game i truely believe that they will definitely win. They just played the longest and the best game last night. They may say that the Red Sox last year was the best the this year it was the best. Scott Podsednik was awesome in Game 2. He didn’t have any homeruns in the regular season and in the post season he has 2. He is awsome. Go Sox!!!!!

These guys have defied odds all year- down 4-0..to come back and win in the 14th- it doesn’t get much sweeter than this!

Tonight (knock on wood)…..imagine!!!! One more win!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t apologize to a certain Mr. Blum. Long time readers of this blog will recall me trashing “G-Off” ever since we aquired him. “Way to hit into that bases-loaded DP, G-Off”. “You think you can get above Mendoza, G-Off”. Needless to say I was eating my words around 1:20 this morning. Eating crow has never been more delicious. I’m sorry for ever doubting you Geoff. That was solid.

ALl i hvave to say is that the SOX ARE DOIN AWESOME!!..omg and last nithgts game what a comeback! 5 runs in one innings and crede to start it off, and hten blum who we never see to come in and hit a homer and willie harris to steal a base! all i ahve to say is GOO SOOX!..and lets sweep them astros!!

Pterygoi..I think we’ve all had to do that at least once this year. That’s what so great about this team. You never know who will step up. This IS truly a TEAM. They’ve always go each other’s back, they pick each other up, and recognize how important each and every guy is. They are more than just a great ball club. From where I sit, they are a great bunch of guys! I could ramble for hours about my feelings, but I’ll restrain myself and save it for tonight! This has been our destiny, our fate..now we realize the true rewards. GO SOX!!!!! -Dawn

One more sideline note…With the exception of Josh Groban singing the national anthem in Game 1, the “entertainment” has been horrendous. There has to be better people to sing or play that would LOVE to be part of the World Series. Love Lou Rawls, but he sounded pretty bad. Aaron Neville? could you even hear him? And Michael McDonald?? For the children of the 80s, how about Steve Perry? How about Dennis DeYoung of Styx..he’s a HUGE baseball fan. I know there have to be better choices out there…. Just a sideline rant =)

I could not be more proud of the White Sox a truly remarkable team. It would be a true disappointment to see the team broken up next year. Hope it doesn’t happen. I would like to make a comment about Paulie’s GS ball. In my opinion that guy should be more than happy to give the ball back to Paulie. That was a huge moment for him, biggest in his career thus far I am sure. Hopefully, he will come to his senses and be more than happy to return the ball the Paulie upon returning from Houston. Good Luck tonight guys bring a title home.

earlier there was a post from Israel. i have a son-in-law in Iraq, and i think i remember a post awhile back from Australia. White Sox fans all. the point is that this is a White Sox World, not just a nation. we’ve heard from people all around the country and the world. only one more obstacle in our way now. how tough of a barrier will it be to overcome? will we win it tonight? i think we can and i think we will. our last 8 game win streak of the season will be the sweetest! i agree with you Dawn, but as much as i also like Lou Rawls, he wasn’t bad, he was terrible. there’s got to be better out there that can convey the meaning of our National Anthem to the world than we’ve heard this year. maybe tonight will be better in that regard. how about my post of a few days ago arguing that this could just be the start of a White Sox Century? i know i’m a bit early with this thought, but somebody has to be the best, and so far in this century, it IS the Chicago White Sox. go sox, bring it home( to chitown, tucson, tel aviv, sidney, socal, maine, and all points of the compass. j.k. yeah team!…

Wow, that game last night was totally crazy. Sitting at a bar for the entire time was fun, but loooong. We all were in disbelief when Geoff hit the home run and totally shocked that the Astros WALKED IN ANOTHER RUN! That was astounding to see in a World Series game… (Not sure if it has been down before…) But yeah.

On a second note… Just before the same game that Biggio’s wife was mistreated, I was seen outside of the stadium taking pictures with Astros fans. (I had painted my face and attracted some attention). The fans were very excited to be there, seemed very friendly, AND left early when the Sox went ahead!!! ;-) (Sorry had to throw in that last part. It was totally random, but they ended up sitting near us at the game too)

I still don’t know how they won that game last night.?! :-)

Hello,out there,all my fellow silver and black zombies…
manuusa took some of my thunder,but I will reiterate …(then I’ll clean up after myself)….

I would do my usual timeline of the eveents,but that ****** would be as long as War And Peace….So,suufice it to say…

Anyone out there(outside of Oney Guillen)who had Geoff Blum as their “pick to click”,congratulations, you psychics…I wish I could hire you to come up with lottery numbers for me….

Speaking of numbers(the prince of segues is hot again, toots…..),try these ….

237 pitches thrown by 8 Houston hurlers….

245 pitches thrown by nine Sox moundsmen….

Two positions players,one each side,were remaining…Chavez for the ‘Stros and Pablo Ozuna for the Chisox….Pithcers left out were tonigh’s starters(Garcia and Backe),plus Clemens,Pettitte and Contreras….

By my count, there was only ONE star sighting by FOX,and that was Steve Perry in the top of the 8th….

If any of you are old enough to remember, let me put it to you this way…FOX’s Scooter is simply Peter Puck with stitches….

Sight seen,VERY late(or was it EARLY?)… Phil Garner looking up towards behind home plate to see if Nolan Ryan(who threw out the first ball)and his wife were still around in the top of the 14th….They were,but Scrap Iron couldn’t find out if Ryan was available to close….

Of course,Phil was ticked off in the dugout….No offense,but how would you like your team to be beaten by Geoff Blum and Damaso Marte?

For my next trick,I will now crash and burn to try and catch some z’s,prior to tonight’s opus….If the Houstons win tonight,I won’t be upset,as long as they do it quickly….If the Miracle on 35th and Shields(trademark STILL patent pending)comes about, I pray it is quick and merciful…

And,if this is the night,please,White Sox Nation,for the love of “the higher authority”,remember…BE HAPPY BUT BE SAFE,NOT STUPID….

One last date for you…October 15th,1917 at the Polo Grounds in Harlem,New York…White Sox 4,NY Giants 2….that was the last one….

Until tomorrow,win or lose

I LOVE THE WHITESOX!!!! I cannot believe that this is happening. The Chicago White Sox are going to win the 2005 World Series~I never thought that I would hear those words. This isn’t real yet~I love it, this is what baseball is all about, our team has everything they need. I cannot wait until tonight, I am at work counting down the hours, trying to stay awake! I wanted to ask you if you can pleeeease let us know an approximate time that you guys will be landing so that I know what time to be at Midway!!!! GOOOOO SOX!!!!

How many people here are going to the United Center tonight?

Hey,gang…check out Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated on-line at http://www.cnnsi.com today….He rips Phil Garner a new one for comments made after the game this AM….quite good…. By the way, the Miracle might even survive the SI cover jinx….Pod’s game winner Sunday night is there,along with Verducci’s article and Ron Vesely’s pictures which Scott uses so well….

Just FYI – for those who have iTunes, there is a link on the Music Store main page for the World Series Player Picks (kind of like their celebrity playlists), and I must say the White Sox have some pretty good taste in music!

I hope to God we don’t have a repeat of last night. No, no I’m not referring to that fat ****in’ fan that interfered with Paulie, or that ball that hit Dye, or even that phantom homerun by Lame.

No, I’m talking about that wretched song by the most haphazardly-thrown together quartet known to man. What the **** was that?!? “Heart of America”? That song seemed to stretch into eternity. As Wynona waved her rhinestone encrusted American flag into the crisp Houston night, I couldn’t help but laugh. Why is it the songs with the best intentions turn out so bad? I would rather serve a three-week stint at Abu Ghraib, doing naked pyramids than listen to that debauchery again. I mean come on! The Gulf Coast and America as a whole has suffered enough. And how come MLB’s willing to show that **** for 20 minutes but refuses to show Aparicio throw out the ball for 10 seconds.

Any way, let’s get the job done tonight. You never know what Houston has up their sleeve in terms of entertainment.

Tom Quaid – you are right about Scooter, besides, all any baseball fan knows who the REAL scooter is. Holy Cow! Fox’ production is like Baseball for Dummies. Does anyone remember in the 1970’s when NBC would let the home team’s play by play guy do an inning? It was great. If you listen to Fisk’s`1975 Game 6 walkoff, that’s **** Stockton, of Boston’s WSBK TV38. Ok, and who was Stockton’s color guy in 1975? That’s right, The Hawk, Ken Harrelson hisself.

Stay loose, stay focused fellas. It’s within you.

Five outs to go…
Sox are winning, and “Dye”ing trying.

or maybe the headline is

Sox “Dye”-ing to win…

Thank you!
I can’t believe this ****!

This is a dream

WORLD CHAMPION WHITE SOX!!!!!!
IS THIS HEAVEN?

YES…Heaven!! I can’t believe it…The most amazing season ever! Thank you, Kenny! Thank you, Ozzie! Thank you, Scott! Thank you, White Sox Players!!!! Thank you, White Sox World for sharing this unbelievable time with me! SIMPLY THE BEST!!!

Holy #$@^! God I love this team.

http://whitesoxnation.mlblogs.com

Thank you White Sox!!!!

Who said that Freddie was the weakest sox pitcher? What a game he throw!!!!

The real MVP is the whole team, what a group. Don’t stop believing

Congrats WS Fans! Here in Caracas, Venezuela there are a lot of fireworks

Thanks Ozzie, Freddie, Chico, Aparicio; all you guys, represent this beautiful country

World Champions!!!!

Why was Fox not at UnitedCenter? Any reports on the crowd over there?

Missing chicago here in Florida.

WHITE SOX ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

Congratulations and thanks to the White Sox organizations and “YYYYYEEEEEEEEEAAAHHHHH!!!” to White Sox Nation!

Two words for Ken Williams: Sign Paulie!!!!!

WORLD CHAMPS!!! We ARE world CHAMPS!!!! Look back at all of the ups and downs- the blood, sweat and tears and let us just ENJOY to the fullest how SWEET THIS IS!!! World CHAMPS!!! Keep saying it!!!!!!!

SO PROUD!!!

what a feeling! i wish i was with you all to celebrate, but i’ll see you in tucson next spring! thank you chicago for making a dream come true after 46 years of crying/cursing/complaining/rooting/caring/hoping/sweating/believing/revelling! AMEN! j.k. in tucson…….YEA!

At this point..I have every intention of going to my first Spring training with the Sox! Any hints or advice, would be welcome!! I’m still in awe. This guys are amazing! -Dawn

Dawn, there are a lot of nice hotels/motels near tucson electric park(TEP). i can give you more info as the time comes around. see you and everyone else then. j.k.

I AM SPEECHLESS.. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY.. ALL I CAN SAY IS THANKS TO ALL THE PLAYERS AND ALL THE STAFF MEMBERS THAT HELPED US GET THIS CHAMPIONSHIP. AND LETS NOT FORGET THE GREAT FANS….OMG GO SOX.. DON’T STOP BELIEVING… GO GO WHITE SOX.. WE GONNA PARTYYYYY… GO SOX.. GUYS PLZ EVERYBODY GO TO SEE THE CAMPS COME FROM TEXAS LETS MAKE IT A DAY FOR MEMORY.. GO SOX….( IT MAYBE 3 PM TOMMOROW).. GO SOX. DON’T STOP BELIEVING ..

Here is my thank you note to everyone involved in bringing the World Championship to Bridgeport.

THE FRONT OFFICE

To Jerry Reinsdorf and the ownership group: Thanks for putting the front office staff in place, trusting their judgment and giving them the tools to get the job done.

To Kenny Williams: Thanks for trying every year to put together a World Series team. Congratulations, now you’ve done it. (Feel free to do it again!).

To the front office staff and ticketing: Thanks for making sure my playoff tickets arrived (otherwise I would have missed all of it). You guys do a great job of connecting the season ticket holders to the organization and making us feel a (small) part of it. Keep those email updates coming.

THE FIELD GENERALS

To Ozzie Guillen: Thanks for making all the right moves, not only in managing the games, but in managing the people. P.S. Keep talking, we love listening.

To The Coaches, Don Cooper, Greg Walker, Harold Baines, Joey Cora and Tim Raines: While your contributions are not so well-publicized, we have seen our players thrive under your tutelege. Whatever you are doing, keep it up. And to Joey, please keep waving them home.

THE LINE UP

To Scott Podsednik: Thanks for bringing the “GO” back to the South Side. Thanks also for your gracious charm at the Sunday Kids days autograph sessions. You made a very positive impression on my 6 year old son.

To Tadahito Iguchi: Thanks for your solid daily presence and steady play. We knew a ball hit to you was an out, and that a runner was as good as moved over when you came up to bat. Also, in case you have forgotten, that home run in Game 2 of the ALDS was also pretty good.

To Jermaine Dye: Thanks for your graceful outfield defense, and all those tenacious at bats. I love watching you chase down a ball in the gap.

To Paul Konerko: Thanks for all 40, all 100, and all the great plays at first. Thanks also for accepting the leadership role of being the clean up hitter, and cleaning up at the most important times.

To Carl Everett: Thanks for continuing to get traded to the White Sox. You will always have a home on the South Side.

To A.J. Pierzynski: Thanks for handling the pitchers. I am sure it is no coincidence that our pitchers all had the greatest year ever after you came over. Please re-sign with us. (And talk to that Konerko guy too).

To Aaron Rowand. Thanks for all those crashes into the walls, and for the 2 out base hits. Keep up the good work, you have a bright future (that hopefully includes a gold glove).

To Joe Crede: Thanks for your stellar defense and your always timely hitting. All the post season hits were huge, but the 9/20 HR against the Indians put the Sox back on the track to where you ended up.

To Juan Uribe: Thanks for your outstanding throwing arm and great range. I think the single biggest difference that allowed the pitchers to have a better year was that you were our starting shortstop and turned base hits into outs. Keep gunning them down.

THE STARTERS:

To Jose Contreras: Thanks for believing in yourself and your pitches (Don’t Stop Believing . . .). We look forward to seeing lots of those nasty forkballs diving in and then out of the strike zone.

To Mark Buehrle: Thanks for making quick work of the opposition. We have to make sure we’re on time for your starts, since they don’t last too long. Also, keep making those belly flops, its almost worth rooting for a rain delay to see one of those.

To Jon Garland: Thanks for the 18 wins. It has been great watching you mature as a pitcher and we can only hope that there is still another level in you.

To Freddy Garcia: Thanks for being the road warrior. We knew there would never be a sweep on the road when you were taking a turn.

To Orlando Hernandez: Thanks for Boston, the most amazing exhibition of setting up hitters I’ve ever seen. Now we know why the Yankees won all those titles. Please help us win another.

THE BENCH

To Frank Thomas: Thanks for being willing to sacrifice your body to try to come back and help the team. While your year was cut short, we all remember your substantial contribution to the spectacular first half run. We wish you a speedy recovery, and lots more Hrs.

To Pablo Ozuna: Thanks for stealing home. I’d never seen it done (and now I can’t say that anymore).

To Chris Widger: Thanks for the HR in Oakland. Those kind of contributions from the bench helped set the tone for what happened all year long.

To Willie Harris: Thanks for scoring the winning run in Houston. You are the only player that I hope does not return because I hope you get an everyday job somewhere. You deserve a real shot, and I will always root for you.

To Timo Perez: Thanks for the late inning hits. We could count on extending the 9th inning when Ozzie sent you in.

To Geoff Blum: Thanks for Game 3. If you ever have to buy a beer south of Madison Street for the rest of your life, please send me the tab so I can pay it.

To Brian Anderson: Thanks for the HR in Seattle. Again, those kinds of contributions helped create the atmosphere that won it all for us.

To Ross Gload: Thanks for the double in Cleveland. That 3 game sweep presaged (and helped set up) what followed.

THE PEN

To Bobby Jenks: Thanks for the heat. Keep bringing it!

To Dustin Hermanson: Thanks for all the saves. You have my vote for team MVP. Without your 9th inning magic, the first half run would never have happened, and neither would have all the rest. Take care of that bad back and come back slinging.

To Neal Cotts and Cliff Politte: Thanks for all the calm and peaceful eighth innings all year long.

To Jose Vizcaiano and Damaso Marte: Thanks for the great effort. You have Ozzie lots of options and created matchup problems for our opponents. We know you were giving it your all.

To Brandon McCarthy: Thanks for figuring it out and coming back up to help us. We look forward to your bright future.

Now for my only complaint about the 2005 White Sox season, and my suggestion for improvement at the Cell for 2006: Please have the hot dog concession stands put out more mustard dispensers. We can’t be standing in a mustard line and miss any of the action!

Finally shed some good tears after a long 88 years….THE SOX ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!!

Out with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”
In with Queen’s “We are the Champions”

You did it fellas! I’ve got such pride in my heart. If that was the lowest rated World Series, I feel bad for baseball fans. You missed a team for the ages. A team everybody had dead in the water. A team that stayed focused, stayed loose.

A TEAM THAT MANHANDLED THE COMPETITION. Everybody contributed. It so fitting Willie got the run. Blum the night before. No single peice is greater than the whole. I need to get to sleep before I spontaneously combust.

Nope, no sleep. I keep getting chills watching Juan make that last out and big Bobby Jenks scooping up A.J. It’s an image that will forever be etched in my memory banks. Thank God for the 2005 Chicago White Sox.

I will never forget this season, this team, and this World Series. Thank you to the entire White Sox organization for making this one of the best years of my life. I’m still in shock. There’s no way I can concentrate today at work. They should just send me home.

Go Go White Sox!!!

I’m probably not going to do so well on my Sociology midterm today, since I’ve been watching the amazing White Sox all week…but it was totally worth it! Hopefully I’ll drive home from Missouri on Monday for the parade!!!!! Scott, this blog is amazing.

Wooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, White Sox. Never thought I’d see this in my life. White Sox, World Champs! The best team in baseball is the best team in the world.

Greatest. Week. Ever.

After reading the blog this morning, I’ve picked up where I left off..tears in my eyes. We are so fortuante to have this team. Dlynchesq..wow that was amazing. You encompassed everyone, and on a team this talented and diverse, that wasn’t easy. If I was teaching kids about teamwork, I couldn’t ask for a better example than the 2005 White Sox.

No egos, everyone engaged, grace, poise, confidence, and most importantly, heart! Ozzie and Kenny are amazing…they had a plan, followed it, and didn’t give into any pressure to change at any point. I know it wasn’t easy, but they made it seem that way. Soon to come..the book, “How to Build a Championship Team in 2 Easy Years!”

Palehoses..immediately before the end of the game, I was praying that Bobby Jenks didn’t get to excited and jump into someone else’s arms rather than vice-versa…he’s a big boy =)

I want to share with my fellow fans in the White Sox World (we’re not just a nation) something my boyfriend and I began putting together earlier this fall. At that time, Mac, Jurko and Harry (local sports broadcasters here in Chicago) held a contest for fans to send in parodies geared around the Sox. Initially, the lyrics weren’t quite right, so we opted not to submit our entry. But since then, I’ve found myself singing this in the shower, in the car, and sometimes in the elevator at work. My kids can sing the chorus quite well by now. Anyway, after several iterations, the lyrics have finally come together, and I think they sum up this team just fine. You’ll notice that only the active roster is accounted for. If we had more lines to work with, we would have included the many other players, coaches and staff that have made this team the success that they are.

I hope you enjoy this. Thanks to Mac, Jurko and Harry, and most importantly, to the 2005 WORLD CHAMPION CHICAGO WHITE SOX, for giving us the inspiration to write it.

Maria Wagener and Pat Traynor

Buffalo Grove, IL

Score Some Runs for Me Please

(Sung to: Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”)

Hey Sox Pride…

Time to play

Takin’ the mound…

Jose!

Hey!

Hey!

Hey!

AJ hits a bomb and Timo bunts on.

Bobby just blew away the radar gun.

Lookin’ like champs, since the day they broke camp.

Gonna play to win or hear Ozzie rant.

Hey!

Hey!

Tadahito dazzles ‘em. And the crowd roars.

Television talker, put it on the board.

Line drive, Crede dives, comin’ up sweet.

Scotty Pods showing off lightnin’ feet.

Yeah!

Yeah!

C’mon,

Dye’s on first now. Blum is up.

Double play – No. Break it up.

Score some runs for me please.

Ooh, and flash some glove.

Score some runs for me please.

C’mon we’re tied up.

Score some runs for me please.

We can’t get enough.

They’re hot, throwin’ heat.

Send ‘em home in defeat, yeah.

Hey!

Hey!

Hey!

Listen!

Round’ third, Willie heard Joey say “go”!

Crazy Carl’s hitting like a one-man show.

Neal, Duque, Marte… give ‘em your stuff.

Luiz’s in, Dustin better loosen up. Loosen up. Loosen up.

Pablo’ll squeeze a little, steal a little,

Anything to score.

Aaron’s off the wall again. Going back for more.

Juan’s on, Widger knows he can go deep.

Freddy is done, bring in Politte!

Yeah!

Yeah!

Duque holds the score!

Paulie goes yard… jacks ‘em up.

Buerhle’s hurlin’ hard… racks ‘em up.

Score some runs for me please.

Ooh, and flash some glove.

Score some runs for me please.

C’mon we’re tied up.

Score some runs for me please.

We can’t get enough.

They’re hot, won’t be beat.

Send ‘em home, in defeat, yeah.

We got the pitchin’, we got the team.

Sweet defense. October dream.

Cause they’re hot, hot, so hot, thinkin’ sweep.

Send ‘em home, home, home, in defeat.

Do you play smart ball?

One run or two?

Take this town and shake it up.

Break our dry spell. Break it up.

Score some runs for me please.

Ooh, and flash some glove.

Score some runs for me please.

C’mon we’re tied up.

Score some runs for me please.

Oh, we can’t get enough.

Score some runs for me please.

In the name of love.

Score some runs for me please.

They’re in it to win it.

Score some runs for me please.

Big Hurt…

Score some runs for me please.

Score for me.

Congrats to all the White Sox fans (especially dawn, manusa, and quaid) and team! They played excellent postseason baseball and were very deserving of their championship. A few breaks did go their way, but every champion does get a few of those (and that is not meant as a disrespect to anyone). A championship team knows how to take advantage when it’s given to them.

The White Sox did what they needed to do to win: timely hitting, excellent pitching, and very good fielding. [Of course, I feel my Tribe's run in Aug/Sept fueled the W-Sox to victory, because we pushed you to being competitive at the end, but that is the Tribe fan in me ;) But you guys were a great team all year long with or without our push]

Although I may be a Tribe fan, I am a baseball fan first and foremost. And that is what I was most pleased to see, both the Astros and White Sox played their guts out in a very competitive Series. Unfortunately, most of the country did not get to see it because A)No “star” teams were involved, and B)it went only four games. But the nation missed out on one of the most captivating Series in many, many years (and my team wasn’t in it!).

Based on the results of the last two postseasons, I can only hope the trend of ending long droughts continues with my Tribe next year. Who knows, maybe even the Giants and (god forbid for W-Sox fans) the Cubs can get into the act the next few years as well.

Enjoy the championship for as long as you can. I myself look forward to 2006 when the AL Central (with the W-Sox trying to repeat, and the Tribe and Twins right on their heels) becomes the division to watch rather than the AL East.

If I can find the time to start a blog next year, I do welcome any baseball fan to come and chat, just try not to be hateful. Fun jeering is ok, but spiteful is not. With a recent newborn baby girl (my adorable Skylar), we’ll see how much “free” time I have LOL

A friendly rival (and Congrats again!!!),

Dean

The Chicago White Sox, 2005 World Champions………it feels so good to say that and believe me, I am shouting it anyone who will listen. Thank you to all the fans, the city, the team for this year and thanks to everyone else who put the Sox down in September. It makes this day, even sweeter. Thanks for all the memories and I hope this isn’t the one and only time we all get to experience this feeling for our White Sox. Peace out here in Madison, WI. See you all next year.

Could someone give the specifics of the parade – time and place? I hope Clark and Addison in included in the route!! THE CUB IS DEAD!! LONG LIVE THE WHITE SOX!!

WHITE SOX WORLD – Sounds Good, klein!

Looking forward to Two Thousand and Sox!!!

First of all,let’s get the business out of the way….
Timeline to “the impossible dream….”

10:16 PM,top 8th,Jermaine Dye with a seeing eye single through the middle of the Minute Maid Park infield,and through the middle of the heart of the Houston Astros and their fans….Willie Harris comes around to score the most important run in 88 years and 11 days….

10:57 PM,bottom 9th,Burke hits a foul towards the stands down the third base line…Uribe and Crede go for it,and Juan Uribe does his impression of Derek Jeter versus the Red Sox in 2004…with the same result,the second out….

11:01 PM….Orlando Palmiero grounds the ball up the middle,scooped by Uribe in front of the second base bag…The throw to first to Konerko,the call by Gary Cedarstrom…..out….

Game,set,match,sweep….

Ladies and Gentlemen,the Chicago White Sox are the World Champions…..

As calmly as I typed this just now,that’s the strange sense of calm and serenity I had all last night…as if “the higher authority”had come within me and said”…it’s going to be alright,kiddo….don’t concern yourself with a single thing…Just sit back and enjoy…”

As I watched the bedlam unfold in Houston,and started to channel surf around to the various scenes of pandemonium in Chicago,my eyes misted over for just a flash…But then that sense of calm washed over me again….I put down my clipboard and scoresheet and just took it all in…. Absolutely amazing….

Now,to the congratulations….To every single,solitary person involved with the Chicago White Sox organization in 2005,from “the Sunshine Boys”

Jerry and my former boss(for a year and a half at SportsVision,way back when)Eddie to the person who mans security at the Cell overnight….If you have anything to do with the day to day operations of this franchise….

Thank you,and congratulations….

To ALL the members of White Sox Nation,World,Universe,whatever….this is OURS,people…They’re NOT GONNA take it back….

Upon further review, there is NO further review….

You have put all of your mental energy and will behind this team since April…and it finally paid off last night,didn’t it?

I know you feel euphoric about the whole situation,as well you should….

We live vicariously through these athletes…Their pain is OUR pain…Their pleasure is OUR pleasure….and their reward is OUR reward….

Speaking as an isolated member in LONG standing of White Sox Nation,thank you to each and every one of you,individually and collectively,who have invited me into this space since August….Handshakes,pats on the back or the head,hugs,kisses,the whole process,that is what I’m feeling through cyberspace from all of you…And,right back at ‘ya from this old f**t

The parade and celebration is Monday at the bandshell in Grant Park….If you can’t be there in person,don’t worry….You’ll still be there….right? Right….

P.S.: What was Scott’s first thought after the final out last night? ….”THANK GOD I DON’T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH JAY UNTIL NEXT SPRING!!!”

Our White Sox, the world champs! What a great ring to it!! As much as I loved watchin the celebrations of last night (my eyes were glued!)- I believe that the true defining momemnts of this season were of Mark Buerhle getting on the stadium mic- urging fans to get Pods into the All Star game, and the HUGE ovation by teammates and fans alike when they announced he was in. It was Mark giving Tadahito that HUGE bear hug after Guch’s cluth home run against Boston. It was in the team “ignoring” Anderson after his first career home run, or all the great shaving cream-in-the-face…or the way the team rallied around Allan Thomas when his house burned down, or around Pauly, Freddy, AJ, and Joe as they all welcomed new additions to the family.

This team truly is the epitome of TEAM, 25 guys (and more) that sacrificed all personal agendas- all personal goals for the GOALS of the team. This is what happens when personal stats truly don’t matter…and HOW GOOD IT FEELS!

Thank you White Sox for more than we could ever ask for- not only did you bring home a World Championship to our great city, you reminded us day in and day out how GREAT it feels when you DO it as a TEAM!

Here’s to our WORLD CHAMPS!

Getting to the clebration…I feel that the ceremonies should be co-MC’d by John Rooney(unfortunately,his last official act for the team)and by Hawk…. with Gene Honda doing the opening….

By the way,congratulations on the way you celebrated last night,gang….No violence that I saw,no vandalism,just euphoria….

As I hoped, you were safe but not stupid….

Thank you…..

Tomquaid, I wish I had your calm. I knew we’d do it, but I was on the edge of my seat last night; holding my breath with each pitch. Afterwards, the tears flowed…and even still, when I read the appreciation of these fans and the love for this team, I get misty-eyed all over again. I’m so thankful to be a part of this….

What needs to be included in the White Sox 2005 DVD:

-The scoreboard montage intros before the Sox take the field (Pirates of the Carribean music)

-Don’t Stop Believin video highlights

-Exclusive interview with Southpaw

I could do without southpaw..until someone can tell me what the heck that thing is =)

I’ve also decided, that if I ever run a network, and something like this happens, I will not allow my reporters to ask, over and over again..”Can you put into words what this feels like?” “What are you feeling?”, etc… most of these guys are as emotional as we are and have trouble putting it into words. Ask for a few comments, then sit back and watch. For me, seeing these guys enjoy the long-awaited fruits of their labors was all I needed!

Cleaning up some loose ends….
to deanklub….thanx for inserting my moniker in your congrats to the team on the title….but I thank the Indians and Eric Wedge for making the boys wake up down the stretch to secure the division,and to focus on the end result which we’ve all witnessed….

I also agree with you,dean,on these sites… a little friendly needling is good and healthy,just as long as it doesn’t get nasty….So to all of those who posted here from other turfs,thank you for providing us with ammunition all season….also,to my friends in the print media(???)for the same deal….

Scott,to you,Bob,Vivian,Katie,et al in PR and communications…Well done,sir,very well done…I hope you have the opportunity during the off-season(even though there really is no off-season completely)to read what has occured on your creation from Day One…I think you’ll get a kick out of most of it….

Now,permit me a personal….I know I’m going to be the one million,nine hundred thousandth person to do this,but humor me,please….

To my late parents,Frank and Mildred Quaid….Thank you both for instilling in me a love and respect for the game of baseball,a healthy dose of cynicism for those who play and run the operations(and other people,places and things)and,most especially,the love and respect for the Chicago White Sox….

I miss you both but I know that you and my sister Eileen,along with all my other departed relatives and friends,had the best seats in the house for what has just taken place…and none of you had to go through Ticketmaster,that’s for ******* sure….

Finally,to all the regulars of this space, I have a proposal to make….

I propose that we all have a get-together sometime over this off-season,to meet in person and see if we resemble what we write like….we can go over the season and the wonderful past and look forward to ’06 and beyond…

Any thoughts or other comments can be sent to my e-mail address….tomquaid73@hotmail.com(for those of you who never read the end of the posts that are put in green)…

I hope to hear from you,as we keep this magical year alive,now that it has come to an end,at least on the field of battle…..

Tomquaid…count me in =) It sounds silly but some of us have developed a bond through this vehicle that Scott so graciously created and kept running. So we’ll continue to celebrate and move on to other sports…awaiting the first crack of the bat for spring training!! -Dawn

I feel priveleged to have been one of the fortunate ones who witnessed this. So many Sox fans before us didn’t get that chance. We are the living links that connect this franchise to Champions of the Past and Champions of the Future. We will be able to tell the young Sox fans of the future,when times get tough and the Sox are facing a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, remember those ’05 Sox. People thought they couldn’t do it and look what they did.

They stuck together and they became legends.

hey tomQ, great idea! i had a similar thought awhile back but no one showed up at my house for game one of the alcs ( but then i didn’t give directions either, so as they say, my bad) it would be great to meet you all. as i’ve said before, it is lonely here in tucson.(my friends are yankees and indians and reds). whatever happens, i hope we can stay in touch through these pages and crank it up again for a run at a repeat! why not the white sox? we are the most dominating team of the 21st century to date. i knew the last out of the series wasn’t going to be easy and it wasn’t, but it happened and we won! WHAT A RIDE!!! thanks again sox, and if not before, i’ll see you all in ’06 at spring training. i’ll be the one wearing my WS winning tee shirt!
j.k. later my friends….

PARADE INFO

The ticker tape parade will now be on Friday due to the players wanting to get back to their families:

There will be a parade starting on the southside from the CELL winding up downtown. A second parade will be done though the city. Strating at 12:00 (noon) http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-051027parademap-graphic,0,7193234.graphic?coll=chi-homepagepromo440-fea

Friday’s events will begin at U.S. Cellular Field at 35th Street and Shields Avenue, officials said. Players, families and front office staff of the White Sox will leave from the ballpark in trolleys and double-decker buses about 11 a.m.

The motorcade will wind through Bridgeport, Chinatown, Bronzeville, Pilsen, Greektown and Chinatown before ending up at noon in front of the Board of Trade Building at LaSalle and Jackson Streets in the Loop.

The motorcade will re-form as part of a parade that will head north on LaSalle. In addition to whatever comes from windows of office high rises, confetti from “cannons” positioned along the street will launch shreds of paper.

The parade will end at a temporary stage set up at Wacker Drive and the Chicago River at the north end of downtown. The stage will face south on LaSalle. Fans will gather on the street and sidewalks east and west along Wacker and south down LaSalle.

At least two Jumbo Tron television screens will be erected along LaSalle so those who can’t get close to the stage can see what is happening, said James Law, the city’s special events director.

Speakers at the victory celebration are expected to include Guillen, Reinsdorf, Daley and selected players.

Law said the city also was “looking into” possibly having former Journey lead singer Steve Perry as a part of Friday’s festivities. Journey was the band that recorded “Don’t Stop Believin'” 24 years ago. Sox players adopted the tune as their unofficial theme song for their victorious 2005 season.

The rally is expected to wrap up around 12:45 p.m

We need the ROUTE OF THE MOTORCADE too, so we can properly greet the Sox as they pass through the South Side. Otherwise, no one is going to know where to go to see them. There’s more than one boulevard in Bridgeport, Bronzeville, Pilsen and Chinatown! Anyone seen a MOTORCADE ROUTE?

MOTORCADE ROUTE:

After departing on 35th Street, the buses and trolleys will head east to King Drive, north on King to Cermak Road, west on Cermak to Ashland Avenue, north on Ashland to Harrison Street, east on Harrison to Halsted Street, north on Halsted to Jackson Boulevard, and finally east on Jackson to LaSalle Street, where the Parade of Champions will begin at noon.

Beginning at the Board of Trade building, the parade will march up LaSalle Street and finish at the intersection of LaSalle and Wacker. A giant stage will be set up on the bridge for a pep rally, and large Jumbotron screens will be placed at the intersections of Lake and LaSalle and Lake and Randolph for fan viewing. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will speak at the rally, as will members of the Sox organization and players. Fireworks will cap off the momentous affair.

Dear great SOX fans and Scott,
I can’t tell how happy i was when i knew that they r going to pass by the UIC. i will be having a class by 12, so the timing worked perfectly for me. i will be waiting for our guys on Halsted along with tons of my fellow Sox fans at the UIC… i am so happy that i will be part of this… thank u white sox for making everyone happy… we r still partying over here, and i guess we won’t stop. i just wanted to stop by and tell u how happy i am that they r going to come by my School(UIC)… thanx everyone for evrything… lets show our guys how much we love them tommorow..and everyday.. GO SOX.

Just a small town girl, livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

Just a city boy, born and raised in south detroit

He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

A singer in a smokey room

A smell of wine and cheap perfume

For a smile they can share the night

It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard

Their shadows searching in the night

Streetlight people, living just to find emotion

Hiding, somewhere in the night

Working hard to get my fill,

Everybody wants a thrill

Payin’ anything to roll the dice,

Just one more time

Some will win, some will lose

Some were born to sing the blues

Oh, the movie never ends

It goes on and on and on and on

(chorus)

Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to the feelin’

Streetlight people

I’m so happy for Willie. Scoring the winning and only run in Game 4 must of been so gratifying for him. Here’s a man who got phased out by the aquistion of Tadahito and took it in stride. He didn’t like it, but kept a stiff upper lip and contributed when he got the opportunities. Even when he went down to Triple A, he worked on his game, confident he’d get another chance. Lo and behold he did. Couldn’t of done this without Pea-Pod. If Willie doesn’t return next year it’s been an absolute pleasure having such a gamer on the squad.

God, I don’t know what it is. I’m not used to this. It’s more than pride. And it’s too pure to be misconstrued as cockiness. I just feel empowered. I feel like the sun finally decided to shine on this dog’s arrse. And there’s no statute of limitations either. If anything I feel a bigger and better emotion about these Sox as time transpires. It’s such a powerful and awe-inspiring feeling. For those who don’t understand and say it’s just a game, it’s just a stupid sport, tell that to the legions of fans here who I know feel the same way I do. Aside from a handful of family related events, this is one of the best moments of my life. Some people might think that’s sad to get this worked up about some “trivial game” but they could never possibly understand. This was acceptance, this was validation, this was a dream and I’ll spend the rest of my life as a narcoleptic. Thanks Sox, you’ll never know what you mean to us.

Will the parade be broadcasted on the web?/ I won’t be able to make it, but would really like to see it as it happens.

If anyone has any information — PLEASE!! Let me know.

Dynasty Time!!! GO SOX!!

Think the trip is covering it online… http://www.chicagotribune.com

Thanks for the info, list@f-ox.

Sox in ’06!!

What a celebration!!! That parade and rally was very emotional and I think it turned out great. Ozzie gave the go ahead for next year too. We knew he wouldn’t retire. Go Go White Sox!!!

Wow! great show, and very emotional. i was able to watch on mlb.com.i hope you all were able to see the procedings too. what a fitting way to end the ride of a lifetime, and chicago, your city did an incredible job setting it all up. it was good to hear Paulie talk and then to give Jerry that ball. what a class act! i remember nobody knew much about Paul when he came here for mike cameron, but what an impact he has made, and what a gentleman. so many superlatives sounds trite, but this is one MAN who will be very hard to replace for more than just his ability on the field. i hope we resign him, if the economics aren’t here after this year, they never will be. let’s keep Paulie and get Beckett and go after another in ’06. as TomQ said at least once, it’s time for us to beat the cubs again. this only comes around every 100 years. go go White Sox. see you all in tucson in about 120 days. j.k……

J.K.
We don’t need Josh Beckett. We have 5 pitchers who will do just fine next season. Buehrle, Garcia, Garland, Contreras, McCarthy. But I do agree that we need Paulie back.

Not to mention Beckett has blister problems on his hand every 5th start. No thanks.

I say that you can never have too much pitching. The difference between the Sox and the other playoff teams at playoff time, is the Sox pitchers were all healthy and theirs were not. That said, we don’t need Beckett(clubhouse cancer), and we really have 6 pitcher who will do fine next season. Buehrle, Garcia, Garland, Contreras, Hernandez, and McCarthy. Great Season, great parade, went right by my office. Can’t wait for next year! Sign Konerko and Thomas and lets do it again! Go Sox!!!!!!

Congratulations to the White Sox & what a grand celebration in Chicago! A special thank-you to Scott Reifert & the team for getting my favorite singer, Steve Perry to sing again publicly in 10 years or so…”Journey Rocks My Sox” — what a thrill this week has been…and it all happened in my hometown!! :)

Winning the world series was great- but being there today, cheering like crazy for our guys…NOTHING could top that! It was so much more than excitement, it was a deep pride in these guys, and a deep thankfulness for everything they’ve done for our city as a whole and of course me personally!

Thank you White Sox and Chicago for an amazing parade and rally today- it was a day I will NEVER forget! I’ve looked over my pictures about a 100 times already in pure awe at what an unforgettable experience it was- the BEST ending for the BEST season!

Thank you!!

I’ve been in the Cell for about 45+ games since Opening Day. Watching Buehrle handcuff the Indians on Opening Day was the start of something huge. I took my buddy who went to Opening Day with me to Game 2 of the World Series. What a wonderful year! I’ve been driving down from Crystal Lake with my season tickets for 5 years now. My neighbors are all Cubs fans and have thought I was an idiot. This has been amazing! Who’s the idiot now? HA! Thank you to the Sox for a glorious year! Thank you to Scott Reifert for this ‘blog. This has been a blast to follow. Like PK said … let’s do this again in 2006! LET’S GO WHITE SOX!!!!!!!!!

Does anybody know if the John Rooney call of the final WS out is available as a ringtone? I can’t stop listening to it…that pause then “Out! Out!…” you know the rest.

anyone know if the highlight video is up anywhere to download, the one that they played in the playoffs with the month to month coverage? i would really love to have a copy of that if anyone knows where to get it i would appreciate it. thanks

I didn’t see all of the parade/rally, but I couldn’t find Posednik or Carl Everett…Were they there?

God I love loggin on to the website and seeing that world series logo. Yeah Carl and Pods were there. Stayed in the periphery. What beautiful culmination to the greatest season.

white sox world champions computer wallpaper…
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cowboyneal/56794754/

Hi Scott,

Greetings from Philadelphia!

Quick question for you: I noticed that someone posted on 10/24/05 inquiring about the Sox drinking XS Energy Drink. I have heard through the grapevine that the Sox drink XS Energy Drink, and the person who posted on this said that they saw the players drinking it on TV. Can you verify this? If so, are there photos available of the Sox drinking XS? I am really interested in finding out how they got access to this product.

Thank you!

Lauren

Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your site. You have some really good articles and I believe I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please send me an e-mail if interested. Thank you!

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