Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Top White Sox Moment No. 3
Paul Konerko’s thunderous grand slam in 2005 World Series Game 2 at U.S. Cellular Field helped lead to a 2-0 edge over the Astros.
The moment resonates with me because of the reaction of the rain-soaked crowd. I was in a suite at the time of PK’s blast. To see the U.S. Cellular crowd roaring and boiling in reaction to PK’s shot was something I will never forget. The closest I get to describing how it looks was that our mass of cheering, wet, dark-coat covered fans looked most like the Artic Ocean in an episode of Deadliest Catch!
A moment I will never forget.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As we re-live these great games from the 2000s, just a reminder that you can purchase (benefits to Chicago White Sox Charities) a copy of our offical White Sox scorecards for any available game from 1952 until the present.
Some fans have chosen a great moment, while others have ordered copies of their first Sox game, the game they proposed, etc. If we have it in our files, we’ll make a copy for you.
Other Great Moment Nominees
not making the cut …
AJ’s game-winning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 18, 2005 as the Sox wore throwback 1959 unis …
AJ’s “steal” of first and Joe Crede’s game-winning double as the Sox won Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS to square the series with the Angels at a game apiece …
Bobby Jenks’ MLB record-tying feat of retiring 45 consecutive hitters (which ended with an appearance on August 12, 2007). Mark Buehrle later matched his teammate during his perfect inning run in July 2009.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Great White Sox Moment No. 4 from the past decade:
Mark Buehrle’s historic Perfect Game (along with DeWayne Wise’s dramatic catch) from July 23, 2009. Where were you when this magical afternoon happened?
I’ve cheated a little by combining Buehrle’s outing and Wise’s catch into one “moment,” but you get the idea!
Monday, December 28, 2009
White Sox Moment No. 5
Jim Thome’s game-winning home run and John Danks’ gutty pitching performance as the White Sox claim the American League Central with a 1-0 victory over the Twins in Game No. 163 of the 2008 season. Making the game even more remarkable was the response of Sox fans, who all wore black to the night game, creating an intimidating atmosphere at U.S. Cellular Field.
Other nominees not making the cut …
Ozzie Guillen being named manager in November 2003 …
Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye each connecting on their 300th career home runs in consecutive at-bats at Detroit on 4/13/09 …
Frank Thomas connects on his 400th career home run July 25, 2003 vs. TB …
December 27, 2009
White Sox Moment No. 6 from the past decade:
Mark Buehrle’s no-hit victory over the Texas Rangers on April 18, 2007.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
A few other suggestions …
… from fans, Sox employees and others. These three moments, while great on their own, didn’t make my White Sox Top 10 for the decade:
… Tad Iguchi’s home run in the 2005 ALDS vs. Boston
… James Baldwin’s 6.0 IP outing in G3 of the 2000 ALDS vs. Seattle
and the 2003 MLB All-Star Game played at U.S. Cellular Field
Saturday, December 26, 2009
White Sox Moments from the Past Decade
No. 7: El duque shines
El Duque Hernandez enters the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, retires the side dramatically, and goes on to pitch 3.0 IP in the deciding game of the 2005 ALDS Game 3 at Boston.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas, Sox Fans
No. 8 on my list of top White Sox moments from the past decade:
Jim Thome’s 500th career home run vs. LAA on September 16, 2007.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
White Sox Moment No. 9
The ninth-greatest unofficial moment from the last decade …
Geoff Blum’s Game-Winning HR in the 14th inning of World Series Game 3/Mark Buehrle’s Save
Blum’s line-drive homer to right field in the 14th inning of the longest World Series game ever broke a 5-5 tie as the Sox went on to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. The homer came in the early morning of Roland Hemond’s birthday (what a present!).
You’ll notice in some cases related to the 2005 World Series, I’ve used editorial priviledge to combine some feats, in this case Blum’s home run and Buehrle’s unusual save.
A few other nominations that didn’t make the Top 10 cut …
Alexei Ramirez’s grand slam to beat the Tigers in a must-win game on September 29, 2008 …
Carlos Lee’s game-winning home run to beat the Cubs on June 8, 2001 …
and, Sox fans in 2006, who came out in a franchise record 2,957,411 total.
Merry Christmas to Sox fans everywhere