Celebrating A Decade of Great White Sox Baseball

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What a Blast!

When I first came up with the idea of (unofficially) selecting a Top 10 White Sox moments from the last decade, I admittedly did it on the fly.  Some obvious moments jump at everyone, but it has been interesting to read some of the many nominations sent in by fans, White Sox staffers and others.  While many moments (mostly from October 2005) are consistently on every list, every so often someone offers up a moment that really makes you stop, remember, and smile.  It is interesting to see how different people, from different vantage points, perceived the same events.

I also want to thank everyone who submitted ideas.  It was apparent that Art Berke, not to name names, stopped his day in mid morning yesterday and spent considerable time on his Top 10.  Same is true for tc1980. Thanks guys.  It is interesting to s

My other takeaway was the intense sense of pride I felt — and I hope you experience — as I re-lived these moments in my mind.

Hopefully, those shared memories warm your week as we all celebrate the holidays and a New Year.

Finally, I ended up with way more than 10 moments, but thought they all deserved to be shared, so here is moment No. 10 (counting up), along with some other nominees from the audience (and remember, this is all in fun and is totally unofficial):

White Sox Moment No. 10 from the last decade!

The White Sox go 7-0 on a June road trip (6/12-18) in 2000, sweeping both the Indians and the Yankees to make believers out of many baseball fans nationwide and in Chicago.  They return from the roadtrip to a long-lasting standing ovation from Sox fans as the team took the field for the first game of the homestand.  Awesome moment.

Some Other Nominees not making the cut:

Mark Buehrle’s complete game in just 1:39 on 4/16/05 vs. Seattle …

July 2005 when Scotty Pods wins the Final Man Vote and learns of his victory as he takes his spot in left field …

7/9/06, a 19-inning White Sox victory over the Red Sox in the final game before the All-Star Break (I was just happy the game ended!)

President Barack Obama takes the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis proudly wearing his White Sox jacket.

More tomorrow …



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