The Spirit of ’05 and It’s Sale Sunday
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Yesterday afternoon’s 2005 World Championship Reunion Weekend activities started with a family portrait in front of the “Championship Moments” monument in Champions Plaza (top photo above) and continued with the Parade of Champions as our heroes arrived from centerfield to the pre-game ceremony on the infield in classy Ford Mustang convertibles. Following the ceremony, the team gathered on the mound for another team picture (bottom photo above) with the songs “We are the Champions” and “Let’s Go White Sox” in the background. The festivities ended with Jon Garland throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to Chris Sale.
The Boys are Back in Town
The following are the members of the 2005 team who took part in yesterday’s ceremony. Each was introduced to the crowd by longtime Sox PA announcer Gene Honda and greeted with hugs all around:
Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Executive Vice President Ken Williams and coaches Harold Baines, Greg Walker, Art Kusyner, Don Cooper and Man Soo Lee were all introduced from the dugout.
Manager Ozzie Guillen was the first to arrive in his car with the World Series Trophy in hand.
The players included Garland, Brian Anderson, Dustin Hermanson, Chris Widger, Willie Harris, Timo Perez, Pablo Ozuna, Geoff Blum, Cliff Politte, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Frank Thomas, Carl Everett, Scott Podsednik, Bobby Jenks, Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand, Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko.
Rowand, Hernandez, Garland, Konerko, Podsednik, Dye and Guillen spoke during the ceremony and thanked their teammates and the fans. Some highlights:
* Paulie called three of the missing World Champs–Mark Buehrle, Juan Uribe and A.J. Pierzynski–overachievers for still playing. Buehrle’s a Blue Jay, of course, while Uribe and A.J. are with the Braves. Mark wasn’t missing entirely as he taped a message on the video board, ending it with, “Have one for me. Cheers.” And as if to say, ‘Don’t forget about me,’ Pierzynski broke up Jon Lester‘s no-hitter last night with an eighth-inning single against the Cubs lefty.
* Jermaine praised Ozzie for pushing the team to succeed.
* Ozzie called trainers Herm Schneider and Brian Ball, traveling secretary Ed Cassin and strength and conditioning guru Allen Thomas out of the dugout to join the group.
Click on the link below for a video of the ceremony–and enjoy the day in pictures. From top to bottom, that’s the group of ’05 Sox bench players (Harris, Blum, Perez, Widger and Ozuna); Blum re-enacting his game-winning homer in Game 3 of the World Series; Ozzie in his car with the World Series Trophy; Paulie in his ride; Crede in his Mustang; Everett and Thomas waving to the crowd; Podsednik high-stepping on the red carpet; Sale and Garland after the ceremonial first pitch.
Tonight at the Chicago Theatre: A Season to Remember
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game set as we look to even the series. Probable Starters: LHP Sale (8-4, 2.72) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (3-4, 4.65) for K.C.
All-Star Sale makes his 18th start of the season, eighth at home and second vs. Kansas City. He is 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA and 131 strikeouts over his last 12 starts. Chris earned the win in his last outing on July 11 vs. the Cubs, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings along with 10 strikeouts in the 5-1 victory. He recorded double-digit Ks for the 10th time this season.
Sale, named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June, ranks among the American League leaders in strikeouts (1st, 157), SO/9.0 IP (1st, 11.84), WHIP (1st, 0.95), SO/BB (1st, 6.83), average (3rd, .206), ERA (7th) and IP (11th, 119.1).
The White Sox scored a pair of runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score at 6-6 but fell short in 13 innings, 7-6…One out away from a loss and down 6-4 in the ninth, Adam LaRoche singled, Alexei Ramirez walked and J.B. Shuck doubled to left, scoring the tying runs…Ramirez went 2-3 with a solo homer (No. 3), two RBI and the walk, Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with a run batted in and Adam Eaton drove in another. Rookie Tyler Saladino, who had three hits in the Friday night doubleheader, had two more yesterday and made a couple of outstanding defensive plays at third base.
J.B.’s game-tying double and Alexei’s homer:
Quote of the Day
Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, calling the 2005 champs a great bunch of guys, was asked if he felt that the Sox, winners of 99 games in the regular season, in first place from start to finish and 11-1 in the postseason, have been slighted.
“We weren’t the 1927 Yankees, but we were probably better than a lot of teams (that won). A championship is a championship. What more recognition do you need than winning the World Series Trophy?”
Off Day. On Tuesday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a two-game series. Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 3.80) for the Sox, RHP Carlos Martinez (10-3, 2.52) for St. Louis.
During the off day, many of the Sox players and front office execs will be participating in the Field of Greens Celebrity Golf Tournament at Harborside International Golf Course in Chicago. The tournament supports pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at local hospitals.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 90 on July 17 in Cleveland, the first-place White Sox completed a four-game sweep over the Tribe with a 4-0 triumph. Jon Garland won his 14th game with six shutout innings and Tadahito Iguchi (6) and A.J. Pierzynski (12) belted a solo shot and two-run clout, respectively. It was win No. 61 on the season.
Photos of the Day
More 2005 hero trading cards, completing the set of 15 (designed by Sox intern Jordan Doyle).