The White Sox Win the Pennant: The Chicago White Sox beat the Angels to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1959 on another complete game by a starting pitcher.
posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 10:40 PM - 28 comments
Great game, and a great performance by the Angels to come from behind twice, one to tie and once to take the lead. Francisco Rodriguez was really wild pitching for the Angels in the 8th and the 9th; didn't they have any more pitchers?
posted by kirkaracha at 10:49 PM on October 16
The White Sox have shown what true base ball is. They have a great group of pichers and can take it all the way.
posted by 1 at 10:54 PM on October 16
Well, hot damn, go White Sox!
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:58 PM on October 16
The White Sox have shown what true base ball is. Please explain.
posted by grum@work at 11:05 PM on October 16
The White Sox have shown what true base ball is. Please explain. Apparently, true baseball is pitching a complete game. ... Assuming the Astros finish off the Cardinals in the next 3 games, we will have ourself a nice pitchers duel of a World Series. I'm pretty excited at that prospect. Though I do think the White Sox have a much better chance against the Astros than they do the Cardinals. It's like facing that Angels offense all over again, only less patient and less likely to reach base. And unless the Big 3 pitch on 3 days, at least one game will be a mismatch on the mound.
posted by panoptican at 01:37 AM on October 17
Anaheim batted .179 as a team during the series.
posted by kirkaracha at 01:53 AM on October 17
Interesting series. Great sox pitching, awful angel hitting, terrible umpiring. The angels simply couldn't hit. When your lead off hitter and clean up hitter (.050!!!) both hit below .100, you deserve to lose. I haven't seen Vladimir Guerrero hit much during the year, and I realize he's a bad ball hitter, but jesus, he looked awful and appeared to make no adjustments. No working the count, continually swinging at balls away and pulling grounders. Pitiful. Francisco Rodriguez was really wild pitching for the Angels in the 8th and the 9th; didn't they have any more pitchers? I think it was the attitude of winning and losing with your best, but he was on the verge of imploding. I think he was only a batter or two from coming out.
posted by justgary at 02:15 AM on October 17
Congrats White Sox fans! enjoy it while you can. Next year, you are back in the pack!
posted by daddisamm at 05:47 AM on October 17
DAMN i wish i had stayed awake to see this great finish of the pain in the ass angles TAKE IT ALL SOXS!!!!!!!
posted by FrankySP at 08:09 AM on October 17
Daddisamm, you would'nt be a Cubs fan, now would you?
posted by volfire at 08:29 AM on October 17
Daddisamm, you would'nt be a Cubs fan, now would you? Can you think of a team more suitable for a professional martyr? ;-)
posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:35 AM on October 17
daddisamm is a Twins fan.
posted by holden at 10:11 AM on October 17
"I think it's great because we proved a lot of people wrong, and I think I like that," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who at 41 wasn't even born when the White Sox last made it to the World Series. "I call it low key. We took a lot of beatings this year during the year about my team, and we just kept playing. Good thing my players don't listen to what I was saying to the media."
posted by zippinglou at 11:49 AM on October 17
My God - I picked them to finish out of the playoffs, I picked them to lose against the Red Sox, I picked them to lose to the Angels, and there is no way I can pick them against either the 'Stros or Cards. So I guess they're going to win (especially if St. Louis makes a series of it again, and the 'Stros have to start using some of there big game pitchers again).
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 12:23 PM on October 17
Please pick against the White Sox again, Weedy! In fact, I don't think they could possibly win the pennant again in 2006, do you? :)
posted by Brett at 12:41 PM on October 17
We took a lot of beatings this year during the year about my team, and we just kept playing. Good thing my players don't listen to what I was saying to the media." It's seems a bit silly for a manager to pull the "everyone is against us and no one believes us" card out of the deck when it's a team that leads wire-to-wire in their division. Wild-card teams can use it. Teams that come from down 3-0 in a series can use it. Even teams with a smaller-than-average payroll can use it. But the White Sox? Not buying it.
posted by grum@work at 02:36 PM on October 17
It's seems a bit silly for a manager to pull the "everyone is against us and no one believes us" card out of the deck when it's a team that leads wire-to-wire in their division. It's only silly if it fails to motivate his players, I don't think Ozzie is trying to convince you, the all-knowing sports fan, that this is true ;) Hard to believe that the Sox finally won a playoff series, let alone two. But my hat's off to them, they played harder and better than the Red Sox and the Angels. Let's see what they can do against the Astros. If they win the world series, maybe they can convince the city to tear down that eyesore of a stadium and give them a new (old-style) one.
posted by sic at 03:32 PM on October 17
"Good thing my players don't listen to what I was saying to the media." Ohterwise, they might realize what a tool I am, and that I'm less a big league manager than a caretaker.
posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:50 PM on October 17
A caretaker for a world series team!
posted by sic at 05:08 PM on October 17
grum@work: I commend you for not watching the sports media at all in August and September. Also, congrats for not living in Chicago and dealing with the Cubs media and fans. I'm a White Sox fan for 40+ years and even I felt Ricendork would find some way to screw the team. I hope they don't build a new stadium for the WS after they win the series. I'd like to have them down here in St. Petersburg where they should have moved years ago. Let the Rays merge with the Marlins and move to Vegas. As for Vlad -- he moved in RF like he was hurt. I bet he screwed up his back again and didn't want to let on.
posted by ?! at 08:08 PM on October 17
I hope they don't build a new stadium for the WS after they win the series. Wow. Bold, I'll give you that. I dunno if I'd be feeling like that after 88 years.
posted by yerfatma at 08:14 PM on October 17
I hope they don't build a new stadium for the WS after they win the series. Didn't they build new Comisky back in the 90s? Also, congrats for not living in Chicago and dealing with the Cubs media and fans. You don't know how glad I am not to live in Chicago. :)
posted by grum@work at 10:55 PM on October 17
what the hell is so bad about Chicago? And dealing with Cubs fans and the media? Have you ever been to Chicago, let alone live there? Can't we have a thread about the White Sox and not mention the Cubs? Go Sox! (coming from a Cubs Fan)
posted by willthrill72 at 12:50 AM on October 18
willthrill: Former Southsider here, so yes, I have been and lived in Chicago. Still have some family just North of the city. grum wrote that he wasn't buying "...everyone is against us and no one believes us..." (meaning the Sox.). I simply pointed out he wasn't living in Chicago and dealing with (I now know most) Cubs fans or the media (anywhere). Especially in September you were hard pressed to find a show that didn't mention the Sox were dying. And to answer your last question? In my experience, no. We will never have a thread about the White Sox that doesn't have some mention of the Cubs. yerfatma: I believe they'd stick the residents of Chicago and Cook County with a huge bill if they build a new stadium. I'm sick of team owners who don't pay for their own stadiums. Plus, if they move here I'd get to see the team more than once a season.
posted by ?! at 11:25 PM on October 20
Sorry, I meant "bold" like, as a Red Sox fan I would never have had the guts to utter those words before now for fear I'd be stuck with a Series loss and myself to blame.
posted by yerfatma at 07:12 AM on October 21
I think my ability to make things happen by wishing has been proven non-existant. Obviously my years of wishing Ricenduff would sell the Sox and buy an Australian Rules Football Team hasn't madehim buy a house in the outback.
posted by ?! at 12:43 PM on October 21
Maybe it's my Irish Alzheimer's, but I've found wishing aloud jinxes much more powerful than my teenage attempts at making Kelly LeBrock come to life.
posted by yerfatma at 06:07 PM on October 21
Well, yerfatma, maybe I can help you with that Kelly LeBrock problem.
posted by ?! at 12:02 AM on October 29
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