Mailbag: WhiteSox Champs
Tim (Houston, TX)
This wasn't a series of the White Sox overmatching the Astros, or flat-out beating them, this was a series of missed opportunities and bad managing by the Astros. The Astros had legitimate chances to win all four of these games, but choked when it came down to it. Congratulations Chicago, on your World Series title.
Vinnie (Cleveland, OH)
Zzzzzz ... oh, I'm sorry, is the World Series over? Finally! Too bad we now have to listen to all of these so-called "long-time White Sox fans" come out of the woodwork and jump on the bandwagon for the next 11 months. You thought having to listen to Red Sox Nation over the past year was bad? Wait 'til you hear the Chicago Bandwagon fans say things like, "I supported them all along."
Seth (Stamford, CT)
The most exciting sweep? Hardly. This World Series was totally lackluster, just like the last one.
Ryan (Pocahontas, AR)
Bottom of the ninth, one out, one on and there's a pop-up down the third-base foul line. How, in the name of Steve Bartman, are Astros fans not getting in the way of Juan Uribe? I would have been conspiring with my buddies before the game that if, with the chances being as likely as being hit by lightning or winning the lotto, a foul ball came in our direction and the 'Stros were at bat, whatever Sox player was after it may come away with the ball, but would smell like the beer the rest of the game and have popcorn in his ear. A true fan makes that catch impossible.
Chad (Medford, Oregon)
Congrats to the White Sox. With that said, BORING!!! If the Red Sox aren't in the series I really don't care. Unless the Yankees are in there, so I can root for whoever is playing from the National League. No Red Sox, no Yanks, no fun!
It may not have been the MOST exciting sweep ever, but to us in the White Sox Nation, it was the sweetest. Being in the shadow of the CUBS all of these years, at least this is the year that the red-headed step child brought home the "bling." All is right in the world. There is a Santa Claus.
I have to say that this is EASILY the best Series that ended in a sweep that I have ever seen. The Red Sox winning last year was great, but the "true" series was the Yankees-Red Sox in the ALCS. Usually a sweep is dominating, but I don't think this was dominant at all. Great series.
Stan (Richmond, VA)
I will turn 40 on Saturday and have been a White Sox fan all of my life; what a present!
Luke Butler (Seattle, WA)
The thing I'll remember most about the 2005 season is how the vast majority of people outside the South Side of Chicago appeared unable to get their heads around how good the White Sox were. The reason people couldn't understand it is that the Sox played as a team, and they weren't stacked with a few top-dollar individuals to whom the success could be attributed. When it got to the postseason, baseball fans and the sports media could only focus on a couple of bad calls to explain the Sox' dominance, when in fact, the White Sox were a better team than every other team in baseball, and they deserved exactly what they got.
Without a doubt, the most exciting sweep in World Series history. This may be one of the most underrated series of all time. We will look at the record books and see that Chicago won 4-0 and forget the average margin of victory (1.5 runs) and the amount of strategy that went into each at bat. Both teams knew how to play the game the right way, and baseball purists are rejoicing. And Dye for MVP? The quietest MVP ever, but more proof that the Sox needed the Geoff Blums, Willie Harrises and Juan Uribes of the world. Congratulations to the World Champion White Sox.
Justin Hartrich (Bloomington, IL)
This was the most exciting World Series that you could get for a sweep. Every game was back and forth, with drama, coaching decisions, unsuspecting heroes, and controversial calls. It was all that a true fan of the game could ask for.
When this thing started, I had no interest. Yet by the time Podsednik's homer cleared the wall in Game 2, I was compelled. It may not have been the prettiest baseball, but four games decided by less than two runs with unexpected heroes and goats (Brad Lidge anyone?); that's better than a lot of six or seven-game series can ask for. This was much better than last year's anticlimactic bore of a World Series, and the most exciting sweep I've ever seen.
Preston Jones (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Being a long-time White Sox fan, this was the greatest sports moment of my entire life. This World Series could not have ended more fittingly. The final score of 1-0 exemplified what the Chicago White Sox did all season long: great pitching, clutch hitting, solid defense, and the ability to win the close game. When you have a team with a whole lot of heart, you can win a championship even without a bonifide superstar. What I'll remember most about this 2005 season is the no-names from the South Side of Chicago who had no fear, but also had a whole lot of fun playing the game of baseball.
Adam (Bannockburn, IL)
Great Series. Game 2 was one of the best World Series games I've ever witnessed. The White Sox definitely rank up there as one of the best World Series champions ever. I'd love to see them matched up against the '98 Yankees. Now THAT would be a series!
I'll always remember the 2005 playoffs for the controversial calls that went the White Sox way. That blown call against Anaheim changed the entire season. Not only did they get away with that one, but they also got away with the hit-by-pitch ball on Dye. Both of those calls led to them winning the game. Great umpiring, MLB. You guys are a joke.
David (New York,NY)
Does anyone honestly care about the White Sox? Their most recognizable player didn't play an out, and the most intriguing guy on the team was the manager. Besides, they are still the OTHER team in Chicago and really always will be. At least the Astros had Clemens, Biggio and Bagwell playing, even if they did so badly. All in all, the series was a snooze.
Steve Grad (Foothill Ranch, CA)
As a lifelong Sox fan of 30-plus years, I can't quite grasp what is happening. It's a close third behind my marriage and the birth of my two girls and is one of the greatest things that has happened in my life. After all the heartache, after watching over 500 games at old Comiskey Park and after enduring endless torture by getting so close three times, it's finally ours (YES!). I'll never let go of this feeling for the rest of my life. Thank you, Chicago White Sox.