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October 26, World Series Game 4: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

Sox Magic Number:
"One word: Champions"

Short Take:  The 88-year wait is over! The Chicago White Sox win their first World Series title since 1917.

The wait is finally over. Our beloved White Sox are finally World Series Champions. A sweep of the Houston Astros shows the world what us Sox fans already knew, we're the best.

Our Sox won eleven of twelve in the postseason after sweeping the Cleveland Indians to end the end the 2005 season. The glorious season saw the Pale Hose leading the A.L. Central all 162 games of the season and steamrolling through the playoffs. A sweep of the ex-champs Boston Red Sox, taking the ALCS against the Los Angeles Angels, and the big one the World Series over the Houston Astros.

After last nights 14 inning marathon, both teams looked baffled by the starting pitching. Freddy Garcia and Brandon Backe got the ball for their respective teams and kept the opposing hitters off balance all night. Backe at one point stuck out five Sox hitters in a row, and Garcia kept the Astros in check by keeping them off the bases only giving up four hits in seven innings of work.

The Sox mantra this season was pitching and defense wins championships. The south siders proved the point during the playoffs and tonight when the game was going down to the wire. With Garcia set to lead off the eighth inning, Ozzie decided to pull Freddy to get this game over with. Willie Harris was the pinch hitter and did his job. Harris singled and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Scott Podsednik. Carl Everett pinch hit for Tadahito Iguchi and advanced Harris to third base on a ground out to second. World Series MVP Jermaine Dye drove in Harris as the Sox lone run with a single up the middle.

Cliff Politte came in to replace Garcia in the Astros half of the eighth. Politte got Craig Biggio to ground out but hit next batter Willy Taveras on the hands. Taveras advanced to second on a wild pitch by Politte which led him to intentionally walk Lance Berkman. With two men on, Morgan Ensberg flew out to center field putting the Sox four outs away from the title. Neal Cotts came in to pitch to Jose Vizcaino who would ground out to end the inning on a great play by Juan Uribe which wouldn't be his last of the night. With Bobby Jenks in the ninth to close out the victory, Jason Lane got Sox fans to bite their nails by representing the tying run at first. Lane quickly advanced to second base on a sac bunt by Brad Ausmus. Chris Burke came on to pinch hit for Adam Everett for the Astros and popped up in foul territory making Juan Uribe leap and reach into the Astros crowd to grab the ball to put the Sox one out away from the championship. Orlando Palmeiro was the Astros last hope and hit a slow ground ball to Uribe. Juan quickly got rid of the ball and got Palmeiro by a half step to end the game and make our Sox World Series Champions.

How does it feel Sox fans? Unbelievable I know. In a season filled with ups and downs. Sunny skies and dark clouds. And with just about every non-Sox fan out there predicting the team not to finish above fourth place, blow a first place lead in September, and not making it out of the ALDS, this is so sweet. Treasure it. Because we all know this doesn't happen often. Or will it? Are the 2005 Chicago White Sox poised to become a championship team for years to come? Only time will tell. The pieces are in place, Kenny Williams has a few decisons to make this offseason but for now Sox fans will treasure this for the rest of their lives. Spring Training will come sooner than usual next year. The 2006 season will begin April 3 at home against the Cleveland Indians. Opening day will probably hold the raising of the flag and the ring ceremony. Mark the date, until then wear your championship gear with pride, a cold Chicago winter won't seem so bitter this year.

Ozzieball Update:
  Ozzie ball scored the lone, winning run. Hey, it brought us a title!

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