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 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
Part Seven:  the seven days that made our season, consecutive road sweeps of New York and Cleveland.

Sweep the Champs!

(June 18, 2000)

The Chicago White Sox capped off one of the most amazing weeks in the one hundred year history of the franchise, winning seven consecutive games on the road against two of the best teams in the American League.  The Pale Hose score nine runs in the first inning against Orlando Hernandez, put away early the world champion New York Yankees to complete a four-game sweep in the Bronx, 17-4.  Sox fans, it wasn't even that close!

The Sox sent twelve batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring nine runs on six hits, the big blow a grand slam by Jose Valentin.  That chased the Yankee ace and ballooned his ERA nearly a full point.  Reliever Allen Watson hardly fared better in the second inning, the Sox touching him for three more runs on three hits, including a two-rbi double by Carlos Lee.  Seven Sox batters came to the plate.  By now the Sox hitters were tired from swinging and running the bases.  They got their "second wind" in the fifth inning, scoring four more runs with two rbi's coming from Mark Johnson and one each from Chris Singleton and Carlos Lee.  It was 16-0 after five innings.  Joe Torre might be the first manager to walk Frank Thomas less (twice) than Magglio Ordonez (four times).  It's hard to imagine a more complete dissection of a quality opponent than the Sox accomplished Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Jim Parque was handed such a huge lead from the very start, it's easy to understand why he might have seemed shaky in the first inning, allowing two runners to reach scoring position.  He woke up, induced a groundout and a pop out to end the threat -- the closest the Yankees came to making a game of this.  He went six innings for the win.

Jerry Manuel took the opportunity to dust off the far end of his bullpen staff, both Kevin Beirne and Jesus Pena pitching uneventful innings.  Again, the "A" team relievers are rested for the next big series starting Monday against Cleveland at Comiskey.

So how will the media spin this one?  The Sox didn't commit an error and blew out the world champions desperate to salvage something from a four-game stand that knocked them out of first place.  They won tight games and blowouts, slugfests and pitching duels, used top relievers and bullpen slugs, got big contributions from the veterans like Frank Thomas, Ray Durham, and Cal Eldred, as well as the youngsters like Carlos Lee, Chris Singleton, and Magglio Ordonez.  The odd-ball parts like Jose Valentin and Tony Graffanino made major contributions too. 

The team's doubters look more foolish than ever, left with nothing to criticize except perhaps Jerry Manuel had a bad hair day.  We like how the New York Times described our Pale Hose, "the best team in baseball."  That suits us just fine.

Somebody alert the Chicago media!

 

Back to 2000 Champions!

 



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