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 2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

Six-Run Glorious Comeback!!!

(September 1, 2000)

How many heroes can you name from tonight's glorious team victory by our soon-to-be CHAMPION Chicago White Sox? It's nearly impossible, but we're sure going to try! The Sox successfully mount a comeback win from a six-run deficit to defeat Anaheim 9-8. Sox fans, it can't get better than this -- but it will!!!

Things were so ugly early on. Sean Lowe was lit up. The Sox were down four runs before they got their first cuts at the plate. They got two of them back, but Mo Vaughn hit a grand slam in the fourth and Sox fans began to fret.

Even the initial comeback looked doomed to failure. The Sox could only manage to score one run in the seventh inning in spite of having bases loaded with just one out. But ah, the eighth inning was something different entirely.

Frank Thomas must have been pissed he didn't get his cuts in the seventh, so he led off the eighth with a monster shot to dead-center, 8-4 Angels. Magglio Ordonez was already having a monster night (3 for 4, 2 runs scored); he creamed one to left, 8-5 Angels.

Carlos Lee kept the line moving with a single. Following a Herbert Perry fly out, Paul Konerko doubled setting the stage for a pinch-hit opportunity for Harold Baines. Baines was called out on a 1-2 pitch clearly outside the strike zone. Rather than piss and moan, Harold did the professional thing and simply let the bat drop from his hands, fall to the umpire's feet, then quietly walked back to the dugout with tiny shakes of his head -- the message unmistakable to everyone watching. Class act, that Harold.

With two outs it was clutch city for the next three batters. None of them disappointed. Charles Johnson was first. After the ball/strike calls of Baines's at-bat, Johnson wasn't taking too much. He ripped a 1-1 pitch that the left side of the Anaheim infield couldn't handle, everybody safe, Lee scoring. 8-6 Angels.

Now it really gets good. Josh Paul, just called up from Charlotte was brought in to run for Johnson. He's the tying run. Ray Durham is the batter and he battles Angels closer Shigetoshi Hasegawa to a 2-2 count, then rips a double the opposite way scoring Konerko and placing the tying run at third base, 8-7 Angels.

Jose Valentin is Jerry Manuel's choice for pinch hitting duties and delivers like he has all season long. How ESPN overlooks this guy is an absolute crime. As for the terminally-stupid Jay Mariotti, and the nest of vipers that inhabit the Tribune Sports section, we can make excuses for them. But Peter Gammons, Buck Martinez, and the rest of you Connecticut-types, how did you guys get so dumb?

Valentin steps in and nearly drills Hasegawa's fast ball into the right field seats, only to foul it straight back. The Angels ace tries to trick him off-speed, so Valentin reaches forward and lifts a lazy liner over second base for a perfectly place 2-rbi single, Paul scoring from third and Durham from second. 9-8 WHITE SOX!

More heroes? How about Bill Simas, Matt Ginter, and Keith Foulke who each pitched one scoreless inning to shutdown the Angels offense? How about Durham backing up first base in the ninth inning and preventing leadoff man Darrin Erstad from taking second base on an errant throw on an infield single? Or what about Jerry Manuel, who fits together the pieces of the puzzle to create the masterpiece of a season that this has become? Take your pick, Sox fans. We love 'em all.

Matt Ginter gets the win and the traditional beer shower. He's of age, so they used the real stuff for him, unlike 20 year old Jon Garland who got a non alcoholic shower earlier this year. The Sox are stocked for years to come. Back at the Flats in Cleveland, where the local wretches were drinking, partying, and dreaming of a September run at the division crown, life returns to the mundane routine of living in Ohio's armpit.

It's over Tribe fans. Enjoy second place. We never did.

 

Back to 2000 Champions!

 



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