View Full Version : It's Go Time - Playoff Edition

10-02-2005, 08:59 PM
Before the Minnesota series on the 18th of September, morale was very low on the South Side. It was terribly low around WSI. I started a thread to set the stage for the last two and a half weeks of the season, and PHG set up the NFL-like 17 week schedule. It brought WSI members back to reality, and the Sox made good on their promise of playoff baseball. Oh yeah..they won a division along the way.

So, here we are. October. Baseball. On 35th St. Pack your jersey, your hat, your tums, and enough money for some brats and churros. If you're watching the games at home, go buy the Johnsonville Brats...they're fabulous.

As I said back in September, this season has some very promising signs. The 1-0 wins vs. Cleveland to start both halves. Halliday getting hurt to give Buehrle the start and the win in the All-Star game. It just seems like fate. Now, you can throw in a pressure-packed finish to the season which goes against the typical White Sox clinchers. Instead of cruising into the dance with no real tolerance built up to the playoff atmosphere, the Sox had to battle the pressures of the media, themselves, and the upstart Indians en route to the AL Central title. You couldn't write it up any better. The Sox got that first vaccine to the pressure and rigors of October baseball, something that has proved to be very important in the era of the Wild Card (check how many wild card teams have won it all). It's all coming together.

This is that season where no team in the AL or the NL is at all invulnerable. There isn't ONE TEAM that can say it holds all the cards. The Red Sox don't have Pedro or the Curt Schilling of old. They're throwing an Ex-Cub (doom for most teams) at the Sox in game 1....a guy that has been getting torched of late. They have no bullpen..they have no stopper in the ninth inning. The Yankees are going to rely on tired old pitchers with aches, pains, and lower velocity. They have a stud in the back of the bullpen, but getting to that ninth has been a chore all year. The White Sox and Angels have the pitching edge, but neither team is the offensive juggernaut that we see in NY and Boston. Everyone is beatable.

That being said, get ready for a magical run. Get ready to put your hearts on the line and root like crazy. We may see something special folks, something that our parents or grandparents haven't seen. JUST THINK ABOUT THAT!
People years from now may be uttering the name Joe Crede or Aaron Rowand as that guy that performed the impossible. That guy that hit "that big homer" to win it all. You may tell your grandchildren one day about how you almost broke your head on the ceiling when Jermaine Dye hit that go ahead double in game 5 of the ALCS. You just never know. That's the beauty of what lies ahead.

I'm ready folks. Since April, we've been reborn every day to see another Sox game. When October rolled around, we saw our boys put up 36 more wins than losses. Wow. Now the stage is set for something special. Granted, we may see the Sox go out in 3 straight. Yes, that would hurt a lot. But, we may also see a ticker tape parade in the streets of Chicago, which would end the most special season we'll ever know as sports fans. Man, how fun is this going to be?

George, I would be honored if you would set up a little schedule for us like you did the first time. It worked out well, brother. Damn, folks..it's indeed go time.

10-02-2005, 09:04 PM
LET'S DO IT!!!!!

10-02-2005, 09:06 PM
My jersey and hat are hanging in my closet just waiting for tuesday morning. Great post, and lets go bring home a championship to show chicago, the media, and the country what White Sox baseball is all about!!!

10-02-2005, 09:08 PM
Tony says," You can DOOITTTT!" http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:sPyrOvEG-GkJ:gr.bolt.com/bolt_blog_images/psp/tony_little.jpg (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://gr.bolt.com/bolt_blog_images/psp/tony_little.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.bolt.com/editor/page/fatpenguin%3Fcatname%3D/Gaming&h=215&w=215&sz=14&tbnid=sPyrOvEG-GkJ:&tbnh=101&tbnw=101&hl=en&start=17&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dtony%2Blittle%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den% 26lr%3D)

Baby Fisk
10-02-2005, 09:09 PM

"My confidence knows no bounds! Tee hee hee!"

10-02-2005, 09:11 PM

"My confidence knows no bounds! Tee hee hee!"
That is absolutely hilarious. :bandance:

10-02-2005, 09:17 PM
This is OUR year.


10-02-2005, 09:23 PM
I just washed my authentic Konerko jersey tonight, and it'll be ready to go Tuesday!

Go Sox!!!

10-02-2005, 09:23 PM
"I once was lost, but now am found"

No more dark clouds for me. This is OUR year.

Ol' No. 2
10-02-2005, 09:24 PM
I just washed my authentic Konerko jersey tonight, and it'll be ready to go Tuesday!

Go Sox!!!I was going to get my jersey cleaned, but I was afraid I might wash out a lucky mustard stain.:D:

10-02-2005, 09:25 PM
I was going to get my jersey cleaned, but I was afraid I might wash out a lucky mustard stain.:D:


Maybe you could get a churro stain on there as well! Whatever works!

10-02-2005, 09:27 PM
2004 - Red Wine.
2005 - White Wine.

10-02-2005, 09:32 PM
2004 - Red Wine.
2005 - White Wine.

2005: White Wine, Red Whine :D:

mike squires
10-02-2005, 09:36 PM
It's hard to believe it's been five years since we experienced playoff baseball on the Southside! Can you believe at one point we had to wait 10?!

Tonight I took apart the bed, vacummed and dusted, hung up clothes, dusted the floor etc. etc. All probably out of anxiety.

I think we can do it. The games are going to be close and we are gonna have to wake up our bats. I'll have my Fisk jersey on and a glass of butterscotch in one hand.

For some reason the afternoon games scare me a little bit. I think we can get to Clement, Wells is a big game pitcher but I think we can burn him and don't we usually hit Wakefield pretty good. We can do it.

NOw, hopefully it wont take another 5 years to clean the bedroom.:D: :D:

10-02-2005, 10:08 PM