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flo-B-flo
11-04-2005, 10:20 PM
I don't know if this was a thread already. I want ANYONE who went to a game to tell me about it. Everything.

The game you went.
What you did.
eating.
sights
feelings.
Every single thing.
I couldn't go.
Give me the news.

The White Sox are the 2005 World Series Champions.
I gotta know.

chisoxmike
11-04-2005, 10:22 PM
I don't know if this was a thread already. I want ANYONE who went to a game to tell me about it. Everything.

The game you went.
What you did.
eating.
sights
feelings.
Every single thing.
I couldn't go.
Give me the news.

The White Sox are the 2005 World Series Champions.
I gotta know.

What game? The seasons been over for a week. Are you talking World Series game?

flo-B-flo
11-04-2005, 10:43 PM
What game? The seasons been over for a week. Are you talking World Series game? any game you went to. jeez

chisoxfanatic
11-04-2005, 10:45 PM
I went to 38 games this year. Which one would you like me to tell you about?

flo-B-flo
11-04-2005, 10:49 PM
I went to 38 games this year. Which one would you like me to tell you about? In the playoffs or world series

chisoxmike
11-04-2005, 10:55 PM
Ok, I'll play.


I went to games 1 & 2 of the ALDS. All I have to say is simply amazing. I actually never thought I'd be at a playoff game. You can defiantly tell they are different from a regular season game. From the first pitch to the end of the game the crowd is into it. People were going nuts when they scored the 5 runs in the first inning of game 1. The electricity in game 2 when tadahito hit the 3-run home run was something I've never seen at a Sox game before. Its very cliche, but words can not descirbe the games I went to. And that was only the first round.

After game 1, my friend and I met up with fellow WSIers: chisoxfanatic, palehose13, hangar18, steff & her husband. Fun times. Lets do it again next year eh?

The only thing that sucked were those damn thundersticks...I hate those things. And the two women sitting in our row that went for beer runs every inning. They didn't even watch the game. I was really getting annoyed when they went up in the middle of the inning and walked passed us when the Sox were mounting a comeback in game 2 when Tony G. made the error at second base.

chisoxfanatic
11-04-2005, 10:59 PM
After game 1, my friend and I met up with fellow WSIers: chisoxfanatic, palehose13, hangar18, steff & her husband. Fun times. Lets do it again next year eh?

How about for the next decade and beyond. :cool:

I was at the "controversial" ALCS Game 2 (the Pierzynski game), and that place was never so loud as when Crede hit his game-winning liner to the left field wall. I felt the seat shake from underneath me, as well as the concrete underneath me rumble. UNREAL!

CubsfansareDRUNK
11-04-2005, 11:02 PM
ive said it before and i'll say it again.
World Series game 1 was the best white sox game i've ever been to.
What did i feel? Amazing
What i did? I walked around and i felt like an ant in an anthill. it was awsome. there were so many people there and they cheered on every pitch
eating-i ate alot-a brat, some fries, some chips, and pepsi
sights-ive never seen sox park more alive

itsnotrequired
11-04-2005, 11:04 PM
any game you went to. jeez

I went to the May 16 game against the Rangers. It was 50 degrees at game time and got colder as the night went on. I drank coffee to stay warm since I only had a thin sweatshirt on for warmth. AJ hit a grand slam but the Sox ended up losing.

Then I saved Spring Break...

chisoxmike
11-04-2005, 11:06 PM
I went to the May 16 game against the Rangers. It was 50 degrees at game time and got colder as the night went on. I drank coffee to stay warm since I only had a thin sweatshirt on for warmth. AJ hit a grand slam but the Sox ended up losing.

Then I saved Spring Break...

I was at that game too, Iguchi it a home run in the eighth to tie the game, but Marte came in the ninth and gave up a 2-run HR to Kevin Mench. I was so pissed after the game I dont think I said a word on the drive home.

CaptainBallz
11-04-2005, 11:08 PM
The only thing that sucked were those damn thundersticks...I hate those things. And the two women sitting in our row that went for beer runs every inning. They didn't even watch the game. I was really getting annoyed when they went up in the middle of the inning and walked passed us when the Sox were mounting a comeback in game 2 when Tony G. made the error at second base.

You must be talking Game 2 with the "Thunder" Sticks. Might I ask where you were sitting? I think I recognize those ladies....

itsnotrequired
11-04-2005, 11:09 PM
I was at that game too, Iguchi it a home run in the eighth to tie the game, but Marte came in the ninth and gave up a 2-run HR to Kevin Mench. I was so pissed after the game I dont think I said a word on the drive home.

I started out drinking coffee and it wasn't doing jack to keep me warm. I moved on to beer in the 4th inning. It really didn't help keep me warm but after a couple, I stopped caring...:cool:

Then I saved Christmas...:rolleyes:

beckett21
11-04-2005, 11:36 PM
I went to Game 1 of the WS with a buddy of mine who flew into town from San Diego for the occasion. I was also fortunate to go to Game 2 of the ALCS, which was another tremendous experience. But the World Series is incomparable to any event I have ever attended.

I had resigned myself to not going. I was adamant that I wasn't going to pay scalper prices. We ended up getting the tickets the day before, paying more than I care to admit on stubhub. It was either do that or not go, and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity. When we got to our seats, we were pleasantly surprised. They were in right field, section 105, Row 10--what we didn't realize when we got them is that our section was right behind the visitors bullpen, and row 10 is actually the second row of that section. :bandance:

The atmosphere was indescribable. I don't even know how to describe the feeling. The excitement, the electricity in the air. It was surreal, actually. This was the WORLD SERIES--it was incomprehensible.

We waited in line to get into the gift shop behind home plate. It was a mob scene, you could barely move with all the people in there. I bought a disposable camera (I had forgotten mine, of course :mad:), a couple official World Series baseballs, a mini-autographed AL Champions bat with the World Series logo, a few programs, a few pins, a pennant, and a patch.

The crowd was pumped up like I had never seen before. Josh Groban sang the National Anthem, while military personnel unfurled the largest American Flag I had ever seen in person. All the players were introduced and lined up along the foul lines. I still couldn't believe that the White Sox were in the World Series, and I was there to see it!

Jermaine Dye's home run landed just in front of us in the bullpen in right field. Had it gone into the stands, I probably would have had a shot at grabbing it.

We were sitting next to a father and son who appeared to be roughly 80-something and 40-something, respectively. The son told me that his dad had been to 53 consecutive Opening Day's for the White Sox. We got to talking, and somehow the topic of how much we paid for our seats came up. The guy told his father, who was shocked. He then proceeded to tell me that it was worth it to be there, and he offered to buy me a beer. I declined, but an inning later he passed me a beer anyway. :D:

Crede's home run and Jenks' performance in the 8th and 9th innings to nail down the win were other memorable highlights. The rest of the game is somewhat of a blur right now, but it was a euphoric experience. I remember a lot of high-fiving as well as a lot of nail-biting moments. After the game, we lingered around Bridgeport for awhile in the parking lot at Morrie O'Malley's where we met some other friends. With all of the hooting, hollering and horn-honking, you'd have thought we had won the whole damn thing that night! :cool:

Sorry for rambling, I'm not the best storyteller. It's impossible to express every experience and emotion I felt in a post. In summary, it was unforgettable. I wish that every Sox fan could have had the opportunity to have been there. :gulp:

chisoxmike
11-04-2005, 11:37 PM
You must be talking Game 2 with the "Thunder" Sticks. Might I ask where you were sitting? I think I recognize those ladies....

SEC 520

chisoxfanatic
11-04-2005, 11:39 PM
Hey, Beckett,

Do you realize you sat in the same row that I sat at the Core of the Core event? The Dude, Chips, chisoxmike, ChiSoxGirl, and I all sat together. I guess you could say you were part of the event now...well KIND. :cool:

chisoxfanatic
11-04-2005, 11:40 PM
SEC 520

And you BOLTED out of that tunnel after Game 2 of the ALDS like I've seen NOBODY bolt before...I didn't expect to even see you, as I was on a mission to meet ChiSoxGirl and her sister in the Bullpen Sports Bar postgame...I almost died of internal laughter seeing you bolt like that...

beckett21
11-04-2005, 11:45 PM
Hey, Beckett,

Do you realize you sat in the same row that I sat at the Core of the Core event? The Dude, Chips, chisoxmike, ChiSoxGirl, and I all sat together. I guess you could say you were part of the event now...well KIND. :cool:

No, I did not realize that. That is awesome! :D:

We could have bought seats in the UD for a few hundred dollars less, but once you're in that deep what's the difference?:redneck

I love sitting in the outfield anyway. Those seats were great.

I'll have to try to make the *official* event next year and meet some of you folks!

chisoxfanatic
11-04-2005, 11:53 PM
Hopefully Brooks Boyer will decide to do it on a weekend. How about Saturday vs. the Cubs...WSI invades the Scout Seats for a reduced rate.

Gotta love wishful thinking. :D:

dwalteroo
11-05-2005, 12:04 AM
Long time lurker, first time poster...

I went to Game 2 of the World Series. I paid an arm and a leg to go, but my brother and I rolled the dice, took a long look at how long my dad had waited for a World Series (his entire life) and decided it was worth it.

There's really no way to accurately describe how just simply magical it was, looking back on it. It was raining, and you figured it was going to be a long and slow night. We were up in Section 512, way up below the roof. But it didn't turn out to be long and slow, hardly. SO MUCH happened that night. I remember just about every single thing - hell I took like 120 pictures. I shook Bill Wennington's hand (Bulls), and met the Governor outside. I ate a brat, and wanted to find the cotton candy guy but couldn't (later realized...because it was raining).

When the Sox were down 4-2 and Konerko came to bat, it was like something took over and the night happened as it was somehow meant to - it was like it was out of the hands of even fate. As soon as he swung the bat, you know what just happened. I didn't say a word, and just put my hand on my brother's shoulder, acknowledging what was happening. When the ball landed over the wall, I can honestly say I've never seen that many people go THAT berzerk ever before. It was beyond exciting and the absolute rush you got watching one of your favorite players of all time do something that you-thought-he-might-but-were-afraid-he-might-not was somehow as fullfilling as anything I've ever been a part of in my entire life.

And then, Podsednik came to bat in the 9th. If I can even say this, I called it. I said to my brother, "He's gonna end it, right here. Home run number two." Two pitches later, he did. And I can say that people went more berzerk at that moment that at any other time, even with Konerko's grand slam. I couldn't stop cheering - it was by far one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my entire life.

My brother and I laughed the entire way home. It was, quite simply, one of the very best nights of my life. And worth every single penny - I will tell my grandkids and my friends and their friends and their grandkids and everyone who will ever listen for the rest of my life about the night we were at Game 2 of the World Series, which the White Sox won.

I don't even get tired of saying that - the White Sox won the World Series. The White Sox won the World Series. What an amazing team.

itsnotrequired
11-05-2005, 12:09 AM
Hopefully Brooks Boyer will decide to do it on a weekend. How about Saturday vs. the Cubs...WSI invades the Scout Seats for a reduced rate.

Gotta love wishful thinking. :D:

I'm so bummed about missing Core of the Core last season. I missed it because my lousy wife had to go into labor and give birth to our first child.:wink:

Seriously, that event must happen agin in 2006!

chisoxfanatic
11-05-2005, 01:12 AM
I'm so bummed about missing Core of the Core last season. I missed it because my lousy wife had to go into labor and give birth to our first child.:wink:

Seriously, that event must happen agin in 2006!

I'm sure you could've brought your wife to the game. We could've gotten Man Soo Lee to "catch" your newborn baby in the bullpen. :D:

pudge
11-05-2005, 03:23 AM
We could have bought seats in the UD for a few hundred dollars less, but once you're in that deep what's the difference?:redneck



So it's you damn doctors who kept those prices so absurdly high.

BarbG
11-05-2005, 04:00 AM
The game you went: Probably 20 games this year, no 2 alike. Specifically, Game 2 of the ALDS. I brought my daughter but I was the one who felt and acted 16.

What you did: Jumped up and down and screamed a lot! Used up my whole year's quota of hugging my kid in public.

Eating: Hot dogs I believe, before the game started. Not another bite after the first pitch, which was a big difference from the regular season games. Too excited to eat and didn't want to miss a thing.

Sights: All the ALDS stuff was awesome to me, all the signs...!

Feelings: Indescribable. Like a kid again, and my dad didn't leave my mind all night. A little nervous when the score went to 4-0 Boston; changing to euphoric when the Big Inning got going and Carl scored that first run.

Every single thing: Never wanted the evening to end. It was the most beautiful night weather-wise, 70's (?). The fireworks after Iguchi's homerun couldn't even be heard over the absolute bedlam in the stadium. I thought the guys looked a little more nervous out there than usual. The LET'S GO WHITE SOX went on all the way down the ramps with thunderous volume - even down the street and over the bridge. Two young men walked the whole way with a very cool banner high above their heads that said "OZZ-MAZING!", weaving through the crowd. Even in the traffic jam, people were all smiling and waving and cheering instead of cussing each other out. It took hours to come down off that White Sox High and fall asleep. Then I just dreamed about the game anyway!

SouthSide_HitMen
11-05-2005, 04:39 AM
In a season where I probably indulged my White Sox fandom 1 (OK lets get real several) times to many here are the Top 6 games I went to at the end of the season and playoffs:

Honorable Mention (ALCS Game 1 & ALDS Game 1) - While every playoff game, even a loss, is awesome to be a part of these two games did not make the cut. Game 1 of the ALDS was a blow out early - it was great we won but there was no moment. Game 1 of the ALCS sucked. It was the only game I was in the upper deck (low row but far down the line), it rained the White Sox offense could not do anything, etc.


5. ALDS Game 2 - Great seats (midway up section 120). The crowd was dead. Between the dumb ass thunder sticks and the fact our offense looked terrible the crowd was quiet and disgusted after the first 4 innings when that pig David Wells (who I last saw in person the night he threw up on the mound against the Cubs getting pulled in the first a Game we eventually won with a Grand Slam so maybe he was good luck) made us look like garbage. 48 pitches and we managed two hits - 1 an infield hit. Then the White Sox exploded against Wells. He pitched 29 pitches that inning and everyone was more enjoyable than the previous. He lost all steam after Tony G's misplay allowing the second run to score and then Iguchi brought the place to a roar with his shot. The rest of the game we were on pins and needles as Boston had three runners reach, the last on a Double by Tony Graffanino trying to redeem himself but it wasn't to be as Jenks shut down Damon and Renteria to end it. It was then that White Sox Army realized we were going to advance in the playoffs for the first time ever and that yes, this could be our year.

4. JOE CREDE!!! - September 20, 2005. The game started out badly. We were in the bleachers and it was actually quite amusing as the White Sox had a stitch one promotion where close to 100 people were feverishly knitting and taking in a White Sox game. Little did many of them know it would turn out to be THE White Sox game of the season. Numerous mediots and dark clouds were predicting our demise. The White Sox blew the game Monday and the lead which was 15 games just a few months ago was down to 1 1/2 games. To make matter worse there were a bunch of Cleveland fans surrounding us. Cleveland took an early lead and to change luck the bleachers were abandoned for the friendly confines of the Lower Deck seats in section 157 before the bottom of the 7th with the score Tribe 5, White Sox 3. The White Sox managed to score three in the 7th (2 doubles, 2 walks and a sac fly) and things looked good with Jenks coming in for the 9th to wrap things up. Then tragedy struck as Rowand screwed up and misjudged Victor Martinez' ball allowing Peralta to score the game tying run. Jenks was able to get out without further damage but the White Sox were unable to score after loading the bases in the 9th. Hermanson shut down the Tribe in the 10th and then the man, the legend, who hit a 3 run homer in the 3rd stepped to the plate to face David Riske. First pitch - Swing and a drive way back - Gone - Far up into section 157 - in fact the ball landed 4 or 5 rows in front of us and you can see us in the replay. What looked like a possible 1/2 game lead turned into 2 1/2 games and the rest of course is history.

3. ALCS Game 2 - Great seat (Row 1 - 4th row) down the RF line. The game was very close - a great pitchers dual. We could not see how close Rowand was at home due to the fact we were down the line (2nd inning play with Guerrero's off line throw and Rowand's futile attempt at home after sliding into third). Quinlan tied it up in the 5th his his solo shot and they way Anaheim's bullpen and Buehrle were throwing you knew 1 more run would do it. The crowd was very nervous in the 6th, 7th.... innings. We were already facing the prospect of going to Anaheim and the evil West Coast down 0-2. We blew a bases loaded opportunity in the 5th after Quinlan homered. Escobar struck out the side in the 8th and mowed down the White Sox in the 9th. But wait. What happened? We were shocked wondering what was going on as the Angels trotted off the field and AJ was trotting to first. I put John & Ed on and they were confused as well. After several minutes of Scioscia arguing -he would not leave the field and White Sox security finally escorted him off the field - Joe Crede - Mr. Clutch and my favorite White Sox player was headed to the plate. We all know what happened next and the place was up for grabs and going crazy and nobody wanted to leave. We had won the game which all night it looked like we could quite possibly lose. Never had I experienced such a moment at Comiskey until a game further up the list.

2. World Series Game 1 - What an incredible experience. The White Sox MUST do this again and very soon so the rest of White Sox Army can experience it first hand. Had bleacher seats for the World Series (obtained by buying full 2006 Season Tickets). Far up and the RF / CF warning track and beyond was obstructed by the Fan Deck. We missed Dye and Lamb's HRs because we couldn't see them until they were shown on the scoreboard (which was also partially blocked by the fan deck). Not to worry. This was the Core of the Core - People who bought 2006 Season Tickets - the diehards - throughout the section. The people to our left and row below bought 6 Full Season Ticket packages. So did the people behind us and to the left. No corporate big wigs or B List stars. Everyone was into the game. We were standing 50 times during the game. Every key strike. Every key situation. Every big hit. Every 2nd strike to end an inning. Contreras looked shaky at first but settled down and was back into playoff form. Who was up in the 4th after Houston tied it. Oh yeah - JOE CREDE (I think I am sounding like Bafia Rocks at this point but he was / is the man as we all know). The only question was was it fair and after we were teased earlier in the game we were not denied. We stood the entire 8th and Cotts and Jenks worked their magic striking out the side after the first two runners reached. We stood the entire ninth as Jenks made history bringing home a World Series winner for the first time in my lifetime. Could Game 2 possibly be better?...

1. World Series Game 2 - No Game can ever top this one. Braving the cold rain (any regular seasong game and the tarp would have been on the field - Fox said play so play they did). Moved out of the bleachers after the 5th to escape the rain which was increasing at that time. We all know what happens when you leave the bleachers. Down 4-2 we were still confident the White Sox would do it. We were standing down the LF line when the 7th inning happened. I said "Konerko can make an extra $1 mil a year with one swing of the bat" after the first pitch it happened. Everyone was going crazy.

And then the roller coaster started downward with 2 runs Jose Vizcaino -JOSE ****ING VIZCAINO was able to knock in on that little shot to left. We thought Pods throw would have nailed Burke but he had a great slide. Lidge was brough in but I was confident we could score against him as he was not very good against St. Louis. When Paully hit his shot we knew it was gone instantly. When Podsednik hit his it went to right center where balls were being held up all night. Standing underneath the stands we could not see the entire flight of the ball and I figured it would land in the gap for a double or possible triple but it kept going and going and all of the season the whole park went crazy - I can't describe it. It was ALCS Game 2 Squared or to the Third Power. Everyone was high fiving, hugging complete strangers. I KNEW this was the last game we would see at Comiskey this season and that we would become World Champions and that this was the greatest season in the history of the franchise for the 95% + of fans not alive (or old enough to remember) in 1917. I thought it would take 5 games but the Sox exceeded my expectations one more time.

The Greatest White Sox Season Ever - Celebrate it, Remember it, Bask in it.

hose
11-05-2005, 07:30 AM
I went to all the playoff and WS games and sat in sec 145.

ALDS game 1: Big Hurt throwing out the first pitch was the most emotional moment I felt in all of the pre-game ceremonies of the playoffs and WS.

ALCS game 2: After Crede's walk off hit in the ninth inning the crowd was incredible. Sheer joy, jubilation and singing took over and nobody wanted to leave the park. When the crowd did leave it was as if they were walking on air, all the while high fiving, hand shaking, fist pumping and chanting "Let's Go White Sox". What made this so good was that there were sooooo many true die hard Sox fans at this game.

WS game 1: Neal Cotts striking out Ensburg and Lamb was huge and Jenks gassing up Bagwell set the crowd into a frenzy.

WS game 2: The weather kept the crowd quieter then usual. With all the layers of clothing and rain gear on most people stayed hunkered down in their seats. Paulie's slam changed everything and the crowd was electric all the way to the end. Most people were in disbelieve that Pods actually hit a homer. The crowd went crazy and again didn't want to leave the park.

To me the ALDS and ALCS seemed to have more true Sox fans. I'm sure it came down to ticket availability .

Unfortunately the WS had a good portion of people who normally wouldn't go to baseball game let alone a Sox game. Somehow these people were able to get tickets and were caught up in the moment and still cheered for the home team. I could see and feel the difference between the crowds after game 2 of the ALCS and game 2 of the WS with both having walk off hits.

Getting off the Green line I noticed more of a police presence. Then walking over the Dan Ryan the Chicago Police had about 8 bikes lined up and then about 5-8 mounted police behind the bikes. It was about as impressive as it gets with the police.

The park was in tip top shape and was looking good. The area around the Cell was also about as clean as it will ever be. I got a chuckle looking down on 35th and watching a street sweeper go up and down the street and noticing not one bit of paper or trash in sight.

The slogan Sox Pride couldn't of been a better fit. From the park, to the players, to the fans , it was about as good as it gets.

Ditka v. God
11-05-2005, 10:16 AM
Since I go to school in Texas and was working down here all summer I wasn't able to go to any Sox games except for one and it is the Sox experience I'll remember for the rest of my life and a story I'll tell my kids and grandkids years from now...GAME 4 of the World Series. Probably the most exhilirating moment of my life. My mom drove all the way from New Mexico to Austin and then we high-tailed it to Houston. The whole game was so intense I could barely breathe, but after Jermaine hit that slow roller through the middle to break the stalemate and go up 1-0 I knew we were only 6 more outs from making history!!! I think my mom only watched about 4 complete innings of the game. The rest of the time she was either praying or having a heart attack. :tongue:

Needless to say that is one of the greatest experiences of my life so far.

flo-B-flo
11-05-2005, 01:50 PM
You guys are ****in' awesome! As I was reading your posts, I began FEELING like I was there with you all. I think I'll watch the games again and read your posts again. Thanks All. Thank You!

beckett21
11-05-2005, 02:10 PM
So it's you damn doctors who kept those prices so absurdly high.

LOL I was waiting for that one! :redneck

It went against my principles to pay that much for one ticket. I kept hoping the brokers would blink first, but in the end I did. In all honesty it has put a serious dent in my budget, being a young physician still on the hook for student loans in the six-figure range.

Not trying to take this thread off on a tangent, but by not going the only person I would have been punishing would have been myself. That is a debatable point of course, because obviously if no one paid those prices then there would be no market. The reality of it is that there are people who will pay those prices. Does it sicken me that someone made that much money off of me? Yes it does, but the experience was worth the price to me. I have no regrets whatsoever and would do it again tomorrow if given the chance.

Money will come and go, but the memory will last a lifetime. :smile:

chisoxmike
11-05-2005, 04:47 PM
And you BOLTED out of that tunnel after Game 2 of the ALDS like I've seen NOBODY bolt before...I didn't expect to even see you, as I was on a mission to meet ChiSoxGirl and her sister in the Bullpen Sports Bar postgame...I almost died of internal laughter seeing you bolt like that...

Haha, yeah I was pretty pumped! I ran up to you and gave you a huge hug if I remember correctly.

SOXSINCE'70
11-05-2005, 06:01 PM
I went opening day to see Beuhrle defeat Jake Westbrook,1-0.
Funny thing about that game;the Sox scored the run on an Aaron
Rowand groundout.Jhonny Peralta booted the ball,and Konerko,
the slowest runner on the team,scored the run.Had 2 kosher hot dogs
and a diet Pepsi.It was cool,but not too cold.The buinting made it feel
like a playoff game.

2 months later,I saw the 5-3 win against the Dodgers.That was
the game A.J. won with a 2 run homer in the 9th.Had the same food,
but my favorite memories of this game were the Sox scoring 4 times
with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th,and a little leaguer whose team
happened to be the Dodgers.He razzed Sox fans all night,despite his
mother's pleas to stop.The fans gave it right back to him,good
naturedly.Nothing too major.Just told him "Wait till the game's
over,then tell me how you beat the Sox".We all had a good
laugh,including the boy,his Mom and his younger sister.The Mom
and younger sister were Sox fans who apologised to our section
all night.We laughed and said "No problem".
I would have gone to more games,but being unemployed from
January to July left me very little income (even with a great severence package).Once I did get a job,I couldn't afford games as I
took a paycut in my new job (I know,join the club).

Dillinger25
11-05-2005, 11:38 PM
I don't know if this was a thread already. I want ANYONE who went to a game to tell me about it. Everything.

The game you went.
What you did.
eating.
sights
feelings.
Every single thing.
I couldn't go.
Give me the news.

The White Sox are the 2005 World Series Champions.
I gotta know.


Written the day after Game 2 of the World Series, I can't image I will ever be at any baseball game that is better.:drool:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=910658#post910658

http://www.ioffer.com/img/1113894000/_i/6492934/1.jpg

Taliesinrk
11-06-2005, 12:44 AM
I went to Game 1 of the WS with a buddy of mine who flew into town from San Diego for the occasion. I was also fortunate to go to Game 2 of the ALCS, which was another tremendous experience. But the World Series is incomparable to any event I have ever attended.

I had resigned myself to not going. I was adamant that I wasn't going to pay scalper prices. We ended up getting the tickets the day before, paying more than I care to admit on stubhub. It was either do that or not go, and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity. When we got to our seats, we were pleasantly surprised. They were in right field, section 105, Row 10--what we didn't realize when we got them is that our section was right behind the visitors bullpen, and row 10 is actually the second row of that section. :bandance:

The atmosphere was indescribable. I don't even know how to describe the feeling. The excitement, the electricity in the air. It was surreal, actually. This was the WORLD SERIES--it was incomprehensible.

We waited in line to get into the gift shop behind home plate. It was a mob scene, you could barely move with all the people in there. I bought a disposable camera (I had forgotten mine, of course :mad:), a couple official World Series baseballs, a mini-autographed AL Champions bat with the World Series logo, a few programs, a few pins, a pennant, and a patch.

The crowd was pumped up like I had never seen before. Josh Groban sang the National Anthem, while military personnel unfurled the largest American Flag I had ever seen in person. All the players were introduced and lined up along the foul lines. I still couldn't believe that the White Sox were in the World Series, and I was there to see it!

Jermaine Dye's home run landed just in front of us in the bullpen in right field. Had it gone into the stands, I probably would have had a shot at grabbing it.

We were sitting next to a father and son who appeared to be roughly 80-something and 40-something, respectively. The son told me that his dad had been to 53 consecutive Opening Day's for the White Sox. We got to talking, and somehow the topic of how much we paid for our seats came up. The guy told his father, who was shocked. He then proceeded to tell me that it was worth it to be there, and he offered to buy me a beer. I declined, but an inning later he passed me a beer anyway. :D:

Crede's home run and Jenks' performance in the 8th and 9th innings to nail down the win were other memorable highlights. The rest of the game is somewhat of a blur right now, but it was a euphoric experience. I remember a lot of high-fiving as well as a lot of nail-biting moments. After the game, we lingered around Bridgeport for awhile in the parking lot at Morrie O'Malley's where we met some other friends. With all of the hooting, hollering and horn-honking, you'd have thought we had won the whole damn thing that night! :cool:

Sorry for rambling, I'm not the best storyteller. It's impossible to express every experience and emotion I felt in a post. In summary, it was unforgettable. I wish that every Sox fan could have had the opportunity to have been there. :gulp:

I was close to you.. a bit over. Section 108, row 16, a game and day I'll never forget.
After searching endlessly for about 4 days, I finally got lucky and found a "reasonable" offer on craigslist. I worried about the validity, but luckily the guy was actually a liscensed broker (which was wierd because he sold the ticket for a couple hundred under the going rates). Anyway, I had saved up a bit for my future the past couple of summers (I'm only 21 in college) and realized that this was my life, and therefore my future. I got my money together and hopped in my car headed for Chicago (from richmond, in). I'm from Ft. Wayne (Cubs central), and therefore don't really know any die-hard Sox fans like myself. Therefore, I had to take this voyage by myself.
I drove into town on Friday, stayed with some buddies at Northwestern, and headed to the Cell on Sat, early afternoon, to arrive to more Sox fans/camera sets/tailgaters I could've imagined ever being there (this of course was after the 7 CPD made me pop my hood and search my entire vehicle - then ask me if I "had anything I shouldn't", as if I were 10 and I was talking to my mom).
I got in the stadium in time to see the Sox take BP and watch some heckle Brad Lidge and the rest of the astros bullpen. On a pretty funny (ironic) note, one guy thanked brad lidge for making him so much money in the NLCS and told him congradulations on the game... "it was the longest HR hit in postseason history". Lidge then turned to the guy and asked him what he did for a living... very cocky (although deserved). Karma came back to haunt lidge in Game 2, because apparently that guy only being a school teacher wasn't "as cool" as Lidge being a postseason punching bag.
The opening ceremonies/pre-game intros/national anthem were truly chilling and emotional. When they brought both teams benches out and then made a special announcement for Frank before the starting line-ups I couldn't have cheered more loudly.. or so I thought.
I got some good food (sausage and nachos) in the early innings and found that everytime i left my seat, the astros scored. Needless to say, I didn't leave again for the rest of the game. I lost my voice by about the 3rd inning (no joke) but it was all worth it. It was a big tough because half our section wanted to stand the whole game and the others didn't. In fact the ushers threatened to remove some that were standing because they were blocking the view of others (ridiculous in my opinion). Anyhow, by about the second inning I became much less reserved and realized I was at the World Series, and therefore was going to go all out. Luckily I had an aisle seat, and from then on was running up and down the aisle the whole game. I even presuaded a little 10 year old kid in front of me in a JD uni to go to the front of the section and motion everyone to stand up while I yelled at them all (kindly explaining that this was "the freaking world series"). I can't tell you how many people that I high-fived that night and how I was suddenly with 40,000 friends.
No doubt, when Cotts and Jenks came in in the 8th, I was truly overcome... still moves me to think about it. There is nothing I have ever been at and experienced that felt the way that that place did at that moment. Jenks' first pitch hit 99 and then he hit 100 (I think something like 4 times that night). I remember some kid (about 16 yrs old) tried to high-five me after Cotts K'ed the second guy and I wouldn't let him knowing there was still one more out. Knowing Bagwell, with all his history and a true verteran was coming to the plate, I certainly couldn't jinx it. When Jenks, after a seemingly endless AB with Bagwell, finally threw the fastball by him the place absolutely went crazy. Honestly, for myself, words cannot describe it. People jumping, hugging, and screaming: IT WAS AWESOME.
After the game I remember giving high-fives to everyone as hard as I could (my hand kind of hurt). I was going all the way down the row behind me and got to a lady who was about my mom's age and she stopped me and said "NO!", then put both her hands on each side of my face and kissed me... no joke. That about sums up what it was like. It was so cool to look up and see no one leaving, rather just singing to "gogo white sox" and "don't stop believin". I never wanted it to end. On the ramps after the game, there were so many people it was like a bunch of cattle being pushed down towards the parking lots. But it was awesome... it probably took about 20 mins to get out, and the entire time people were just screaming and leading chants and songs...
I can tell you that to describe the game on here is not doing it justice; it was truly unbelievable. The people, the food, the atmosphere, THE SOX. From 5 hrs prior to the game to 12 am after, where the 275 lb 24 year stopping cars in the middle of the street, waving his shirt (off) over his head and trying to take his pants off.. until the police officer came over and told him he couldn't do that. At first I was a bit dissapointed because I couldn't go with anyone but myself. Now I realize that there is no way I would have wanted anyone near me that didn't share the same passion for baseball and the Sox. That's what truly made it memorable. People usually overexaggerate and say "I spent my life savings" on something. I can honestly say, that I really did spend my life savings on the ticket for that night, and more importantly say that it was the best invesment I could have ever made.

With all this said, I couldn't even imagine what it was like at Game 2 and Scott Podsednik... I think I would have blacked out.

pudge
11-06-2005, 02:44 AM
In all honesty it has put a serious dent in my budget, being a young physician still on the hook for student loans in the six-figure range.



That makes me feel a little better. :cool:

Not to take this thread too far off topic, but what if the game had ended in a 4-2 Sox loss. Would you still feel the same way?

Baby Fisk
11-06-2005, 08:31 PM
Ok, I'll play.


I went to games 1 & 2 of the ALDS. All I have to say is simply amazing. I actually never thought I'd be at a playoff game. You can defiantly tell they are different from a regular season game. From the first pitch to the end of the game the crowd is into it. People were going nuts when they scored the 5 runs in the first inning of game 1. The electricity in game 2 when tadahito hit the 3-run home run was something I've never seen at a Sox game before. Its very cliche, but words can not descirbe the games I went to. And that was only the first round.

After game 1, my friend and I met up with fellow WSIers: chisoxfanatic, palehose13, hangar18, steff & her husband. Fun times. Lets do it again next year eh?

I was there at Jimbo's too (the quiet guy in a 1981 Fisk jersey). I'm pretty sure we shook hands after a most momentous night in White Sox history, chisoxmike. Chisoxfanatic ended up giving me a lift back to my hotel in a wild late night ride along the lakeshore. Let's do it again next year! :cool:

Hosey22
11-07-2005, 03:10 AM
All I really have to say is that I celebrated my 21 birthday at Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing like complete strangers buying you beer while watching a dream that I never thought would come this fast and this good. I really don't have many words to describe it. The only thing that would have topped it would have been being there to celebrate a World Series sweep instead, but I will definitly take what I got.

Soxfanspcu11
11-07-2005, 04:10 AM
It's really hard to "rate" which games were better than others, as almost every game this year had it's special moments. I went to 40 regular season home games, and one at the Urinal, which was one of the best games I have seen with the Sox scoring 4 runs with 2 outs in the eighth. I was lucky enough to have tickets to games 1 and 2 of the ALDS and games 1 and 2 of the ALCS.


The playoff games can not be compared to the regular season games, just because of the sheer meaning and intensity of the playoffs. Very quickly though, the top 5 games I attended during the regular season:

5. The final game of the regular season against Minnesota. Knowing it was the last home game and with no "guarantee" of another, the crowd was great. The place exploded with PK's homerun and Mark was on cruise control. However the biggest cheer of the day came when the out of town scoreboard changed and showed Kansas City with a 5-4 win over Cleveland. Cleveland tied the game at 4 in the top of the ninth, and pretty much every assumed at that point that Cleveland would go on to win. When the board flashed the final, the tremendous cheer was followed by a collective sigh of relief knowing that we had a little breathing room. The PA went on to play the old classic "Kansas City", what a great day!

4. The third game of the series against Arizona. I attended June 13th, when Jose got lit up and we never had a shot. I watched game 2 in disbelief as the Sox once again got man-handled by Arizona. At the third game, I watched in disbelief as Garland was getting knocked around. When the score was 6-1 Arizona, I remember calling my friend and being completely depressed about the fact that the Sox were going to get swept for the first time all year. Then, out of NOWHERE, the EXPLOSION occurred! A 10 run 6th inning for the Sox and Comiskey went nuts! We went on to win 12-6.

3. Game 2 of the series against the Flubs and The Urinal. I had to go to support my team. My friend and I had our Mark and Paulie jersey's on respectively and got plenty of nonsense talked to us by ignorant Flub fans. We were lucky enough to find some Sox fans and stood next to them for the rest of the game on the concourse. The Flub fans loved getting their jabs in as it was 1-0 Flubs till the 8th. Then with 2 outs, the Sox scored 4 runs and we went absolutely nuts! The same Flub fans who were insulting to us non-stop couldn't believe their eyes. As the Flub faithful exited in the ninth, we took over the Urinal with our "LET'S GO WHITE SOX!" chants, in a word, beautiful!

2. Game 1 of the Sox/Flubs series at Comiskey. Frank Thomas started us out with the solo shot in the first and the Sox laid the hurt on! It was 100 degrees out and the Flub's fans must have felt like they were in hell! Everything about that game was beautiful and everything just felt SOOOO good!

1. AJ's walkoff against the Dodgers, enough said!


GAME 1 of the ALDS: I remember getting in lot G at about 11 o'clock to start the party. There was a group of 7 of us drinking and having a great time. When we got inside Comiskey, the air was charged, something I really never felt before. During the anthem and intros I couldn't believe where I was. I was INCREDIBLY nervous waiting for the game to start knowing that "this was it, the playoffs!" There was no turning back and no room for mistakes! When Jose sat down Boston with no damage in the top of the 1st, you could feel the overall relief from the crowd, thankful that no damage was allowed. And then the magical bottom of the first. When the Sox scored their first run, the place went absolutely nuts! Knowing that we struck first was a huge positive! Then came the SECOND run, the place went even crazier! And then AJ's 3 run shot! Too that point, I had NEVER heard Comiskey louder! We were standing in left field (we never sit, too intense!) and we were jumping on each other and complete strangers, hugging and drenching ourselves with beer, simply amazing! The fun continued and when Boston pulled Clement, Nancy led us in the LOUDEST rendition of HEY HEY HEY, GOODBYE EVER! That was truly an amazing day!

GAME 2 ALDS: Although there was still confidence from the game 1 blowout, I had a tense feeling during tailgating. I couldn't explain it, but something seemed "off", I had a bad feeling, but didn't dare say anything as I did not want to scare anyone. As the game started, I thought my fears were founded, MB was not his normal self and suddenly, it was 4-0 Boston. To say I was nervous would be an understatement, the crowd was very quiet, everyone worried however confident. When Rowand hit his looping double down the left-field line to score the Sox first run, the place sprung to life, the loudest I have ever heard it when scoring just one run in a 4-0 deficit. The next run on a single made the score 4-2 and the crowd was alive! 40 K plus breathing and screaming together! When the ball was hit to TG, you could hear the collective grown as everyone just knew it was a sure double play and the threat was over. When that ball went through his legs, the place went absolutely insane!!! I remember becoming light-headed from cheering so loud, I couldn't believe what I was witnessing! With renewed energy, all we wanted Pods to do was hit a flyball to get Crede in from third, after he stuck out, the deflated feeling came roaring back. So now with 2 outs, it was all up to Gooch. Don't know why, but I just KNEW he was going to come through. I was thinking opposite field basehit but I was wrong, and I have NEVER been more happy to be wrong. As I said, we were standing in left-field on the concourse, right under Fundamentals. When Gooch hit the ball, I saw it coming towards us, but I didn't know if it had enough on it to clear the fence. The whole thing happened in slow-motion and I can still see it perfectly in my head. I kept thinking to myself, "Get up, Get up! PLEASE!!!" When I saw Manny stop going back at the wall, I LOST IT! Beer went flying, my cell phone flew to the ground, I jumped into this guy's arms who I just met, I jumped on my friend's shoulders and he piggy-backed me for a second and I jumped into the air, into someone else's arms, one of the most AMAZING things that I have ever seen!!!!!


GAME ONE of the ALCS: We'll just skip that one!

GAME TWO of the ALCS: Knowing it was a "must" win, the crowd was on pins and needles. When Pods reached on the error in the first, the place went crazy yet again, and when he scored the place erupted! Then the pitching duel began. For 4 innings, not much else happened. Then leading off the 5th, the Angles hit a solo shot to tie the game. I remember it happened so fast that a few people didn't even realize what had happened. My friend had just left to go get beer and he couldn't believe it. The tension then set in again. To the infamous bottom of the ninth! Our first 2 batters were retired so quickly that extra innings looked like a sure thing. With the count 3-2 on AJ, all we saw was AJ swing and miss strike 3 and the Angles running off the field. I remember letting out a "Damnit!" and reaching down for my beer. Then I see AJ running, what was going on??? I knew it had to be a dropped third strike but I had never seen anything like that before with the teams running off the field! As he reached first safely, the place let out a mild cheer, knowing that he was only on first with 2 outs, and AJ isn't exactly fleet of foot. No one thought a pinch runner was coming in considering we might need AJ for extras. When Soscia came out, he did NOTHING but fire up the crowd, and that in turn could have contributed more to what happened next then the call itself. After Pablo stole 2nd, the place came to a fevered pitch. Knowing that all Joe had to do was get a little bass hit, just a LIL HIT!!! However when Joe fell behind 0-2, the crowd didn't seem too positive. Then, out of nowhere, the ball is coming right at us again! I just remember saying thinking, PLEASE DONT GET CAUGHT, PLEASE STAY FAIR!!! I was yelling, "GET DOWN, GET DOWN!!!!" And when the ball hit, absolute pandemonium!!! For a full 10 minutes, we were jumping all over the place, high fiving EVERYONE, running around hugging people, words can not describe the emotion. I am surprised I still have my hearing. Going down the ramps and chanting "LETS GO WHITE SOX!!!" with everyone in unison! JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! And then partying in the streets in behind the news crews, everyone jumping and yelling, unreal!

Unfortunately I could not get World Series tickets but I still enjoyed being with Sox fans at local establishments, Puffers was the best!

What an amazing experience! I don't think anything could EVER top this!!! There really are no words! Thank you White Sox for some of the best nights of my life!!!!!

rbeze09
11-07-2005, 11:02 AM
I was only fortunate to make it to 5 games this year with college bills and everyhting, but I did make it to 1 playoff game. Unfortunately i think I'm bad luck as it was the only game the SOx lost all playoffs. I can still say it was the most exciting feeling I have ever had at a game. THe place went nuts a couple times, for the lineups and when Crede went gonza. I would have gone to a WS game but it was impossible to get face value tix and i didnt have a grand to spend, but o well the chisox are world champs!!!

TomBradley72
11-07-2005, 12:16 PM
That makes me feel a little better. :cool:

Not to take this thread too far off topic, but what if the game had ended in a 4-2 Sox loss. Would you still feel the same way?

In terms of the price I paid from a broker: Yes....that's the risk you take...it a roll of the dice...and when it comes up a winner...it's HUGE...so win or lose..no difference.

In terms of the game itself: No....8 hours of being out in the cold rain for a game we lost vs. the two "miracles" of PK and Pods homers and one the best WS games of all time. ...whole different feeling.

Britt Burns
11-07-2005, 02:01 PM
Games 3 & 4 in the ALCS, Game 4 of the World Series. What I remember was just how damn well they were playing. I was cautiously optimistic going into the ALCS-they had outplayed Boston, and had fought hard the first two games against Anaheim. After the drama of Game 2, when Paulie hit the 3 run shot in the 1st inning of Game 3, it seemed like the Angels were completely demoralized. You could just tell the Sox had momentum and confidence-it showed in how they played. I remember the Angels fans getting increasingly sullen after every out, every Sox hit or great play in the field. Again, I was struck by how the Sox always did the right thing-moving runners over, getting the clutch hit, working pitchers, throwing strikes (Garland was incredible about that, and after the 1st inning of Game 4 Garcia was as well). Also, it was great to walk by a Sox fan in the aisles or concourse, and give them a shout out or even a knowing nod-like we just knew they were going all the way. Even better was getting **** from angels fans and being able to just smile and point to the scoreboard. In Game 4 I moved down to where the Sox had a block of tickets the last inning, and was a row directly behind Minnie Minoso, who I had met earlier that day at the hotel bar. We were all jumping up and down when Freddy got the last out of the game, and I remember thinking how cool it was to be able to high-five Minnie Freaking Minoso after a White Sox winner.
Game 4 of the World Series was a little different feeling. I was excited as hell of course-the day crept along, and I just KNEW they were going to win. At the same time I was a little sad knowing the season was almost over. It had been so much fun the whole year, and it hit home that it was to be over soon. Anyway, it was a great feeling wearing my Sox gear to the park and seeing all the 'Stros fans who wanted to give me crap but couldn't-no smack talking down 3-0. There were quite a few Sox fans, and during BP the sections behind their dugout were packed. The field was stuffed with reporters, media, etc.-literally the only place not covered with them was between the foul lines. When Ozzie gave an interview behind the cage it was a solid mass of people, and you couldn't even see him.
After Dye knocked in Harris (sending me and the friend I went with jumping up and down in rapture), we decided to try to move closer to the field (we were in the RF bleachers). There was a platform for photographers right behind the last row of field-level seats, and I wedged myself in there. Sox fans were everywhere, and with every out we got more and more excited. I remember thinking how I couldn't believe I was finally going to see the Sox win the Championship-in a way it didn't register, and I had to keep reminding myself it was really happening. When the replay showed Uribe diving into the stands (I couldn't see it from where I was) we all went crazy, and everyone was chanting 'Let's Go White Sox...' I also remember literally holding my breath during the last play-waiting a split second for the ump to make the call(it was too close for me to tell). Obviously everyone went nuts and the Sox rushed the field-and I got a little misty-eyed.
Unfortunately, we had to wait for some of the fans to leave before going down closer to the dugout. Finally I hopped over the railing and walked on seats until I was just a few rows back. I stayed for an hour cheering and watching as each of the players and Kenny, Ozzie, and JR popped out of the crowd and waved. Cooper kept on pointing to the fans and mouthing 'thank you' and 'this is yours'-very classy.
What a feeling. I've watched baseball for 30 years and never have I seen any team play such solid baseball. I truly believe that they could beat any other team from the last several decades-they played that well-and not a 'star' among them (although I hate that saying-all of them were stars in the playoffs). It was an incredible feeling and I am so grateful I was able to see 3 of their 12 post season games. I only wish I had been able to catch one in Chicago (I live in Austin). Oh well, we're the World Champions!

Go Sox!