Plenty has been spoken of in recent years regarding droughts and curses in baseball. From the Bambino to the goat. From Bill Buckner to Steve Bartman. But amongst the discussions of the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, you rarely, if ever, heard a peep about the Chicago White Sox.
asked who had the longest dry spells in baseball, almost all would reply with
Cubs and the Red Sox. But, until last Fall, the reality was that the White Sox
had one more year of frustration than the Red Sox, having last won the World
Series in 1917 compared to
Well, 2004 was the year of the Red Sox. After an amazing comeback in the ALCS against the dreaded New York Yankees, the Red Sox "reversed the curse" of the Bambino and swept the St. Louis Cardinals for the World Championship. It was their first title in 86 years. They were a team on a mission, and by the time the Cards met up with them, there was little that could be done to keep the Red Sox from their date with destiny and baseball history.
to the season the Red Sox enjoyed last year, 2005 was the year of the White Sox.
It was the South Side Chicago team that was on a mission all season long. From
their early season dominance, to their strong stance down the stretch in keeping
after eighty-eight long years,
though the 2005 World Series ended with the White Sox sweeping the Astros, every
game was a nail-biter. This championship didn't come easy for the players or
their fans as evidenced by just six runs being the combined difference maker in
the four games.
up on the South Side of Chicago and even attending high school in the shadows of
into the World Series, I thought I would be pulling whole-heartedly for the
Houston Astros. Driven mostly by selfish feelings and the thought that misery
loves company, the idea of the White Sox celebrating a World Championship was
just dreadful. I could just imagine all the razzing that would come from those
friends and family, mom included, who were Sox fans. But once the series began,
I have to admit that something came over me. As I watched the White Sox play, it
became impossible to cheer against them. And before I knew it, I was proudly
watching what was transpiring on the big stage. It no longer became a Cubs or
Sox thing. It was a
2005 White Sox team represented everything that is good about baseball, and more
simply, the Chicago White Sox worked hard. They hustled. They got up and went to
work everyday. They played as a team, and they supported each other no matter
what happened along the way. If there has ever been a baseball team that truly
reminded me of sweet home
With the White Sox bringing home a championship before the Cubs, I know I am going to get plenty of flack from those friends and family who have been long-time Sox fans (it has already started). But I'll deal with it. And the rest of the Cub Nation will have to deal with it too.
was the year the Boston Red Sox had their date with destiny. And now we know
that 2005 was the year the Chicago White Sox had theirs. Will 2006 be the year
the Chicago Cubs end their drought? Now is not the time. A different team is
standing center stage, and they've rightfully earned it. Yes, I am proud of this
White Sox team and join the entire city of
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