The White Sox are an odd franchise.
They are a traditional team, still playing in the same city where they started in 1901.
They have a rich history playing in one of the biggest media markets in the country.
And yet they are clearly the Second team in terms of attention in the Second City.
When they ended their World Series drought in 2005, it barely caused a ripple in the sports world. It was longer than the Red Sox streak of futility which ended in 2004 and was treated like the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Chicago seems to be a Cubs town first, second and third. And White Sox fans have a slight chip on their shoulder but also some wonderfully sarcastic bragging rights.
The relatively recent title not withstanding, they have had only a handful of post season celebrations. In fact between the 1917 World Series and the 2005 Division Series, no White Sox team won a post season series.
It might not make White Sox fans happy to hear that, but it does make my live easy when writing my latest entry of pitchers who clinched a post season series posts.
October 14, 1905
At South Side Park
Complete Game Victory.
October 15, 1917
At Polo Grounds, New York
Complete Game Victory
October 7, 2005
At Fenway Park, Boston
1 inning of relief to save the game for winner Freddy Garcia.
October 16, 2005
At Angel Stadium, Anaheim
Complete game victory.
LAST OUT: Casey Kotchman grounded out to first baseman Paul Konerko unassisted.
October 26 , 2005
At Minute Maid Park, Houston
1 inning of relief for starter Freddy Garcia.
So there you have it.
Not a lot of pitchers, but at least there are some color pictures in there. Something to rub into Cub fans faces.
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