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.
When MLB The Show made a wonderful hypothetical Cubs World Championship celebration on a commercial, White Sox fans countered with a video of their ACTUAL post series bliss.
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.
1906 World Series – Game 6
White Sox 8, Cubs 3
October 14, 1905
At South Side Park
Complete Game Victory.
LAST OUT: Frank Schulte grounds out to first baseman Jiggs Donahue unassisted.
1917 World Series – Game 6
White Sox 4, Giants 2
October 15, 1917
At Polo Grounds, New York
Complete Game Victory
LAST OUT: Pinch hitter Lew McCarty grounds out to second baseman Eddie Collins who threw to first baseman Chick Gandil for the out.
2005 Division Series – Game 3
White Sox 5, Red Sox 3
October 7, 2005
At Fenway Park, Boston
1 inning of relief to save the game for winner Freddy Garcia.
LAST OUT: Edgar Renteria grounded out to second baseman Tadahito Iguchi who threw to first baseman Paul Konerko for the out.
2005 American League Championship Series – Game 5
White Sox 6, Angels 3
October 16, 2005
At Angel Stadium, Anaheim
Complete game victory.
LAST OUT: Casey Kotchman grounded out to first baseman Paul Konerko unassisted.
2005 World Series – Game 4
White Sox 1, Astros 0
October 26 , 2005
At Minute Maid Park, Houston
1 inning of relief for starter Freddy Garcia.
LAST OUT: Orlando Palmeiro grounded out to shortstop Juan Uribe who threw to first baseman Paul Konerko for the out.
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.
If you haven’t seen the MLB parody video, check it out.