Tune in to CSN tonight at 7 p.m. for the premiere of the original documentary, "Believe, The Story of the 2005 White Sox."
The thrilling 1-0 victory in Game 4 of the 2005 World Series marked the end of an 88-year drought for the White Sox, as well as the end of two parallel eras.
While Frank Thomas didn't play during the 2005 postseason, it was the end of his playing career in Chicago. While he didn't appear in as many games at the end of his White Sox tenure, his performance was still of a very high quality; perhaps higher than most remember.
In his last 162 games in a White Sox uniform, the Big Hurt posted a .953 OPS with 104 runs scored, 47 home runs and 121 RBIs. He hit 12 home runs in a brief 34-game stint in 2005. Then he moved on to Oakland, and it never seemed right to see him in green and gold.
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Meanwhile, Jeff Bagwell, pinch hitting for pitcher Brandon Backe, grounded out in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 4. It was the last time he appeared in a major league game. Fun fact: Bagwell is the only player with a three-homer game in two Chicago ballparks in the same season (1999).
Thomas and Bagwell were two players who, to that point, had played every game of their major league careers with one team. Two former All-Star first basemen who each won the 1994 MVP in his respective league. Both were born on May 27, 1968. At one point, both were at the top of the profession. But in 2005, they were somewhat of a footnote.
Sometimes it's funny how things work out.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.