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White Sox 2005 Rewind: 15 best moments from the World Series run

White Sox 2005 Rewind: 15 best moments from the World Series run

If #SoxRewind taught us anything, it’s that 15 years ago, the White Sox did indeed win the World Series.

With NBC Sports Chicago’s replay of that magical championship run in the rear-view mirror, let’s celebrate 15 years since that title with the 15 best moments from the 2005 postseason.

15. A.J. Pierzynski homers to lead rout of Red Sox

The White Sox won 99 games during the regular season and still came into their first playoff game against the defending-champion Red Sox being described as “underdogs.” But that idea went out the window pretty quick as the South Siders unloaded with a 14-2 crushing. The White Sox scored five runs in the first inning, the final three coming on a Pierzynski homer that sent U.S. Cellular Field up for grabs.

14. Tadahito Iguchi homers to give the White Sox the lead

It wasn’t quite as easy for the White Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS, down 4-0 early. But just like the day before, they hung another crooked number on the board in the game’s defining inning. This time it was a five-spot against David Wells. The blow that turned the game around? Iguchi’s three-run blast.

13. Pierzynski completes the comeback

Something about those five-run innings. After the White Sox went down 4-0 when the World Series shifted to Houston for Game 3, they needed another comeback. They got another five-run frame. Joe Crede started it with a homer, and Pierzynski finished it with a two-run double, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 lead against Roy Oswalt.

12. Paul Konerko slays the Green Monster

With the White Sox a win away from playing for the pennant, they needed to break a 2-all tie at Fenway Park. Konerko did the honors, smashing a two-run homer over the Green Monster. That wasn’t the end of the drama in Game 3 of the ALDS, but it proved to be the game- and series-winning hit.

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11. Jermaine Dye starts (and ends) the scoring in Game 4

For all the mashing they did during the playoffs, and the World Series in particular, they needed just one run to win the championship-clincher. They got it from Dye, who delivered an RBI knock to score Willie Harris from third base and break a scoreless tie in the season’s penultimate inning.

10. Crede’s heroics to win the pennant

Crede came through with a pair of clutch hits in the late stages of Game 5 of the ALCS, the White Sox looking to rattle off a fourth consecutive victory to punch their ticket to the World Series. First, with the White Sox down a run, he smacked a leadoff homer in the seventh to tie the game at 3. An inning later, with the Angels inserting their excellent closer, Francisco Rodriguez, Crede drove in a tie-breaking run with a two-out base hit. And the White Sox won the pennant.

9. Crede’s game-winning dinger kicks off a World Series sweep

It’s rare to hear a fourth-inning homer described as a game-winner, but that’s what happened when Crede broke a 3-all tie with a homer off Wandy Rodriguez in Game 1 of the World Series. The Astros didn’t score again, and the White Sox got their sweep started in style on the South Side.

8. Mark Buehrle puts out the fire to win Game 3

Two nights earlier, he started Game 2. So what was Buehrle doing coming out of the bullpen in Game 3? Well, it’s all hands on deck when a postseason game goes 14 innings. Geoff Blum broke the tie in the top of the 14th, but things got a little dangerous in the bottom of the inning. After a Juan Uribe error put two runners on base, Ozzie Guillen called on Buehrle to relieve Damaso Marte. Buehrle threw three pitches and got a pop out to end the game and bring the White Sox within a win of the championship.

7. Blum plays unlikely hero

Blum didn’t do a lot of damage after the White Sox acquired him at the trade deadline. But he saved his biggest contribution for the very end, homering to break a 5-all tie in the 14th inning of Game 3 of the World Series. As unlikely a hero as there could have been, Blum smacked his way into White Sox history.

6. Scotty Pods’ walk-off winner

After the exhilarating high of Konerko’s go-ahead grand slam and the deflating low of Bobby Jenks’ blown save, Podsednik did the unthinkable: He homered. After hitting a grand total of zero home runs during the regular season, it was Podsednik, of all people, who found his power stroke at exactly the right time, walking off the Astros to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

5. A.J. swings, misses and runs to first base

It’s a play that’s as bizarre a decade and a half later as it was in 2005. A tie game in the bottom of the ninth of Game 2 of the ALCS, Pierzynski swung and missed at Strike 3. The Angels thought the inning over, but Pierzynski was playing a different game in his head, believing the ball hit the dirt, and turned and ran to first base, despite being called out by the home-plate umpire. When he got there, he stayed there and was apparently safe, to the great surprise of everyone in the building. Three pitches later, pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna scored the game-winning run on a Crede double. What just happened? The ALCS got turned on its head.

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4. El Duque strands the bases loaded

Konerko launching that tie-breaking homer over the Green Monster was just the beginning of what pitching coach Don Cooper calls the most important inning in franchise history. In the bottom of the frame, Manny Ramirez halved the White Sox lead with a leadoff homer that chased Freddy Garcia. Enter Marte, who promptly gave up a single and back-to-back walks, loading the bases with nobody out in a one-run game. To do the impossible, Guillen called on playoff veteran Orlando Hernandez, who went pop out, pop out, strikeout to strand the bases loaded and preserve the lead. Said Cooper, years later, “The only a------ that wasn’t tight was El Duque’s.”

3. Konerko’s slam sets off bedlam in Bridgeport

Down 4-2, two outs, bases loaded in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the World Series. Fortunately, the White Sox had their best hitter at the plate. Already on his way to securing his place in White Sox history, Konerko delivered his ultimate moment, the one currently captured in bronze on the South Side. He hit the first pitch he saw from just-entered reliever Chad Qualls into the seats and sent the fans into a frenzy as he flipped a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead, his arm raised as he set off around the bases. The effort was somewhat spoiled when Jenks blew the save two innings later, but Podesnik’s walk-off homer ensured Konerko’s grand slam, the moment still etched in the memories of so many, came in a win.

2. Four in a row

It’s not a moment so much as an entire series — and a feat that will almost surely never be accomplished again. After the White Sox lost Game 1 of the ALCS, the starting rotation put the team on its shoulders and threw four consecutive complete games in four consecutive wins. Heck, Jose Contreras went 8.1 innings in the Game 1 loss, nearly making it five in a row. As good as the bullpen was, it was only needed for a grand total of two outs in that series. Meanwhile, the rotation of Buehrle, Jon Garland, Garcia and Contreras went to work, showing off the No. 1 reason the White Sox led the AL Central from wire to wire and ended up World Series champs: dominant starting pitching.

1. Uribe makes the catch, makes the play, and the White Sox win the World Series

The 88-year drought over. The White Sox swept the Astros in the World Series, finishing off Game 4 with back-to-back memorable moments from Uribe in a one-run game. First, he recorded the second out of the bottom of the ninth with a remarkable catch on a foul pop up, lunging into the stands at Minute Maid Park in a defensive highlight for the ages. Then he made a terrific charging play on a ground ball to clinch the world championship. A heck of a finish to the greatest season the South Side has ever seen.

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Juan Uribe didn't know names of most '05 World Series teammates

Juan Uribe didn't know names of most '05 World Series teammates

Juan Uribe might be one of the most beloved players from the 2005 World Series champion White Sox, but when it came to knowing the names of his teammates, the all-or-nothing Uribe often struck out.

“He didn’t know anybody,” said A.J. Pierzynski, who played with Uribe in Chicago from 2005 to 2009. “One time, we played 'Name Your Teammate' with him and he could only name three guys on the team. It was (Mark) Buehrle. He called him ‘Bailey.’ He knew me. I think he knew Jermaine (Dye) and PK (Paul Konerko). He said, ‘Oh, PK, you’re El Capitan. I know you.’”

Pierzynski recalled what it was like playing with the eccentric Uribe in a conversation with fellow 2005 alumni on the “Be Chicago: Together We Can” telethon Wednesday on NBC Sports Chicago.

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Not knowing the names of his teammates wasn't limited to Chicago. The same thing happened at Uribe's next stop when he signed with the San Francisco Giants in 2010.

“I got a chance to play with Uribe later on in San Francisco,” said outfielder Aaron Rowand, who told a story about the time they were driving on the team bus from the ballpark to the airport. “I grabbed the mic and I told Uribe, ‘We’re going to play a game. We’re going to see who you can name on your team.’ So he went down the aisle trying to name everybody. He got to our backup catcher Steve Holm and he said, ‘Uhhhh, No. 20.’ So it never changed. He never knew anybody on his squad.”

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Uribe, who was a playoff hero with the White Sox as well as the Giants, might have played more than two years in San Francisco if he hadn’t misunderstood the negotiations when he became a free agent after the 2010 season.

The Giants wanted to bring him back, but the Dodgers — their biggest rival — were in hot pursuit.

“(Giants manager) Bruce Bochy called me,” recalled former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was Uribe’s close friend. “Tell (Uribe) we’re going to match every penny the Dodgers are going to give him. We want him back.”

Guillen got Uribe on the phone and delivered the message.

“Two days later, Uribe signed with the Dodgers. Bochy called me saying, ‘What the hell? What happened?’” Guillen said.

Uribe had agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Dodgers, spurning the Giants, who he had just helped win a World Series.

 Guillen called Uribe back and asked why he signed with the Dodgers and not the Giants. 

“$21 million is not $20 million,” was Uribe’s answer.

“I said, ‘They were going to match! He didn’t understand it in Spanish,” Guillen said.

And that was the reason why the shortstop signed with the Dodgers.

“He was the best,” Pierzynski said of Uribe. “He was crazy, but he was just crazy enough to know what he was doing.”

Well, most of the time.

Listen to more stories from the 2005 White Sox reunion on this episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

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White Sox 2005 Rewind: Home run derby against the knuckleballing Red Sox

White Sox 2005 Rewind: Home run derby against the knuckleballing Red Sox

Tim Wakefield had himself a fine career as one of the game’s most prominent knuckleballers.

He didn’t have himself a very nice night against the White Sox on July 22, 2005.

Wakefield’s Boston Red Sox were the reigning world champions at the time, and though he got a World Series ring in 2004, he probably doesn’t have the best memories of that playoff run. He was crushed by opposing hitters over his four appearances in that postseason, with a brutal 9.82 ERA in just 11 innings.

Well, the White Sox continued the hurt this night on the South Side, tagging him for seven runs on a trio of homers.

Aaron Rowand got the home run derby started by crushing a knuckleball in the fourth inning.

And that inning could have gotten worse for Wakefield. After the home run, the White Sox strung together a two-out push, with Paul Konerko and Joe Crede singles sandwiched around an A.J. Pierzynski walk. Konerko was waved home on the Crede hit but was thrown out by a mile at the plate, ending that threat.

No matter. The White Sox struck with an avalanche of two-out offense two innings later. Wakefield retired two of the first three hitters in the sixth, but Konerko singled to keep the inning going for Pierzynski, who smacked a three-run homer to break a 1-all tie.

Crede and Timo Perez followed with two-out hits of their own, and Juan Uribe repeated Pierzynski’s feat, with the inning's second three-run homer to make it a six-run frame and a 7-1 game.

White Sox 3, knuckleballs 0.

The White Sox saw Wakefield two more times during the 2005 season. He won the second battle Aug. 13 in Boston, allowing just two runs in his 6.2 innings, leading the Red Sox to a 7-4 victory. Though he did give up two more homers in that game, back-to-back jacks to Konerko and Rowand. The White Sox took the season series from the knuckleballer in the postseason, touching him up for four runs in Game 3 of the ALDS — getting another home run off him, this one also from Konerko.

Wakefield was often on the wrong end of things during his career against the White Sox. He went 7-13 in 34 appearances, 23 of them starts, with a 4.92 ERA and 25 home runs allowed.

When Wakefield brought that knuckleball to the South Side, it was promptly blasted out of U.S. Cellular Field.

What else?

— “In case you for some reason did not hear, Big Frank was put on the DL.” Two days prior to this matchup with the Red Sox, Frank Thomas played his final game of the 2005 season and his final game in a White Sox uniform. He only appeared in 34 games during the world-championship campaign but made his injury-shortened time count, with a dozen homers and an OPS that just a week earlier was north of 1.000. The best hitter in White Sox history left for free agency following the World Series, heading to Oakland, where he once again turned in a Hall of Fame caliber season, finishing fourth in the 2006 AL MVP vote.

— Jon Garland was Jon Garland again in this one. His shining moment came in the top of the fifth, when he allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning and faced runners at the corners with nobody out. But he got back-to-back pop outs to Konerko at first base before getting David Ortiz to fly out to center field to end that threat. Garland allowed just two runs in this one, picking up his 15th win of the season.

— A sign of things to come for the White Sox bullpen? Dustin Hermanson allowed two runs in the ninth inning, pitching in a non-save situation. Meanwhile, Bobby Jenks faced two hitters in his fourth major league outing and struck them both out. Jenks had multiple strikeouts in five of his first six major league appearances and nine of his first 14. Jenks took over as the White Sox go-to ninth-inning man in the middle of September and put up a 2.75 ERA in his rookie season. From the time of Jenks’ major league debut onward, Hermanson had a 3.00 ERA.

— Scott Podsednik stole his 50th base of the season in this game, putting him on pace for way more than the 59 he ended up with by season’s end. Over his final 47 games during the regular season, he mustered just nine more.

— While the White Sox took this game and split this four-game series against the defending champs, much of the talk on the broadcast centered on the dramatics from the night before. Crede tied that game at 5 with a clutch double in the eighth inning, but he ended up the goat in the following frame when he dropped a Manny Ramirez pop up in foul territory, only for the Red Sox slugger to hit a game-winning home run on the next pitch. But Crede responded with two hits in this game and actually went on a little hot streak following that game-costing error, picking up 11 hits over his next nine games.

— I pity the fool that didn’t think the White Sox could win the World Series in 2005.

Since you been gone

While #SoxRewind is extensive, it doesn’t include all 162 regular-season contests, meaning we’re going to be skipping over some games. So what’d we miss since last time?

July 18, 2005: Down 4-1 after six and a half innings the White Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh on a trio of homers from Konerko, Crede and Uribe. Thomas added a dinger in the eighth, his final home run in a White Sox uniform. White Sox win, 7-5, improve to 62-29.

July 19, 2005: Jeremy Bonderman silenced the White Sox offense, allowing just one run in eight innings. Meanwhile, Jose Contreras was tagged for seven runs in his 5.2 innings of work. White Sox lose, 7-1, fall to 62-30.

July 20, 2005: The Tigers held a 4-3 lead before a wild ninth inning. Detroit scored four runs in the top of the inning, only for the White Sox to respond with a crooked number of their own in the bottom of the frame. Uribe brought the White Sox within a run with a two-run single off Kyle Farnsworth, but Tadahito Iguchi grounded out to the pitcher to strand the tying run in scoring position. White Sox lose, 8-6, fall to 62-31.

July 21, 2005: While White Sox fans would like to remember the wins from such a special season, this was one of the more memorable losses. Crede’s dropped pop up in foul territory gave Ramirez an extra swing, and he used it to mash a game-winning homer off Luis Vizcaino. White Sox lose, 6-5, fall to 62-32.

Next up

#SoxRewind takes a breather before rolling on Thursday, when you can catch the Aug. 1, 2005, game against the Orioles, starting at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. Pierzynski busts out the home-run swing yet again.

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