Monday, October 24, 2005

Great Scott!

The heroics of last nights Game 2 of the World Series seemed to be spilling all over the place. First, down 4-2 to the Astros, Paul Konerko hit a grand slam to put the ChiSox ahead 6-4. Then, with two outs in the top of the 9th inning the Astros had runners on second and third. Phil Garner decided to bring in veteran Jose Vizcaino to pinch hit against the Sox big closer, Bobby Jenks. Vizcaino made Garner look like a genius, slapping the first pitch to left field for a two-run, opposite-field single as Chris Burke just beat Scott Podsednik's throw to score the tying run. 6-6.

Two of the White Sox four All-Stars in 2005 had already done as much as they could to give the ChiSox a 2-0 series lead starting pitcher Mark Buerhle had pitched well and Konerko had provided them a lead with his prolific slam. Jon Garland will pitch in Houston so you knew that All-Star wasn't going to be a hero last night. But the fourth All-Star Scott Podsednik, maybe he could?

With one out in the bottom of the 9th inning against Brad Lidge, one of the best closers in baseball, the speedy left fielder was perhaps the most unlikely hero when it came to the long-ball. He didn't have any home runs in 507 regular season at-bats with the Sox. His first homerun in a White Sox uniform came in the ALDS against the Red Sox.

I figured it would be a great time for Pods to drive a ball into the gap and try to leg out a triple. Nope - Scott had a different idea. With a hitters count of 2-1 and knowing Lidge was going to groove a fastball strike, Podsednik waited for his fastball. And as fast as Lidge's 95+mph fastball came in, it got out. Deep to Right-Centerfield for a game-winning solo homerun. Podsednik sprinted around the bases like he was trying to steal all of his 59 regular season bases at once. For a moment he pumped his fist, and he even shared a big smile, but it was without question Scott Podsednik's biggest moment in baseball. Sure he led the team in batting average, runs and stolen bases, but Pods isn't a homerun hitter - Zero all year. It was a classic finish to an incredible game.

All we heard about last year was the "Curse of the Bambino" and the year "1918". Well maybe in 2005 the Chicago White Sox you haven't won a World Series since 1917 will finally get the "Black Sox Scandal" off of their plates.

Just two games more and the fans of Chicago can celebrate...


At 10/25/2005 11:08 AM, Anonymous Ray Liota said...

Chicago will win in six.

At 10/25/2005 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

let the roof stay closed! f selig

At 10/25/2005 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That 92 Year Old Dinosaur

The most amazing thing about the whitesox's victory over the astros on sunday night - wasn't the fact that Scott Podsednik was the first player to hit a postseason walk-off home run following a season in which he didn't hit any homers and it wasn't Paul Konerko's seventh-inning grand slam. No, it was that old lady with the heart wrenching sign "I've lived 92 years for this" If anyone deserves a happy moment, it's that "old wo-men river". By the looks of her, she might not live to a game 7. Come on whitesoxs, win in 4 so that old lady who is on her death bed and die in peace. amen......

At 10/25/2005 3:06 PM, Anonymous Tony Kornheiser said...

Hey Kid, I am getting sick of writing these column-ettes. Want my job at the Post?


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