Monday, October 17, 2005

On to the World Series...

(Photos from the Trib)

Tonight, the White Sox clinched their first trip to the World Series since 1959 with a victory to close out their best-of-seven with the California Angels, four games to one.

My wife, Liz decided that this would be the year she would learn about sports. Last fall, she followed the Illini Men's team and its run. Then she starts memorizing positions and line-ups for the Sox for baseball. She asks me all these questions about "tagging-up" and "dropped third strike" and how relief pitchers work. She been a great student--tonight she turned to me and said, "So they want to put their guys who get on base best at the beginning of the line-up?" and we had this discussion of on-base vs. power and how the best on-base guys tend to have power too.

We went to three Sox games together this year, all victories, including the Father's Day come from behind win against the Dodgers, the Contreras pitched blowout over the Tigers on one of the Hot Dog Days ;) and then that epic Crede walkoff against the Indians.

It's been beautiful to share my love of the game with the person I love most in the world and to get to do that in this amazing year for the team and city has been that much sweeter.


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