But if a Chicago baseball franchise captures a World Series, it will be as if VJ Day happened on New Year’s Eve. The city will pulsate like one big rave party. Police officers, assigned to keep the peace, will use their batons as imaginary microphones while singing “Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin’ town ....”
Get ready, Chicago. Mass euphoria is only days away.
The Chicago White Sox will win the World Series over the Houston Astros. And no, I can’t say I ever thought it was possible. Like NBA players wearing collared shirts, I just didn’t believe it would occur in my lifetime. But I’m happy to admit I was wrong.
The primary reason the White Sox will prevail is pitching, which is another declaration previously reserved for the domain of Ripley’s. Chicago’s pitching is superior to Houston’s? Can this be?
It’s hard to say it’s better, but it may be hotter.
But the White Sox have that “team of destiny” feel, especially when it comes to their pitching staff. In the American League Championship Series against the Angels, they got an unheard-of four straight complete games from Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia and Jose Contreras. When four starting pitchers all achieve such a high standard together in consecutive starts, it means something is going on. It means the dispensing of filthy stuff and winning are contagious.
Contreras has a particularly large chip on his shoulder. He struggled with the Yankees, but he’s a new man now, doing a much better job of locating his fastball, and he’ll be at least on equal footing when the two duel in Game 1 Saturday.
The White Sox have a lineup of scrappers adept at figuring out a way to win. A.J. Pierzynski’s swipe of first on the controversial Doug Eddings call against the Angels in Game 2 of the ALCS was just one example of the tenacious way the Pale Hose approach the game under manager Ozzie Guillen. They’re not sitting back waiting for runs to happen, they’re out cobbling them. As a result, they haven’t gotten as much air time on “SportsCenter” as teams that have more famous pop in their lineups, like the Red Sox and Yankees and Cardinals.
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