Friday, October 21, 2005

THE GRANDEUR OF 101ST WORLD SERIES TITLE

The White Sox in their first World Series since 1959 are looking forward to snap an 87-year title drought. With these anticipations they seem to borrow a page of victory from the Boston Red Sox. Last season, the Red Sox snapped their first world championship since 1918 after besting the St. Louis Cardinals, and this season the White Sox will attempt to claim the Fall Classic title when they open the World Series against the Houston Astros at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday. The cursed Bostonian team made four trips to the World Series before ending their 86-year drought in 2004. Relatively the White Sox has to deal with a great deal of futility. The White Sox since defeating the Giants four games to two in 1917 to earn their second world championship, managed to reach the playoffs just five times before this season. Their entry as playoff contenders also includes the "Black Sox" scandal in 1919, where eight players were expelled from baseball fraternity for fixing the series. The White Sox squad has entered the 2005 edition of the World Series as a less favorites; their victory can be contributed to the performance of their starters who helped the squad to fetch a dominating win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American League Championship Series. The Sox, who posted four complete games in a row, have not used their bullpen since Game One of the ALCS that took place on October 11. For the Astros future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens has returned to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2003 and the sixth time in his career. He will team with Andy Pettitte, the second-winningest postseason pitcher of all-time. In this case I am not trying to underestimate the White Sox; even they do have multi-faceted offense. They form an unusual team. When Chicago last hosted the World Series back in 1959, there were just 16 teams, no divisions, no wild cards and no Astros. And this season the two teams are vying to earn the spotlight. I am sure what baseball fans are wondering. Who will prevail? It figures out to be a ferocious fight for Fall Classic with loads of drama in the offing.

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