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Major League Baseball Postseason 2005 – The World Series

The first World Series was played in 1903 at Exposition Park in Pittsburgh.  It was a “purest” game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Americans (Americans became Boston Red Sox in 1908).  Boston won 5 games to 3.

Although 102 years have passed since the first World Series, in 2005 the National League and American League are playing the 100th World Series.  No game was played in 1904, due to the National League refusing to continue play in a “World Series.” The World Series games were not played in 1994, due to a lockout by Major League Baseball.

The Chicago White Sox played in their first World Series in 1906 when they beat the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 2.  Chicago again went to the World Series in 1917 beating the Giants 4 games to 2.  “Shoeless Joe Jackson played in the outfield during the 1919 “Black Sox Scandal,” when the Cincinnati Reds won against
Chicago 5 games to 3.  Forty years later, in 1959, the Chicago White Sox played its last “Serie Mundial” losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 2.

When the World Series was last played in Chicago, box seats went for $10.31 compared to $185.00 this year!

The Houston ball club, the “Colt .45s” began playing baseball in Colt Stadium during the season of 1962. In 1965, the Colts were renamed the Houston Astros and began play in the new Astrodome.  In the year 2000, the team moved to the new Minute Maid Park.

The Houston team has never played in the World Series, in the 43 years as a franchise of Major League Baseball.

One hundred-two years of changes has evolved since that first World Series was played in 1903.  Eighty-six years have passed since “The Pride of Havana” Dolf Luque pitched his innings during the 1919 World Series when Cincinnati beat Chicago.

Seventy-six years have passed since Chicago Cubs catcher Cuban Miguel Angel González took his one turn at bat during the 1929 World Series.  During the 1932 World Series, the “Gay Caballero” Lefty Gómez pitched a complete game for the New York Yankees.  In 1959, we saw Dodgers shortstop, Venezuelan Luis Aparicio, in the World Series win against the Chicago White Sox.  Then, in 1960, for the very first time in World Series, we watched Roberto Clemente playing in the outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Clemente’s 9 hits, 1 run, 3 RBIs, and 19 putouts helped to conquer the mighty New York Yankees as Pittsburgh won the World Series 4 games to 3.


Welcome to the 2005 World Series – Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox,

The Windy City against the Lone Star State

Ozzie Guillen, the “Wizzard of Oz,” who believes in Santeria vs. Phil Garner, nicknamed “Scrap Iron”.

The Chicago White Sox and their Spanish accented “I live for this” Manager Ozzie Guillen give meaning to the word “colorful.”  Coaching Chicago at 3rd base is Joey Cora from Caguas, Puerto Rico.  On the World Series roster, starting pitchers, Cubans José Contreras, Orlando “El Duque” Hernández and Venezuelan Freddy García.  From the Dominican Republic, Pablo Ozuna and Timo Pérez are on the bench.  Damaso Marte and Luis Vizcaino are in the bullpen.  In the starting lineup, playing shortstop, Juan Uribe.

The Houston Astros have 5 Latinos on their World Series Roster.  Rookie Pitchers in the bullpen, Ezequiel Astacio and Wandy Rodríguez.  “El veterano” José Vizcaino is on the bench.  Centerfielder Willy Taveras is on the starting line-up.  All are natives of “La Republica Dominicana.”  On the bench, Orlando Palmeiro, who was born in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Coaching at 1st base for the Houston Astros is José “Cheo” Cruz of Puerto Rico.  The veteran Cruz played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues, 12 seasons in the outfield of the Astros.  Among the first families of baseball from Puerto Rico, José Cruz has 2 sons in the Major Leagues; José Jr. plays for Tampa Bay and José Enrique is currently in the New York Yankees minor league system.

World Series Game 1 Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field:

It was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel.  The “Rocket” Roger Clemens vs. José Contreras.  Both pitchers teamed for World Series experience in 2003 with the New York Yankees. Here they are now.  Contreras in the black & white stripes uniform of the White Sox and the Rocket Clemens, big on the mound, with a look of power for the Astros.  But “fanaticos,” this is 2005 and the power now belongs to the “re-born” Contreras with his arsenal of pitches, including his nasty forkball.  Roger Clemens is pitching the last dream of his career, seemingly pitching on pure “will power.”

Let the World Series games begin:

At 2nd base for 18 seasons in Houston, Craig Biggio played in 2,564 regular season games.  In his first at bat during World Series, Biggio can be credited with the first out, in the first inning of the 2005 World Series.  The Rookie centerfielder Willie Taveras made the 2nd out.   Leftfielder, Lance Berkman struck out and ended the 1st inning for Contreras vs. Houston.

Roger Clemens took the mound and was not sharp from the start.  During his 9th pitch in the 1st inning, centerfielder Jermaine Dye blasted a solo homerun to give the lead to Chicago, 1-0.

Jeff Bagwell is the DH for Houston, while the teams play in the American League Park.  During 15 years in the Major Leagues, Bagwell played in 2,150 games before taking his first at bat in a World Series game.  He was hit by a pitch by José Contreras.

Both teams scored in the 2nd inning and the score was Chicago 2, Houston 1.

Houston scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning and the teams were tied at 3 runs each.

And that was all for Roger Clemens, who left the game after pitching 2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 strike out, and 1 homerun.  Clemens threw 54 pitches before he left the game with a hamstring injury.  Thus, perhaps ended the dream of the 43-year-old Roger Clemens, becoming the oldest pitcher to win a World Series game. 

Houston Rookie, left hand pitcher, Wandy Rodríguez took the mound for Clemens and got smacked with a homerun by Chicago 3rd baseman Joe Crede to put Chicago in front 4 runs to 3.

The Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 5-3 in front of 41,206 fans including, the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, U.S. Marshals and Chicago City and State Police Officers.  In this age of terrorism, security was tight in and around the Stadium.

Venezuelan Ozzie Guillen and the White Sox celebrated the first World Series game victory by Chicago since 1959.

Game 1 winner José Contreras pitched 7 innings, allowed the 3 runs to Houston, and tied a 1971 World Series record by hitting 3 batters.  Contreras became the 6th Cuban pitcher to start a World Series game.

Wandy Rodríguez pitched 3-1/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 5 walks, and 1 home run.  Rodríguez took the loss for Houston.

Flashback: In Chicago, there is a moment to remember: October 23, 1945.  Jackie Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

World Series Game 2 - The Windy City became the Rainy City for the second game of the World Series.

Mark Buehrle “the claw” started the game for Chicago.  As one of the quickest pitchers in the Major Leagues, he pitched a 5-minute, 10-pitch 1st inning to get out the first 3 Astros in the lineup. 

The “Good Guy” Andy Pettitte, who had 10 starts during World Series and won 4 rings with the New York Yankees, pitched an easy 1-2-3 first inning.

In the 2nd inning, Houston’s 3rd baseman Mark Ensberg connected a first pitch home run against Buehrle and the Astros took the lead against Chicago 1-0.

Top of the 3rd inning, Houston’s centerfielder Willie Taveras hits a triple and scores the run on a sacrifice by Lance Berkman to tie the game 2-2.

With the rain coming down in Chicago, it was a pitching match of hitting, fielding, and strikeouts by the players of both teams, until the 5 inning.  With Brad Ausmus and Willie Taveras on base for Houston, Lance Berkman connected with a double which scored Ausmus and Taveras to give Houston the lead 4 – 2.

Andy Pettitte came out of the game in the 6th inning after 98 pitches.

To start the 7th inning, Dan Wheeler pitched in relief of Pettitte and loaded the bases with White Sox on a double to Juan Uribe, a walk to Japanese 2nd baseman Tadahito Iguci, and hit by pitch Jermaine Dye.  Relief pitcher Chad Qualls took the mound for Houston.  With 2 outs, on the first pitch by Qualls, Paul Konerko hits the first grand slam in Chicago World Series history.  The grand slam brought the 41,432 wet, soggy Chicago fans to life on the windy, rainy night.  White Sox 6 – Astros 4.

In the top of the 9th, big, bad, talks to himself on the mound, Chicago’s Bobby Jenks enters the game in relief.  Jenks gives up a hit to Jeff Bagwell and walks Chris Burke.  Veteran shortstop, 37 year old, José Vizcaino comes in to pinch hit.  Vizcaino delivered a hard hit to score Bagwell and Burke.  The game is tied 6-6.  In the dugout, Ozzie Guillen’s hand movements stopped for a moment.

And, so, it seemed it would be a battle for Game 2 of the World Series.

Then, in the bottom of the 9th inning, Brad Lidge, who during Game 5 of the LCS gave up the spectacular home run to Cardinals Albert Pujols, takes the mound in relief for Houston.  Chicago’s leftfielder, Scott Podsednik who did not hit a single home run during 507 at bats during regular season, hits his 2nd home run during postseason.  It was a World Series thriller, hit to left center field and Chicago wins the 2nd game of the World Series 7 - 6.

Two relievers, Chicago’s Neil Cotts gets the win, Houston’s Brad Lidge is the loser.

Houston’s two veteran arms pitching the first two games, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte are unable to take Houston all the way in the World Series.

Chicago White Sox take the World Series games lead 2 – 0.  After a quiet celebration of the second game win by the team from the Southside of Chicago, the teams flew to warmer weather, to play under the roof of Houston’s “juice box” Minute Maid Park.

Tuesday, October 25th, third game of the World Series.  Scheduled to pitch for Chicago, Jon Garland vs. Roy Oswalt for Houston.

“This is World Series baseball” and “I live for this!”

 Amigos y Amigas de La Prensa, enjoy the World Series!





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