10.27.05

Mariotti The Skeptic Pays Homage To The White Sox

Posted in Baseball at 10:50 am by

Not only is the baseball season over, but we’ll have to wait another 5 months before the Chicago Sun-Times’ Jay Mariotti (above) pens another column suggesting Ozzie Guillen isn’t fit to manage.

A Chicago team, I’ve always said, finally will win it all when we least expect it. We expected the Cubs to win in 2003 because they had the requisite big names. But they collapsed when the heat was on, as opposed to the Sox, who recovered and conquered October like few teams in baseball history. Their 11-1 postseason record matches the 1999 Yankees’ as the best record in the division-series era and ranks in the modern era behind only the 1976 Big Red Machine, which went 7-0. Dating back to those nervous nights in Detroit, one full month ago, the Sox lost one game.

Once.

What they did, thanks to the feisty leadership of Guillen and foresight of Williams, was write a new blueprint on how baseball might be played in the post-steroids era. They wanted selfless players and didn’t care where they came from — America, Japan, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico. With everyone obeying and respecting the yakkety Guillen like some cult figure, the overhaul worked like few we’ve seen.

There was one star, Paul Konerko, and a Mount Soxmore rotation. Otherwise, solid players fulfilled roles splendidly and played smallball, bigball, whatever was needed — but always smartball. If you had told me Jermaine Dye, Magglio Ordonez’s marginally received replacement, would be Series MVP, I’d have giggled loudly.

3 Responses to “Mariotti The Skeptic Pays Homage To The White Sox”

  1. David R. says:

    I gotta say, Mariotti’s looking pretty good nowadays! The Blade Runner eyeshadow’s a nice touch.

  2. Tim Adams says:

    Kotex Boy has more Eddie Munster in him than that hedonistic, daring musical innovator from Florida, don’tcha think?

  3. CSTB says:

    Tim,

    if you’re going on about the Impotent Sea Snakes again, please, give it a rest. This is a sports blog.

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