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Isn't it Grand?
Tom Verducci
November 04, 2005
A SWEEP OF THE ASTROS--IN TYPICALLY CLOSE FASHION--GAVE THE SOX THEIR FIRST SERIES TITLE SINCE 1917
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November 04, 2005

Isn't It Grand?

A SWEEP OF THE ASTROS--IN TYPICALLY CLOSE FASHION--GAVE THE SOX THEIR FIRST SERIES TITLE SINCE 1917

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"I know he throws a lot of sliders," Dye said. "He throws hard, but usually his fastball is just to keep you honest. And I stuck with the game plan of going up there, looking for a slider and not trying to do too much with it."

Lidge obliged by throwing three straight sliders. Dye swung and missed badly at the first, took the second for a ball, then connected with a slider without the usual downward bite. The ball skipped past Lidge and over second, out of the reach of shortstop Adam Everett and into centerfield. Harris bounded home with his first run in 41 days.

To get through the final six outs Guillen would need three relief pitchers and an accelerated heart rate. "My heart was pounding 2,000 miles an hour," he said.

Cliff Politte took care of two outs in the eighth but also left a first-and-third mess for Cotts. Uribe, foreshadowing his ninth-inning play, barely threw out pinch-hitter Jose Vizcaino on a broken-bat grounder to end the eighth.

In the ninth Guillen gave the ball to Jenks, who now had the opportunity to become the first rookie to save the World Series clincher. "You've got to love a guy who throws a hundred miles an hour with a body like mine," Jerry Reinsdorf said.

Lane provided the requisite intrigue by starting the ninth with a bloop single and advancing on a sacrifice bunt. Uribe would take care of the final two outs, first flying headlong into the seats near the leftfield line to snag a pop fly by Chris Burke. Then came the weak bouncer by Palmeiro and the moment of a lifetime for all Sox fans. Only then, in a season in which the White Sox had won 68 times by one or two runs, including 11 times in their final 16 victories, was the outcome obvious: They were world champions.

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