Posted at 7:49 AM on October 27, 2005
by Bob Collins
So the White Sox have won a World Series. Terrific. Let the car burning begin!
I didn't watch the game, except for a few innings, but watching Sportscenter this morning got me wondering whether there's an unusual number of 1-0 games in World Series final games compared to the typical baseball schedule. Offhand, I can think of three: 1995 Game 6, 1991 Game 7 and last night.
One of the columns I meant to write in the postseason was about Jermaine Dye. As an opposition fan, there really are only two players in the ChiSox lineup that give me the creeps when they come to bat. You know, that impending sense of doom. Konerko and Dye.
Dye is the anti-Podsednik. He's a player that actually deserves a large measure of the credit for the White Sox success, but doesn't get it -- at least not in relation to the extent of his contribution.
Those numbers this year are decent. A .333 OBP isn't the best in the world, but I'll take a .512 slugging pctg, to make up for it anytime, thank you very much.
The only part of the evening that spoiled the ChiSox victory, of course, is that self-proclaimed genius Bobby Valentine won a championship on the same day. The Chiba Lotte Marines are the champs. All hail the Marines! And prepare for a winter of Bobby Valentine making noise about his true destiny in Major League Baseball.
And that brings us to Larry Bowa, who most recently infected us as an analyst during the World Series on ESPN. Bowa, apparently, is about to be named third base coach for the New York Yankees, a move so incredibly transparent that one wonders how Joe Torre, a man of tremendous dignity, can stand it.
Bowa would be manager-in-waiting. A daily reminder from the Boss to Torre. By midseason, should the Yankees not be putting the division away (They will. That division stinks), the Boss will make the move and the Greatest Show on Earth will reopen in the Bronx. Bowa and Steinbrenner? It hasan't been that good since Billy Martin.
With the World Series over, presumably this is the end of this year's Baseball Bums. I've enjoyed it very much, but have decided not to return as one of the writers next year. So, we'll be looking for a new Bum. Is it you?
Anything's possible, of course, but I don't see Bowa as Yankee manager. Steinbrenner is a lot of things, but stupid isn't one of them. There was talk all year that both Torre and Cashman would either be fired or quit, but here they both are, back for more. Steinbrenner may talk a lot, but he knows how good those guys are. He isn't going to mess with it.
By the way, could it be me next year? What are the job requirements? How do you apply?
I could see the Bowa hiring as a signal of Piniella's return, too. Those two worked together in Seattle. We also know Lou remains friends with Steinbrenner and would love to manage in New York again.
Bob - you should have been a Cub fan with all of your whining. Yeah, the Sox were lucky. Most teams who actually WIN THE SERIES are.
Yes, they didn't overwhelm opponents and drive up a big run differential. It's called pitching, defense and have players with stones who can win tight games.
"Let the car burning begin"...haha - this isn't Cleveland or Detroit.
Wait till next century Bob - but you can keep whining if you like..and in the off season, enjoy your Trekkie gatherings.
It would be nice if the folks who think I've been saying the White Sox won BECAUSE they're lucky would actually READ the material again. I never said pitching and hitting wasn't part of the deal. It's MOST of the deal.
Preferably before the next season begins and you're left "ooohing" and "aaaahing" at a guy because his batting average is at .300.
"this isn't Cleveland or Detroit"