Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ozzie's White Sox Play Number's Game

They Put Up A Crooked Number On The Board In 5th
Then Add 2 more 9 innings later beating the Astros 7-5 in 14 innings

5:41: length of game
14: innings
5: runs in 5th for White Sox
4: runs for Astros after 4
2: runs scored by Sox in last 9 innings
1: runs scored by Stros in last 10
15: runners stranded by Stros
15: runners stranded by Sox
9: LOB in scoring position w/2 outs by Stros
8: LOB in scoring position w/2 outs by Sox
42,000: Bitter Astro fans
858: Ballistic Sox fans
123: Astros fans who were still cheering from the 10th to 14th inning
10: Stros fans in crowd shown by Fox's Cams more than once
2.5: Sox fans shown by Fox's Cams
23: Lame comments made by Tim McFly
2: Lame comments made by McFly 10 seconds prior to Blums Bomb
1.5: Intelligent comments made by McFly (referring to Ozzie Guillen)
43: Players used
482: Pitches thrown
53: Base runners allowed
0: Blown calls by umpires
11: Inning Barbara's Bush bailed
ONE: White Sox magic number to clinch their first World Series since 1917

Geoffrey Blum Is Not A Bum
He's the New King of Late Night TV:

Geoff Blum? Whose he? I know who he is. But most people never heard of him. Now, every baseball fan who stayed up late enough to watch his game winning homerun in the 14th inning against the Houston Astros will know very well who he is.

Blum is no stranger to Houston Astros fans. In 2002-2003, he played 253 games in an Astros uniform, while 20 of his 214 hits left the yard, hitting a respectable .274 over two seasons.

This year he was acquired by the White Sox from the San Diego Padres on July 31, to provide a much needed utility infielder due to his versatility & ability to play all four infield positions.

During the 2005 season, Blum played 35 games for the White Sox, had only 95 at bats, drove in a total of 3 runs, and hit only ONE homerun, while hitting the Mendoza Line on the dot (.200)

But if there was ever a homerun hit, that hurt his former team so much, and helped the Chicago White Sox so much, it was tonight's.

"It's the stuff dreams are made of," Blum said. "I've had about a 100 of these at-bats in the backyard with my younger brother."

And what a dream-come-true it was for the 32 year old, California native, from Redwood City.

With nearly all the fans remaining from the original crowd of 42,848 in Minute Maid Park, Blum sent a 2-0 pitch down the right-field line in the 14th inning, off relief pitcher Ezequiel Astacio, and the ball sailed over the wall.

"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was high enough to get out," Blum said. "I don't think I blinked or looked at anybody until I made it (to) home plate and knew it was for real."

Blum entered the game in the 13th as part of a double-switch. He's had quite a year - his wife, Kory, gave birth to triplets on May 3.

"I think it came to a head when the ball went out of the ballpark," he said.
Game notes
The 43 players used by both teams also was a Series record, as was the combined 30 runners left on base. ... Chicago is trying to match the 1999 New York Yankees as the only teams to go through the postseason with just one loss since the extra round of playoffs was added in 1995. ... Tonight's 5 hour & 41 minutes was the longest game in World Series hostory. ... Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Houston's Roger Clemens who left Saturday's opener after two innings because of a left hamstring injury, remains "penciled in" to start Game 5 Thursday.


Blogger Debbie said...

Great blog, there Scott. I've started a blog, but it is in draft mode at the moment. Might take a few days to write......very mysterious, huh????

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