The Chicago White Sox had loads of good pitching in 2005. They had the offense that complimented it well but the strength of the team, especially in the postseason, was pitching. They had four awesome starters go strong in those playoffs. Mark Buehrle, Jose Contreras, and Jon Garland were certainly awesome but one guy who went a bit under the radar was Freddy Garcia. He was a pivotal part of the White Sox rotation in that magical run.
He made three starts in the postseason. One came in each round and he went a remarkable 3-0 in those three starts. His win over the Boston Red Sox in the Division series came in game three to close it out. The White Sox won the game 5-3 to give Garcia his first postseason win in a White Sox uniform. Then he went out there and pitched a complete game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to give the White Sox a 3-1 series lead.
Then, his final start of the season came in the final game of the 2005 World Series. Garcia’s seven innings of shutout baseball eventually led to the White Sox holding onto a 1-0 win to sweep the Houston Astros and win their first World Series title in close to a century. Garcia and his 3-0 record in the playoffs were brilliant for the White Sox. He deserves to be remembered forever for how he played for this White Sox team. It was amazing to see this group come together to win it all and it was all thanks to the stars and role players alike.