Chicago White Sox: Juan Uribe was so underrated in 2005

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO - JUNE 5: Juan Uribe #5 of the Chicago White Sox bats during the game with the Cleveland Indians on June 5, 2005 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Indians defeated the White Sox 6-4 in 12 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JUNE 5: Juan Uribe #5 of the Chicago White Sox bats during the game with the Cleveland Indians on June 5, 2005 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Indians defeated the White Sox 6-4 in 12 innings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox had everything come together in 2005 in order to capture a World Series title. Juan Ur1ibe being awesome was one of those things.

The Chicago White Sox were one of the elite teams in Major League Baseball during the 2005 season. They had everything they needed to be a bonified World Series contender. It was a group that was built on the idea of being a “team”. They had power, they had speed, they had good pitching, and most importantly, they had depth in all those areas. One player who goes unnoticed for being part of that depth was Juan Uribe.

A replay of the 2005 World Series game four was on NBC Sports Chicago on Wednesday night and it reminded us how great he was. He was a pretty good hitter but his defense in the key moments was what stood out the most. For the 26th out of that game, Uribe jumped into the stands to simultaneously make a catch. It was one of the most impressive catches in the history of the franchise.

Then, for the 27th out and the World Series championship, Uribe made a tough play on a ground ball over the head of Bobby Jenks to get the ball to Paul Konerko for the final out of the season. The White Sox were World Series Champions for the first time in almost a century. Uribe was a big part of that season in general and the plays he made when it mattered most should never be forgotten.

In 2005, Uribe slashed .252/.301/.412 and had 17 home runs with 71 RBIs. He also had some nice numbers in each series for the White Sox in the postseason that year, but the Boston Red Sox series was where he really shined offensively. He hit .400, had a home run and 4 RBIs in that three-game sweep.

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It is also no coincidence that he went on and won another World Series with the San Francisco Giants later on in 2010. You need depth players like Uribe to get the job done and the White Sox reaped that benefit. Having Uribe be a part of the White Sox was awesome to watch and we will never forget the magical moments he helped provide.

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