The 2005 Chicago White Sox needed the 2004 Minnesota Twins to teach them a lesson in order to win the World Series and it is obvious why.
A lot of things have to go right in order for a Major League Baseball team to win the World Series. Sometimes, that includes teams that came before you failing at the hands of a rival. The best example of that is the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox and the chapter that was written one-year prior. In 2004, the Chicago White Sox dealt with adversity thanks to some help from the Minnesota Twins.
The 2004 Minnesota Twins were a good ballclub. They won the American League Central with a record of 92-70. They were nine games ahead of the second-place Chicago White Sox who finished with a record of 83-73. They certainly weren’t a bad baseball team as they were ten games over .500, but the fact that they had more talent on paper than the Twins was infuriating to all people involved.
They clinched the division at the field then known as U.S. Cellular Field. They won the division right in the face of a team in the Chicago White Sox team that many deemed more talented. Even Minnesota Twins star Torii Hunter claimed the White Sox were more talented but he knew they had no chance against them because you need to be a team to win.
Well, with key departures in players like Carlos Lee and Magglio Ordonez, the White Sox knew they needed to bring some new folks in. A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye were brought in as key elements and they turned out to be two of the three most important position players on the roster. There were also several other additions to the club that helped them finally get over the hump by playing a true form of “team baseball”. They mixed power, speed, and pitching in a way that no White Sox team ever had and it led them to the World Series title.
It is so clear that the 2004 Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins meant everything to the 2005 White Sox. It gave them the anger and motivation that they needed to finally get it done. It was a great accomplishment but everything that went into it needs to be appreciated and this is one of those.