On Wednesday, it was the 17th anniversary of the Chicago White Sox winning the World Series for the first time in almost a century. It was an impressive feat for them as they went 11-1 which included a World Series sweep over the Houston Astros.
Now, all these years later, we still see people celebrating it as if it just happened and it makes you think. There might be some people out there that get annoyed with it because it feels like they spend more time celebrating that than building for the present and there is some truth to that.
However, it is clear that celebrating that 2005 championship reminds us all of what was good and could be again. That team had it all. They had character, skill, and a bond that few teams in franchise history ever had.
They were well-managed, had the right mix of talent, and got the job done when things matter most. Only losing one time in the playoffs tells you everything that you need to know about them and their dominance.
The Chicago White Sox should use the 2005 team to motivate them to succeed.
The players of today can also see the way that people celebrate those 2005 guys and know that they could reach that level of love if they win. Seeing Paul Konerko’s Grand Slam, Jermaine Dye winning the MVP, and the starters all pitching deep in almost every game will always be amazing.
You can’t build a team quite like that in the year 2022 and be successful but you can manage them the right way which Ozzie Guillen did. For their time, they were brilliant.
It will never get old celebrating that team. The White Sox could win the World Series in 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 and none of it would compare to that 2005 team that came out of nowhere. It wasn’t the Golden Age of White Sox baseball but it was certainly the most fun year.
With that in mind, if they could ever recapture that magic of winning it all as they did in that year, it could really help the franchise grow into one of the premier teams in the league. We can only hope that they find a way to bounce back next year. 2005 should absolutely motivate them.