"Mr. President we have some news. Very shocking news. The Houston Astros were swept in the World Series. It confirms that your home state of Texas simply – for lack of a better word – stinks in baseball. Sir? Sir?! Mr. President? Can we get some help over here! Same thing happened to his father…he’s still refusing to leave the stadium."
When you play not to lose, guess what happens? Yep. Curious, why is Lidge in the game in the 8th inning? Of a 0-0 game? To face the top of the White Sox lineup? After pitching a tough 1.1 innings last night? He’s there because if you’re going to lose, you better lose with your horse on the mound. And Garner was ready to lose.
Congratulations Ozzie Guillen and the Chicago White Sox for a brilliant season. To go through the postseason with only one loss is an incredible feat; particularly when along the way, they eliminated the ’02 WS champs and the ’04 WS champs. Congratulations Ozzie on your fearless managing. I only hope your tactics and strategies are the beginning of a trend that future managers will emulate and not one the rest of the league considers a fluke. When Sciosia did it three years ago, he was considered a genius. Not only did you defeat Sciosia and the Angels in 5, but you surpassed anything he did by sweeping the World Series.
This wasn’t a fluke. It wasn’t luck. The White Sox were a good team made great by the brilliance of one man. Ozzie Guillen. Congratulations.
So long Astros. Thank you for showing us the true meaning of a Wild Card team. You should’ve never been in the playoffs…but you backdoored your way in thanks to the Wild Card. At least you showed your gratitude by losing the World Series to a Divisional Champion. And by losing it the way you were supposed to…by getting swept. Try winning the NL Central Division next year.