Cinderella is going to the World Series! And, not just one Cinderella but two. No Yankees this year. The White Sox and Astros are going to the Ball (field) and the evil stepsisters, the Yankees, get to watch it from their living rooms.
What can be said about these two teams? The White Sox almost blew a huge lead at the end of the season. Under Ozzie Guillen’s unusual style, they righted themselves to capture the division title. Their pitching staff dominated the playoffs and left the competition in the dust.
The Astros fought off practically every team in the National League East for the Wild card spot. They almost left the playoffs early, but outbursts of run production at the right time downed the Braves and then the Cardinals.
It’s hard to say which team deserves to win the pennant more. The White Sox are battling a curse. The last time they went to the World Series was 1959. They haven’t won it since 1917. In 1919, the several players on the team threw the World Series, thus earning lifetime bans and the nickname the “Black Sox”.
The Astros have been around since 1962 and they’ve never been to the World Series. The Killer B’s, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, have played on the same team together for 15 seasons, yet neither has been to the World Series. It’s an interesting contrast to their teammates, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettite, who’ve both been to the World Series multiple times.
Whose Fairy Godmother will answer the call? Time will tell what the Baseball Gods have in mind. These two teams have played with heart and hopefully they’ll bring that to the championship games. On with the Fall Classic!
[Photograph credit: Tracy Scott-Murray, www.sxc.hu]