Sure, we would rather have the White Sox about to start playing another World Series than be celebrating the 5th anniversary of their last victorious trip. But, it was hard not to feel all warm and fuzzy inside today reading about the final key moments leading up to the 2005 title, as well as the two 2005 Sox making it back to the World Series this year--Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe.
You could have made a pretty good case for Uribe as the NLCS MVP (the honor went to Cody Ross). He had the game winning RBI in the last two NLCS wins by the San Francisco Giants, and made several great defensive plays throughout the series. It was a reminder of how he almost single-handedly shut down the Houston Astros the the final inning of the 2005 championship with a crowd-surfing foul-pop catch and a hustling charge-and-throw on a grounder for the last out.
Rowand also had at least one signature moment this year, coming in Game 4 when he threw a man out at the plate to keep the score tied in a game the Giants eventually won on Uribe's sac fly. You have to believe that his character and personailty, much loved by Sox fans, helped fuse these Giants into a World Series contender.
Since 2005, I thought the Sox had realistic chances to head back to the postseason almost every year including this one. Alas, they have only made it once. In some ways, it seems like barely yesterday that they won it all. At least we have our not-too-distant memories to keep us warm this winter.