October 23, 2005 might not mean a whole lot to most people, but fans of the Chicago White Sox know exactly what happened ten years ago today, Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.
The White Sox actually went wire-to-wire in 2005 to get to the Fall Classic, going 99-63 to win the American League Central. It didn’t come without its hiccups, as they let a 15 1/2-game lead shrink to 1 1/2, but they held on to clinch the division. They then dominated the AL Playoffs, sweeping the defending champion Red Sox in the division series, and beating the Angels in five games in the ALCS to move on to their first World Series appearance since 1959. Their opponent would be the Houston Astros, who didn’t even exist until 1962.
The White Sox won Game 1, 5-3, behind home runs from Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede, but it would be the home runs in Game 2 that would make history. In the seventh inning, the Sox trailed 4-2, but loaded the bases to chase Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who was replaced by Chad Qualls. Paul Konerko came to the plate, and this is the first pitch he saw.
That made the game 6-4. In the top of the ninth, Houston scored two runs to tie the game at six, with Bobby Jenks blowing the save for the Sox. Brad Lidge came on in the bottom half of the inning for Houston, and had actually lost his last postseason appearance, that coming in Game 5 of the NLCS versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Scott Podsednik came to bat for the South Siders, and this is what happened.
The funny thing is that Podsednik had not hit one home run in the regular season, but this was his second in the playoffs, and it certainly came at the right time to give Chicago a 7-6 win and a 2-0 lead in the World Series.
This game was the first game in World Series history where the same team hit a grand slam and a walk-off home run. Happy 10th Anniversary.