Of course, my personal favorite, but I just couldn't put them at No. 1, no matter how hard I tried. But, honestly, this was probably the second best story of the decade for a champion.
Here's a team that went 88 years without a championship. The last time they won it was in 1917. The last time they played in a World Series? 1959, losing 4-2 against the L.A Dodgers.
Their offseason consisted of losing their two best offensive players and getting a speedy leadoff man. Their season started out fantastic—the team held a lead in its first 37 games, a Major League record.
Scott Podsednik, who was acquired for slugger Carlos Lee, was the major catalyst for the White Sox offense. Ozzie Guillen described his team as a bunch of "grinders"—guys that just go out and play everyday.
They also held a 15 game lead at the beginning of August and saw it dwindle to one-and-a-half games in the middle of September, but Joe Crede's walk-off home run on Sept. 20 gave the Sox a second chance.
The Sox would end the regular season 8-4, winning the AL Central wire-to-wire with a record of 99-63.
The White Sox hosted the defending champion Red Sox in the ALCS. In Game 1, the White Sox brought out the whooping sticks. Chicago demolished them 14-2 in Game 1, with HR by Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe, A.J Pierzynski, with two, and Scott Podsednik, who had not hit a HR all season in 568 plate appearances.
In Game Two, the BoSox jumped to a 4-0 lead early. However, in the bottom of the 5th, former White Sox Tony Graffanino and David Wells coughed up the lead, and Tadahito Iguchi hit a three-run bomb to take a 5-4 lead and send the White Sox to Boston up 2-0.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox trailed 4-3 and had the bases loaded with nobody out. Ozzie Guillen brought in postseason reliever and veteran Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez. El Duque forced 2 popouts and a 3-2 strikeout to get out of the jam.
With an insurance run in the ninth, Bobby Jenks pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to win the ALCS.
The White Sox hosted the L.A. Angels in the ALCS. The Sox wasted a great pitching performance from Jose Contreras and lost 3-2. In Game 2, Mark Buehrle pitched the full nine innings and left with a 1-1 tie.
On another bizarre play, A.J. Pierzynski swung at a low 3-2 pitch for strike three to end the inning. However, convinced the ball bounced on the ground, Pierzynski took off for first and is aboard after a dropped third strike.
After initially signaling Pierzynski out, the home plate umpire said the ball hit the dirt and it was a drop. Instant replay could not confirm nor deny it.
Pinch runner Pablo Ozuna ran for A.J. and immediately stole second. Joe Crede hit a liner to the corner in left field, and the White Sox won 2-1 and evened up the series.
When the Sox left for Anaheim, little did they know that one of the greatest pitching performances in playoff history was about to happen. Paul Konerko hit two HR in the next two games, the White Sox got three more complete game victories, and it sent them to the World Series.
They pitched four straight complete games, the first to do so since the 1956 Yankees. In total, White Sox starters pitched 44.1 of the 45 innings from the ALCS.
The White Sox ended up meeting with the Houston Astros, who were playing in their first World Series in team history.
The White Sox hosted Game One and went right after Roger Clemens. Joe Crede's HR broke the tie and Podsednik added an RBI triple in the 8th.
Bobby Jenks made a dramatic four-out, three-strikeout save to put the Sox up 1-0.
Game Two was another slugfest.
Paul Konerko's grand slam put the Sox up 6-4, but a blown save in the ninth by Jenks tied the game back up. He was bailed out by Scott Podsednik, who hit his second HR of the postseason in walk-off fashion to send the Sox to Houston up 2-0.
The Sox battled back in Game Three with a five-run fifth inning. However, the Astros tied the game back up at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth.
Another run wouldn't be scored until the 14th inning, when Geoff Blum—picked up in a minor deadline trade—sent a screaming liner down the right field line, over the fence for a home run. The Sox added another, and Mark Buehrle came in to record the save as the Sox won 7-5 in 14 innings and had a 3-0 lead.
Game Four was all about who would crack first. The pitching matchup between Freddy Garcia and Brandon Backe was electrifying. Neither pitcher budged. The two combined for 14 innings, nine hits, three walks—all by Garcia, and 14 K's.
The top of the ninth started with Willie Harris singling, then Scott Podsednik bunting him over. Then he advanced to third on Carl Everett's ground out.
The stage was set for Jermaine Dye, who roped a single up the middle to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. Bobbie Jenks came on to finish the ninth, and gave up a leadoff single to Jason Lane.
Brad Ausmus bunted him over, and the next two plays may be the best defensive plays in World Series history. Chris Burke hit a pop foul by third base. Juan Uribe, the SS, ran all the way over, leaned three rows over, and made the catch.
The next play, the speedy Orlando Palmeiro hit a chopper over Jenks' head. Uribe gloved it and threw as quickly as he could and made a spectacular play.
The White Sox won the game and the World Series for the first time in 88 years. It was truly magical and one of the best moments in Chicago sports history.