2005 GAME 3 RECALL: @SOXNERD STYLE

 A few of the many things I love about Game 3 of the 2005 World Series, which the White Sox won in Houston 11 years ago today … tomorrow!
*Geoff Blum fronted the White Sox for good with a laser beam of a home run in the 14th inning. The at bat was Blum’s first and only one in the Fall Classic.
*Blum entered the game at second base as part of a double switch in the bottom of the 13th. Blum is the only Sox second baseman to homer in the World Series.
*Mark Buehrle got the final out on sheer guts for the save. It was Buehrle’s first and only Major League save and his first save since his first year of pro ball at Class-A Burlington in 1999.
*Buehrle’s relief appearance was his first since the 2000 regular season finale. He hasn’t made a relief outing since then.
*Joe West was the left field umpire. He did refrain from calling a balk on Buehrle in the 14th.
*Damaso Marte was the winning pitcher in his last appearance in a White Sox uniform.
*Chris Widger ended the game behind the plate for the Sox. It was “the Widge’s” only postseason game in 2005.
*Roland Hemond watched the epic from the stands in his role as an advisor to Sox general manager Ken Williams.
Because of the length of Game 3, that contest and clinching Game 4 fell on his birthday.
“It was hard to describe,” said Hemond, a baseball lifer who was the Sox GM from 1970 to 1985.
“It was very emotional for me. That’s the ultimate of my career.”
*The only Sox who did not play in Game 3 were Jose Contreras, Freddy Garcia and Pablo Ozuna.

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