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Chicago celebrates White Sox's World Series victory
AP/Yahoo! Sports ^ | October 28, 2005 | Tara Burghart

Posted on 10/28/2005 2:16:32 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson

CHICAGO (AP) -- The party was in full swing.

Two days after the White Sox swept Houston for their first World Series title since 1917, the team hit Chicago's streets Friday for a ticker-tape parade and rally.

Double-decker buses filled with players, coaches and their families left U.S. Cellular Field as hundreds of fans cheered. And they kept cheering all the way to the Loop for a celebration and a parade. There, one after another, the players and team officials took turns thanking the fans.

``Chicago, second city no more,'' said Paul Konerko, the first baseman who brought team owner Jerry Reinsdorf to tears when he presented him the ball he caught for the last out of the World Series.

``Getting this ball from Paul Konerko is the most emotional moment of my life,'' Reinsdorf said.

One of the first to speak was Frank Thomas, for years the team's best player, but who missed much of the season and all of the playoffs with an injury.

``Chicago should really appreciate this and understand what this is all about,'' said Thomas, who was handed the World Series trophy by general manager Kenny Williams. ``This is the pinnacle.''

Mayor Richard Daley, a lifelong White Sox fan, clearly agreed.

``I am pleased to say 2005 world champs, the Chicago White Sox,'' he shouted to the crowd.

The fans, many of whom had waited for hours and were streaming into downtown even as the players were appearing on the ``Oprah Winfrey Show,'' roared with every player introduction. Tens of thousands of fans, sporting black, white and silver White Sox hats, jerseys and jackets, packed the downtown area.

Many waved team flags, black and white balloons, white socks, their faces painted black and white. Others clamored onto light poles and utility boxes for a better view of the ceremony, while dozens stood perched on the oversized windowsills of City Hall along the parade route.

Children with faces painted black and white stood shoulder to shoulder with officer workers in suits and ties, straining for a glimpse of the players.

``We all woke up at 6 a.m. and we painted our faces and we came down here,'' said Jimmy Aguayo, 16, of Steamwood, who skipped school with four friends to attend the rally. ``We got a spot against the rail, we saw our favorite players, we took pictures and it was just fantastic.''

Across the Chicago River, hundreds of fans lined the top level of a parking garage for a view. Above the crowd, office workers looked on from high rises, some pressing White Sox signs to their windows. And above them, F-16s flew over as part of the tribute to the team.

Andy Wilson, like many of the tens of thousands who turned downtown into a giant block party, was playing hooky from work to take part in a celebration of a championship that he still doesn't quite believe really happened.

Exhausted from staying up late into the night to watch the games on television -- something that didn't even exist the last time the White Sox won the World Series -- Wilson said it may not be until this winter when the White Sox victory sinks in.

``When I'm at a bar enjoying a beer, saying 'our world champion Chicago White Sox,' that's when it's really going to hit me.''

It hadn't quite sunk in for Williams, either.

``It's really kind of overwhelming,'' he said before the team left U.S. Cellular Field for the Loop.

Steve Perry, who co-wrote the song the White Sox took as their theme, ``Don't Stop Believin,'' was also on hand and led the team in a rendition of the song.

``They've always believed,'' Perry said.

Konerko talked about how many didn't believe the team could do what it did. He thought about how the players might be able to win over doubters.

``The only thing I could come up with is maybe we'll have to do this one more time next year,'' he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: baseball; champions; chicago; illinois; mlb; sox; whitesox; worldseries
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I'll post some photos, too.

ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!

1 posted on 10/28/2005 2:16:33 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson
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To: MinuteGal

2 posted on 10/28/2005 2:22:06 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Congratulations, White Sox.


3 posted on 10/28/2005 2:26:04 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; Lazamataz; ...)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Congrats, indeed. You guys earned that trophy.


5 posted on 10/28/2005 2:27:47 PM PDT by highball ("I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Wish I could have been there.

YEAAAAAAAAAA SOX!!!!!!!!

6 posted on 10/28/2005 2:27:52 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Charles Henrickson
The busses were pulled over for speeding, but that decision was overruled. Replays later showed however, that the busses clearly were speeding.

And with that, the 2006 MLB season came to a close.

7 posted on 10/28/2005 2:28:48 PM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Charles Henrickson

Any incidents of random gunfire into the air?


8 posted on 10/28/2005 2:31:21 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (I ain't got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.)
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To: facedown

The closest we could get to the parade was about a block away, on Clark and Wacker. Those pictures don't even begin to tell the story.

There were crowds lined up all along the route from Cellular One Field through Bridgeport and Chinatown to downtown.


9 posted on 10/28/2005 2:37:29 PM PDT by guinnessman
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To: Charles Henrickson

In that picture on the top left, that's me with the black shirt on.

Sweet.


10 posted on 10/28/2005 2:39:34 PM PDT by GallopingGhost
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To: Charles Henrickson; Bacon Man
This World Series has put me in the mind of the Sam Kinison "It's a Wonderful Life" episode of Married . . . With Children.

Angel Sam has just explained that he plans to help Al by showing him how different life would be if he'd never been born, because if he does that he'll get his wings (and in heaven, when you have your wings, you "get to pick up on the girls who died young").

Al replies, "Well, that sounds great for you, but what are you gonna do for me? Show me that my life can only get worse? What are you gonna do, give me two more wives, three more kids? Make me a, make me a White Sox fan?"
11 posted on 10/28/2005 2:43:41 PM PDT by Xenalyte (I dare you to make less sense.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

The SOX won!!!

God bless the SOX!

Theres only one Sox team!!

Congratulations to the Chicago White Sox, they earned it and deserve it.....but for me and my house...there is only one team!


12 posted on 10/28/2005 2:44:14 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Oh come on, you know the Cubs fans are feeling like crap today knowing that next year when they play the Sox, they'll be hearing chants of "1908!" ad nauseum.


13 posted on 10/28/2005 2:47:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ICE-FLYER

Did any Cubs fans show up to FREEP the parade?


14 posted on 10/28/2005 2:49:46 PM PDT by Sterm26 (Indict Joe Wilson!)
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To: Charles Henrickson
The sun smiled on the Windy City today and the fans smiled back.

The sports store that charged me $29.95 for a Sox cap ten days ago was empty of customers today, which made me laugh. The owner is probably on the Riviera as we speak.

I love this toddlin' town.

Leni

15 posted on 10/28/2005 2:55:52 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: guinnessman

16 posted on 10/28/2005 2:55:56 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: Sterm26
Did any Cubs fans show up to FREEP the parade?


17 posted on 10/28/2005 2:56:57 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: GallopingGhost

18 posted on 10/28/2005 2:58:39 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: ICE-FLYER; JohnnyZ; TheRedSoxWinThePennant; GraniteStateConservative
You know, Mr. Konerko is a) a right-handed slugger, b) a first baseman, c) from New England, and d) a free agent. Do you think the Other Sox (the ones from Beantown) will make a play for him?


19 posted on 10/28/2005 3:05:52 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: guinnessman; facedown; MinuteGal

20 posted on 10/28/2005 3:14:42 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: facedown; guinnessman; MinuteGal

21 posted on 10/28/2005 3:19:00 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: ICE-FLYER

22 posted on 10/28/2005 3:20:25 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: Alberta's Child
Even Oprah and Obama couldn't ruin the celebration:


23 posted on 10/28/2005 3:26:42 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: guinnessman; MinuteGal; facedown

24 posted on 10/28/2005 3:33:52 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I don't know if they will, but they should. Nice, too, to see a family man holding the kiddo as he takes his deserved glory ride. Shows whats important to him at least.


25 posted on 10/28/2005 3:35:42 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Thank you for posting these awesome pictures. It's so good to the city celebrating the Sox & its Southside fans.


26 posted on 10/28/2005 3:38:12 PM PDT by Rollee (Pinch me, I'm dreaming!!)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Charles, you messed up. Heres what you should have done...

"Question for you... What do you call 9 guys watching us kick the Astros butts on TV from Boston?"

(Rubbing his head in wonder)----"Uhh, I don't know, what?"

"The Red Sox!!"

27 posted on 10/28/2005 3:40:11 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: Dengar01; toddlintown; MrJingles; Chi-townChief; wrathof59; Sonar5; carlo3b; justkillingtime; ...

Were any of you at the celebration today? I am living in a far south suburb of Chicago (St. Louis), so I wasn't able to be there. But the last few days when I'm out and about here, I've been able sometimes to pick up the sports talk station WSCR (formerly WMAQ, 670 on your AM dial), to catch the mood of what's going on in my home town. Go ahead and jump in here on this thread, to give those of us in the diaspora a feel for things.


28 posted on 10/28/2005 3:43:25 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Chicago native living in St. Louis)
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To: Charles Henrickson

It depends on what happens to Ramirez but yes I see the sox making a move for Konerko


29 posted on 10/28/2005 3:44:32 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Charles Henrickson

Thanks Charles for those great pics...makes me wish I was back in my old hometown of Chicago...as we talked about before, I was a Northside gal, and the Cubbies were my favorite...but I also loved the White Sox and am thrilled that they won...

I watched the 1959 White Sox lose the world series while I was a teenager....now having watched the 2005 White Sox win the world series, I am nearly a senior citizen...from my teen years to my golden years was a long dry spell...but finally the White Sox, and all of Chicago, have a World Series winner...no one can be more thrilled than I am...


30 posted on 10/28/2005 3:47:35 PM PDT by andysandmikesmom
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To: Charles Henrickson

thanks for the ping....I was there and it was awesome!!!


31 posted on 10/28/2005 3:48:09 PM PDT by justkillingtime
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To: Charles Henrickson
Another great thread and more great memories.

It is just the best!

Go Sox!

32 posted on 10/28/2005 3:49:18 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant; ICE-FLYER

You know, there's another right-handed hitting guy from New England who has been a slugging first baseman--but the accent is on "has been": Mr. Bagwell, originally in the BoSox organization. He could use a move to the AL, where broken-down guys who can't play the field anymore go. But can Big Papi play first?


33 posted on 10/28/2005 3:49:43 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Chicago native living in St. Louis)
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To: Charles Henrickson

As much as I love my team, and there is NO other than the Red Sox, I hate each baseball season as much as I love it. Last year was gut wrenching until the magic happened and we knew it was destiny. However, prior to that they did what I fear they will start doing now....make moves for people and let people go in a fashion that makes no sense whatsoever. Theo Epstine and Francoina have been great for the Red Sox. Question is...will they be tehre and have the power they did in the 03-04 season? We'll see. Papi CAN play first base, but not nearly as good as some others. I do not see him doing the job in less a fashion that Giambi did for the Yanks. Neither are athletic enough for me...but their bat can not be matched in most cases. And as for Damon and Manny...nuff said...they better fight like hell to keep them.


34 posted on 10/28/2005 4:05:50 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: justkillingtime; andysandmikesmom; Nachum; Chi-townChief; guinnessman; Rollee; facedown

35 posted on 10/28/2005 4:16:33 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO ONE!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

36 posted on 10/28/2005 4:17:18 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Mutually assured destruction STILL keeps the Clinton administration criminals out of jail.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Hey, Chi-townChief, how about pinging the Chicagoland Ping List for one of the greatest days in the history of Chicago?


37 posted on 10/28/2005 4:17:39 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO ONE!)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Were any of you at the celebration today? I am living in a far south suburb of Chicago (St. Louis), so I wasn't able to be there. But the last few days when I'm out and about here, I've been able sometimes to pick up the sports talk station WSCR (formerly WMAQ, 670 on your AM dial), to catch the mood of what's going on in my home town. Go ahead and jump in here on this thread, to give those of us in the diaspora a feel for things.

I just got back a little bit ago. We were right in front of City Hall on LaSalle Street about 4 people back from the double decker buses. It was great, I took a ton of pictures, I'll try to post them later.

I've never seen that many people in one place in my life. It was a tremendous atmosphere. The crowd was well behaved, no incidents of any sort. There had to be well over one million people massed from Waker down to the Merc. It was absolute insanity.

Today it finally all sunk in.

38 posted on 10/28/2005 4:18:12 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Go White Sox!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

I want the guys job who is seen throwing the paper out the window. He must have loved the idea that he did not have to drag it to the recycle spot in the building or to the trash!! LOL!


39 posted on 10/28/2005 4:19:03 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: Alberta's Child

"Any incidents of random gunfire into the air?"

Really, really stupid.


40 posted on 10/28/2005 4:22:10 PM PDT by toddlintown (Your papers please.)
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To: dfwgator
Cubs fans are feeling like crap today

Really? Who'd the Flubs play today? 8^)

41 posted on 10/28/2005 4:22:52 PM PDT by BlueYonder
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To: MamaLucci; andysandmikesmom; MinuteGal

42 posted on 10/28/2005 4:23:18 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO ONE!)
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To: Charles Henrickson

No Big Papi is not Solid enough at first. I would go for Konerko. Though he will command more money I would assume. The sox have lacked power from their corners for some time. Muellar although a solid hitter and very good with the glove will never hit 30+ home runs. That said I like Muellar and wish he would stay, but I think he is gone. Millar on the other hand is an average first baseman and he is good for 18-20 homer's a year in a good year. It also appears that he is gone as well, which I have no problem with. Sure he is a nice guy and is good for the clubhouse but he isnt productive enough. Not to mention he cant hit to the opposite field to save his life.


43 posted on 10/28/2005 4:23:56 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: guinnessman
There were crowds lined up all along the route from Cellular One Field through Bridgeport and Chinatown to downtown.

The Wong Brothers Laundry in Chinatown has the contract to wash all of the Chicago White Sox baseball uniforms. The Wong brothers got the contract by telling the owner of the Chicago White Sox, "If you bring us a dirty baseball uniform, two Wongs will make it white".

44 posted on 10/28/2005 4:27:32 PM PDT by judgeandjury
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To: Dengar01

I agree..I was about 50 yards away from the stage..only bad part of the day was the speaker glitch, we couldnt hear the players or anything. That was more than made up for as when we were leaving we went one block west to Clark and we were right on the barricades as the team was leaving..I got some real good close-up shots of the team (I'll post them later tonight)...Aaron Rowand looked right at me and gave me a thumbs up...that was too cool!!!! In all,a great,great day!


45 posted on 10/28/2005 4:33:04 PM PDT by justkillingtime
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To: AbsoluteJustice; Augie76; Barnacle; BeAllYouCanBe; BillyBoy; Bismarck; bourbon; ...

CHICAGOLAND PING per Charles Henrickson

The only thing I didn't care for was Ozzie walking around like a pendejo grande with that Venezuelan flag. I hope he doesn't try to pull any crap at the White House.


46 posted on 10/28/2005 4:33:52 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: judgeandjury
two Wongs will make it white

And I thought this board was moderated! Is this kind of racist humor tolerated? Even when it's this corny? :-o

47 posted on 10/28/2005 4:35:03 PM PDT by BlueYonder
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To: justkillingtime

I couldn't find an estimate of the amount of people. All of the retarded media said "thousands"... when you and I both know there were hundreds of thousands. If they add up all the people, from the thousands at the cell to Wacker and LaSalle there was well over 1.5 million.


48 posted on 10/28/2005 4:35:48 PM PDT by Dengar01 (Go White Sox!)
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To: guinnessman
There were crowds lined up all along the route from Cellular One Field through Bridgeport and Chinatown to downtown.

I like the fact that the parade first went through the neighborhoods on the South Side before going downtown. I think that's great.


49 posted on 10/28/2005 4:37:47 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (ONE CHICAGO! CHICAGO WON!)
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To: Charles Henrickson; ICE-FLYER; TheRedSoxWinThePennant

Konerko doesn't want to play on the East Coast. If the Angels will come up with the money, he'll most likely end up there.


50 posted on 10/28/2005 4:42:21 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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