The White Sox had a well-balanced club that earned its World Series championship every step of the way in 2005.It's hard to find any area in which they were lacking. They had good hitting, good pitching, good defense and good speed, plus they were aggressive and executed well. They did everything that you would expect a championship club to do. In the playoffs, it seemed like a lot of the breaks went their way, too. But good clubs find a way to take advantage of opportunities. They seized those opportunities and didn't make mistakes. When all of those components come together, it's your destiny to win. Let's not forget that they ended the Black Sox curse just like my Red Sox did away with our club's curse last season. Chicago had been without a championship even longer than Boston had, so I'm happy for their fans, too. It's been a long time. The White Sox had played well all year, except for a late slump, but by the end of September they hit their stride again and went into the playoffs as a hot team. They played with tremendous confidence throughout the postseason to win 11 out of 12 games. They never wavered. They never for a moment thought that they couldn't or wouldn't win. I think the only reason the Red Sox were favored over them in our Division Series was that we were the defending champions and had a powerhouse lineup. Then they went against the Angels who had won a championship in 2002. So The White Sox were considered underdogs the first two rounds mostly because their franchise hadn't won in recent years. They had to prove their mettle and they did so very convincingly. They were in first place all season long and never wavered. They earned their championship. Mike Timlin has pitched for the Blue Jays, Mariners, Orioles, Cardinals, Phillies and Red Sox over 15 seasons in the Majors. During that span, he's reached the postseason eight times and pitched in three World Series. This past season, the 39-year-old right-hander made a record 81 appearances for the Red Sox, posting a career-best 2.24 ERA with 13 saves.
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