There’s jubilation in the Windy City: The Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros 1-0 Wednesday night to win their first World Series title in 88 years.
It was the third title for the White Sox, following wins in 1906 and 1917. And it was the first since “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and the “Black Sox” threw the 1919 Series against Cincinnati.
“I hope this is not a dream,” said Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, holding the trophy under his left arm, the Associated Press reports.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said during the regular season that he might retire if his team went on to win the Series, and now he’ll have to reveal that decision. He hinted after the game that he wanted a new contract.
“Now I’m going to make my money,” he said playfully, looking at Reinsdorf.
Chicago’s sweep, its eighth straight postseason win and 16th in 17 games overall, made it only the second team to go through the postseason 11-1 since the extra round of playoffs was added in 1995, joining the 1999 Yankees. But the White Sox fans couldn’t enjoy a single celebration in person: the division title and all three rounds of the postseason were won on the road.
“I wish we were in Chicago tonight,” Reinsdorf said. “It’s surreal.”
Now, if only the Chicago Cubs could take a Series – a feat that hasn’t happened since 1908.