On Wednesday night, White Sox fans, Steven Banach, Justin Quaglio and Norman Fleenor celebrate the team's first world championship in 88 years at the Terminal, a Terre Haute sports bar.
With a dramatic one-run victory last night, the Chicago White Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Houston Astros and captured their first World Series title since 1917. Area Sox fans watching the game at the Terminal Sports Bar in Terre Haute analyzed the team's performance, shrugged off questions about the Sox' late-season slide and offered their condolences to Cubs and Cardinals fans.
- Which player made the most difference in the postseason?
Banach: (Paul) Konerko (first baseman). He always comes through when it's needed.
Fleenor: Bobby Jenks (relief pitcher). He's looked solid in the postseason, and it's nice to have a good young pitcher on the team.
Quaglio: (Geoff) Blum (utility infielder). He pulled through at 1:30 in the morning (with a victory-sealing two-run homer in game three), when we needed him most.
The Sox struggled late in the regular season, nearly squandering their lead in the AL Central Division.
- Did you ever doubt your Sox?
Banach: I've been going to White Sox games since I was a Cub Scout. I never doubted my Sox.
Fleenor: No. I looked at it as them resting up for the postseason. I wasn't too worried about it.
Quaglio: We went cold, but I never doubted we'd pull through.
- Anything you'd like to say to area Cubs or Cardinals fans?
Banach: Steve Bartman rules! I've never liked the Cubs.
Fleenor: I don't mind the Cardinals. I have family who are Cub fans, and I just want to tell them that maybe, in the next 100 years, they'll have a chance.
Quaglio: I don't dislike the Cardinals, but I have friends who like the Cubs, and I wouldn't want to make them cry.