As we all continue to endure the monotony of life in the midst of self-quarantining, it takes a special motivation to allow creativity to overcome boredom. With Illinois continuing under a ‘Stay at Home’ ordinance until at least May, this reality strikes especially true for those living in Chicago or the ‘burbs.
To that end Major League Baseball threw us all a bone last month, releasing five classic games for every big-league franchise. These games have been made available to stream for free on YouTube, which is a terrific way to escape from reality and revisit some of the great White Sox moments, some you may never have before seen.
While the idea itself is brilliant, its execution — at least as much as it concerns the Sox — is lacking, at best. The MLB Vault has several other classic games you can watch, but filtering through is rather tedious.
Here at Chicago Dugout, we’ve taken the liberty to amend MLB’s proposed list for each Chicago team — along with links to stream our picks. First, here’s a refresher of each game MLB selected, coupled with their description for each game:
Drought quenched (Oct. 26, 2005, World Series Game 4): The White Sox sweep the Astros in a tight 1-0 game.
Abreu dazzles as rookie (April 25, 2014): José Abreu clubs a walk-off grand slam early in a season that eventually merits him AL Rookie of the Year honors.
Humber is perfect (April 21, 2012): Philip Humber throws a perfect game at Safeco Field, the third perfecto in franchise history.
Sale strikes out 15 Cubs (Aug. 16, 2015): Chris Sale strikes out 15 Cubs over seven innings, including Kris Bryant three times.
Albers pitches, hits and runs (June 1, 2016): With the White Sox in Flushing and locked in a 1-1 tie in the 13th inning, reliever Matt Albers gets an at-bat, and leads off the inning with a double, eventually coming around to score before pitching a scoreless bottom half of the inning to complete the victory.
We take issue with the selections above. This list is just plain terrible for the White Sox, with some glaring omissions.
The main rule for our revision is this: any game selected for the must not be a repeat of the MLB curated games above.
Our attempt was to select games that remain iconic and also occurred within our lifetimes — or at least feature players that impacted our childhood fandom.
Below is our curated list of White Sox games to stream.
The Blackout Game (September 30, 2008): Tied after 162 games, the White Sox hosted the Minnesota Twins in a one-game playoff to determine the winner of the American League Central on the night of September 30, 2008.
Mark Buehrle No-Hitter (April 18, 2007): Mark Buehrle throws his first career no-hitter against the Texas Rangers, the first White Sox no-hitter since Wilson Alvarez no-hit the Baltimore Orioles on August 11, 1991.
Sox, Tigers Duke it out at Comiskey Park (April 22, 2000): A total of 16 players were suspended for a combined 82 games after the two division rivals duked it out in one of the most physical brawls in baseball history.
White Sox vs. Astros, 2005 World Series – Game 4 (October 25, 2005): The White Sox capped one of the most dominant postseasons in MLB history, and ended an 88-year title drought with a victory in Houston.
Buehrle’s 99-minute Victory (April 16, 2005): If you blinked, you probably missed some of this Mark Buehrle masterpiece. Buehrle dispatched the Seattle Mariners in 99 minutes. The game started at 1:05 p.m. It was over by 2:44 p.m..