October 24, 2005

Oniacziv Comes Through

When I went to camp as a kid, one of my fellow campers, a Cubs fan from Chicago, repeatedly did a Harry Caray impression that consisted entirely of, over and over again, repeating the phrase "and Vizcaino spelled backwards, is Oniacziv." Harry had supposedly said this once, in reference to the then-young, then-Cubs shortstop.

This was about 15 years ago, so nice to see that Jose is still active, and even managed to get a game-tying hit in the top of the ninth of Game 2. But it wasn't enough, as Scott Podsednik's home run won the game for Chicago and brought them to within two wins of their first World Series in 88 years. And if you think I'm trying to jinx them, you're right.

One more series note: I'm loving the Astros' hockey-style "playoff beards," with the weird sidebar that Lance Berkman's beard makes him so resemble my old roommate, Ryan Kennedy, that I thought for a moment that Ryan had abandoned his nascent law career (and his Phillies fandom) to join the Astros. See for yourself: Here's Ryan, and here's Lance.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 24, 2005 11:03 PM

Remember last year when Fox made every possible reference to the "curse"? Why have I seen no reference to 1918 whitesox? No Shoeless Joe, no "Field of Dreams", no nothing... Think MLB has a hand in this?

Posted by: Jeff S at October 24, 2005 11:14 PM

The 1918 White Sox, Jeff? I would think the teams that would get more frequent mentions are the year before (when they last won the WS) and the year after (of Black Sox infamy). But the overall point is absolutely right, as even I as a Red Sox fan will concede.

Of course, the White Sox may be ahead now, but there's no way they could actually win it all, right? I mean, that has to wait for the White Sox-Cubs WS that would signal the end of the world. ;-)

Posted by: Dave J at October 25, 2005 12:33 AM

1917... 1919... I'm still so caught up in the Red Sox world series victory... You mean MLB decided to play another season? I thought it was over!

Posted by: Jeff S at October 25, 2005 07:40 AM
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