AL Central champ White Sox surprised even themselves
CHICAGO -- Scary literary thought: Ozzie Guillen says he might write a book about this Chicago White Sox season, a season that now lives not only for another day, but for another series, this time the ALDS.F. Scott Guillen already has a book title in mind. "How The Hell We F--- In First Place?" is Guillen's suggested title -- dashes optional. How the bleep are the White Sox your AL Central winner? Because the bilge pump in their boat worked better than the one used by the Minnesota Twins. Sinking quickly out of first, the White Sox won Game 161 to stay within a half-game of the Twins, won Game 162 to force a rare play-in game and won Game 163 against Minnesota on Tuesday evening to squeeze their way into the postseason. Three days. Three different teams -- the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers, the Twins. Three victories, the latest a 1-0 thriller won by John Danks, who was pitching on, ta-da, three days' rest. The White Sox aren't going to be favored to beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS, but if nothing else, they begin the playoffs tougher than the left-field metal bleachers at U.S. Cellular Stadium. The White Sox first overcame themselves, and later the Twins.
Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.