The sky is the limit for White Sox
Rowand excited for fans, players, and front office
Aaron Rowand entered Friday's Division Series-clinching 5-3 victory with 10 hits in 14 career at-bats against Boston starter Tim Wakefield and with 11 hits in 31 at-bats against Red Sox pitching in 2005. He certainly didn't hurt those numbers with a double and a single, finishing the series with a .400 average.
Rowand also made the momentum-altering catch in center, hauling in David Ortiz's 412-foot blast with two on and two outs in the bottom of the fifth. The White Sox took their final lead in the top half of the sixth.
In this final Division Series installment of Rowand's journal, done exclusively for MLB.com, Rowand talks about finishing out the sweep and toasts his team and the fans. He also chose to avoid taking a shot at the naysayers and doubters in the media.
For the first time in my life, and you can ask my wife, I'm speechless. I always have something to say. Right now, I can't find the right words to describe what I'm feeling and to describe what I feel for these guys and the fans of Chicago who supported us. I'm happy for Chicago, [team chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf, the White Sox fans and all these guys who worked so hard all season.
It's really just unbelievable. All these people coming out to Boston to support us and all the people back in Chicago going crazy now and planning on having a very good night. Like I said, it's something you can't put into words. You work so hard for so long, and when you get here, you have to enjoy it. It's just amazing.
Hopefully, Chicago baseball is on the rise. [General manager] Kenny [Williams] and Jerry and [manager] Ozzie [Guillen] brought together a good group of guys. We love being around each other. It's never been as strong in here as it is right now. We are all on the same page, and the sky is the limit as to what we can accomplish because we are all on the same page. We definitely have a chance.
I wasn't on the hill pitching in the sixth [with the bases loaded and nobody out], so I don't really know how nerve-wracking it was. I was pretty relaxed just saying, 'Don't get too hyped up. Play the ball.'
But hats off to El Duque. He came in and did something you don't see happen hardly ever. He saved the game for us.
We have eight more wins to get, and they are going to have to tear the jerseys off of our back this year. Everyone here will fight until the last possible out. We have something very special going on here.
Aaron Rowand's diary appears as told to Scott Merkin, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.