1. An Unlikely Hero
Game: 2005 World Series, Game 2
Playoff baseball has a look in Chicago. The boys of summer are wearing long sleeves, hoods, and can see their breath with every exhale. Scott Podsednik steps to the plate in the bottom of the tenth with the game tied. The lights reflect off of his helmet, the dirt around the batters box starts to color with moisture. He was 0-for-4 on the day. Houston's Brad Lidge tries to beat him with a 2-1 fastball, Pods drops the bat head on a low pitch and it carries to the gap. Fans on their feet, outfielders running to the fence, the ball clears the wall and lands in the front row. The greatest game in White Sox history ends in a walk-off. The South Siders take a 2-0 World Series lead. Three days later the White Sox would win their first World Series Championship since 1917.