The Blackout Game Was Special

I know that I’ve written an article on it before, but there were multiple facts that were… wrong. First of all, the league has had several ties for first place. No need to look past the home run heard ’round the world! But anyway, let’s try this again.

The AL Central ended in a tie in 2008. Of course, it was the Twins and the White Sox (you already knew that). The White Sox had won the World Series in 2005, but in 2006 and 2007 had two disappointing years. The Twins had made the playoffs in 2006 partly due to Joe Mauer’s bat, but missed them in 2007.

It was close throughout the season, but at the end it was especially close. The Twins pulled within a half game, and then they overtook the White Sox. The White Sox had to claw back to even make it to the blackout game. But now that we’re there, let’s take about it.

John Danks took the hill for the Sox. He was decent in 2008. Nick Blackburn would start for the Twins, and he was okay. The White Sox didn’t like him, and he didn’t like them back.

Denard Span led off with a leadoff walk. That would pretty much be the only important event until the Too of the fifth when Ken Griffey Jr threw out Michael Cudyer at home on a Brendan Rogers sac fly. The first runs wouldn’t come until the seventh inning when Jim Thome hit a monster home run. And of course, Bobby Jenks got the save.

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