Both the Chicago teams ended their season yesterday. The Cubs waited until Saturday to be officially eliminated. The White Sox were officially eliminated over a week ago, but they were effectively eliminated in early August when Minnesota swept a series at Comiskey Park (it's hard to refer to the park as U.S. Cellular Field!).
I actually saw the Sox high-water mark on Saturday, July 24th. We attended the game against Detroit where the Sox had to rally several times before finally winning on Joe Crede's walk-off home run in the ninth inning. Minnesota lost their game the same evening so the Sox were a half-game up. That was it. The Sox lost the next game on Sunday while the Twins won and it was downhill for the rest of the season.
I'm watching with interest the latest development between Sammy Sosa and the Cubs organization. Sammy essentially blew off the last game -- arriving after noon for a 1:00 PM game. He said he was hurt and Dusty Baker told him that he wasn't going to play. Instead of changing into his uniform and cheering on his teammates from the bench, he left early and then ripped Baker in a subsequent Sun-Times interview. Enjoy your next season with the Mets, Sammy. It's been nice knowing you.
Both the Cubs and Sox have a lot of work to do this off-season although the Cubs have a better core of players and should be in the thick of the pennant chase in 2005. Before the Sox can compete with Minnesota, they need to come up with a plan for beating Detroit! It seems like Detroit -- no matter how bad they are -- have the Sox number each year.