Now that I got that out of the way.
In 2005, my wife and I were letting our kids go to school (okay, so it's kindergarten for our daughter, and pre-school for our son), but still. We started to feel more like part of the neighborhood, meeting new people, watching our kids play with other kids, realizing that they all will be growing up together. And if we all stayed in town for the next thirteen to fifteen years, the kids will all graduate high school together. But that's getting ahead of ourselves.
Baseball couldn't be any more relevant in Chicago than it was in 2005. The fact that not only did the White Sox go wire-to-wire, leading the AL Central, but they beat the defending champion Red Sox, beat the LA Angels (if it wasn't for that play in game 2, I think the Angels would have gone on to the WS), and then swept the Astros in four games to win Chicago's first WS since 1917, exorcising the demons of 1919. Now if only that other team could exorcise their demons...
Baseball finally said goodbye to Montréal in 2004. The Expos, sans Youppi, headed for Washington, D.C., which welcomed its first baseball team since the second reincarnation of the Senators left for Texas. Now known as the Washington Nationals, baseball was now back in the Nation's Capitol.
Onto the All-Star Teams, which were created before the final out of game 4.
The teams for 2005 saw the return of the eleventh pitcher (the middle reliever that debuted in 2001) to replace the designated hitter. This was done only because the 2006 All-Star Game would be held in Pittsburgh (again, but this time at PNC Park). So, the rosters remain at a steady 35 players per team (3 1b, 3 2b, 3 3b, 3 ss, 9 of, 3 c, 6 sp, 5 rp).
So without further ado, for the first time online, I am proud to introduce my 2005 End of Year MLB All-Star Teams (in alphabetical order by position):
(Don't stop...believing...that there's a lot of space here...)
Twenty-three players are first-time all-stars (10 for the American League, 13 for the Nationals). One-person teams on my 2005 rosters include the Athletics (Chavez), Royals (Brown), Tigers (IRodriguez), Dodgers (Kent), Giants (Alou), Nationals (Cordero), Pirates (Bay), and Rockies (Helton). The White Sox and Yankees each send five representatives to the AL squad, leading both leagues. The Angels, Astros, and Marlins each send four players to their respective squads. Chicago bias makes a comeback as there are eight players from both Chicago teams (5 from the White Sox, 3 from the Cubs).
As always, seven regular games (10,000 simulations each, six with the same starting pitchers, one where lineups and starting pitchers change), and one All-Star Game will be simulated during the course of the week. I hope to have the results of all the games by the end of the week.
Now it's time for me to create the .DAT files before getting the games set. Results to come on Monday (we hope).