10/26/2005 7:16 AM ET
Widger: Bench players come through
Mark Buehrle (right) is congratulated by Chris Widger after Chicago's Game 3 win. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)
When Geoff Blum came up and hit that game-winning home run, all of us extra guys felt like we had hit it ourselves. That's how happy we were for him. To hit that home run in that situation is just unbelievable. He basically hasn't played since the end of September and he came up big.
It seems like a different guy is the hero every night. If you told us in July that this guy or that guy was going to come through in the playoffs, we might have said you were crazy. But that's why you have a 25-man roster. It's about everybody being ready to do their jobs at any time because you never know when you're going to be called upon.
Our bullpen -- including Mark Buehrle who got his first save -- did an amazing job of holding down the Astros. It doesn't surprise me, though. They've done it all year. Ozzie Guillen has used every one of them in tough situations.
When I went in to catch, I just wanted to keep the relievers aggressive. If you pitch not to make a mistake, that's when you make a mistake. We let a few guys on, but, in the end, when guys were on, they stayed aggressive and made their pitches. They got outs when they needed to.
I had a few balls in the dirt that I had to block -- maybe three or four. That popup that I caught right after going into the game was a high one, though. I was waiting for Joe Crede to yell, "I got it," but I never heard him so I had to try and catch it myself.
I also had my first World Series at-bats and had two walks in my three trips to the plate. But only the second walk mattered because it came with the bases full and pushed across our seventh run. I wouldn't say getting that run makes things easier on the pitcher, but it definitely makes things easier for the White Sox fans watching the game because they knew that one little solo shot wasn't going to beat us.
Personally, it's too soon for me to put this all in perspective. We've got a World Series to win still. But sometimes when I'm away from the field, I think about how far I've come from a year ago when I played fast-pitch softball for Rudy's Sporting Goods back in New Jersey. Unlike the game we played tonight, however, softball games are over in an hour and a half.
Now it's important to go out, stay aggressive and do whatever it takes to win. It doesn't matter what we did yesterday or the day before. Now all that matters is what we do in Game 4. We've seen what the Astros have done to other teams, so we need to keep the pedal down.
Our confidence level couldn't be higher, though. We feel like someone is going to come through for us in any situation and that it could be any player on the roster.
Chris Widger, 34, has played parts of nine seasons in the Majors, primarily as a backup catcher, and has a .242 career batting average. Last season, he played for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League.