Dye finally finds ticket to glory

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

HOUSTON -- After knocking on the playoff door for the fifth time with his third team, Jermaine Dye finally has climbed to the pinnacle.

Dye, a free-agent acquisition by the Chicago White Sox last off-season, knocked in the game's lone run last night to help his club to a 1-0 victory and win the World Series over the Houston Astros in a four-game sweep.

Dye, the 32-year-old right fielder for the White Sox, went 3-for-4 in the final game and finished the Series hitting .438 (7-for-16) with a home run and four RBIs to earn MVP honors.

After doubling in the first and singling in the second, Dye's clutch RBI single in the eighth, a bouncer up the middle of the infield into centre off Houston closer Brad Lidge, provided the winning edge to Chicago's triumphant season.

A nine-plus year veteran, Dye has been to the post-season with Atlanta in 1996, when the Braves lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

He also played for Oakland in their Division Series losses to the Yankees in 2001, Minnesota Twins in 2002 and Boston Red Sox in 2003.

But like the rest of his Chicago teammates, Dye would not be denied this year.

"When you've got a lot of guys that can get the MVP, that's just a great accomplishment," Dye said. "We all worked hard to do whatever we could to help this team win and guys came up with big hits in a lot of situations.

"It's just special for me to be thought of as MVP and become an MVP in that group."

After tasting defeat in other post-seasons, 2005 has been oh, so sweet.

"This year it was unbelievable," he said. "I told all the guys about my experiences, about what it takes to get there and what it's like.

"(I told them) if you stick with your game plan and stay with what got you there and not change, then good things will happen."

It happened for Dye and the White Sox last night.


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