Since the Twins and the White Sox completed the regular season with identical records (88–74), the two teams played against each other in a one-game playoff. The White Sox defeated the Twins, 1–0, and thus became the AL Central champions.
|2008 American League Division Series|
|Dates||October 1 – 6|
|TV announcers||Chip Caray, Buck Martinez|
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman, Dave Campbell|
|Umpires||Tim Welke, Bill Miller, Kerwin Danley, Ed Rapuano, Tim Tschida, Marty Foster|
|Dates||October 2 – 6|
|TV announcers||Don Orsillo, Harold Reynolds|
|Radio announcers||Gary Thorne, Chris Singleton|
|Umpires||Joe West, C. B. Bucknor, Ron Kulpa, Jeff Kellogg, Gary Darling, Eric Cooper|
Boston won the series, 3–1.
|1||October 1||Boston Red Sox – 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||3:14||44,996|
|2||October 3||Boston Red Sox – 7, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 5||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||3:51||45,354|
|3||October 5||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 5, Boston Red Sox – 4 (12 innings)||Fenway Park||5:19||39,067|
|4||October 6||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2, Boston Red Sox – 3||Fenway Park||2:50||38,785|
Tampa Bay won the series, 3–1.
|1||October 2||Chicago White Sox – 4, Tampa Bay Rays – 6||Tropicana Field||3:10||35,041|
|2||October 3||Chicago White Sox – 2, Tampa Bay Rays – 6||Tropicana Field||3:10||35,257|
|3||October 5||Tampa Bay Rays – 3, Chicago White Sox – 5||U.S. Cellular Field||3:07||40,142|
|4||October 6||Tampa Bay Rays – 6, Chicago White Sox – 2||U.S. Cellular Field||3:13||40,454|
|WP: Jon Lester (1–0) LP: John Lackey (0–1) Sv: Jonathan Papelbon (1)|
BOS: Jason Bay (1)
In a re-match of last year's ALDS, starters Jon Lester and John Lackey were sharp early on, each tossing a couple of scoreless innings. The Angels finally got on the board in the third, when Torii Hunter singled home Garret Anderson to put the Angels up 1–0. Lackey held the Red Sox scoreless until the sixth, when newly acquired left fielder Jason Bay hit a two-run homer to put the Sox up 2–1. It would stay 2–1 until the ninth. The Sox got a couple of insurance runs, with Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz each singling home a run. Jonathan Papelbon struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth for his fifth career postseason save. This marked the Angels' 10th consecutive playoff game loss to the Red Sox (dating back to Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship Series), as well as their eighth consecutive playoff game loss overall (dating back to Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS).
|WP: Jonathan Papelbon (1–0) LP: Francisco Rodríguez (0–1)|
BOS: Jason Bay (2), J. D. Drew (1)
The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead in the first thanks to a three-run homer by Jason Bay. The Angels scored one run in the first off of an effective but inefficient Daisuke Matsuzaka and continued to chip away at Boston's lead throughout the game. In total, the Angels recorded 11 hits with 10 of them being singles. In the eighth inning Mark Teixeira tied the game with a sacrifice fly off of Jonathan Papelbon who had to enter the game prematurely due to Justin Masterson giving up a leadoff triple. The game entered the ninth inning tied at five but that deadlock was broken after a double by David Ortiz and a two-run home run to center by J. D. Drew off of Angels closer Francisco Rodríguez. Rodríguez was charged with the loss and although Papelbon had a blown save he also recorded the win. Boston, leading the series two games to none, headed back to Fenway Park. With their eleventh consecutive playoff win over the Angels, the Red Sox broke the record for consecutive playoff wins over another team, which had been set against them by the Oakland Athletics who beat the Red Sox in 10 consecutive playoff games from 1988 to 2003.
|WP: Jered Weaver (1–0) LP: Javier López (0–1)|
LAA: Mike Napoli 2 (2)
The Angels got to an early lead when Juan Rivera drew a bases loaded walk to score Chone Figgins from third. A fielding miscue by the Angels in the second inning caused a fly ball hit by Jacoby Ellsbury to drop between Torii Hunter and Howie Kendrick in shallow center field, scoring three runs (Jed Lowrie, Jason Varitek, and Coco Crisp) and giving the Red Sox a two-run lead. The next inning, Mike Napoli tied the score with a two-run home run over the Green Monster that completely left the ballpark. In the fifth inning, Napoli hit another home run over the Monster, giving the Angels a one-run lead. Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at four apiece. The score remained deadlocked until the top of the 12th inning, when Napoli scored from second on an Erick Aybar single. The Angels' win ended an 11-game postseason losing streak against the Red Sox that dated back to 1986, and a nine-game overall postseason skid that dated back to 2005.
|WP: Manny Delcarmen (1–0) LP: Scot Shields (0–1)|
The game remained scoreless for the first four and a half innings thanks to sharp pitching from both John Lackey and Jon Lester. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Boston got its first run when Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out to second base, scoring Mark Kotsay from third base. Howie Kendrick bobbled the ball and was unable to try for a double play, which would have ended the inning. Dustin Pedroia then hit a double off the left field wall to score Jason Varitek from second. In the eighth inning, a passed ball allowed Mark Teixeira and Vladimir Guerrero to advance on second and third, and they subsequently scored on a single by Torii Hunter to tie the game. In the top of the ninth inning, the Angels threatened with a leadoff double by pinch hitter Kendry Morales followed by a sacrifice bunt, but when Erick Aybar failed to make contact on a suicide squeeze attempt, the runner was tagged out. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Jed Lowrie won the game with a walk-off single, scoring Jason Bay from second base.
|Boston Red Sox||4||3||0||1||3||2||0||0||5||0||0||0||18||38||1|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||2||0||3||1||2||0||1||3||0||0||0||1||13||42||4|
|Total attendance: 168,202 Average attendance: 42,051|
|WP: James Shields (1–0) LP: Javier Vázquez (0–1) Sv: Dan Wheeler (1)|
CWS: DeWayne Wise (1), Paul Konerko (1)
TB: Evan Longoria 2 (2)
The Rays went up 1–0 in the second on rookie Evan Longoria's leadoff home run in his first postseason at-bat off of Javier Vazquez, but starter James Shields allowed consecutive leadoff singles in the third before DeWayne Wise's two-out three-run home run put the White Sox up 3−1. In the bottom of the inning, however, Jason Bartlett hit a leadoff single and scored on Akinori Iwamura's triple. After Melvin Upton struck out, Willy Aybar's sacrifice fly tied the game before Longoria's home run put Tampa up 4–3. The Rays added to their lead on Longoria's one-out single with two on off of Vazquez, who was then relieved by Clayton Richard and allowed an RBI single to Carl Crawford. Paul Konerko's leadoff home run in the ninth off of Dan Wheeler made it 6–4 Tampa, but Wheeler retired the next three batters to end the game and give the Rays a 1–0 series lead as they won their first postseason game in franchise history. Longoria became only the second ever player to homer in his first two career post-season at-bats, the other being Gary Gaetti in 1987.
|WP: Scott Kazmir (1–0) LP: Mark Buehrle (0–1)|
TB: Akinori Iwamura (1)
In Game 2, the White Sox loaded the bases off of Scott Kazmir in the first on a walk, hit-by-pitch, and single when Jim Thome's one-out single followed by Alexei Ramírez's sacrifice fly scored a run each. However, Kazmir and the Rays' bullpen would shut them out for the rest of the game. The White Sox left 12 runners on base and were 3 for 12 with them in scoring position. In the second, Willy Aybar hit a leadoff single off of Mark Buehrle, moved to third on Ramirez's throwing error to first on Rocco Baldelli's line out and scored on Dioner Navarro's single. In the fifth, Jason Bartlett singled with one out, then Akinori Iwamura's home run put the Rays up 3−2. They added insurance in the eighth when Melvin Upton hit a leadoff triple and scored on Carl Crawford's single to knock Buehrle out of the game. Crawford stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on Baldelli's single off of Octavio Dotel. Baldelli then scored on Navarro's double off of Matt Thornton to put the Rays up 6−2. Chad Bradford pitched a scoreless ninth as the Rays took a 2−0 series lead heading to Chicago.
|WP: John Danks (1–0) LP: Matt Garza (0–1) Sv: Bobby Jenks (1)|
TB: Melvin Upton Jr. (1)
The Rays got on the board first when Akinori Iwamura singled with two outs in the second inning to score Dioner Navarro. Chicago evened the score in the bottom of the third inning when DeWayne Wise scored on a single by A. J. Pierzynski after stealing second base. Chicago took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Alexei Ramírez hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out. Then DeWayne Wise doubled to score Paul Konerko and Ken Griffey Jr. In the sixth inning, the White Sox added an insurance run when Juan Uribe drove in Brian Anderson with two outs. The Rays finally chased starter John Danks after a two-run homer by Melvin Upton Jr. and a single by Carlos Peña. Neither bullpen allowed any runs; Bobby Jenks recorded the save.
|WP: Andy Sonnanstine (1–0) LP: Gavin Floyd (0–1)|
TB: B. J. Upton 2 (3)
CWS: Paul Konerko (2), Jermaine Dye (1)
The Rays established an early lead after home runs by B. J. Upton in the first and third innings, and never gave up the lead. The Rays added two more runs in the fourth on consecutive hits by Cliff Floyd and Dioner Navarro, and added two more runs on RBI singles by Carlos Peña in the fifth and seventh innings. The White Sox scored on home runs by Paul Konerko (fourth inning) and Jermaine Dye (sixth inning), both off Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine who allowed three hits in 5 2⁄3 innings.
|Tampa Bay Rays||1||3||4||2||5||0||3||3||0||21||41||0|
|Chicago White Sox||2||0||4||4||0||2||0||0||1||13||30||1|
|Total attendance: 150,894 Average attendance: 37,724|
The 2008 Chicago White Sox season was the organization's 109th season in Chicago and 108th in the American League. The White Sox won the American League Central division title for the first time since 2005. They finished the regular season tied with the Minnesota Twins (88–74) and won a one-game playoff for the division title. They subsequently lost the 2008 American League Division Series to Tampa Bay Rays.
Individual highlights for the White Sox included the breakout season of offseason acquisition Carlos Quentin and the strong rookie season of infielder Alexei Ramírez. Gavin Floyd nearly threw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins on May 6, broken up by Joe Mauer's double in the ninth inning.
The White Sox set a new home record at U.S. Cellular Field of 54–28 (.658 pct.) breaking the 2003 home record of 51–30 (.629 pct.). As of 2018, this was the last time the Chicago White Sox made the postseason.2008 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2008 throughout the world.B. J. Upton
Melvin Emanuel "B. J." Upton Jr. (born August 21, 1984) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, and Toronto Blue Jays.
Upton has played with his brother, Justin Upton, as members of the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres. They are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the No. 1 and 2 slots of the draft (in separate years). The Upton brothers are also the first brothers to make it into the 20–20 club (both have hit 20 home runs and have 20 stolen bases in a season).Francisco Rodríguez (Venezuelan pitcher)
Francisco José Rodríguez, Sr. (born January 7, 1982), nicknamed "Frankie" and "K-Rod", is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Anaheim Angels / Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, and Detroit Tigers.
Rodriguez pitched for the Angels from 2002 to 2008, and the Mets from 2009 to midway through the 2011 season. He served as the closer for both teams. Rodriguez then pitched for the Brewers until July 2013, mostly in a setup role, and for the Orioles for the rest of 2013 before returning to the Brewers for 2014 and 2015, this time as the team's closer. He was then traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2016, and became the Tigers' closer.
Rodríguez holds the major league record for saves in a single season, with 62, set in 2008 while pitching for the Angels. He is a three-time league leader in saves (2005, 2006, and 2008) and a six-time All-Star. Rodríguez is one of only six Major League pitchers to accumulate a total of 400 or more saves, in his baseball career.Gil Velazquez
Gilberto Arnulfo Velazquez (born October 17, 1979) is a former professional baseball infielder. He is 6–2 feet tall and weighs 190 pounds. Velazquez is a graduate of Paramount High School in Paramount, California. Velazquez played in the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Miami Marlins organizations.J. D. Drew
David Jonathan "J. D." Drew (born November 20, 1975) is an American former Major League Baseball right fielder. He is a left-handed hitter, and began his major league career in 1998 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the brother of two other major league players, Stephen and Tim.Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury ( jə-KOH-bee; born September 11, 1983) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox from 2007 through 2013, and joined the Yankees before the 2014 season.
Ellsbury was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB draft, but did not sign. He was drafted next as 23rd overall by the Red Sox in the 2005, after playing college baseball for three years at Oregon State University. Ellsbury was the first Red Sox player in history to be a member of the 30–30 club. In 2011, Ellsbury also won the Gold Glove Award, the Silver Slugger Award, and was the American League MVP runner-up to Justin Verlander. After the 2013 season, Ellsbury signed a 7-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees in free agency.
Ellsbury is an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes; Ellsbury's mother, Margie, is full-blooded Navajo and his father is of English and German descent. Ellsbury is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the major leagues. In 2008, he was one of three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, along with Kyle Lohse and Joba Chamberlain.Jason Bay
Jason Raymond Bay (born September 20, 1978) is a Canadian-American former professional baseball left fielder. Bay played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners.
Bay was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2004 and he won the Silver Slugger Award in 2009. He is a three-time MLB All-Star and a three-time Tip O'Neill Award winner as the best Canadian baseball player.Joe Maddon
Joseph John Maddon Jr. (born February 8, 1954) is an American professional baseball manager for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Maddon began his coaching career in MLB with the California Angels in 1993 and served under managers Buck Rodgers, Marcel Lachemann, John McNamara, Terry Collins, and Mike Scioscia. He served two stints as interim manager during this time. He managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 through 2014, winning the 2008 American League pennant. After opting out of his contract following the 2014 season, he joined the Cubs, led them to the 2015 National League Championship Series and was named the 2015 National League Manager of the Year. In 2016, Maddon managed the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.Josh Beckett
Joshua Patrick Beckett (born May 15, 1980) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. A three-time Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star, he played for the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After a stellar high school career, where he was regarded as one of the top prospects in the country, he was drafted by the Marlins with the second pick in the 1999 MLB draft. He won the 2003 World Series with the Marlins and the 2007 World Series with the Red Sox, and received the 2007 American League Championship Most Valuable Player (MVP) award and the 2003 World Series MVP award. He was traded from the Marlins to the Red Sox in 2006 and from the Red Sox to the Dodgers in 2012, both as part of multi-player transactions.
Beckett recovered from a serious injury that caused him to miss most of the 2013 season and pitched a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25, 2014 for the Dodgers, becoming the 19th man to do so in Dodgers history. However, his season was again cut short due to an injury and he announced his retirement on October 7, 2014.Ken Griffey Jr.
George Kenneth Griffey Jr. (born November 21, 1969) nicknamed "Junior" and "the Kid", is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball (MLB). He spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, along with a short stint with the Chicago White Sox. A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a 13-time All-Star, Griffey is one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history; his 630 home runs rank as the seventh-most in MLB history. Griffey was also an exceptional defender and won 10 Gold Glove Awards in center field. He is tied for the record of most consecutive games with a home run (eight, with Don Mattingly and Dale Long).Although popular with fans around the league, Griffey was unable to shake reports of his petulant demeanor throughout his major league baseball career. Griffey signed lucrative deals with companies of international prominence like Nike and Nintendo; his popularity reflected well upon MLB and is credited by some with helping restore its image after the 1994 labor dispute. Griffey is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in major league games in four different calendar decades.
Following his playing career, Griffey joined the Mariners' front office as a special consultant. He was inducted into both the Mariners' Hall of Fame and the Reds Hall of Fame. In 2016, Griffey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving a 99.30% of the vote, breaking pitcher Tom Seaver's record of 98.84%. However, Griffey's record was broken three years later by Mariano Rivera, who became the first player to be inducted unanimously.Griffey is the son of former MLB player Ken Griffey Sr. and the father of National Football League player Trey Griffey.Mark Teixeira
Mark Charles Teixeira ( tay-SHAIR-ə; born April 11, 1980) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily with the New York Yankees. He also played for the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Before his professional career, he played college baseball at Georgia Tech, where in 2001 he won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year. One of the most prolific switch hitters in MLB history, Teixeira was an integral part of the Yankees' 27th World Series championship in 2009, leading the American League (AL) in home runs and runs batted in (RBI) while finishing second in the Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) balloting. Teixeira was a three-time All-Star, won five Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards, and also holds the all-time major league record for most games with a home run from both sides of the plate, with 14. He was the fifth switch hitter in MLB history to reach 400 home runs.
Drafted fifth overall by the Texas Rangers in 2001, Teixeira made his MLB debut on Opening Day in 2003, and hit 26 home runs as a rookie. He hit career-highs of 43 home runs and 144 RBI in 2005. The centerpiece of consecutive mid-season trades in 2007 and 2008, the Rangers first sent him to the Braves for a prospect package centered around Elvis Andrus and Matt Harrison. He was later traded in July 2008 to the Los Angeles Angels, where he played for half a season and lost in the first round of the playoffs. In December 2008, he agreed to a lucrative eight-year contract with the Yankees, contributing his most productive season in pinstripes the following year. Injuries limited his effectiveness afterward, including a calf strain in 2012, early season-ending wrist surgery in 2013, various ailments in 2014, a shin fracture in 2015, and neck spasms and torn cartilage in 2016. Teixeira retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season and contract with the Yankees. In each season from 2004 to 2011, Teixeira hit at least 30 home runs with 100 RBI.Marty Foster
Martin Robert Foster (born November 25, 1963) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. After first working in the American League in 1996, he joined the league staff in 1999 and has worked throughout both major leagues since 2000. Foster has umpired in two All-Star Games and three League Division Series.Mike Napoli
Michael Anthony Napoli (born October 31, 1981) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians. Up to 2013, Napoli was primarily a catcher.Paul Konerko
Paul Henry Konerko (; born March 5, 1976) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and, for most of his career, the Chicago White Sox. Konerko helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series over the Houston Astros, the franchise's first since 1917. From 2006 to 2014 he served as the White Sox captain.Tropicana Field
Tropicana Field, also commonly known as The Trop, is a domed stadium located in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, that has been the home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB) since the team's inaugural season in 1998. The stadium is also used for college football, and from December 2008 to December 2017 was the home of the St. Petersburg Bowl, an annual postseason bowl game. It is currently the only non-retractable domed stadium in Major League Baseball, making it the only year-round indoor venue in MLB. Tropicana Field is the smallest MLB stadium by seating capacity when obstructed-view rows in the uppermost sections are covered with tarps as they are for most Rays games.
Tropicana Field opened in 1990 and was originally known as the Florida Suncoast Dome. In 1993, the Tampa Bay Lightning moved to the facility and its name was changed to the ThunderDome until the team moved to their new home in downtown Tampa in 1996. In October 1996, Tropicana Products, a fruit juice company then based in nearby Bradenton, signed a 30-year naming rights deal.