Nearly nine years after his World Series heroics, Geoff Blum is back on the South Side.
Blum is part of Comcast SportsNet-Houston's broadcast team for Astros games, and with Houston visiting U.S. Cellular Field this weekend he's had a chance to mingle with fans who certainly haven't forgotten his go-ahead home run in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series.
Blum filmed a pregame spot in front of the World Series monument outside U.S. Cellular Field, which bears a statue of him commemorating that Game 3 home run. And being outside the stadium and near the monument, Blum said he encountered plenty of appreciative fans.
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"I get a lot of thank yous, which is kind of cool," Blum said. "You never think that you'd be thanked for how you played the game, but obviously that home run was a big deal in 2005 and as thankful as they are for me hitting it I'm as thankful for the White Sox to give me the opportunity."
Between the regular season and playoffs, Blum only played 33 games with the White Sox in 2005 following a trade deadline deal that sent him from San Diego to Chicago for pitcher Ryan Meaux. But his 14th-inning home run off Houston's Erasmo Ramirez stands among the classic moments from the White Sox run to a World Series title.
"To actually be a part of something as magnificent as a World Series in the city of Chicago," Blum said, "it's something I can't put words to it how much it means to me and how much fun it is coming out here."
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Blum's been back in Chicago a few times before this weekend, albeit to face the Cubs while he played with San Diego, Houston and Arizona from 2006-2012. Even on those trips, though, he found himself a more than welcome guest in the city.
"It's funny, because the three months I was here before I went to the same Starbucks, ordered the same drink and walked out. We win the World Series, I come back, I open the door and the drink's ready for me and I didn't have to pay for it," Blum said. "Those are the nice perks and things like that. Winning it here in Chicago has been extra special."