AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We wanted to prove we deserve to be here,” said right fielder Jermaine Dye, who drove in a run and scored Chicago’s final run of the series on this rainy Sunday at Angel Stadium. Proven. They had the time, the time of their life, in the visitors’ clubhouse. There was Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, trying to stay out of the champagne spray and gushing about the chance to play for the World Series title. He said he’d trade his Chicago Bulls titles for one of these. “It’s been worth the wait,” Reinsdorf said. “We’re both (he and vice chairman Eddie Einhorn) going to be 70. I didn’t think we’d have to wait this long.” ANAHEIM – OK, you tell the Chicago White Sox that what happened here Sunday night was all about Angels slumps and harebrained umps. The way things were going in the White Sox’s champagne-drenched clubhouse, they should be ready to listen to such talk sometime today. The way things were going in the first-base stands where the White Sox’s fans were chanting “Four More Wins” an hour after the final out, they should be ready to listen to such sour grapes sometime next spring. The way things look if you gave the White Sox’s one-sided series victory a cold objective review, they should never have to listen to such foolishness at all. The White Sox beat the Angels 6-3 to complete a 4-games-to-1 rout in the American League Championship Series and move on to the South Side franchise’s first World Series in 46 years and a shot at its first title in 88 years. And they deserve every drop of the champagne they probably are licking off the clubhouse ceiling as this is written. There was Sox general manager Ken Williams right before somebody popped a cork and stung his eyes, talking about building a winner in a town of baseball losers. His judgment was keener than most others’ on players such as A.J. Pierzynski, Carl Everett and Bobby Jenks, guys with baggage. “We were going to live and die with this group because we thought they had what it takes inside to weather the storm,” Williams said. “We made a conscious decision (last winter) to sacrifice a little in terms of talent to gain in the character department. It was a risky proposition, but I wanted to live and die with guys who I felt good about.” There was Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, safely in the interview room, talking about what the character created. He wasn’t about to tell his players to put a cork in it. “We took a lot of beatings this year during the year about my team, and we just kept playing,” said Guillen, whose Sox lost a big division lead and didn’t eliminate the Cleveland Indians until the final week. “We stick together, and I think they deserve it, they earned it. And that’s why I let them enjoy themselves.” The Sox got the breaks in this horribly umpired series, which featured a couple more whoppers Sunday. The Angels must always wonder how things might have been different if Game 2 plate umpire Doug Eddings had called Pierzynski out on strikes as he should have. But after a 4-games-to-1 rout, the Angels don’t have much of a case. They couldn’t bounce back from the call, from their wearing travel schedule from Sox pitching. The Sox threw four consecutive complete games, the first time anybody has done that in a postseason series since the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. Scott Podsednik was the leadoff hitter that Chone Figgins wasn’t. Paul Konerko was the clean-up man that Vladimir Guerrero wasn’t. Joe Crede had more hits with runners in scoring position (four) than all the Angels combined (three). And that White Sox pitching. The Sox never needed the bullpen. After their Game 1 win, the Angels managed three base hits in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of Games 2-5. “We made pitches,” said Don Cooper, the pitching coach. “We probably caught them at a tough time, after all of their travel. But the guys that threw the ball deserve most of the credit.” The Angels must worry, after the first back-to-back playoff appearances in franchise history but also the first back-to-back playoff disappointments, that they’re wasting the combined talents of Guerrero (2004 AL Most Valuable Player) and Bartolo Colon (2005 AL Cy Young Award winner presumptive). Meanwhile, the White Sox are seizing a rare opportunity for the club whose World Series title drought is one year longer than the Boston Red Sox’s. “They feel great, and they should feel great,” Cooper said. “Anytime you reach a goal you set out for yourself, you should feel great. Now there’s a new goal.” You tell ’em they can’t do it. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!