Jermaine Dye never got past the first round of the playoffs during three October runs with Oakland. He spent parts of five seasons losing in Kansas City.
Still, Chicago's right fielder is one of just four White Sox players to take part in a World Series.
Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez pitched for the New York Yankees in the postseason; Timo Perez did so for the New York Mets against the Yankees in 2000.
"Just getting back to where I was my rookie year, this is everybody's dream," said Dye, who played in the 1996 World Series with Atlanta. "We're just living a dream so far. Hopefully we can get that jewelry at the end."
White Sox fans in Anaheim didn't want to leave Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday night after Game 5. They kept chanting, "We're not leaving! We're not leaving!" and "Four more wins! Four more wins!"
Manager Ozzie Guillen had a few words for Chicago fans everywhere as they celebrate the club's first trip to the World Series in 46 years:
"Enjoy it. Enjoy it. Have a great time," Guillen said. "Don't get too crazy in the street. Be careful. I know people are going wild right now. . . . Feel proud about this team. Feel proud about what we did. I know what we want to do, but I think Chicago fans should feel real proud."
After their postseason elimination, it's time for the Angels to look ahead to the offseason. Starting pitchers Jarrod Washburn and Paul Byrd are eligible for free agency, along with catcher Bengie Molina. It'll help that Tim Salmon's $10 million salary comes off the books, giving the Angels some money to spend.
The lineup figures to have a much different look next year than it had in the ALCS, where the White Sox limited the Angels to a .175 batting average and 11 runs in five games.
"It looks to me like we're going to try to help the offense out by adding a bat," General Manager Bill Stoneman said.