Former Cal Standout Geoff Blum Stars in World Series
Oct. 26, 2005
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Geoff Blum, who was a standout switch-hitting shortstop at Cal from 1992-94, was a hero for the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night, hitting a home run with two outs in the top of the 14th inning to help lead Chicago to a 7-5 win over Houston in the first World Series game to exceed five hours (5:41).
Blum, who had played for the Astros in 2002 and 2003, and began the 2005 season with the San Diego Padres, had come into the game to play second base as part of a double switch in the 13th inning. It was his first World Series at-bat, hitting a home run from the left side of the plate and over the right field fence off of Houston rookie Ezequiel Astacio to break a 5-5 tie. Blum is believed to be the first Cal baseball player to ever hit a home run in World Series action.
Blum was the starting shortstop as a freshman on the Golden Bears' 1992 College World Series team that captured the NCAA Regional in Gainesville, Fla., before falling to No. 1-ranked Miami, 4-3 in 13 innings, and Florida State, 5-4, in Omaha, Neb. He played for coach Bob Milano from `92-94, earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior before being drafted in the seventh round and signing with the Montreal Expos. Blum played for the Expos from 1999-2001, for Houston from 2002-03, for Tampa Bay in 2004, and for San Diego until being traded to the White Sox on July 31.
'I am just thrilled for him,' said Milano, who spoke with Blum on the phone after his historic home run. 'It was just one of those exciting things where you just say, `wow, look at him now.' I have been receiving several e-mails from his former teammates saying, `how about our boy Geoff?' It was just a great experience for him.'