For the first time in my life, and you can ask my wife, I'm speechless. I always have something to say. Right now, I can't find the right words to describe what I'm feeling and to describe what I feel for these guys and the fans of Chicago who supported us. I'm happy for Chicago, [team chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf, the White Sox fans and all these guys who worked so hard all season.
It's really just unbelievable. All these people coming out to Boston to support us and all the people back in Chicago going crazy now and planning on having a very good night. Like I said, it's something you can't put into words. You work so hard for so long, and when you get here, you have to enjoy it. It's just amazing.
Hopefully, Chicago baseball is on the rise. [General manager] Kenny [Williams] and Jerry and [manager] Ozzie [Guillen] brought together a good group of guys. We love being around each other. It's never been as strong in here as it is right now. We are all on the same page, and the sky is the limit as to what we can accomplish because we are all on the same page. We definitely have a chance.
I wasn't on the hill pitching in the sixth [with the bases loaded and nobody out], so I don't really know how nerve-wracking it was. I was pretty relaxed just saying, 'Don't get too hyped up. Play the ball.'
But hats off to El Duque. He came in and did something you don't see happen hardly ever. He saved the game for us.
I'm going to take the fifth [in regard to the critics] and say we have a good ballclub and leave it at that. Right now, I'm simply enjoying this moment. We are going to try to go out there and play and continue to battle down to the wire.
We have eight more wins to get, and they are going to have to tear the jerseys off of our back this year. Everyone here will fight until the last possible out. We have something very special going on here.
Aaron Rowand's diary appears as told to Scott Merkin, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.