Rowand also got the wind knocked out of him during a home plate celebration, following Scott Podsednik's improbable walk-off home run in the rain. But it was a good kind of pain for the hard-nosed White Sox center fielder.
There was plenty for Rowand to talk about in this latest installment of his journal, done exclusively for MLB.com.
I've never been in a game like that one tonight. Not one. Ever. Everyone thought last night was exciting, but I hope they tuned in tonight.
You can't explain it. There's something special going on tonight. It's unbelievable and I can't think of anything to describe it.
My first thought when Scottie [Podsednik] hit the walk-off home run was, "Oh, my God." How else do you put it? You can't describe the feeling these guys on this team have when something like that happens. It's a family in here and we are all pulling on the same end of the rope to make something great happen.
I did not hear about Scottie telling A.J. [Pierzynski] during [batting practice] that he was going to hit a home run tonight. He's just that good. I wish we were all that good.
He was bound to get one sooner or later, and he couldn't have done it on a bigger stage. I told him after he crossed home plate that he might not hit a whole lot of home runs, but he sure hits them when they count.
Nothing really surprises us anymore with this team. We have played so many close games, so many one- or two-run games. To be able to go out and put ourselves in that situation again, I'm not saying that it's old hat, but we are comfortable with the situation because we've been there so many times before. That experience really pays off at playoff time.
Weird stuff has happened to us this year, especially in the playoffs. The call on Jermaine [Dye] was the break we needed for us to get Paulie [Konerko] up to bat. Hey, we'll take it any way we can get it. Sometimes the ball bounces your way, and sometimes it doesn't.
It was huge to get a 2-0 lead in this series, especially facing Roy Oswalt in a couple of days. We can take this in tonight, let it soak in a little bit on the plane, and then we are right back to work out [Monday]. But this thing is far from over. We are going to have to battle down to the wire to win this thing.
We played at Minute Maid during the preseason a few years ago, and I went down on that hill in center once during batting practice. Don't be surprised if I do a face plant once again.
This team is full of emotional guys who really enjoy being around each other and pull for each other. It's a big family. Watching someone like Paulie hit that grand slam, especially with the fact that it gave us a two-run lead, it's like watching one of your brothers hit a grand slam in the World Series.
And no, we aren't getting tired of "Don't Stop Believin'." It doesn't matter how often they play it. Why would we get tired of it? It really works. We'll take it any way we can get it.
Steve [Perry, the former Journey lead singer] was here for these two games, and he might go to Houston. If we can win games like this when he's here, we'll have him come to every game.
You know what? He'll be our Grand Marshal of the parade, God willing it happens.
Aaron Rowand's postseason 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.Less