Thursday (was supposed to be Monday) Review – Opening Weekend.
Great weekend for the 108’ers. – Beef’s Friday.
Friday was kicked off with the annual 108 opening day party at the home of the one and only BeefLoaf. Big contingent of 108’ers hit the game as well, a staggering 60+ of us (at the party at least), including BeefLoaf, MySoxSummer, Chorizy-E, Polish w/Extra Onions, Biguns, SlumpBuster and others………..despite the White Sox loss (expected since John Danks was throwing),……………..a great time was had and much tequila was drunk (oh we had some beer too).
MSS Friday – Damn it feels good to be a gangster. Every damn year, BeefLoaf and Ms. Loaf throw the best damn party in the hood. Alcohol, friends & family, more alcohol and local food (Punky’s Rocks) made right here in the hood! I (@mysoxsummer) was digging on the Chicken Parm, drinking local beer and not hearing the Payton Manning singing that silly jingle. My cousin came into town and my wife and I were trying to explain what opening day was like. It is a like a Super Bowl party with everyone cheering for the same team. Then you go to the game and NOT watch commercials. It’s the same but different. Party was an A+++++++. We didn’t take any pictures of people, just the snow.
Weather – It snowed. It was cold. But that didn’t stop the crowds from coming out and didn’t stop anyone from cheering for the Sox. The Sox, however, did keep that from happening.
The Game – It was quite horrible. John Danks made everyone in the park hope that the Miguel Gonzalez signing was made for a specific reason.
Drinks – We had a whole lot of them. I tried to keep track using the Swig app, but after lucky number 13, I think I stopped being able to operate my phone. Judging by the time I got home there were a lot more consumed between 13 and my uber ride.
Lines – The lines for getting in, using the bathroom, and getting concessions were long, but they were a noticeable improvement over last year.
Weather – It was colder than the day before, causing a delay for people to get in. What was different than most years was that the Sox recognized this in a few ways. First, the ice on the ramps caused them to close the upper deck. This actually made the small crowd look much better with everyone on the lower level. They should keep this in mind for low attendance games. Second, as a token of appreciation for coming out in the cold, everyone got a voucher for a free upper deck ticket on their way out. I thought that was really great.
The Game – Much better than the day before. Sale was Sale, the bats showed up, and Matt “El Niño” Albers was incredible.
Drinks – So it happened. Two rounds in a row, they didn’t have enough Lite and Coors Light, so I got stuck with MGD. In the defense of the vendors, we were rolling 7 deep, so the rounds were pretty big.
MSS Saturday – But Saturday was wonderful. So many things happened on Saturday. My fave was watching Chorizy-E get served 2 MGD’s BACK-TO-BACK. I even offered to take one so he didn’t have to drink it. He declined. What a badass. Game was great. Cheers to the Sox for keeping everyone safe and closing the uppers. Made the lower bowl look great, still was a little sparse, but free tickets for everyone was a hell of a jester. ChiSox Bar and Grill made some great wings for us and kept the beer cold. Kudos!
We came up with a nickname for Matt Albers –
Beef’s Friday – The Saturday Ice Bowl was fun in its own right, MySoxSummer had a sign to welcome Jason Benetti, but we did not get on TV, due to most of the WGN crew clearly being old friends of Hawk and not wanting to upset him that the fans are excited about the young buck. The winter hat give away was one of the best in recent memory and served the group well as it was mighty cold. Beer Vendor James remade our acquaintance and kept us in suds throughout the game. Oh and a big White Sox win, including BeefLoaf triumphantly calling Avi Garcia’s 3 run shot (it was a Costanza call as he shouted it for all in 108 to hear and then trudged to the latrine).
Rained Out. We were already down for the game, so we had a few pops at Beefloaf’s place and finished off the weekend
The weekend tally, (which includes the 108 party on Friday), 2 handles of Tito’s, half gallon of Grey Goose, half gallon of Cazadores, fif’s of Bullitt and Captain Morgan as well as 217 beers (2 MGD’s).
Sad that the jersey didn’t make it to it’s first game. Sad. Made me drink a few more pops than normal.
Was a great weekend had by all, best part was getting back together with all my 108’ers.