Friends, it’s your buddy BeefLoaf……I’m here to round up the weekend with “the Good, the Bad, the Ugly”……..a little snippet of what the 108’ers see when attending games for a Sox homestand.
Hello everybody! It’s MSS, and as you know, I do a bit of collecting of White Sox stuff. Mostly I collect the bobbleheads (if you have any you wanna sell, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) but I look at all sorts of stuff. Most recently I purchased some blueprints from New Comiskey. I also picked up an engraved bat that had the last team that played at Old Comiskey. Great stuff to add to my collection.
With the advent of the smart phone, several apps have come along for people to sell their stuff online for no extra cost. In addition to Facebook and Ebay, there is now Offerup and Let Go, both sites are like virtual garage sales. I have moved some stuff on these sites, but find that the people are usually unreliable and never respond after they make an offer. Or they lowball the shit outta ya. Which is fine, but don’t get angry when I won’t sell to ya. I check from time to time for stuff in my area and well, I got crazy lucky today.
This is amazing! Clearly over priced and it’s not even certified (although it is listed as certified)! I looked over the pictures and noticed that the ball had been damaged (maybe played with by a kid Sandlot style) but there seems to be a tear so it’s most likely damaged by a dog. Comes with the original case, even has the black “display stand”.
So I reached out to the seller to get the authentication number, ya know, since it’s listed as that…..
HOLY SHIT!!!! This is fucking history for the low price of $150? Not just a World Series used game ball, but it was a HOME RUN BALL? There were only 6 home runs in the entire 2005 Playoffs for the White Sox, and this is one of those balls right here, on Offer Up, for under $200. AMAZING. I was not born yesterday, so I decided to ask a few more questions…….
You see, you start doubting people and they reassure you that it’s a real item and if that doesn’t hold water for you (which it shouldn’t) the seller offers up that he knows a Pawn Shop that will let you know that it is real. But the gem here is that he has Scotty Pods walk off game winning homer ball, autographed by Scotty Pods. That is simply fucking amazing. Once again, for under $200. I mean baseball fans love these stories, as do Sox fans.
So at this point after I email him the story that says Scott has the homerun ball, I fully expect him to stop all communication with me, but he one ups me!
Now everyone has a story from their grandfather that might be lacking in the truth area. According to my dad, my great grandfather always claimed to be at Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. Why is that game significant? Babe Ruth called his homer. He also claimed to have been at the Red Grange 6 TD game vs Michigan in 1924. The way my father told the stories to me later in life makes me believe that he even questions them, but it would be awesome to be true. So grandpas have been lying for ages.
But this takes the cake. Grandpa told Freddy (Could this be Freddy Garcia?) that this was the home run ball from Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. He gave it to his grandson with picture evidence of Pods signing it. Never mind that you can find out the info on this ball in a few seconds on Google. So instead of checking Grandpa’s story, let’s just keep it alive without any proof. So I decided to lower the hammer…..
Anyone that has seen a game used baseball knows they aren’t white. They use mud on them from these guys. And if it was part of history, I would think you’d buy a better case than the retail one that is sold with the retail balls. But he carried on. Sure, throw your grandpa under the bus. Sure, you are gonna have a serious talk with him too. And then…
He ain’t giving this up. Why did I offer $20? These balls go for about $25 to $35 blank and in perfect condition. I am guessing the sig is real, I’d risk $20 to find out. It’s a cool story to tell folks, like I am now. But he doesn’t take my offer and says that never used baseballs signed go for $120. Well, a certified Pods WS Ball was just sold on Ebay for $26. And it has authentication. And it wasn’t chewed by a dog. At this point, I just move on cause he doesn’t really care, as shown by his use of emojis.
So while you are looking for great deals, make sure you do your homework. Don’t trust anyone, unless you know them. Lotta guys scamming out there, so ask questions. A legit seller will answer all your questions.
The Sox announced 2 more bobblehead games this week, a Game Of Thrones Southpaw bobblehead and a Mark Buehrle bobble. They join a Southpaw Birthday Bobble (for kids only) and a Star Wars bobble. As far as bobbles, some of the weakest bobbles I have ever seen. Not sure why Tim Anderson doesn’t have a bobble yet (Could be the Star Wars bobble I suppose). And I am all for a Tyler Saladino “bobble-stache”. Chance the Rapper should of had one too with all his recent success. We’ll see, I am guessing we get a few more before the end of the year.
Now that the season has started, feel free to swing by the 108 and look for us! We can’t promise to be there, but a pretty good chance one of us will be there on the weekends. You can tweet at us too @fromthe108 and join us on FB too!
Friends, it’s your buddy BeefLoaf……I’m here to round up the weekend with a new column called, “the Good, the Bad, the Ugly”……..a little snippet of what the 108ers see when attending games for a Sox homestand…………..
It’s your buddy BeefLoaf with a post in honor of this Friday night’s first weekend home game which is currently sporting an estimated game time temp of 36 degrees. Here are the the 5 coldest games we have attended.
5. Saturday, April 9, 2016, Sox v Tribe, 7-3 Sox win, Gametime temp 32 degrees – This was the Saturday after the home opener, it was the winter hat giveaway game AND, the Sox had to close the upper deck because the ramps were covered in ice. Lastly, the 108ers, cold and liquored up, brought a sign to welcome Jason Benetti, which wasn’t acknowledged until this past offseason. We (Chorizy-E, BeefLoaf, MySoxSummer, Biguns, Slumpbuster, El Chapo, Juggalo Josh) made it 7 innings before retiring to ChiSox bar to have maple wings and warm up. This was also the game where we fell in love with Matt Albers aka El Nino…….it was a short and tumultous romance.
4. Monday April 2nd, 2013, Sox v Royals, 1-0 Sox win, Gametime temp 39 degrees – The crew was spread out all over the place, in fact, despite partying pregame we really only met up late in the game for Slumpbuster to tell me that he saw Polish w/Extra Onions earlier in the game and he was “highly intoxicated”. Numerous people bought sundry purchases to keep warm during the game. It was a mess, but Tyler Flowers HR was the lone run and the Sox won the opener, one of 63 wins that year. Ugh.
3. Saturday, May 9th, 2015, Sox v Reds, GM1 Reds 10 Sox 4, GM2 Sox 8 Reds 2, Gametime temp 59 degrees – I know, I know, 59 degrees for the gametime temp, and we were dressed for a game with 60 degree weather, but guess what, the temp dipped to the low 40’s by the middle of the first game and we froze our proverbial arses off. MySoxSummer, BeefLoaf and Chorizy-E even went to the former Miller Lite bar, currently the Modelo bar, never mind that you can’t see shit from this bar, we were cold. We eventually warmed up and get our act together to get back out there and watch Carlos Rodon be wonderful in game two of the double header. It was a good rally, but we should’ve planned better.
2. Thursday, April 26th, 2012, Sox v Red Sox, 10-3 Red Sox Win, Gametime temp 39 degrees – It was BeefLoaf and Mrs. BeefLoaf only at this game, we were entertaining some friends and colleagues from Mrs. BeefLoaf’s job. Anywho, this game was also the first Philip Humber start after the perfect game in Seattle………….he got crushed, and the Sox lost big. More importantly, the wind was howling like a mutherfucker and we were all freezing………now, me, BeefLoaf, as the resident season ticket holder, I have to pretend to have giant balls and not be cold………so the outer Loaf was nice and warm, the inner Loaf’s teeth were chattering and he was shivering…………..LUCKILY, some of the ladies in the group decided the weather was too much and that we should leave. THANK GOODNESS!
1. Saturday, April 7th, 2007, Sox v Twinks, 3-0 Sox win, Gametime temp 31 degrees – It wasn’t bad enough that the game time temp was 31, but we (Chorizy-E, BeefLoaf, Polish w/Extra Onions and PC Jonny) decided to sit in the outside section of the bullpen bar………..about 8 seconds into our arrival, Polish w/Extra Onions, trying to navigate some new gloves, spills beer #1 all over the table and all of us, yes, we get beer wet 12 seconds into the game, so you know how enjoyable that can be especially when the temp is below freezing.
Happy Opening Day 2017 Ya Bastards. It’s the best day of the year, by far. Of course it was somewhat ruined by this dumbass Opening Night our instant classic society demanded. Wait a day! Patience is a virtue and a bunch of you mofo’s need some, unless you are in the car. It is totally cool to lose your patience on a bad driver.
Back to baseball. Was I this excited last year at this time? Kinda, yeah. But was it for the party or baseball? Both, duh. I thought the team had filled some holes last year, rather than made some dumb “big-name” signings and thought they could compete. Which, for awhile, they did. But then they collapsed, in epic fashion. We had a bunch of weird stories coming out of spring training, lotta bullshit, which took awhile to come to the surface. A year later our knife wielding ace is off to greener pastures and his bubble blowing compadre is ghosted too. Talk to the fanbase, we are gonna suck bad this year, lose a bunch of games, #tankforbeer, ya know, the exact opposite of what you are supposed to be aiming for at this time of year.
Let’s take stock in our team. Some fans are mad we traded Sale, some fans are pissed we didn’t give everyone away. Some fans expected the new kids to just all of a sudden become insta-super stars. Well folks, we are in a for a ride. It could be a fun ride, it could suck major balls, it could be both, but we can’t lose sight of the big picture. Have hope Sox fans! In short, you just gotta believe. Let me elaborate.
We are being given a great gift to watch a team strip down to basics, and start over so to speak, to make something special. Will this path work? I have no fucking idea. But what I do know, is that without the guys we cut loose we aren’t any further away from having a playoff team. Shit was broken, they are trying to fix it. No way in hell, you get all the fans to agree that every move is the best, but I am pretty sure 70% of us were totally on board. And as Sox fans, 70% is passing, so it counts. You just gotta believe.
I love baseball. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I fell in love. I enjoy being outside, the excitement of watching a guy fail 7 outta 10 times. Because those 3 times he succeeds, it’s fucking magic. It reflects life, it provides hope to everyone watching. Cause we all wanna hit the big one, but most of the time we swing and miss. If a guy told you you were gonna fail more than you were gonna succeed, you might not wanna get up there and try. But these guys have made a life doing just that, trying to change the odds. You gotta believe it’s gonna happen.
The hope has returned (to me and my buds in the 108) and I’m gonna enjoy watching this team lose (or win) while developing young talent. Especially enjoy it with a cold ass Modelo or Baderbrau in our fantastic seats. Enjoy it while I am struggling to see if anyone is on 2nd and who is pitching. Gonna be a fun year of learning, watching kids grow into baby men, it will rock. As I said after SoxFest, this group of guys is hella nice. That’s gotta be a good thing right? I just wanna see them play. I just wanna believe.
Some of you out there are saying “Aww shit, MSS is drinking the happy juice” and you are right. But if Opening Day doesn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism, why are you watching this game? Why are you investing your time in this? I agree it can get majorly frustrating, but that shouldn’t start before the season. The slate is clean, it’s a new year, who knows what’s gonna happen. I am unsure if all the pieces fit, if they will turn out to be great moves, but I hope they do. It’s one day (hell a week) of hopes and dreams for the new season. We all start at 0.
So put on your poncho, your rain suit, or sack up and wear a hat and a jacket with some jeans and get your ass to the ballpark today. Some scalpers are selling low priced tickets, take advantage. Come celebrate the small guy, the everyday guy, the guy who reminds you of you when you could still run. It’s gonna be wet, it’s gonna be cold, but you won’t find more hope anywhere than on the southside this day. Come believe with me (and have a beer and a brat).
As always, thanks for reading and GO WHITE SOX. Happy Opening Day Fans!
It is here. It is happening. I wasn’t sure this day would come. I wasn’t sure I wanted it to come. Jose Quintana is the White Sox Opening Day Starter. I have ranted, sweated, drooled, nearly puked over postings here at the 108 about the NEED to trade Jose Quintana……I’m not going to link to any of the posts, because it’s too painful. I have complained of irritable bowels from fear of the White Sox not trading Q and I had a bathroom misshap at work this week that is probably directly related to him still being on the roster. The White Sox are rebuilding and that is a scientific fact, but their best trade chip, still sits ineffectually on their roster. I probably won’t be at ease until the White Sox return from a future Q trade has safely made it into our minor league affiliates rosters……….BUT………….Jose Quintana is the White Sox Opening Day Starter and for that, I am grateful and on April 3rd I will reflect and enjoy it. As much as my mind knows that the rebuild is the best thing for my team and that trading Q is part of that medicine, my heart loves watching Q pitch and watching the White Sox have their best chance to win. Plus, Q has been a hard luck loser in his White Sox career…….he’s that undervalued, under appreciated player who just shows up and does a great job and doesn’t do anything to try and curry extra favor or grab up the spot light. When things don’t go his way, he doesn’t cut up jerseys or threaten to boycott a fucking spring training game, he just goes out there and does his fucking job, well, with dignity and humility. I like that. I’ll miss Jose Quintana when he’s not on the White Sox anymore…………I’ll probably be rooting loudly for him when he’s starting a playoff game for some other team that I would normally never care about. So on April 3rd, at least for a day, I’ll be happy and enjoy his first and likely last Opening Day start in a White Sox uniform. Fan First.
It’s Sunday morning, you are searching the interwebs to try and find those games that have hidden value, those games that you can drop a few shekels on to “enhance” your enjoyment of the event. The 108 is built on many things, a love of White Sox baseball, story telling, beer (and booze at large) and obviously betting. The two biggest bettors in the group are Biguns and yours truly BeefLoaf. We are willing to make a price for just about anything so both sides feel they have a fair shot and can get a wager down. Annually, we draw up a fist full of bets to have on the White Sox for the regular season. These ARE NOT for entertainment purposes only, Biguns and I actually put some scratch down on these……..in fact, Biguns even tried to angle shoot me on a bet we didn’t end up with action on that entailed DRob + Nate Jones saves. This is serious business. Anywho, here are the bets.
|Biguns||White Sox Runs Scored – 699.5||BeefLoaf|
|Biguns||White Sox Wins – 70.5||BeefLoaf|
|BeefLoaf||Jose Abreu HR – 31.5||Biguns|
|BeefLoaf||Tim Anderson HR + Stolen Bases – 39.5||Biguns|
|Biguns (Avi)||Avisail Garcia Higher WAR than Rymer Liriano||BeefLoaf (Rymer)|
|Biguns||Derek Holland wins 6.5||BeefLoaf|
|BeefLoaf||Tyler Saladino HR 7.5||Biguns|
|Biguns||James Shields ERA 4.95||BeefLoaf|
Want to disagree with my sides on any of these, hit me up on Twitter, or even propose some of your own, we can bet a beer on it (don’t worry, I’ll find you to collect when I win!).
This is tough to condense down to 5, so in order to do that, I am not including any current players. So despite being a huge fan of Tyler Saladino‘s stache, he’s not on the list.
Don’t adjust your monitor. Mustaches are old school, so we’re doing this in black and white.
Honorable Mention: Jim Joyce
It was gonna be tough to get an umpire into the top five, but Jim Joyce does rep a pretty bitchin’ stache. What further propelled him was that he was able to ruin Armando Galarraga‘s career with a single blown call. Unfortunately, he cried about it like a little bitch, so he misses our top five. Nobody likes a soggy, tear-filled stache.
5 – Keith Hernandez
Keith Hernandez has had a glorious stache for as long as I can remember. So much so that he does commercials where he talks smack about other people’s staches. He would surely say my very peppered stache is trashed. Between those commercials, it’s appearance on Seinfeld, and the amount of cocaine trapped in it, Hernandez’s stache has the highest net worth on this list.
4 – Garry Maddox
What I love about the Garry Maddox stache is that I imagine on the day he was getting his photo taken, he woke up with a full beard. Then he thought to himself, I should really trim this down to a mustache for my pic. And then, with two strokes of a bic razor, he declared to the world that this is a mustache.
3 – Rollie Fingers
You probably thought Rollie would be number 1. Most people think of him when baseball AND mustache are used together in a sentence. While I agree he has a great stache, it just looks like too much work to be that fun of a stache. If you want to get creeped out, stare into his mustache and repeat his name three times, not as a name, but as a statement of fact.
2 – Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky
This is an epic stache. You look at this and you immediately forget about Goose Gossage, which I obviously did. This mustache is so bad ass, men are afraid to grow one because it might crawl off their face in the middle of the night and bang their wife.
1 – Wade Boggs
Wade Boggs tops our list not only because of his beautiful stache, but because he is 108 material. That stache has seen a lot. Think of all the fried chicken that has passed through it, the tremendous amount of beers on that mythical cross country flight, and we won’t even get into how many “dugouts” that push broom has swept through. And through all of that, the stache came out the other side looking perfect.
I know I left out some fantastic mustaches like Mike Schmidt, Eddie Murray, and Donny Baseball just to name a few. But there was only room for 5. Feel free to hit us up on Twitter or Facebook with the staches we missed.