Week/End Round Up – Better Late Than Never.

So, in less than 24 hours we will do this again, but mine as well take a look at last week. I was gonna get this done on Monday, but my efforts were placed in another 108 project that I am pretty sure everyone will enjoy, especially #WallyMoney.  So last week?  What the hell happened?  I know I was drunk on 2 school nights, and Fri thru Sun like normal.  I know it was a fun week, so let’s recall it together.

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“This is a MLB game?” – Little Miss Shortstop

Double Header Monday!

108 OG Classy Tom contacted me a few times on Sunday saying he was gonna come join me on Monday as his best bud Carson Fulmer was gonna make his first start with the Sox in the 2nd game.  He decided not to come, which was a good thing.  Carlos Rodon tossed a great 1st game so I figured that 2nd game was gonna be a blowout.  Glad our Sox didn’t disappoint.  Carson was setup to fail in my eyes, and the Twins have suddenly become a real team in the last few weeks.  Da faq?  I sat with #WallyMoney and #AlohaPeteHand for that game in Pete’s sick as fuck seats.  We left in the 7th of the 2nd game while our Sox were getting beat badly.  Debate took place between myself and the fellas about how many games will be like that second game next year.  Let’s just say Pete (who has much more baseball knowledge than me) think they won’t fall flat like that as much as myself. It was odd to talk that much baseball, but proved to be a trend. Saving grace,  it was Beatles night, so the music was bomb.

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GIOLITO DAY!

Aw yeah!  Giolito Day!  First start for our best guy on the farm (currently).  He pitched a solid 6 innings before the bullpen gave up a buncha runs, but Beefloaf and I were several beers deep in by that time, so it was all good. We even pre-gamed that night.  Pre-Game on a Tuesday?  Sounds like college.  I will crow more about Giolito later, so be patient.  Sox go down hard, now back a game in this series.

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Plain ‘Ol Wednesday.

SIKE!  Timmy Anderson Walk Off Bruh!  Le-Le-Leury solo homered and scored the tying run thaks to a Moncada.  Really all you need to know besides it was $1 Hot Dog day which if you follow us on Twitter you will know that I ate 2 grilled and 2 boiled.  I also crushed 4 High Life’s before I walked down to the park.  Grilled over Boiled, all day.  ALL DAY. Don’t you forget it.

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FREE SHIRT THURSDAY!

What a great shirt, but we made it better.

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Sox were always gonna win this mofo.  Dutch killed it and the bullpen kept it together.  Took advantage of errors and closed out this series up 3 – 2. Not bad boys!  We pre-gamed again and got drunk yet again on a school night.  We discovered the 19.2oz Founders All Day IPAs which might be the solid go to in the 108.  A full 50¢ more than a Modelo, but not delivered to your seat, which is hard for us. Great series with the Twins, unlike what is going on as I type this.

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The Elvi Badergate Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

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People FUCKING love Elvis night.  For reals.  People LOVE Baderbrau Beer and Brats.  No doubt about it.  We combined the two on Friday and we would have blow the roof off the mother had there been one.  Rob and the Baderbrau crew brought the beer and the food, we brought our crew.  No one left disappointed, as evidenced by the trash can and empty cooler.

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But what was disappointing was the lines.  Fucking lines to get in moved slower and slower, but luckily we had beer to drink.  When they finally forced us to leave, which was aided by no beer left, the lines were reasonable, but WTF White Sox?  It’s like it’s a surprise that you sold that many tickets and have 0 idea on what to do to get people in a timely fashion.

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Maybe something happened, if so tweet at us, but I blame the lack of prep by the Sox staff.  Or just lack of staff.  Listen, we have like 4 or 5 “big” games all year.  Opening Day, Cubs Series, Elvis Night.  That’s about it.  Have a few random big games throughout the year too, but you can bet your sweet ass that those games will be filled and we shouldn’t look like we aren’t ready.  God help us when we get good.  Ugh, hurts me to even think about it.

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Game was great! Yolmer walk off single.  I see a trend here.

 

Star Wars Night / MSS Bday Party!

A big huge thanks goes out to my wife for putting together a fun ass night in the 108 for my family and friends.  We has 30+ people up in there having a great time, drinking all the beers.  Plus there were bobbleheads! Thanks to the people that came down early with me and got extras!  Had a great time being a tourist so to speak, enjoying the festivities. Sox did it up good that night, but LINES again.

By some grace of god they sold more than 20k tickets 2 nights in a row and they decided to check tickets.  Sadly, they had 1 (ONE) guy checking a bunch of tickets.  Uh, 1 guy?  It was slow as fuck.  I watched as two people walked in front of me and my crew and waited awhile before I informed them that the line was back further.  They responded with “Well, we were here before” Huh?  That isn’t how lines work.  You go in, that is the line.  You don’t get displaced usually in a line, but you can leave that line, but that doesn’t entitle you to walk back to the front just cause you waited before, which I bet was a bullshit excuse anyways.  This would not be my only vocal complaint of the night….

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The boys sit in Rows 12 and 13.  Our group was in 20, 21 and 22.  2nd inning.  Yolmer bombs a deep homer to right, which bounces off a table in the patio and into the loving hands of BeefLoaf.  It was simply amazing.  Not all that graceful, but amazing all the same.

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My wife is a lovely person.  Maybe you saw her message from last Friday letting me know there was some pizza in the fridge so I didn’t need to venture to Freddies to pick up a slice. She always thinks the best things about people, it’s a hell of a quality.  I don’t always exhibit that quality, especially when I have had a few drinks.  Due to my large size, I hardly ever speak up, but it has happened a few times this summer.  So we were treated to this DURING the game.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love kids.  I love kids making signs.  I love kids being at the game and kinda paying attention.  I HATE kids/adults/animals that don’t give a fuck about anyone but themselves.  Does this kid know she is blocking the view of those of us behind her?  I am guessing no.  But this, as a father, is where you step in and show the kid what she is doing wrong.  Had my kid done this, I would have told her to sit down and explained why.  But after a few innings of this, she kept it going DURING THE GAME, I may have said “Sit Down” a little bit too loud for my lovely wife.

My wife and I engaged in a thought provoking convo about how I thought this kid was exhibiting “asshole-type behavior” and she thought that I had just called a kid an asshole.  Well, kids can be assholes, but I don’t think she was being an asshole.  What she was doing was “asshole-like” but that doesn’t mean she IS an ASSHOLE. We discussed this at great length, decided it might be better to let it go, which we did. Night saved!

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Moments later, DURING A HALF INNING, she got on the board and the sign was never seen again.

It was a great night with many friends and family, only needed a W, but alas that wouldn’t come tonight.  Thanks to my wife for setting it up and for my friends and family for showing up!

GIOLITO DAY PART DEUX.

My Uncle Lee would always say “Well, you can’t win them all” and he was right, but if you are Lucas Giolito you can win 1 of your first 2 starts.  Solid game by our new guy.  Showed why, unlike Fulmer, he deserves to be on that mound as a starter. Sox offense showed way the eff up especially Matty D.  Was great to watch.  Alot of our homies showed up that day, including the ‘Loaf and Chorizy’s extended family. Sleepy Harold even brought his GF!  It’s for real folks, they even have a dog!

It was a great end to a LONG DRUNK WEEK and WEEKEND.  Holy shit, less than 24 hours and we do it again.

-MSS

 

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Odd Job – Professional Suite Filler

Hello Everybody! It’s your pal MySoxSummer and I wanna be a Professional Suite Filler.  Do you know what that is?  I am guessing no.  Does it even exist?  I fucking hope so!  I am gonna write a whole blog about my qualifications and my thoughts on why I would make the best rent-a-friend eva.  So let’s break it down.

 

How I Got The Idea

If you pay attention to our twitter (@fromthe108), you might have noticed that I was in a killer suite when the AZ DBacks were playing our sisters to the north.  Nope, I haven’t jumped ship, my wife’s cousin is a professional funny guy – T.J. McFarland – who happens to throw baseballs really good for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Quick History Lesson – I was living in AZ when the DBacks beat the Yanks to win the 2001 World Series.  I worked for Alice Cooper’sTown which is a badass BBQ / Comfort Food joint right up the street from Chase Field, and across the street from United Airlines Arena.  I met a bunch of athletes during my days there, drank a ton of free beer, ate really good free food and even watched “Mr. Belding” a.k.a. Dennis Haskins do body shots off a young lady during a fundraiser for Alice’s charity. I have more stories that I would love to share, maybe someday I will write that blog.  Maybe off season.  We’ll see.

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So anyways, I am in a the best suite in Wrigley.  No shit.  Directly behind home.  Our suite neighbor to the left was none other than the architect of the rebuild, Theo Epstein.  It was pretty boss.  Our host was a great guy, who remembered everyone’s name and what they were drinking.  He ordered multiple things to eat, drink and when that desert cart came around, goddamn.  Bailey shots in chocolate cups.  Wonderful.

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If you don’t remember the game on Thursday, there were several rain delays and I can’t even tell you how sweet it was to not have to move out of the rain, or even give a fuck if the game was gonna start again cause you are eating your face off and drinking tons of free Heiniken.  The starting pitchers were Q vs Grenkie, so i was expecting an epic pitch off, but those rain delays really killed the momentum.  So I just enjoyed my wife’s extended family and had a great time.

Now, as you might or might now know, I have a young daughter, Little Miss Shortstop.  My wife’s birthday was the following day, so I let her stay for the game and I left about 6.  Big thanks to my SIL Shannon for watching my daughter for about 8 hours.  She rules.  So as I walked home, drunk and full of life, I decided that my dream job would be a professional suite filler.

During the course of our conversations, the suite host told me how hard it was in previous years to get the suite filled.  Amazing. I thought Cubs fans were the best?  I can only imagine how hard some of these guys on the southside must be working to fill theirs.  So that is where I come in.  I can be that filler.  Why me?  Glad you asked.

My Qualifications

Reason # 1 – I drink beer.  Alot of beer.  At first look you are thinking, uh, that doesn’t sound like a good thing.  On Thursday, I knew the crowd was a bigger fan of domestics and hard booze. I scanned that fridge upon entry, we were a little late, and there was more Heiniken than any other beer.  So that was the beer I drank.  And no one drank that beer.  If I was on the southside, and no one wanted the Budweiser, I would drink that.  Yes, I would take one for the team.  I also have a decent amount of knowledge on craft beer. I can explain most beers.  It’s a skill.

Reason #2 – I don’t eat much.  While I am a huge fat guy, most of my extra lbs come from massive amounts of beer consumption. I eat minimal food, unless there is a plentiful amount.  I do not wanna be the fat guy that everyone looks at and says that is why we have no food left.  Not gonna happen.

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Reason #3 – I kinda know a little about baseball.  I can at the very least nod my head in agreement when I have 0 fucking idea who you are talking about.  Ask the fellas, hell they might not even know that I am pulling a Swingers style move when they talk about draft picks or our recent pick ups.

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Reason #4 – I have tons of stories that fall into the PG-13 and R category.  Yep, just gonna say that.  Some involve famous folks, some are from college, some are from my 10 years out west.  Wanna know more? Invite me to your suite.

Reason #5 – I don’t look like I CAN’T fight.  If we get in a pinch and we need some muscle, I at least look the part.  Get to talking to me, I am not that guy, but my looks and size scare away potential troublemakers.

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So there you have it! I feel like I could really excel in this line of work.  So do you know any guys that have a suite?  Send them my way – @mysoxsummer is my Twitter.  Or hell even email me at mysoxsummer@gmail.com.  If last night was any indication of the year to come, you are gonna need me to fill your suite!

-MSS

This week is the week folks!  Wanna meet and party with us?  Then show up Friday or Saturday for 2 108 special events! (Truth be told, there is a pretty good chance you can get drunk with us on Monday or Tuesday, just won’t be an official event)

Badergate At The Park – Elvis Night! 

Date: August 25th

Location : TBD (But usually Lot E)

Time: 4pm

What: Free Baderbrau beer.  Free Baderbrau food.  Free swag from the 108 boys. Do you need any other reasons to come get drunk on Friday night?  Be there or be square.

Fill The 108 Night! MSS Turns 40! Star Wars Night 

Date: August 26th

Location : Section 108 / $20 Tickets

Time: 6pm

What: My Sox Summer is turning 40 on Aug 20th, but we won’t celebrate till the 26th.  We have 30 plus tickets bought already for our friends and family, let’s buy even more.  MSS would suggest you get them at the box office to save on fees and get there early to get the bobblehead.  If you don’t want that bobblehead give it to MSS.  Ha.  We promise to be drunk AF and we will go live a few times.  Have fun in a full 108! We might have to get an extra Modelo vendor that night to handle all the requests.

The Single Season HR Record

Most days, I try my best to avoid ESPN.  But the other day I saw a poll about the single season HR record.  Here it is:

Now, I know he’s just pandering, but this is so stupid I felt compelled to write something.

Math

First things first, 73 is more than 62.  I know math can be tough, but if you’ve learned to count you should have this one locked up.  Maybe you have not learned, so I’ll provide a little more information.  On September 9th, 2001 Barry Bonds hit his 61st HR in the first inning which is 1 less than 62.  In the 5th inning, he hit his 62nd HR, which is samesies as 62.  In the 11th inning, he hit his 63rd HR, which is 1 more than 62.  So now we’re solid on that, I hope.

Cheating

Now, here’s the real reason why people cry about this record all the time.  Because Barry Bonds was cheating.  But I must ask, what rule was he breaking?  He didn’t get caught using a banned substance, he didn’t get suspended, so why say he cheated?  Is it because his head got much, much bigger and it was very obvious to everyone he was using HGH?  I mean, steroids don’t make your head bigger, but HGH does, that’s just fact.  So it had to be HGH right?  Well, if it was, he wasn’t cheating.  HGH was banned by Major League Baseball in 2005, well after his 73 HRs as pointed out in the Math section above.  You can’t take things away because he did something that was allowed at that time, but then became outlawed later.  If MLB outlawed drinking in the clubhouse during games, would we go back and take away Mark Buehrle‘s save?  And before you say alcohol is not a performance enhancing drug, remember that you’re talking to the 108.  Babe Ruth‘s ghost will come visit you, and not in a cool Sandlot way.

Conclusion

I am not going to try to argue that Barry Bonds is some great guy and I wouldn’t argue that for Bill Belichick either.  But as long as there are rules, there will be people that work around those rules.  You can hate them or call them cheaters, but the fact is, they’re taking advantage of poorly written and poorly enforced rules.  It’s happened forever and will continue to happen.  And that may really rub you the wrong way, but it doesn’t change the fact that a big headed goon cranked 73 dingers and that is now the record.  And trust me, it’ll be all the more enjoyable when Nicky Delmonico hits his 74th HR in late September 2018.

-Chorizy-E

Nicky “Steaks” Delmonico

Good day friends, it is your buddy BeefLoaf, fresh off of the Sunday Soak and plowing into a week of WhiteSox baseball, I thought I would come back at you to expound on a point that was discussed in the Sunday Soak and that a lot of you out there have been tweeting at us about over the last week or so………”What Say You, about Nicky “Steaks” Delmonico?
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For those living under a rock the last few weeks, Steaks has been getting on base at an epic clip (.431 through Thursday) with a combination of selectiveness at the plate, spraying line drives all over the field and occasionally dropping down a well placed bunt against the shift (our personal favorite in the 108).  According to most outlets that cover such things, Steaks was not even a top 30 prospect in the White Sox system.  According to the fine folks at SouthSideSox his 3b defense is an atrocity, which is why we haven’t seen him log time at 3b with Matt Davidson injured.  Regardless, watching his approach and results these last few weeks, it has more then a few of you wondering (including the 108ers) wtf gone happen when the White Sox are good, to good ole Steaks?  I see a few scenarios…….
The Bad – Ground Chuck
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A lot of palookas have had a couple of good weeks in the show, I bet even Crash Davis‘ cup of coffee was a lot of fun until reality came crashing down to earth (and thats when he became the wise old sage to young AA bumblefucks).  I bet one of the people that like to fuck with Play Index at BRef or like to jiggle the wares at Fangraphs could find tons of quad A players that have had two stellar weeks in a warm August and were never heard from again (Kevin Mass RIPInPeace).  I am not saying this is definitively what happens, but the goddamn stars had to align for ole Nicky to get a shot to play everyday.  Think about it.  The White Sox had to gut their original team, by trading Melky, having Jacob May turn into a pumpkin to start the year, etc.  Then, he needed Yoan Moncada to break Willy Garcia‘s fucking jaw, just to get called up.  Think about that, in a non-contact sport one man had to crush another man’s mandible just to get a third man some playing time.  Unreal.  Anywho, this isn’t all bad, its just the worst scenario of the group.  Ground Chuck can be quite tasty, but you wouldn’t really be hoping that the piece of meat you are bringing to the majors becomes Ground Chuck.  I mean, hamburgers are delicious, but you really aren’t waiting to find the most delicious hamburger! (No, I haven’t been to Au Cheval, so don’t @ me, also, who waits in line for 2 hours for a fucking hamburger?  Unless you are going to watch the cattle get loaded into the abattoir as part of the experience, aka, foreplay, then maybe that kind of wait is worth your time, but I dunno).  We might someday look back from a couple of back to back White Sox playoff appearances and someone on twitter will throw up an “obscure White Sox players thread” and one of the 108ers will toss out a picture of Ground Chuck and politely tip their cap at the end of summer that was the Nicky Delmonico era.
The Reasonable – Top Sirloin
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The most likely outcome, in this uneducated (and probably slightly inebriated, even though it is 7:26am on a Friday morning,…..again, don’t @ me) reviewers opinion is that ole Nicky Delmonico becomes a bit player on the next good White Sox team.  That will either come in the form of the 25th man as the left handed hitting bench option late in games, with the occasional start against a tough righty when you are sitting one of your regular starters or from biding his time at Charlotte until the Sox have an injury in which he comes up and fills in full-time during those periods to help the Sox generate offense.  This outcome isn’t exciting, but its very useful.  Think about it, you are at a barbecue, possibly of a family member and they say they have some steaks on the grill.  You look over and it’s Top Sirloin…..you aren’t necessarily THRILLED, but you know that if you have a little mushroom and some grilled onions, that Top Sirloin is going to do the job just fine.  You’ll wash it down with a couple of ice cold beers (preferably from our pals over at Baderbrau) and it will really hit the spot.  This is the Nicky Delmonico outcome that would seems likelieriest!  Hell, he’ll probably even win a big game for you.  In fact ChiFanSam @ChiFanOne on the twitter machine even mentioned to us that he could be the Geoff Blum of the next great White Sox team.  That seems totally plausible….I’m not sure who the Juan Uribe is on this team, but hopefully he’ll walk away with at least one story that good.
The ZOMG I hope this fuggin happens – Wagyu Long Bone (Ribeye)
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This the Nicky Delmonico that we are all hoping for….what would be better than getting a good everyday hitter out of the back of your prospect group.  In this scenario, Nicky Delmonico has some career numbers that look a little bit like Seth Smith (career good getter on base guy against RHP), but with some fun peak years.  He might have a year that looks a lot like Wimpy aka Tom Paciorek‘s 1983 season with our Winnin’ Ugly White Sox……..I’m thinking his good seasons would look a lot like Nick Markakis‘ prime years.  That’s a very valuable player even if he has no defensive value.  Those are pretty looking seasons too, with lots of line drives, tons of walks, runs scored and less than average strikeouts.  Those are the types of seasons that allows a man of Nicky Delmonico’s level of handsomeness to never buy a meal in Chicago again.  Those are dreamy seasons, whether it be from the visual or statistical point of you.  Just like that Wagyu Long Bone.  You see it on the menu, and you see that big price point and you just know its going to be excellent.  When it arrives at your table, SIZZLIN’, you are not only in awe of the smells and sites of the meat, but you feel like Fred Flintstone eating a goddamn brontosaurus steak with that gigantic bone sticking outta the cut of meat.  Then, you get to the brass tax of it and the steak just melts in your mouth.  That’s prime Nicky Delmonico in his best seasons, he just melts in your mouth (well, except for his defense, you don’t really want to look at that, its pretty much the same as walking through the kitchen of the restaurant when they didn’t think the health inspector would show up for a visit…yea, not good).
Anybody else hungry?
– BeefLoaf

The Week/End Round Up! ‘Stros / Royals.

Yo.  The booze has worn off and I am ready to remember the past week’s events while watching our fabulous White Sox!

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Tuesday – ‘Stros Game 1 

I (@mysoxsummer) went solo to this game. Dutch Oven was on the bump, wasn’t expecting much, but after he didn’t give up a run in the 1st and we scored 3, my interest peaked.  It then did a solid nosedive after the Oven promptly gave up 3 runs in the 2.  I was mildly pissed, but figured it was early and hoped that those 3 runs in the 1st were not all the offense they had planned.  Well I am happy to report they were not.  The bats were on fire, unlike the previous series vs the Red Sox, and the Sox looked good.  I made a bold bet with our Twitter audience in which if the Sox scored 10 runs by the 7th (last call) I would buy a giant frozen drink.  They had scored 8 by the 4th, so it seemed possible, but alas they didn’t hit the 10.

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Interesting things happened at this game.  In the 107 there were a bunch of kids that were there for Lolla, I am guessing, that were killing Bud’s and Angry Orchards like they were getting banned by the City of Chicago.  I noticed that something was up when I saw a kid in the section taking in the anthem but didn’t remove his hat.  They were fun to watch, they clearly enjoyed “Nightcrawler” the cotton candy salesman.  Who, by the way, got the biggest applause all night.

There was also an Astros fan that felt the need to taunt other Sox fans in the 107 and 106.  You don’t normally talk shit in a visitor’s park, at least not when you are getting beat by a cellar team when you are in 1st, but to each their own.  He had a nice poncho and sombrero.  On Twitter I invited him to the 108 to partake in a Modelo, but seems like he blew his load the first night and never came to see us.  Sox Win.

Wednesday – ‘Stros Game 2

The fattest guys in the 108 were really looking forward to this one.  The FIRST $1 HOT DOG GAME! We talked earlier in the day and tried to figure out how many ‘Loaf and I would down.  Upon our early arrival, we got a 24oz Old Style (best beer deal in the park 24 oz for $10) and we ran into the hot dog guy.  We ordered 4 and noticed that these were not the regular $1 dogs they have used in the past.  They were full size! We killed those dogs and ordered 2 more later and ‘Loaf and I played the “I will eat one if you eat one…” game.  We drank A LOT, just to be clear.  A lot for a school night anyways.

Gonzo pitched one hell of a game and offensively the Sox showed up again!  TA had 3 RBI’s with a homer and a double.  A great game to be drunk at and we enjoyed the festivities.

We found out later that our hot dog vendor sold 700 hot dogs that night.  Pretty amazing.  Sox Win Again!

Thursday – ‘Stros Game 3 / Badergate with the 108 

If you don’t follow us on Twitter or FB, please do. Because if you don’t you will never get the details of the tailgates that we help “host” with our good friends at Baderbrau. What do these tailgates include?  Usually free stuff from us but more importantly FREE FOOD AND BEER FROM BADERBRAU!  Have you had a beer from these guys yet?  Yes? No?  Well you should.  They have a great selection of beers that are easy on the pallet and the wallet.  They produce mostly lager style beers that are an easy transition from the domestic swill that some of you guys drink.  If you like hops, try their Lawnmower Lager (108 Fave) that has just enough hops at 38 IBU’s to give it a nice flavor.  If you wanna get crazy, try their Dry Schwarz which is a black lager that has all the flavors of a great stout or porter but not as heavy.  It is another 108 Fave.  We got a chance to taste the new Oktoberfest which goes down crazy smooth and get’s ya feeling like you need to dance around.  More on that later….

The tailgate was bumping with good friends of the 108 #AlohaMr.Hand and #WallyMoney stopped by.  So did PC Johnny and his lovey wife.  Quite the crew drinking on a Thursday.  Brats were awesome, as always, and the boys from Baderbrau took good care of us.

One word about the game – Moncada. Tied the game in 9th with a home run and then won it in the 11th with a walk off single.  Maybe it was the full belly or all the great beers, but these are the games that make this rebuild fun.  Hell, this series of games.  You see the flashes of what it will be like for years to come.  It’s gonna be fun, buy in now folks!

Friday – Royals Game 1 / Baderbrau Pre-Game

Fridays are our big night, always have been, always will be. This Friday, riding a 3 game win streak and the nice 48 can donation from Baderbrau, was no different.  ‘Loaf loaded the cooler in the AM.  Little Miss Shortstop and I picked up the cases in the afternoon, and we were ready to get down to drinking.  Was a brisk evening, great for drinking the Oktoberfest brew, and drink we did.  Jesus.

Not sure when we made it to the game, but were were feeling no pain.  The drinking continued and we even kept it going after the Sox won their 4th in a row at Chi Sox.  The whole crew was there (minus Slumpbuster) including #WallyMoney.  We had some surprise guests too! @dirrty862 and her man were there, @ColinJPrinsen swung by too! Pretty sure more people came by, but guess what?  WE WERE HAMMERED.  Like, really hammered.  I remember thinking I hope this game goes long cause I have a bunch of Modelo to drink before we leave.  Which I did, like a champ.

 

Sox win their 4th in a row and we celebrated with the delish maple wings.  In ChiSox, for 15 minutes after the game, the kitchen is open.  So you better get there quick.  Our love of maple wings runs deep, and thanks to #WallyMoney we all had some.  And 24oz Pacificos. Which are a motherfucker.  Holy hell we drank a bunch. Sox Win + We Got Hammered = Friday Night.

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Saturday – Royals Game 2 / We Got The Band Back Together

Saturday is always a crapshoot, but with the Indiana boys at full strength we knew it would be trouble.  I was on the fence as I was sick AF but as I kept pushing myself through the day, I decided to make the trip.  The Sox gave away some sweet hats too, with a legit snapback, not this velcro shit.  Even large headed Classy Tom could fit his dome in that bad boy.  So cheers!

The Baderbrau was flowing and we were back for round two.  Melky was out in right again, which was awesome, cause he is awesome.  What wasn’t awesome was when he beat us with a 2 run homer.  That killed our streak and broke Chorizy’s heart.  #Leche #NeverForget

We headed down to the Craft Kave before the end of the game, drank some delish beer and then headed back to BeefLoaf’s Patio to drink more.  Somehow Chorizy dialed an Uber while sleeping and was picked up quickly.  He was pretty sleepy, so glad he made it home safe.  ‘Loaf and I chatted till 1:30 in the am, and I walked home. We solved the world’s problems over great Baderbrau beer, and that is how it should be.  We can’t remember the solutions, but whatevs.

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Sunday – Royals Game 3 / MSS M.I.A.

So many of you might have seen our “Sunday Soak” Sponsored By Baderbrau episode and know that I was M.I.A. (and not the rapper).  If you didn’t see that episode, watch it here and follow us on FB.  It is quite hilarious and well done by the bros.

I am actually not a midwife, but my sister’s family became 4 that day as they welcomed in a new boy, sure to be a Sox fan, named Beckham.  Not a day will go by that I won’t think of Bacon when I see my nephew.  The hunt is on for a kids jersey with Beckham on it, just so you all know.

So after 5 hours of shitty sleep (sick and booze) I loaded up the family Kia and headed north of Milwaukee to distract my nephew while his folks enjoyed the whole birthing experience.  So that was cool.

Game left alot to be desired, I hear anyways, but it was a good weekend had by all.  Can’t wait to do it again.

-MSS

Shit You Should Know / Pencil This In

Badergate At The Park – Elvis Night! 

Date: August 25th

Location : TBD (But usually Lot E)

Time: 4pm

What: Free Baderbrau beer.  Free Baderbrau food.  Free swag from the 108 boys. Do you need any other reasons to come get drunk on Friday night?  Be there or be square.

Fill The 108 Night! MSS Turns 40! Star Wars Night 

Date: August 26th

Location : Section 108 / $20 Tickets

Time: 6pm

What: My Sox Summer is turning 40 on Aug 20th, but we won’t celebrate till the 26th.  We have 30 plus tickets bought already for our friends and family, let’s buy even more.  MSS would suggest you get them at the box office to save on fees and get there early to get the bobblehead.  If you don’t want that bobblehead give it to MSS.  Ha.  We promise to be drunk AF and we will go live a few times.  Have fun in a full 108! We might have to get an extra Modelo vendor that night to handle all the requests.

 

 

 

Reynaldo Lopez Day is HERE!!!!

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Happy Reynaldo Lopez Day!!  If you are anything like the 108ers you probably drank heavily last night (thanks Baderbrau) and are still pumped up from the Yoan Moncada show!!!  It’s your buddy BeefLoaf and I am here on this fun but foggy Friday morning to bring you the 5……….The 5 ways I’m getting ready for Reynaldo Lopez Day!
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5. Get those Keith Law hate tweets ready – ALL Sox fans think Keith Law has a bias against the team, I really don’t, I think he’s just reporting what he finds out, but regardless, he’s a sensitive little jerk at times and may deserve your disdain.  Either way, he’s LOOOOONG been on the Reynaldo Lopez is a reliever tip.  This is what ALL prospect guys seem to do, if a starting pitcher isn’t 6’4″ 225, they project them all as relievers because, well, they really don’t dig any deeper to make an educated guess.  So I would suggest you line up a few choice tweets for Mr. Law when Lopez goes 7IP and has 10K.
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4. Be ready to be inundated with “Duck” references – Our friends at FutureSox have spent some time talking about Lopez’ “PitchFace” and our friends at Sox at 35th have been making Duck references all morning.  Let’s face it friends, Lopez has a bit of a Duck face when he pitches and that’s fine, but let’s try to mix it up on the references and figure out a few other animals that he could be and not get stuck in the malaise of always using Duck.  Kapish?!
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3. Holy fuck, I forgot, Melky Cabrera is back today!! – Our old pal Melky is back today.  I’m usually anti standing ovation for former player that is coming back to battle against our White Sox, but Melky is so much fucking fun and the 108ers love him so much that we’ll probably give at least a golf clap to his return.  Maybe Chorizy-E will even wear the Leche jersey.
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2. Take off work early and start BOOZING!!! – Your buddy BeefLoaf is always for the cutting out of work early on Friday and getting a couple of cocktails in you before heading to the park (provided you can handle your liquor and that you are being safe about transportation).  Today is even better, since we have a young star from the Adam Eaton trade coming to Chicago to make his White Sox debut.  I feel it necessary that we get our buzz on early and actually make it into the ballpark on time, that’s right the 108ers are planning a 1st pitch arrival to the park.  In fact, Imma go ice the cooler down in about 5 minutes with my sidekick Bonita Steakie.
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1. Have fun, but remember, the Rebuild is going to be a slow process – Tonight should be a fun time, even IF (although not FUCKING likely) Reynaldo Lopez gets shelled.  Remember to enjoy the fun times of this rebuild (like last night’s Moncada Off) and to be patient during the rough times of this rebuild (like TA’s regression).  And when all else fails, its Baseball and Bullshit, Baseball and Bullshit!
– BeefLoaf

#TankForThe1stPickInTheJune2018AmateurDraft

The #Tank is on, and since as a collective group we have been off of the #TankForBeer thing for months now (#RIPInPeace) I figured I would try and create a new hash tag.  The one in the title is prolly a little too long, but fuck it, I’m not changing it.  Anywho, I got to thinking, what do we need down the stretch to keep this tank job rolling and ensure that our #WhiteSox have the pick of the litter come June 2018.
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Dylan Covey come on down!!!! – We could use 6 to 8 more Dylan Covey starts to help us seal this.  Do you remember Dylan Covey?  Probably not, he was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Sox from Oakland before the season.  Rule 5 players MUST stay on the 25 man roster all year and must be ACTIVE for a minimum of 90 days in order for the team to keep the player.  At the end of May, he was put on the DL for some shit that I can’t really remember, but he has been on there ALL. THIS. TIME.  It kinda reminds me of the character played by Duane Davis in the movie Summer School hotslutjeromewatkinsthat went to the bathroom at the beginning of the movie and never resurfaced until the final test and Aced It!  That’s Dylan Covey and when he comes back, he’s going to ace this tank for us.  He’ll come back and start some games and be just as awful as you remember.  I remember writing an article here about a “decent” Dylan Covey start and that was his best start and that start would certainly result in a loss for this team.
Ricky Renteria’s bunting obsession – Not sure how many of you reading this post are 12 steppers, but however many of you are, maybe you could help work on Ricky’s bunting obsession………AFTER THE SEASON.  Until then, I want to see Ricky go fucking ape shit with bunting.  I want Nick Cage in Leaving Las Vegas style going out with a pathetic bang.  giphy
This has to be worth at least 2-3 losses.  We have an AL team obsessed with bunting in the biggest HR era, least contact era, EVAR.  It’s normally a bad strategy, but its an extra bad strategy with hitters striking out so damn much. This is why it will be so valuable to the tank.
Do Not Promote a Catcher – Both Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith deserve the chance to finish out the year splitting time behind the dish. They each have their own skills behind the plate, but one thing they don’t do is control the running game.  The Sox have 9 games vs the Royals, who will run wild against them, 8 more against the Twins, who will run wild against them and 4 more against the Angels who…..guess what?  will run wild against them.
summer2That is 21 of their remaining games against teams who can’t wait to run on this terrible throwing combo.  Not to mention the Indians, you think Francisco Lindor is going to hang idly by at 1st base while Kevan Smith takes his sweet ass time throwing the ball, c’mon son!  This is just another deficiency that will pay dividends when it comes to being #1 in June 2018.
Jacob May – remember how good he looked at the plate during his cup of coffee to start the year.  Good news!!!  He’ll probably be back in September, and truthfully, if I know how September is going to look, he’ll play a bit.  Figure at least 40 plate appearances of that stellarness should really set us back a bit.  I for one, Can’t Wait! CANT WAIT
Playing guys out of position – Nicky Delmonico, a career 3B is in LF, Leury Garcia, a career MI is in CF, Yoan Moncada a career, who knows? at 2B, you get the idea.  This sort of thing happens in a rebuild when you have to get people plate appearances, sometimes they have to play out of position, Yolmer Sanchez pops up at 3B (he actually handles that position fine) and Alen Hanson in RF…..it’s going to be odd and probably weird, but it will most definitely be bad and will help Harold Baines or Ron Kittle to be sitting at the big table in June 2018.
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– BeefLoaf

Fernando Tatis Jr.

Baseball Prospectus put out their mid-season top 50 prospect list and there was much jubilation on White Sox twitter about having 4 listed prospects as well as the BP folks adding a footnote to their rankings that Luis Robert is most definitely in the top 50 prospects in MLB, but because of how little professional action he has had, they couldn’t figure out where to put him.  So that gives the White Sox 5 top 50 prospects in MLB, (the rankings came out BEFORE the White Sox netted Eloy Jimenez in the Q deal).  Most of White Sox twitter was happy, but a big chunk was bitter, because of entry #22 on the list.
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22. Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

Why He’ll Succeed: The plus power/speed combo ends up carrying the profile at whatever position he ends up. And hoo boy are the early returns there encouraging.

Why He Might Fail: That position is unlikely to be shortstop and there is risk that he whiffs enough that the power doesn’t play in games, and he isn’t on base enough to utilize his speed.
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The former White Sox farmhand was traded for Big Game James Shields, who is now Big #TankWin James Shields.  This trade turned out horribly for the Sox as they are carrying a bad contract, for a bad player and could have had another prospect feather in their cap, but before we get all huffy and start screaming from the mountain tops about how Rick Hahn fucked up, let’s consider some context.
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1. When the White Sox made this trade, they were trying to win a division – As much as some of you didn’t think they could win that division, they had a hot start, which they faded from and were trying to grasp for any sort of upgrade possible to fortify a team that was undoubtedly in the race at that time.  They didn’t have much, so they couldn’t buy much, so they sold a 17 year old prospect for a long time solid starting pitcher.  He was a starting pitcher with some bad starts in the current year, but this was all they could afford and all they could afford to pay.  You can yell “SHIELDS SUCKED THEN, I DIDN’T WANT THAT BUM!!” and that is fine, but the front office is only thinking about win probabilities and what they can afford to give up to increase them.  At that point in time, this was the deal they thought they could afford to do, so they did it.  Turns out it sucked, but “tough titty” said the kitty.
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Can’t miss prospect Todd Van Poppel, LOL!
2. 18 year old prospects are VERY RISKY – Unless you are ARod, Ken Griffey, Jr. or Doc Gooden, most 18 year old prospects are still pretty far from maturation and contain a ton of risk that they’ll ever be anything special in the majors.  I took a look at Fernando Tatis, Jr. numbers in high A, and they look good, however, he’s also striking out in 30% of his plate appearances, so all you White Sox fans worried about players that strike out too much, this could very well be one of those guys.  Also, when you look at a ranking like this, the folks at Baseball Prospectus outwardly say that they favor ceiling over all else, and when looking at ceiling, a player who has been at Triple A for a while crushing it is far, far different than one at Single A crushing it.  For all I know, Tatis could end up the best player on this list and haunt the White Sox for years to come, or he could become Chris Young or Chris Carter, serviceable if unglamorous major leaguers that no GM would lose sleep over trading away their former prospectness.  You just don’t know, so why worry about.
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3. Mistakes were made – For all the bouquets thrown in the direction of a Theo Epstein or Billy Beane (whom I trust more than my wife) or Andrew Friedman, they fuck up a fair amount, so our Rick Hahn isn’t immune to making some mistakes.  Let’s get past these mistakes, grab an ice cold beverage of our choice and move on with our lives.  Do you still get mad when the nerdy girl you could’ve dated in jr high turned into a total babe?  Do you still get pissed off about the time you caused a lane violation in that big basketball game?  How about the time you drank that mysterious pitcher of alcohol that was left on the bar top and barfed because of it? See, I didn’t think so.
The last you should think about a Fernando Tatis, Jr. is the conclusion of this article.
-BeefLoaf

The Weekend Round up!!!

You know the drill, let’s just get to it…….

Friday

An atrocity of a game, as the Tribe thumped our WhiteSox 9-3, the 108ers weren’t at full strength (and wouldn’t be all weekend), as we were missing MySoxSummer as he was pre-game only on Friday night.  WallyMoney stepped in to fill out the crew on Saturday night.  Derek Holland continues to be a huge disaster and players are launching the ball all over the yard on him.  I find it funny that any other teams would have interest in him given his performances of late.  Pete Hand came down to join us later in the game and was closely monitoring a scary creep that was sitting behind BeefLoaf during the game.  We drunk tons of booze and I still pretty much remember everything that happened.

Saturday

6:10pm Saturday night games are our favorite as a group….you can live your life during the day and then get down to business.  The 108ers were short Slumpbuster and Biguns, but MySoxSummer was back to join Chorizy-E and BeefLoaf.  We also had 2 special guests, PC Jonny, who is a more than regular guest with the crew and a rare appearance by BigBeardski.  The Crew decided to head to Baderbrau for the pregame festivities (after a few brews at casa de BeefLoaf).  The staff at Baderbrau is top notch and so are the brews.

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Anyone who hasn’t been to Baderbrau needs to get their ass over there asap.  We didn’t eat there this time, but we can vouch fully for the brats.  We were drooling over some of the other menu items as they were being delivered to other patrons.  After 60 minutes and 3 rounds, it was time to hit the ballpark.  Once we were in our seats we got a visit from our friend PeteHand who would join us for the duration……the game was a good one as we got an early 3 run jack from Abreu to stay in the game versus Corey Kluber.  The game turned quite curious when we found these folks.

 

 

They were having a little too much of a good time, as you might be able to tell.  Much like Kobiayski one of the gentlemen had a reversal of fortune.  The other pictures are on our twitter and are NSFW.  The 108ers did tip the young gentleman who was tasked with clean up.

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After that mess left, an old friend and cousin of Chorizy-E & BeefLoaf, Beerbunghole and his lovely family joined us.

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As you can tell by the picture we were having a few drinks and enjoying ourselves.  In the end, our Sox registered another #tankwin mostly due to Matt Davidson swinging at a pitch that hit him while the bases were loaded.

Sunday

Just MySoxSummer and BeefLoaf wind down the weekend, but as we often are on Sundays, we were joined by the lovely Bonita Steakie. We bring you –

Bonita Steakie’s top favorite Dip n Dots flavors

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1. Banana Split

2. Cotton Candy

3. Chocolate

4. Cookie Dough

5. Rainbow Ice

N/A Cookies n Cream

I was floored that she hasn’t even tried Cookies n Cream.  When it was hot af in KC and I needed some ice cream relief, I went Cookies n Cream and who wouldn’t, its delicious…..anywho.

 PeteHand came to join us and showed his clairvoyance by saying that the next person who would be called up to the White Sox would be Nicky Delmonico (fast forward to Tuesday and BINGO!).  Rodon

was good and the Sox hung tight through 8.5 innings.  In the bottom of the 9th, we got some magic, a walk-off 2 run jack by Matt Davidson.  A nice payoff to the weekend.

 After the game….the inaugural “Sunday Soak” occurred, if you haven’t  checked it out yet, please take yourself a look through this link.

 

-BeefLoaf

 

 

The One Hitter…..Claim Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander posted on Twitter right after the trade deadline about how he was still in the Detroit’s locker room.  This is nice and it let’s his fans know he’s happy to be there, but we all know that with his massive contract, the Tigers will put him on the waiver wire and hope he gets through.  If he does, he’ll be available to be traded.  The Sox should not allow that to happen.

There are three possible outcomes from claiming Verlander:

  1. The Sox trade Courtney Hawkins for Justin Verlander.
  2. The Tigers let the Sox eat his contract.
  3. The Tigers revoke Verlander’s waivers and keep him.

One and two are basically the same thing and are very unlikely.  If Detroit felt compelled to dump his salary, they would have traded him for anything before the deadline.  So they are looking to either keep him or sell high.  But even if they did, the Sox now have a minimized payroll that could absorb his monster contract.  They could then trade him in the off-season or next deadline.

Three is the likely scenario and is important if the Sox want to move Miguel Gonzalez or Derek Holland.  You can’t allow Verlander to be in the August market.  By doing this, you block that from occurring.

This is an extreme example, but with the Sox horrible record, they have only the Phils and Giants ahead of them on the waiver wire.  This means they can claim a number of guys passing through.  They also have room on their 40 man to do it.  So you may see Hahn try to grab some guys that could provide offseason trade value like Ervin Santana or Jeff Samardzija or that guy we all wanted in free agency: Justin Upton.

-Chorizy-E