The One Hitter – Ranking The 2017 Giveaways (5 best / 5 Worst)

This World Series huh?  Pretty goddamn entertaining if you ask me.  Are the balls juiced?  I have no idea and not sure if I really care.  What I do know is that everyone on these teams are fucking tired.  I am tired just from watching. Woah. So to entertain you on this night off, I give you……

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So the only issue here is that the Sox have really upped their premium ticket game, so alot of sweet giveaways you had to pay extra for.  I am not going to include any giveaway that you couldn’t get at the gate with a regular ticket.  Maybe I will rank the premium items too, let’s see how it goes.  We’ll save the best for last, let’s start with the worst.

The 5 WORST Giveaways from 2017

1. Tim Raines Starting Lineup Figure. Unlike Zubaz, these should have been left in the 90’s.  They suck.

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2.  Brookfield Zoo Pass.  I don’t like zoos, I get all depressed at them.  I am sure my kid will one day love them, but right now she is just as entertained with a reusable shopping bag and 4 bottles of water.

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3. Photo Book.  Such a weird book, just a team log from 1990 to 1999. Not a fan.

4. (TIE) Magnetic Schedule / Wall Calendar. I get it.  These are helpful, but really one or the other.  I know one guy (James Duda) who would give up one of these in exchange for hard tickets.  And not the box office ones, the ones that the Season Ticket Holders (and Club Level still do) used to get.  In a fancy box.  So save all that paper from the calendar and print James some fucking tickets please.  Please. Pretty Please. Added bonus my wife would love NOT to have this on our fridge for a year.

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5. White Sox Stormtrooper Bobblehead. I know, I love bobbleheads, but this bobble is so fucking generic.  I have one cause I have to have one in my collection cause I am a completist, but it’s awful. Why didn’t they use a player?  Why?  Ugh.

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The 5 BEST Giveaways from 2017

1.  Hawk Harrelson “Talking” Alarm Clock.  When I write the book of White Sox giveaway history, this will go down as one of the best damn giveaways ever. Why was it so successful?  While it wasn’t all that unique (MKE did one the previous year of Bob Uecker, actually used the same artist and company) but the promotion of it was straight awesome.  And while the Hawk haters are very vocal, there are plenty of us that love him like that fun drunk uncle that tells those PG-13 stories when you are a kid and graduates to NC-17 when you turn 18.  We’ll miss him at least 65% of the time.  This was such a success, much like movie franchises, the Sox are going back to the well to make a Talking Hawk Bobblehead for SoxFest.  The bobblehead better say “You gotta be bleeping me!”, if not it is a failure.  Looking your way Brooks.

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2. Hooded Henley.  While 90% of the 108 cannot fit into this, it is still a fucking great giveaway.  They used a local artist to make the design and they used a unique style of shirt. Most people can wear this in public and no one would even know that it was a freebie.  It’s sweet, it’s good quality, a win for the Sox and Sox fans.

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3. Los White Sox Soccer Jersey. Listen, if you wanna attract a bunch of new fans to the Sox game, give away a soccer jersey.  Much like soccer, sometimes it takes the Sox awhile to score, if they even score at all.  Baseball and soccer are very similar, but baseball seems more lazy.  Which is why guys like John Kruk and Matt Albers can have careers in this professional sport.    Much like the henley, the 108 would be acquitted for murder cause the shit don’t fit, but it is still a classy giveaway.

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4. White Sox Winter Hat. One of the few giveaways that the entire 108 goes early for.  Seems to get alot of use from the 108’ers during the cold weather games.  2016’s was better, but 2017 still is better than most.

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5. (TIE) 1917 Jersey / Hooded Sweatshirt. Easily the two most wanted non-clock giveaways.  Why?  Because they are high quality and something that you can wear at the games for years to come.  Simple as that.

 

Honorable Mention- Mark Buehrle Bobblehead & Pin.

UPDATE – So, the kid is still sleeping so, as far as the special ticket giveaways, here you go! 

The 5 BEST PAID Giveaways from 2017

1. Southpaw Game Of Thrones Bobblehead. How they can promote a show that is as gory and as sexual as GOT at the ballpark and use our cuddly green mascot as a player in the game, is beyond me.  GOT isn’t a family show and it shouldn’t be aimed at kids using Southpaw, BUT I will take kids seeing tits over gore.  Not as bad as Joe Camel mind you, but you know what I am saying.

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2.  Jose Abreu Superhero Bobblehead.  Now the 3rd bobble released by the Sox of Jose, at least this one was cool.  I don’t really like the repeats, but I will make an exception for this one.  It’s solid, it’s in the ’83 uni, and he is using the big red bat from back in the days of wiffle ball. Love it.

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3. The Beatles / White Sox Hat.  Two things that are classic. The Beatles and the White Sox.  They played 2 shows in 1965 at Comiskey so it makes sense.  It’s a nice dad hat, doesn’t fit my massive dome, but cool all the same.

4. The Grateful Dead T-Shirt . It’s tie dyed! It’s Sox colors! It’s cool as fuck.  You don’t always wanna get stoned in a Moncada shirsey, so this is a perfect solution.  So if you are taking a hit off your vape pen before the game, this is the perfect companion to that type of behavior.  I like the Dead, but no way I could handle any Sox game tripping hard on acid.  Again, I can’t fit in this shirt, but WTF it’s still cool.

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5. NIU / Illinois Hat. A yearly favorite for alums from both schools.  Both hats are made well, look sharp and are beloved by the fans.  What I like is that you can rep two teams at once and not look all that weird.  Of course it doesn’t fit me cause my dome is so large, but it looks awesome!

 

Enjoy the rest of this World Series! It’s been a banger.  Can’t wait to find out why all these dingers keep getting hit, but until then……..SOAK IT UP.  Drink some Baderbrau and brace for the winter folks! We’ll try to get one more soak in before the end of the year.  We’ll see!  We might be too afraid of shrinkage.

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Thanks for reading!

-MSS

@mysoxsummer

The Dodgers & The ‘Stros Saved The (MY) World. (Kinda)

Tonight begins one of the most anticipated World Series’ in our lifetime.  Not necessarily because of who is playing but rather who ISN’T playing.  My poor little social media life couldn’t have handled a Yanks vs. Cubs World Series.  No way, no how.  So tonight as I settle in and drink an IPL (Lawnmower Lager from Baderbrau) I will enjoy this series almost as much as 2005.  Thanks for saving my world Justin Verlander.

Can you imagine how the press would have ramped up the coverage if it was NY vs CHI?  Oh my God.  Talking about HISTORY. America’s Teams.  Lapping at the balls of Aaron Judge, tossing Anthony Rizzo‘s salad.  And even though he was 2 for 26 during the playoffs, Javy Baez would be talked about more than a guy who actually deserves the praise.  It would be vile folks.  Kyle Schwarber would be mentioned in the same sentence as Babe Ruth and that is fucked up.

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A Yankees vs Dodgers series would have been awful as well, but that wouldn’t have fucked up my world as much.  The East Coast vs West Coast rivalry would have been renewed but with Judge and Kershaw leading the coasts.

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Wanna know how bad it got in Chicago?  I had ZERO idea that the NFL season had even started because we were being force fed Cubs stories.  I saw several shows giving the tour of the Cubs clubhouse, talking about raising beer prices, Joe Maddon rambling about rules that suck when they go against his guys, ALL while they were getting SPANKED by the Dodgers.  EVERYONE still thought it was possible for the Cubs to come back from 3-0 to win the series.  Clearly most media outlets were more focused on their next story rather than the story that was developing right in front of them.  Which was the complete annihilation of the Cubs.

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Now that the Cubs are out, and the Bears have won 3 games, holy hell we are a BEARS TOWN NOW!  Bulls suck (so bad that they beat up each other), the Blackhawks will make some noise later when the Bears are out. We don’t get that excited about early season hockey here, unless we are celebrating a Stanley Cup victory.

So thank you Houston Astros – Official Sidechick Of The 108 – for knocking down the Yankees.  Thank you Los Angeles Dodgers – Eh, Whatevs – for demolishing the Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 so we Sox fans could remember (and rub in that loss) using the EXACT RECORD the 2005 team ramped up on their way to a World Series title. Enjoy it folks, cause that will be us in a few year with any luck.  Can’t fucking wait.

Have some thoughts?  Tweet them at us @fromthe108. We’d love to hear from ya.

We also have some projects in the works that we will be announcing soon.  As ‘Loaf says “There is no offseason for the 108’ers”.  Well he might not have said that, but his constant demands that we keep producing content at a feverish pace seem to say that.  We love ya ‘Loaf.

Go ‘Stros! But still a BIG F U to this guy!

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-MSS

@mysoxsummer

 

Here We Are Now, Entertain Us!

Ingesting a fair amount of this Dodgers / Cubs NLCS, something became abundantly clear…….a lot of you baseball fans out there, are old crotchety mutherfuckers!  Let me clarify my point.  I saw a lot of “Strop should wear his hat straight”……”Baez shouldn’t do this or that”…….”Puig shouldn’t bat flip on a single”…..BLAH….BLAH…..BLAH!
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If you are reading this blog you are likely a fairly psychotic White Sox fan and potential a YUGE baseball fan at large.  You might also be a fan of other sports.  I know sports tend to be escapism to lots of people, but they are also “PERFORMANCE ART”…..that’s right, these terrifically skilled athletes are out there playing a game to win, but they are also out there to entertain us.  So when I hear someone say “Puig shouldn’t bat flip on a single”…..I think, why the hell not?  People will say, “He’s not playing the game the RIGHT WAY” as if there is a there is an Emily Post book on the “RIGHT WAY” to baseball.  GIMME A BREAK!!!  Now, I apologize for the language that is coming up, I am going to use the F Word, that’s right FUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!  Puig should bat flip on a single, because its FUN!  Baez should do his swipe tag and point because its FUN!!!!  Now maybe its not fun to you if you are rooting for the opposing team, that’s fine, but if you are a fan at large and don’t enjoy this showmanship, this Performance Art, then I want you to sit down (possibly over a few dozen drinks and a visit to Bovada.com) and examine why the fuck not.  The NFL is practically built on this stuff (as much as Goodell tries to de-funify the league), the terrific athletic plays followed by the insane touchdown celebrations or sack dances.  I wanted to see Ernest Givins doing the electric slide!  Or see Deion Sanders high stepping in for a touchdown…I loved that shit.
Right now, there is half the crowd shaking their heads in vehement agreement and the other half is saying “This BeefLoaf guy doesn’t watch the game the RIGHT WAY!”…..for those naysayers in the crowd, the teenage BeefLoaf was once one of you.  No, no, not for the sports I loved, I always would rather see the Ickey Shuffle then some over-educated under employed adult telling me that “Barry Sanders handing the ball to the referee after a touchdown was the RIGHT WAY!”  No, none of that, I mean I was one of you, I was a naysayer……anyone remember or a fan of the WWE?  eLOheL!  I am not, nor was I ever really, but I used to say “Who would want to watch Pro Wrestling, that’s not a real sport?”  Well guess what, LOTS OF PEOPLE!!!  You know why?  It’s performance art AND it’s FUUUNNNNNNNN!!!  Shout out to the homeboy Slim Mick for straightening me out on the whole Pro Wrestling thing.  So YOU!  RIGHT NOW!  can get your head wrapped around this whole thing……I’ve got the perfect tonic for you……go back and watch the conclusion of the World Baseball Classic…..if you can’t enjoy the US Team celebrating with the Bald Eagle statue then there is no hope for you…..LITERALLY, NO……HOPE…..I suggest you stop watching sports and watch something a little more prim and proper like British Parliament.
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– BeefLoaf

The Final Homestand….@Nakedbiker, Marlins Man, The M&M Guy and Moar

Editor’s Note – Yes, this has taken a long ass time to post.  We are sorry.  We strive to do better but sometimes, especially after a long season, we get back to life. Wives plan weekends.  We actually leave the neighborhood.  It’s crazy.  Enjoy our final week of games!
This was the final White Sox homestand of 2017, ergo, it would be the final homestand for the 108ers.  @mysoxsummer and @mrdelicious determined that it would be their duty to attend all 7 games of the final homestand to get that final flavor of the White Sox season.  Both of them really piled up the games this year, not in a James Dudaian manner, but a lot for the lay person that is a season ticket holder.
Game 1 – 9/22 – Royals
The final game that all the boys were together.  We did it right.  Like really right.  Baderbrau provided the beers that we crushed pre-game and that set the mood off right.  It was a fun night and a hell of a cap on the end of the season.  Slumpbuster and Biguns were early, and we talked tons of shit.  Slumpbuster came outta the gate strong, he showed up to the tailgate half in the bag from a day of golfing, brought a carton of cigs for the crew to share (only two people would even entertain having a cigarette) and was spraying fist bumps to all fields…..and this was BEFORE we got to the ballpark.  Once we were there and rounds of brews were flowing, Biguns commented that he was on pace to break the Guinness Book of World Records high for Fist Bumps in a 9 inning game.  While still on pace, he took off and disappeared for an inning and a half……..when he resurfaces, he has an entire Beggars Pizza in his mitts to share with the crew.  Always a generous gent that Slumpbuster.  Truth be told that slice for each one of the fellas prolly saved us as the booze rolled fast and furious and half the 108ers claim they don’t even remember the climax of the game (so to speak).  Plans to meet up in the offseason were made. It’s a sad night, but it always starts again come spring.
Sox won in spectacular fashion, a game ending double play.  Avi Garcia slips picking up a single to RF, then throws out Whit Merrifield at the plate.  Omar Narvaez then has the presence of mind to whip around and throw to the bases where the Sox cut down Lorenzo Cain for a double play and a White Sox winner.  Of course the loser Royals ask for a stupid replay, so we have to delay our gratification for 97 seconds.  That’s dumb.  But guess what, we got to celebrate TWICE!!!  We even took, quite possibly, the drunkest picture we have ever taken.  It was Hispanic Heritage night, so MSS donned his 100% Soxican shirt to fit in with the brothers.  Despite the lack of a good tan, he pulled it off.  It was like 107 out, so we were sans sombreros, maybe next year.  Friday night set the tone for the weekend…..
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Game 2 – 9/23 – Royals
If you don’t follow us on Twitter, what the fuck man?  We have great content from time to time and you, yes you, should be following us.  If you aren’t, just fucking do it.  So, as Chorizy was recording a sure to be top 10 album with his band Barren Plains, ‘Loaf and MSS were left with some extra tickets to the game. Including 2 patio party passes for the season ticket holder event.  So we decided, what the hell, let’s invite some randos from Twitter to the game and hope for the best.  So we held a contest, had 15 people enter, and we selected our Twitter follower, @misterfox.
Contact was made on Friday morning as MSS got a little too drunk at Baderbrau the night before, helping out on the Chicago Tonight shoot.  Helping out is code for pounding beers and eating that delish mac and cheese waffle. Saturday was confirmed and we were nervous like a whore in church.
What didn’t help was it was 100+ out that day and both ‘Loaf and MSS decided that black was the best color to wear.  We decided that pregaming before the pregame was excessive, so we walked to the park, sober as fuck, and waiting for our guests.  There are two ways this could end right?  Either really awesome or shitty as fuck with us (or them) ditching us after a few innings.  ‘Loaf is a sensitive guy, the second option would not have gone over well.  But guess what?
THEY FUCKING ROCKED.  Yep, they were awesome.  @misterfox and his lovely wife were cool as fuck.  They even didn’t give MSS that much shit for walking in and out of the line like 7 times to get extra soccer jerseys for the slack jaws that didn’t make it to the game.  While MSS was doing his thing, ‘Loaf entertained the twosome the only way he knows how, telling stories and drinking beer like a pro.
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MSS was “shook” upon entry learning that no food had been eaten, but he joined in the drinks and they were flowing.  Mrs. Fox kept getting beers for everyone, including herself, and that was simply amazing.  Mr. Fox was presented with a 108 OG shirt and 108 OG hat, he seemed rather thrilled with the swag.  We ate a shitload of chicken, drank a shitload of beer and headed to the seats.  #WallyMoney was up there, chillin’ and shit, and he swore he wasn’t drinking.  3 seconds later he swore he was only gonna have 1 Corona.  Then he told us how much he loved Corona as he drank multiples at a frantic pace.  Classic #WallyMoney.
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The game was almost over as soon as it started, at least it felt like it.  Lotta stories were shared and beers were drank.  We got surprise visits from alot of the Twitter elite which was pretty awesome when we had our dates there trying to be all impressive and shit.  But then, outta nowhere, the man, the myth, the 1983 ROY showed up the in the 108.  Yep @nakedbiker (Ron Kittle) himself sat down for an inning with the 108 crew.  If you have read our blog since Jan, you will know that MSS usually has breakfast with Ron and Harold Baines during SoxFest.  We are also good friends with his good friends @petehand and @msox12 which has been great to get to know all of them this year.  @msox12 LOVES the Sunday Soak, so much so she has even offered up her pool if we ever need it.  We know it sounds like a classic story from Penthouse Forum, but we think she is on the up and up.
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So Ron is sitting with us, telling stories that only Ron can tell (we’ll tell you in person, but not something that we need to share here), and our guests are impressed.  Mrs. Fox is still matching the boys beer for beer, which is just goddamn impressive.  Sox Side Pride bought many a beers for us too, which is always appreciated, but never necessary.  We asked Ron a bunch of questions, he told us about his new project ideas, just an all around awesome dude.  He left, promised to return next year, and that was that.  Thanks again Ron, we really appreciate your candor and willingness to sit between MSS and ‘Loaf for an inning.
By this time we are all “shook” and the drinks continue to flow freely. At least half of us have no idea a game is actually going on as @dirrty862 and her crew straight invade the 108.  We love this crew as they drink EVEN MORE THAN WE DO. It is straight insane.  By the 7th the Sox are cooked.  Also showing up shortly thereafter was friend of the 108 and HOST of the “South Side Sox Podcast” Josh Nelson (@sss_joshnelson), who stopped by with his lovely girlfriend to take in the last couple of innings with us.  He arrived by grabbing BeefLoaf by the collar and yelling at him about how bad David Holmberg sucks!!  Ha!  If you aren’t listening to the “South Side Sox Podcast” then FUCK YOU!!  We chatted primarily White Sox (mostly 2018) and puppies, as you might imagine.  It always thrills me when the people you listen to on the internet talk about your favorite team are just as nice and fun in person as you imagined them.
We socialize, we drink, we roll.  Upon our exit, we are walking and ‘Loaf says “Hey, isn’t that the Marlins Guy?”  A drunk MSS responds “Yep.  Let’s go get a fucking picture.” And we fucking did. What a nightcap.
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Thanks again to Mr. & Mrs. Fox for being down as fuck with the 108.  You guys are always welcome and we hope to see you at some off season events too.  It was a great time had by all.
Game 3 – 9/24 – Royals
As is tradition in the 108, Sunday is the quietest of the weekend days for us, even though it is #SundayFunday AND the #SundaySoak.  The NWI contingent are usually scarce on Sundays, particularly when our White Sox aren’t in contention.  Lately, even Chorizy has been pretty scarce on Sundays due to work and “artistic” commitments.  So the usual Sunday crew is basically MSS, ‘Loaf and the lovely Bonita Steakie……with usual drive by’s from Aloha Mr. Hand and @dirrty62 and her crew.  This particular Sunday we were #blest to have MSS’s old man Papa Loren join the crew for both the game and the #SundaySoak.
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The game went great, Lucas Giolito cruised in what would be his last start of the season and Avi Garcia and Kevan Smith homered.  The White Sox won the season series from the Royals which hasn’t happened in an unbearably long time.  All was well, including Bonita Steakie and BeefLoaf post game race down the ramp of Gate 2.  Of course BeefLoaf lost (as usual) and needed to hit his inhaler afterwards, but all was still good.
After the game….our signature segment, #SundaySoak (sponsored by @baderbrau)
Game 4 – 9/25 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles California
Monday games are usually pretty “meh” on the game scale, but wtf, we only have 4 games left for the season AND we get to see Mike Trout.  Why not go to the ballpark, throw back a few brews and enjoy a game.  MySoxSummer and Papa Loren hit the ChiSox Bar early for some apps and then the BeefLoaf met up with them a tad later.  Inside the park, we went and hit up the White Sox social lounge for some Twitter prizes
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MySoxSummer, as he’s want to do, went for the #SoxSocial twitter machine and low and behold he scored a printed and signed picture of Bob Howry.  Bob Howry was last in a White Sox uniform in 2002 and last good in a White Sox uniform…..ehh…well, anyway, it was a very odd prize with a retail value of $0.00.
The game went great, despite Mike Trout crushing a homer off of Big Game James, Shields returned to his old form throwing 7 quality innings and getting help from the bullpen to hold it down.  Sox win 4-2 behind Shields and excellent bat stuffs from Nicky “Steaks” Delmonico.
Game 5 – 9/26 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles California
WE. ARE. BACK.  We started off Tuesday night once again at the ChiSox Bar and Grill, except this time, we got jobbed on our free appetizer coupons.  Just another example of ChiSox Bar and Grill nickel and diming the patron, cutting off its nose to spite its face.  We are no business experts, but we thinks that you DO have to honor coupons regardless of how you might have changed your mind.  What is hilarious to us is that the day before, we had no issue using them with a waitress.  Hell, we used 2.  And ya know what, she got tipped like a mofo.  Our wing consumption went way down this year mostly due to not knowing if we would get served if we came in and how quickly they would shut down the kitchen.  It hurts your chances to get regular customers, but maybe that isn’t the goal.
It’s no worries, as there are new establishments that have popped up and are continuing to pop up around the ballpark that will make this place unnecessary.  Once in the ballpark, MSS and ‘Loaf headed back to the White Sox social lounge for more fun and prizes.  MSS was so damn geeked about his Bob Howry signed postcard that we just had to go back.  Upon getting a Tim Raines SLU (Starting Line Up) the Twitter machine was deemed a failure by MSS.  But it’s free, so thanks?  Our good buddy Justin showed up and crushed beers with us and he was very interested in the SLU, so it was gifted to him.
The game….what game?  Behind Volstad a 6 run 2nd kinda did the deed.  We will need some pitching next year and this game proved that.  So let’s get on that Rick, you pimp ass mofo you.
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Game 6 – 9/27 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles California
$1 HOT DOGS!!! And the triumphant return of one Chorizy-E, who’s last appearance was on Friday night when the band was back together, of course he shows for $1 Lips and Assholes night!!
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We set a lofty goal of trying to eat 108 hot dogs.  Not just us, but everyone that follows us on Twitter, FB, ya know the socials, even the fine folks in 135 aka the OG Pride and Passion crew pledged their support in the cause.  Sadly, we didn’t even come close to this goal, but I don’t blame us.  Who do we blame?  THE MFIN’ WHITE SOX. They “ran out” of hot dogs in the 4th.  Seriously?  Magically they showed up for the final game, but the $1 kind ran out.  If you were there you know what was happening, lines, lines, lines.  #Wally$ and MSS sat in line for like 20 minutes just to get 7 dogs.  What a fucking rip.  You can’t offer them for a $1 then not make them available.   We had 0 vendors come to the 108 selling dogs.  0. ZERO.
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MSS watched as grills were half filled and one person was working it.  Ugh.
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Normally, the staff at these stands can be hit or miss.  Some folks are awesome as hell, but the hierarchy that exists between these folks is fucking insane.  Lotta supervisors, lotta folks assigned to tasks that don’t appear to be needed and doesn’t seem to help make anything faster. We don’t blame the workers, we blame the top.  You can tell which stands have good supervisors, which areas are run well.  MSS had a lady, sitting at a register, drinking a soda, just point to the next register.  No “Sorry, I am not open, you will have to go to the next register.”  Nope, just a point.  That really sets the mood.
The game was a good one, in fact, it went extras.  As the 9th inning commenced, the under dressed and appropriately intoxicated BeefLoaf and Chorizy-E proclaimed they were leaving and going to watch the rest of the game from their respective homes.  The rest of the group followed.  Chorizy and his wife got out ahead of the slower plodding other 108ers, but as MSS and ‘Loaf rolled up to 35th street, we saw the one and only M&M Guy, George Jacobs standing outside of Gate 4, just chatting with folks and taking pictures.  This is twice in the same homestand, but we just had to roll up and get a picture with him.  He couldn’t have been nicer, and for those wondering the M&M jacket smelled quite pleasant.
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Back to the game……since we are all friends we stay on the chat or on the text even AFTER we leave the ballpark. MySoxSummer pointed out that George Jacobs was back in his fucking seat for the start of the bottom of the 10th inning.  This guy is a boss at the highest level.  He’s the Mayor of Sox Park.  Anywho, back to the game, no sooner do we get a big chuckle about this, that Nicky “Steaks” Delmonico strikes again, bashing a 2 run walk-off DINGER.  MSS was pissed at the brothers (‘Loaf and Chorizy) for getting the group to leave before extras.  Oh well, I’m sure there will be other thrilling moments for future non-95 loss White Sox teams.
Game 7 THE FINALE – 9/28 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles California
The FINALE, with MSS, ‘Loaf and Chorizy, along with numerous special guest fly bys.  If we miss any of you in this run down, it is simply because we were highly intoxicated and we are finishing this article up 3 weeks after the actual event.
We broke bread (ie, crushed Modelos, chatted about baseball and life and/or yelled loudly and triumphantly for the White Sox) with –
The Man, The Myth, The Legend Mike Turnipseed (and his buddy, his son too!), who’s claim to fame is being part of a renegade group of local surfers (SouthEnd Surf Crew – They made a movie – https://vimeo.com/222429426 )  on Lake Michigan……
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@chisox2727 who is a fantastic follow on twitter and a swell guy to sit and talk White Sox with (don’t make any NWI jokes tho’, he don’t take kindly to those)…….
@Simpossible who the 108ers have gotten to know over the 2nd half of the season, another great White Sox fan who thinks critically about the team……..
BeerBungHole and the lovely Mrs. BeerBungHole, long-time friends/family of the 108ers, had some great discussions with them on the finale and we even remember a few of them :)………..
PC Jonny, who is part of our normal crew, but refuses to attend more than 3 games a season when the BeefLoaf is in attendance…….
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Mr & Mrs. Fox, our contest winners from Saturday, great to see them, they were finally over being 108’d on Saturday night and were enjoying a great White Sox win with us……
@dirrty862 and her crew including – @cmmarysz – who are always bringing in the funnies to the 108.  Lotta support from these guys all year, maybe next year they will wear the 108 shirts.  Ha.
Last but not least, Aloha Mr. Hand who is a great friend to the 108ers and a great White Sox fan, his suggestions / ideas for 108 offseason stuff had us ROFL.
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The game,….oh yea, the game, we were treated to quite the comeback win….Rob Brantly smashed a 2 run shot and then Tim Anderson scored all the way from first base on a single to left field by Rymer Liriano.  It was a terrific piece of base running and one of many examples of how Anderson can be a special player.  Juan Minaya slammed the door shut and we all left happy.  A great cap to a very fun (if not terribly successful in the standings) season.
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After the game, the crew was still looking to have a cocktail or two and possibly watch the conclusion of  Bears / Packers.  We headed to Cork and Kerry, where service was a tad spotty to start, but we quickly got into our groove.  The Bears on the other hand, did not, they got thumped by the Packers in embarrassing fashion.  We didn’t give much of a fuck about the Bears as we were going out on a high note, concluding another excellent season of #108ing and having all of you join us for the ride.  Thanks!
– BeefLoaf & MySoxSummer

Competitive Advantage – WHITE SOX

Howdy friends, it’s your pal BeefLoaf, enjoying the MLB playoffs and thinking about our White Sox.  Today I want to talk about “Competitive Advantage“, for those curious, the definition of this term from Dictionary.com is as follows a condition or circumstance that puts a company in a favorable or superior business position.
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As I scan this here MLB playoffs or even think back about the good teams of the last decade or so, it got me wondering.  What will the White Sox competitive advantage be when they are back in contention?  Over the last several years, you have seen teams that make the playoffs multiple times take advantage of various things that made them successful.  Rays and Pirates of recent playoff vintage both took advantage of undervalued defensive players and methods of measuring defense, shifting on defense and utilizing their pitchers to deploy that defense.  Dodgers and Cubs took advantage of the fact that there is no luxury tax partaining to the front office and loaded theirs with several folks who would be GM’s spread across the league.  The Red Sox took advantage of the international player pool, even getting themselves in a wee bit of trouble along the way in doing so……etc, etc.
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Now the first answer that rolls off the tongue for most learned White Sox fans will be that Don Cooper and Herm Schneider are the White Sox competitive advantage, and maybe they were for the last excellent White Sox teams, the 2005-2008 group.  But truth be told, most teams are spending buckets of money on research into this stuff, in fact the Cubs right across town appear to have gotten as good as our guys at keeping their starting pitchers healthy with a mix of diet, mental health coaching and alternative workout routines (pilates, yoga, etc).  Even the Dodgers decided, fuck health!  We’ll just sign as many injury prone starting pitchers as we can, since they aren’t too expensive and we’ll play games with the 10 day DL so we can basically have Kershaw + an additional 7 man rotation where the rested/healthiest guys always pitch.  Nope, the White Sox are going to have to figure out a different competitive advantage and you can bet your ass someone will write a book about it well after it is done…..Here’s a few ideas, fresh from a soak in the hot tub…..
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Base Running
For those of you that just recently enjoyed the Vince Coleman era of base runner instruction, you are probably like “ROFLMFAO” about this potentially being an advantage.  I had a vision from the home season finale in which Tim Anderson scored from first base on a Rymer Liriano single for the deciding run and was reminded that Anderson was also pretty excellent stealing bases this year.  Upon further inspection, 3 of the White Sox young players happen to be plus base runners in 2017 (Anderson, Moncada and Avisail Garcia) with a fourth young player who might not figure into the future mix, Adam Engel being the best of the group.  Even the players they have been drafting / acquiring via trade seem to have enough athleticism to potentially fit in this group.  Even the pudgy Jake Burger (Chorizy-E’s guy) is supposedly a pretty good runner for a fat guy.  It is probably hard to make Base Running your Competitive Advantage, its like saying “the reason to go to this restaurant is the Lobster Bisque”…….nothing against Lobster Bisque, it has the potential to be great, but if the rest of the meal isn’t legit, then I’m not dragging my ass there.
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The Royals and Giants of recent vintage as well as the current Astros are utilizing this to their advantage, making more contact, ie striking out less than the rest.  I am on the fence if this is actually their mode, as even though they are drafting and acquiring players with lower strike out rates than their power profiles, the White Sox have two key players that strike out prodigiously (Moncada and Anderson).  It may just be a risk mitigation tactic to draft gobs of players that don’t strike out as much to offset these two (as well as some other risk minor league profiles), but the fact that it has worked very well over the last ~10 years or so does seem to lay some credence to it.
What Say You?  Got some thoughts on the White Sox competitive advantage?  Hit me up on the Twitter machine.
– BeefLoaf
 
 
 

The El Duque…How I remember it

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Hi friends, it’s your buddy BeefLoaf.  In the past few hours I have seen various fb posts, tweets, etc of one of the most exhilirating half innings in White Sox history.  Those of you in the know, simply call it the “El Duque inning”, but for those not in the know it was White Sox vs Red Sox, at Fenway, game 3 of the ALDS, bottom of the 6th inning, our White Sox clinging to a 1 run lead and the bases loaded with nobody out when Orlando Hernandez entered the game.  Hernandez was a starting pitcher during the season, but was clearly the 5th starter so his only role on the playoff roster would be coming outta the pen and who knows how much he’d actually get used considering how damn good that pen was during the season.
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I was a mere 27 year old when the El Duque inning occurred, and more accurately, I was closing the books on my first job out of college…………literally that day.  I mean, I had a box with my shit in it leaving my old job.  Unlike Chorizy-E, who started off his post college career working for a well known Chicago record label (ask him about it, he has some great stories) before finding his career….and also unlike MySoxSummer who spent a decade or so in Arizona and Cali groovin’, before coming back to Chicago to start up his current life…..I went straight into my trade out of college.  I went right from a lax senior year college schedule to Public Accounting (and studying for the CPA and all that bullshit).   Most of you don’t know anything about Public Accounting and most of you probably don’t care, but Public Accounting is a right of passage for young accountants.  Here’s the deal, the firm will beat the ever loving shit outta you, piling on hours (and in my case weight) and in return, you’ll get to put that and a variety of very helpful skills on your resume.  I bit, for 5 years……..Now, you have two choices, at some point, stay with it and hope to get on the partner track, which will eventually get you paid righteously OR go into industry and trade some hours for some of your life back.  I chose Industry.  So, October 7, 2005 was one of the happiest days of my life already when I was listening to the White Sox on the radio and packing up my shit to move on with my life.  Being who I am, I made a good faith effort to put in a full day, but goddamnit, my White Sox were in the playoffs and there is no reason not to get to a local saloon and catch what’s left of the game.  I reached out to Chorizy and sure enough they were going to get to a bar close to my office (which was in River North) so that I could meet them whenever I got out.  The bottom of the 6th inning was starting, so it was time to bolt.  I walked with all of my personal belongings to Mother Hubbards, there I found Chorizy-E, Ring Toss Mike and RhinoMan.  The game was at commercial, but they quickly filled me in as to the scenario that occurred while I walked down.  What I immediately found weird was that the TV we had in front of our table, appeared to be faster than the other TV’s by like a half second…..that ended up helping as the drama unfolded.  I don’t need to give you the play by play here, if you read this long, you know what happens.  When Johnny Damon fails to check his swing, we are the first in the packed bar to erupt!!

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What a great moment, great day, great year!!!
– BeefLoaf

Making of a Beer Vendor

Good day friends, it’s your buddy BeefLoaf, with a little inside baseball for all of you out there.  This is part instructional pamphlet for the aspiring beer vendors out there and a little bit of sharing with our follower base on the 108 experience.
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Listen up Beer Vendors!!!  and you fans, listen up too……

What makes a 108 preferred vendor???????

Customer Service
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This goes without saying, but it manifests itself in a variety of ways.  For the most part, the 108ers have 1-2 beer vendors on the text so that we can get a beverage on the quick.  The customer service goes beyond that, to coming around and making sure to take care of us for last call or to routing a different vendor (say margarita or cotton candy for the kids) our way.  Some of our favorites over time have even run to a vendor stand to grab a coke or something for the kids when they are out with us.  Our current favorite beer vendor even switched from Bud/Bud Light to Modelo/Corona, at least in tiny part because that was our preference.
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Our favorite vendors past, present and future can all chew the fat with the best of them, whether it be discussing the team we love, or heavy metal cover bands or even discussing life in general, our preferred vendors are able to do this with no problem.  They could easily fit in sitting with the 108ers for a ballgame, just so happens that they are selling product.  One of our past vendors would alert us to the exceptional ladies at the ballpark that night, which, even though 60% of the 108ers are married, it was still nice of him to do it.
Freebies
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Some of our vendors are better than others about doing this, but freebies for the crew are almost always a great deal for the vendor.  We tip well anyway, but when we get hit with a nice bit of free brews, we tend to tip even more.  I can remember a time when a vendor regularly would drop off a six pack at last call.  We chipped in for an extra big tip some other game when he wasn’t even our vendor, just tracked him down and hit him with a big toke.
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Our favorite vendors have not only provided free booze on occassion, but they might also invite us to a party where we can partake in some boozaments or they might run the memorabilia stand at a different kind of event and be able to lock down some goodies for one of the 108ers before it gets sold out.  Or they might get a souvenir baseball for your daughter, just because.  In fact on Mark Buehrle day, an old vendor friend stopped by with a bag of ice for us to keep our beers cold in during the game as it was quite hot out that day.
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You just don’t know, but the best ones are the best ones for a reason.
You are probably sitting there and saying, “Hey BeefLoaf, that’s all well and good, but how the fuck do you end up getting in good with the vendors like that??”
If you are a fan and wish to get yourself some good vendors, here are a few tips……
Drink
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You will need to drink.  A LOT.  The 108ers don’t often hit it as hard as we used to, but there are plenty of games where we get into the 6 or 7 rounds of brews during a contest.  Usually it is more like 5, because our pre-game tends to leak into the ballgame, but there are still plenty of games where we’ll look down and we’ve had 6 beers and 2 margaritas in the 6 allotted innings of boozing (we usually arrive in the bottom of the 1st and even though we have written Rob Manfred to change this rule, they still only sell alcohol until the end of the 7th inning).
Don’t Be an Asshole
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As much as we laugh and grab ass and curse here in this blog and elsewhere, the 108ers are a pleasant and courteous bunch and I suggest you be the same.  Be friendly, chat up your vendor, but most of all, don’t be an asshole.
Tipping
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If it wasn’t clear, the 108ers are good tippers.  Despite how handsome, smart, well dressed and good smelling we are, it is truthfully our above average tipping that leads us down this path.  It makes sense too, if the vendors are going to give you excellent service, you should provide a little more compensation to garner said service.
So be a sport, tip your vendors and you can be living it up like a 108er
– BeefLoaf

The One Hitter…MLB Playoffs Wild Card Round

Hi friends, it’s the BeefLoaf and I bring you a quick one-hitter (don’t forget to exhale) about the MLB Playoffs!!!!  I read a fair amount about baseball and the majority of the folks I read don’t care much for the current playoff system, particularly the one game elimination wild card round.  Truth be told, I don’t either, but your pal BeefLoaf is rarely here for hollow complaints, I come with the solutions.  So, since MLB is clearly shifting more towards wanting “Playoff Excitement” whatever that means, and they aren’t going to reduce the amount of playoffs teams.  Here is my solution…….
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Currently we have 3 divisions in each league, which render a division winner each and then we have the 2 wild cards, which play the coin flip game to get into the divisional round.  Instead, I propose adding a 3rd wild card to each league (never mind that the AL one would be below .500 this season, this solution isn’t fuggin’ perfect) and instead of having a 1 game playoff, we have a round robin….DOUBLE ELIMINATION……. for the 3 wild card teams.  That isn’t the only catch though.  I seem to remember people “noting” that the advantage of winning the division wasn’t that great these days.  Well this round robin has to be played in its entirety in 3 days.  Yes, we’ll have double headers.  The top wild card in each league will host this extravaganza.  Imagine the bonanza of baseball you’d get for those 3 days, with games coming out of your ears from both leagues until all but 1 wild card team from each league advances.  It would also provide a larger edge in the divisional round for the top games winner in each league as their opponent would have to use their best pitchers to survive the wild card round.  It would be like Gladiator (not the Cuba Gooding Jr. one) to survive.  Jim Valvano’s old NC State team would thrive in a spot like this.  So will other triumphant teams and it will create a whole new layer to the playoffs that would be fun and exciting, while restoring some order to the old way (the old heads like the best teams to be most well represented).
You think I’m nuts?  What say you?
– BeefLoaf