The hot stove is less cold but outside is still cold, so what better time for some outlandish predictions from your friends in Sec 108. Now to be clear, we have zero inside information. This is just us looking at the current landscape and guessing what will happen. So let’s get to it!
Chorizy-E Predicts: Eric Hosmer will go to the Rockies
If you look around the league at competitive teams that need a first basemen, the Rockies are an obvious one. If you look at their current depth chart on mlb.com, they have Ian Desmond at 1b, but they also have him in LF like he’s goddamn Bugs Bunny playing every position on the field! I can’t really imagine his numbers getting worse in Colorado and he’ll fill that 1b spot that hasn’t been stable since Justin Morneau pulled a ridiculous 2014 out of his hat. So why not add Hosmer to the 1b legacy that includes Morneau, Helton, and favorite of 108 trivia Andres Galaragga.
MySoxSummer Predicts: Rev Anti-Hero is gonna try to corner the market like Randolph and Mortimer Duke
Last year we went through the end of Lite and the introduction of Modelo. Bud and Bud Light suck my balls so they don’t even count. We indulged in far too many Modelos but we have a very soft spot for good, local, craft beer. Our pre-games are always Baderbrau, but alas we are too lazy to make it up and down to the Craft Kave to get Baderbrau at the game (plus a $9 12oz can just doesn’t cut it). So unless the boys at Baderbrau make a 19 oz or 24 oz IPL we don’t really have a bunch of options. One solid choice is the 19oz All Day IPA, which we hit alot at the end of last year. It’s delish. But just recently, the good folks at Revolution Brewing introduced this –
#19.2oz #gamechanger. Now, I know that this is a pipe dream, but this is a solid choice in the seats for at least 3/5ths of the 108’ers. And @biguns likes Budweiser, Chorizy will drink half of whatever you put in front of him, so this would be a GREAT option to have. But will it be priced right? I doubt it, but that isn’t on Rev it’s on the Sox. Years past they did a 24oz DRAFT Anti-Hero for $12 which was by far and away the best deal in the park. But that vanished last year (#boo) and was replaced with a 16oz for $11(?) draft that really didn’t seem right after the 50¢ per ounce deal we used to get.
With this 19.2 oz introduction Rev is poised to take a strong hold on the in-the-seat craft beer market. I would love to see a $9.75 price point (my liver wouldn’t) but I would go up to $10.25.
Beefloaf Predicts: Yu Darvish signs with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles of California
The Angels have yet to be linked to Darvish in any meaningful way, but wouldn’t it be fucking awesome if Darvish followed Othani and went to the Angels. This would be a sick move to pull immediately after the Astros went and got Gerrit Cole
in a deal from the Pirates. This would have them keeping pace (not really) with their current antagonist. This would also allow Darvish to keep up his snarky persona on the Twitter machine about who, what and where he be going. I should tweet this at him right now and have him roundly refute me so that I can be embarrassed on the Twitterverse. He’d probably post some emoji laiden tweet that the folks at MLB Network would fawn over and inadvertently promote the 108 brand. Although, I don’t think the rest of MLB is ready for Baseball and Bullshit, and Baseball and Bullshit.
Chorizy-E Predicts: Josh Donaldson to the White Sox
I know this sounds nuts and I know we’d have to give up some prospects, but hear me out. I think the Blue Jays are going to start shedding their big contracts. Why? Because the NYY and Red Sox are both poised to make World Series runs and the Jays have a bunch of guys coming to the end of their contracts. Not to mention, they were not brought in by the current GM. So I expect Russel Martin and Troy Tulowitzki to get moved as well. That would be a total of $63 million off the books this year and $121 million in total. From the Sox side, they’d have to give up a prospect or two, but I don’t think it’s be a top 10 guy from their system since they’d be taking on $23 million. Maybe a Ryan Cordell or Jordan Stephens as the top prospect in the trade. But the only way that this goes down is if the Sox can extend him for 3 years after. I think they can since Donaldson has to be a bit worried about what his 33, 34, and 35 years are worth in the current climate. Also, the Sox could go over $50 million for those years without losing a pick, since it is an extension.
MySoxSummer Predicts: Special Giveaway Bobble
This will be a great year for bobbleheads. According to a rep, there will be 4 regular releases this year. My guesses – Moncada. Anderson. Giolito. Those 3 for sure. Maybe a Lopez. I highly doubt they will release any “on-the-farm” guys at the MLB level, but look for some good ones this year from the Barons. There might be several Southpaw releases, or a generic Star Wars, oh wait that was LAST YEAR. I expect them to up their game this year and offer some great bobbles that most people will ignore. Will they do a 90’s hero bobblehead? A solid maybe. In my head, I have no idea who they could possibly add from years previous, but maybe AJ? Maybe Contreas? I don’t like either of those ideas, but they did get added to the staff this offseason.
I think they should focus on the new talent and get these kids excited for whats to come. We have 73,000 Abreu’s so give it a rest. Last year my good friend Bobbles Jim and I submitted a list of some promos we’d like to see and they used a couple of them. No shit. Tyler Saladino ‘stache shirt? Thank the 108 (and OG Bobbles Jim) for that idea. Dollar Hot Dog Day? Thank us too.
But my special giveaway prediction is is gonna be 1 of 2 bobbles. I would love to see a Jack Parkman bobblehead for a 90’s night theme (special ticket, just to piss off P&P’s James Duda) or a Charity Bobble Release of Chance The Rapper. Money goes to Sox Charities and CPS. Chance loves his town, used to rep / love the Sox, so I don’t see why this can’t happen.
Our inside guy is a reader, so there you have it. Start the discussion my man.
Beefloaf Predicts: The White Sox become the first team to offer VR aka Virtual Reality!!!
That’s right, the WhiteSox will provide headsets to a small number of fans who win the right to via the Social Media Lounge Twitter machine. This is a “Choose Your Own Ending” adventure. Do you ever get perturbed, pissed off, flabbergasted by a move that Ricky Renteria makes in game? Maybe you don’t like that he bunted with his #4 and #5 hitters back to back with the Sox down 4 in the 7th. Maybe you don’t like that he didn’t pinch hit for Omar Narvaez
against a tough lefty, or possibly that he brought Chris Beck
in to pitch. Well guess what, you can CHANGE his decision, and effectively Choose Your Own Ending and the White Sox VR machine will play out the rest of the game based on your amended managerial decision. A couple of notes, YES, you can bring in former players in lieu of current players, meaning A.J. Pierzynski
can come into the game and he might get punched by the opposing catcher. Also, you can involve certain superfans (ehhem) in the VR to see their reaction to your move and the subsequent results.
Chorizy-E Predicts: Joakim Soria will use a new old song as Sox closer and it will be awesome
When I thought about the Mexicutioner coming to Chicago, I immediately thought that even if he’s not great now, he’ll still be our closer. And one thing about closers that I love is the songs they come into. It’s something that gets them pumped up and of course gets the crowd pumped up. So i checked out, what is Joakim’s go-to song? I went to Royals Players Music and what did I find: U2 – Vertigo. The disappointment was tremendous. But then I found this: https://vimeo.com/9187430. I predict Joakim brings back the GNFNR and the 108 will be up for grabs every time it plays.