The 108 Interview Series continues with the host of Red Line Radio (@RedLineRadio), which was recently picked up by Barstool Sports (congrats!!!), the winner of the 2018 White Sox Twitter Personalities Tournament and all around great White Sox fan and twitter follow WhiteSoxDave….before we start, the 108ers want to give a big virtual bro hug to WhiteSoxDave, not just for this interview, but for his help and support of what we do over here at Section 108. It’s pretty rare that the big fish in your proverbial pond would be as kind and helpful with their time and resources, so we want to say Thanks! And let us know if you need anyone “taken care of”…….Let’s get on with it!!
Favorite game that you were at? Easily the Scotty Pods walk off in game 2.
Favorite all time player that doesn’t have a statue on the concourse? Aaron Rowand. Absolute grinder. Epitome of a south side mentality even though he was a call bro
Favorite drink and food at the park? Brat loaded up with green peppers and onions and of course cheap domestic beer
Favorite place to sit? Anywhere that’s not the upper deck
Favorite uniform? 83’s
Favorite giveaway? Not a big giveaway guy, mostly because I’m too lazy to carry shit around.
Favorite theme night? Same, not a theme night guy. I feel like that stuff is reserved as a way to get asses in seats. It’s fun and all, but nothing that I really care about personally. Their fireworks are fantastic though
What irks you the most about White Sox fans? Recently, their lack of patience with the rebuild.
What is the worst part of being a Sox fan? Dealing with assholes who say “Nobody gives a shit about the White Sox”
Worst part of the game day experience? Losing on purpose, more or less. But that’s all about to change
What really grinds your gears? The Brewers being a loser franchise and being afraid of the Cubs
Least favorite White Sox player of all time I could name about 2 dozen players on this list but the very first name that popped in my mind was Adam LaRoche. I’m not even talking about his kid being in the clubhouse, he was just absolute dog shit.
Most memorable experience as a White Sox fan 2005!
Ballpark experience, how could it be better? I honestly think they should build a new park in the South Loop when their lease is up. Love the Bridgeport area and people, but if they want overflow tourism coming into the stadium, fans to come during the week, etc. they should move the park to the biggest up and coming area of the city in a decade or so IMO. Sox Park is already one of the oldest stadiums in baseball
Best Sox Park hack? If you ever have upper deck tickets, walk down through the fundamentals deck and pay the ticket taker $10 to have him let you walk down to the lower deck
What brings you back for every game? Watching the young guns
Feelings on the wave? Never take part in it, doesn’t necessarily bother me though
Which Gate is your favorite to enter the park from? 4
How early do you get to games? For Saturday games as soon as the parking lots open
What do you bring to games? My wallet and if it’s a weekend game and I’m not coming from work a case of brew
How many games do you go to each year? When I was younger a lot more but I’m a slave to the man now, this year about 20ish
Section 108 Questions
What is your favorite baseball word? Command
What is your least favorite baseball word? I honestly can’t think of one? Maybe “can’t miss”? No such thing as a can’t miss anything in baseball
What gets you excited about the White Sox? Watching their MiLB and young guys develop
What makes you sad about the White Sox? Dealing a future HOF pitcher and not being able to build around them. I’ll never forgive them for the shit they pulled during the Sale years, not unless they win the big one
What sound or noise at the ballpark do you love? Crack of the bat
What sound or noise at the ballpark do you hate? That stupid woo thing they randomly started doing. Nails on chalkboard and I don’t understand why they do it
What is your favorite Hawkism? Stretch!
Is Brian Bilek really as much of a scallywag as he showed on Opening Day 2018? Even worse. Kid’s a bad seed
Congrats on getting the pod picked up by Barstool, well deserved…as your media career takes off……what media types did you grow up enjoying / admiring most? I used to watch about 12 episodes of sportscenter a day growing up, but ESPN is trash now. Boers and Bernstein used to be hilarious, but Bernstein is a holier than thou dickhead now
If the RLR crew played the 108ers in 3 on 3 basketball, how much would the 108ers win by? Probably a lot, we all stink at that sport
WhiteSoxDave vs BigCat in a hot dog eating contest..What is the line? Who wins? I’d demolish him. He put down 12 in the nathan’s contest a few years ago, I think I could do 15
If the other members of RLR were each individually throwing a tailgate, whose tailgate would you go to? Eddie, he’s a complete and total wild card
Is it possible Red Line Radio is a bigger mess than The 108? You guys are a mess in a good way. So yes? haha
If the White Sox agreed to sign you for one day, and you got to pitch to one batter, which batter would you want to plunk? Ryan Braun is an absolute piece of shit, so probably him
If you had to go drink for drink with one of the 108ers, who would it be? Wally… I’ve seen the pictures, he can’t hang.
How is that cowboy hat coming, will it make an appearance before or after Eloy does? As soon as I have enough disposable income to sink $1000 into a cowboy hat just to wear to get social media likes, then it will make an appearance. So hopefully before Eloy ha
If we name drop you at Armand’s will we get a free drink? Depends on who’s tending the bar, but maybe
What’s your greatest fear about the “rebuild”? That they won’t sign high end talent to complement the young guns
Give us a #HotTake about the rebuild They’ll beat the Cubs in a World Series
Favorite White Sox Twitter Account (Besides @fromthe108) and why? Future Sox does awesome work
Person from White Sox Twitter that you’d most like to meet and why? I’ve met everyone from Sox twitter I want to meet, if I haven’t you it’s because I don’t want to
Favorite Non-White Sox Twitter Account and why? PFT Commenter is a genius
What do you like best about @fromthe108 How authentic you guys are from top to bottom in your fandom and how you get along with all parts of Sox twitter
Favorite White Sox related blog or podcast and why? Again, future sox, because I rely on them for info that I can’t get myself. I don’t listen to other Sox podcasts at all because I don’t want their ideas seeping into my brain. I honestly don’t read much white sox stuff outside of m
What is your favorite alcoholic drink? Be specific and feel free to go with more than one if you need to. If I’m having one of those nights where I need to shut my brain off then an old fashion or a manhattan
Favorite cut of Steak? Prepared? Porterhouse, medium rare x100000
Gimme an “Uncle Rico” moment from your prior sports playing past. Had a few… I was actually good at baseball until college when partying became my priority. 2x all conference in HS and threw out a kid who played at ISU twice my senior year from catcher. He was 23-25 in stolen bases that year
Where would you take @ChiPartyAunt out on a date? Hangge uppe then back to my crib at 4am
Favorite performance enhancing drug? I love needle in ass steroids. We’re talking about doing a cycle on RLR for content. No idea if that’s actually illegal or not but we want to do it to see how yoked up we get
Who do you hate more Jim Belushi or John Cusack? Grew up in Wheaton so we innately love Belushi there, he’s a born bred Wheaton guy. Fuck Cusack
Best #108ing story (that you can tell us) I think I’m past the statute of limitations on a lot of them but still don’t want to incriminate myself… Probably getting hammered with my dad at Yankees stadium when I was like 18 and talking shit to Yankees fans. Mariano Rivera blew a save that game (Uribe double with 2 on) and my dad and I went bat shit, surprised we didn’t get curb stomped
What other Chicago teams do you enjoy. Northwestern (ALMOST as diehard an NU football fan as Sox baseball), Bears and I’m the most diehard fairweather Hawks fan ever… the city was a ton of fun when they were good
Favorite Chicago Sports History Moment. Obviously the 2005 World Series Sweep
Favorite All-Time Sox Broadcaster. Obviously Hawk
Any stories about running into or meeting White Sox players? Other Chicago athletes? Took a piss next to the Big Hurt in Libertyville like 5 years ago. Did a double take and said “you’re the big hurt”. He laughed and said “yup”.
Favorite band? Sublime
What is your favorite song? I have NO idea. Love all music from Sinatra to Lupe Fiasco. I couldn’t pick just one song
Favorite TV Show (or Netflix or HBO or whatever the fuck)? Breaking bad
Married or Single? Looking for a GF? Single
Why don’t girls like independent Sox bloggers? Who says they don’t?
Do you remember your first Sox game? No, it was old comiskey and I don’t think I could even walk
What player had the greatest impact on you? The Big Hurt
What was the happiest day watching the Sox? Game 4 WS
What was the saddest day watching the Sox? The jersey cutting fiasco… I was at the game and at that point the Sox were a legit national embarrassment. I wanted to start a completely and total mutiny of how the organization was being ran
What do you do for work? If you could be or do anything else – what? I sling freight for my day job now, but we plan on turning RLR and Barstool into careers
If you could live in any other time, when might that be? Mid 80s. I’d start google, amazon, twitter, facebook, etc. and conquer the world
If you could have dinner with five White Sox Players, past and present, who would they be? Rowand, Ozzie, Sale, Palka and Hawk even though he didn’t play for them
If you could change one thing in your past, what might that be? Wouldn’t go to college. It’s a scam
What are you most proud of? Nothing really to be honest. I have a lot of unfinished business
How would you like to be remembered? Just a good dude and good sox fan.
What’s the one thing about you few people know? I’m almost fluent in Spanish. I can still write/read it fluently, but speaking it has gotten way worse since college
What do you dislike most about yourself? Height
What do you dislike most in others? Height. Why do other people get to be taller than me? Fuck that
What were your best/worst subjects in school? English/Spanish and math. Sucked ass at math. That’s why I leave the sabermetrics alone
What do you like doing in your spare time? Running
Who is your celebrity crush? Norah Jones, greatest voice I’ve ever heard. Also had an unhealthy obsession with Jessica Alba back in HS. Smoking hot
What is your favorite movie? Almost Famous
What is your favorite baseball movie? The Sandlot
What is your biggest/weirdest fear? I’m deathly afraid of spiders. Fuck those things
What would be your one super power? Fly
What would you change your name to? Something catchy like Rex or something
What pet would you love to have? Dog, can’t have one right now because it wouldn’t be fair to the dog with how busy I am. Dogs are the best things on earth
What’s your one biggest pet peeve? People not responding to texts/emails in any fashion at all. Just respond, don’t be a dick
What’s your one annoying habit? I bite my nails way too much and don’t even realize I’m doing it
What would be a good theme song for your life? I did it my way – Sinatra
What ballpark would you like to visit? San Fran or Coors Field. They both look amazing
Any good crockpot recipes?
OH BUDDY DO I!
2 cans pinto beans, 2 cans kidney beans, 2 cans of pickled chili peppers, 2 cans of pickled jalapenos, two tablespoons paprika/cumin/chili powder, 2 garlic cloves diced up, 3 cans diced tomatoes with jalapenos, ½ pound of chopped bacon, 1 can of bud heavy, 1 pound of ground beef, 1 pound of jimmy deans spicy breakfast sausage. All ya gotta do is cook the beef/sausage/bacon then mix it into the rest of the ingredients in the crock and cook it on low for like 4-5 hours. It’s insanely spicy but it’s awesome