Seems pretty unfuckingbelievable that we have done 1 year, 40 episodes of the 108 Podcast, but as we are want to do….we like to think back on things, self-indulgent? possibly, introspective, maybe…..anywho, here goes.
We choose our guests carefully and we aren’t generally a guest driven podcast, we try to have on people that could work well with our format or people we just plain like. If we’ve had you on as a guest more than once than you know you are one of our favorites, so Imma go with a guy who pushed us into tryna do this podcast thing and I’m thankful for his encouragement…..he’s also crushed twice on our podcast and that’s Josh Nelson. He has high end White Sox knowledge and lucky for us, the podcast he hosts isn’t long enough to contain all of his thoughts, so we get some excellent spill over when he comes and joins us. Always entertaining.
There is rarely an episode I am not proud of, but if I had to choose a single episode, I am going with Episode 20 Tales from the Glue Factory. I’m not sure I have laughed harder at anything on our podcast than MySoxSummer reading a bullshit reddit story about A-Rod. It had many believable twists and turns, but let’s just say that the CLIMAX was something special.
My favorite segment is now the defunct segment named “Last Call”. For the first 20 plus episodes this was the segment that we’d close the show with. We’d be inebriated and really having a good time and then someone would ask a goofy question to the group and we’d go around and answer it. Questions like “What movie scared you shitless as a kid?” or “Who was the BEST WHITE dunker in NBA history?”….goofy, dumb barroom conversation type stuff.
Doing a podcast the way we do it, 120-180 minutes in length, with various topics and segments, almost like a full radio show, is a lot of damn work. I’d say as a group we are doing 12-15 hours of prep, which is not what I was expecting, but I do love doing it. I’m guessing this sort of thing is less work for people that know what they are doing, but since we don’t, it probably requires more energy. I also love that the podcast format really shows out for my homeboys, they can really put their best foot forward and we can, as a group, capture the Section 108 in-game experience for those that can’t make it to the ballpark. Busting each other’s balls, arguing over mundane topics and generally just talking bullshit, either about the team or not, is 100% the 108 Experience.
This is a tough one as we’ve had so many people walk through the doors and talk the talk with us. Anyone who has been on is already a favorite with us, but my fave of faves is B Sqared, Brian Bilek. Why B Squared? He sprays to all fields and really holds nothing back. Can talk prospects, porn and poker. He has a great vibe and his last appearance on our show he just pushed us to a new limit. I liked it. It’s what I think we do when we go on other shows and give our takes and spew our bullshit. Check that out here.
#1 with a fucking bullet as the ‘Loaf says was the Brooks Boyer episode. Now, you might think it was because I was center stage, but no that is not my reasoning. To me that was the “hey we actually made it” moment kinda. Walking into a suite and being treated like a king by a guy who doesn’t even have to talk to us was amazing. Just agreeing to do it was awesome. Offering up a suite to do it in was even better. But him actually giving us some excellent stories and answering the questions (some hard ones too) was the icing on the cake. I respect Brooks for doing that and will always stick up for him. Listen to that here.
Listen I suck at the drafts. I’ll own that. Fucking ‘Loaf picked my favorite one, but my second favorite draft was the Fast Food Draft. Mostly cause I am #Fat.
There are so many things that we have done segment wise that I like. Most of the good shit, to me, comes from the banter opening. It sets the tone of the show and you know how much awesome is gonna happen later if we keep that banter short. But Loaf always brings some weird ass story or thought to the table and we riff, which is hella fun.
I never thought we’d do a podcast, but I am glad we started it. It’s great to talk to two of my favorite people on the show and bullshit one another. And it’s great to talk baseball every so often too. Plus it’s fun to drink many beers on a Wed. I think it has pushed us to be more creative and showcase all our sides. Thanks for listening and we’ll keep doing it till teh audience dries up and dies. Just like our livers.
I’ve enjoyed every guest we’ve had and this could really be anyone we’ve had on. But for me it has to be Wally$. One of the things I love the most about doing the podcast is that it is just a bunch of friends sitting around having drinks and talking bull shit. Wally is one of the best people to do that with, so to capture it on digital tape was something special. Plus we did a bitchin’ hair metal draft. Not to mention, he lost the Wild Card bet.
The Twitter Tournament Bracket Reveal. When we started the blog/podcast/Twitter account, it was to talk about what it’s like to be a fan of the Sox, what it’s like to go to the games, and what it’s like to be a part of this community. The Twitter tourney feels like the culmination of all of that. And once again, we added a friend to the mix to talk some bull shit. Additionally, trying to handle the ridiculous poster boards BeefLoaf put together was one of those moments that he and I share where I get really frustrated with him for no good reason. A good reminder that we’ve been pushing each others buttons for nearly 40 years.
If you know anything about me, it’s that I love me some PEDs. So it has to be the PED season draft. When I first met KenWO in the concourse behind the 108, it was at the end of a Sox game and I was definitely inebriated. We still managed to talk PEDs for a good 5-10 minutes. To actually bring that into the show was something special, indeed.
The Drafts. I love doing these drafts. I love arguing about very mundane shit like Halloween candy. I just love every bit of it. Which is why I take the time to separate each draft out of the 3 hours of podcast and post them separately. They’re that much fun for me to do.
This podcast is incredibly fun to do because it’s a bunch of friends sitting around, having drinks, talking shit and possibly a little baseball. Is the next day at work great? No, but it’s definitely worth it. I never take for granted the fortunate position I am in that I get to do this with my brother and one of my best friends. Nor do I take for granted how great our guests have been, so thanks to Josh Nelson, White Sox Dave, NWI Steve, Clinton Cole, Brooks Boyer, KenWO, Brian Bilek, Pete Hand, and Wally$. And very, very special thanks to Quernzy for being the voice of our intro and putting up with us on a weekly basis.