BeefLoaf’s 4 most hated Sports teams

Inspired by this tweet question from the big homey Soxsupporter, I bring you my 4 most hated Sports teams (by sport).

Hated Franchises

 

Football

The 1980’s Green Bay Packers

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I know the Bears fucking dominated the Packers in the 1980’s, but the Forrest Gregg / Charles Martin Packers, the ones that effectively ended the Bears reign in 1986 by body slamming Jim McMahon, yea, those fucking Packers.  Fuck them!  I don’t think I have watched a more reprehensible group of goons try to organize themselves as a professional sports team.  Reading Martin’s wiki page, it appears he was out of football shortly after these shenanigans

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Basketball

The 1980’s Detroit Pistons

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Back before everyone widely recognized Jordan as the GOAT, he would annually run into these fucking Pistons teams and they’d beat the shit out of him and the Jordanaires.  As a man of 40 years of age, I routinely lolololol when people say “but Jordan never lost in the FINALS”, yes, this is true, he also got cock blocked from advancing in the playoffs for many, many years by teams like the Celtics and Pistons so it’s kind of a fake argument.  The Pistons were not only a historically great team that got derailed by Isiah Thomas’ achilles, but they were also a historically hateable team.  Most of you probably remember Rodman in a Bulls uni, but he was a sonuvabitch with the Pistons, Rick Mahorn, Spider Salley, fuck, even Dumars and Isiah were pinche cabrons.  All of these fuckers were nothing compared to Bill Laimbeer.  I recently saw a gif / montage of 80’s basketball, showing all of these fights and rough plays and 75% of them were Bill Laimbeer.  Fuck, if I saw Laimbeer in the street right now, I wouldn’t hesitate to run him over with my car.  Hate the fucking Pistons!!!

Hockey

The 1990’s Pittsburgh Penguins

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I know Jaromir Jagr is a legend for being like 58 years old and still playing and banging 19 year old chicks and not giving a fuck, but these Penguins blocked the Roenick / Chelios / Belfour Blackhawks from a Cup.  I’m not a hockey guy, and around this time the Bulls were starting their dominance, so the Blackhawks were playing second fiddle, but this was still must watch TV at the time.  Anywho, Super Mario and Jagr face fucked the Blackhawks in those finals.  I still hate thinking about their long greasy sweaty mullets.

Baseball

The Minnesota Twinks

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There is no sports franchise that I can more easily extend my fucking middle finger at than the Minnesota Twinks. Fuck Tom Kelly and Ron Gardenhire, fuck Justin Morneau and Kirby Puckett, fuck Brian Dozier and Nick Punto, fuck Torii Hunter and Michael Cuddyer, fuck Johan Santana and Joe Nathan, fuck Carlos Gomez and Jason Kubel.  I fucking hate the Twinks.

-BeefLoaf

The One Hitter – Honest Lies

This is the One-Hitter, don’t forget to exhale.  The last several days have been a lot of fun in White Sox twitter, with reporters hurling barbs at each other from their respective sources all in the name of providing us with the latest and greatest on Manny Machado’s free agency.  EVERYONE has an opinion on who is right and who is wrong and it often depends on your personal narrative of who you believe.  The 108ers don’t tend to worry about these mudslingings unless there is an opportunity for some comedy…..OR if there is a lesson to be learned from the ordeal.  Yea, a lesson.  What if everything everyone is saying is true, or at least shades of truth or better yet, as true as their perspective source is telling them.  Maybe each group of “journalists” (if we can call them that) are getting information that is factual enough to be believed, but isn’t quite telling the entire story.  No I do not have any light to shed on Manny Machado, but another narrative that I have heard 57,000 times this off-season did finally peak my interest enough to look into it.

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The Cleveland Indians are looking to cut payroll, they  had their largest payroll ever in 2018, while winning the AL Central for the 3rd straight time and what did the Indians fans do, they came to the ballpark less in 2018, than they did in 2017.

I’ve heard that bandied about the aforementioned 57,000 times this off-season and it finally got me to investigate.  Everything in that headline is factually accurate, but the conclusion is less so.  The implication is that the gate receipts at the ballpark decreased so Indians management has no fucking choice but to reduce payroll by trying to trade one of their more salaried players.  Hang on, peep this little article about average ticket prices

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See the table below sketching out what revenues might look like…..sure attendance is down overall (which sounds like a reason to cut payroll), but revenue appears to be up (this is an estimate).  So while all the FACTS are correct in the italicized conglomeration of the headlines folks are trotting out about the Indians, I am not sure the conclusion ties in.

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The Indians want to cut payroll, well, because they want to cut payroll.  I guess saying it like that won’t get the whole twitterverse a buzz.

-BeefLoaf

The 108 Interview Series – Lauren Nisavic

Here at the 108, it is our job….our duty to bring to you the great personalities of White Sox twitter, either via tweet / photo / video or blog post.  In continuing with the tradition of bringing you “the goods” from White Sox twitter we have our interview with the great and powerful Lauren Nisavic (@LaurenNisavic on twitter).

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Before I start I’d like to thank all of you guys at Section 108 for highlighting me on your blog. As a fan I truly support your entertaining, personality-driven content, unique voices you each bring and of course #108ing.

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Favorite Game That You Were At

Easy. Game 1 of the 2005 World Series. We didn’t go on vacation that year because my dad got us tickets to the game.

Favorite All Time Player That Doesn’t Have a Statue On the Concourse

Mark Buehrle. He deserves more than a statue. Give the man a street named after him.

Nancy Faust is an honorable mention.

Favorite Drink and Dinner at the Park

Beer, nacho helmet, soft pretzel (with salt and mustard on the side)

Favorite Place to Sit

I honestly don’t think there’s a bad seat at the park as long as you’re in good company.

Favorite Uniform

Bring back the vests.

Favorite Giveaway

My favorite giveaway would have to be the Hawk Harrelson alarm clock. It was annoying at first listening to them going off around the park (Why would they include batteries?), but it makes an awesome addition to my apartment.

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What is the worst part of being a Sox fan?

The worst part about being a Sox fan is having not made the postseason since 2008.

What really grinds your gears?

The wave really pisses me off.

Game Day

Most memorable experience as a White Sox fan 

Where to start?? I have so many memorable experiences as a White Sox fan. I grew up about 10-15 minutes away from the park and almost weekly, and every time on a whim, my dad would ask if I wanted to go maybe 30 minutes prior to first pitch. I’d run to my room and grab a hat or shirt- whatever I could find- along with my “White Sox” CD that I burned a bunch of my dad and my favorite songs on (lotta Sinatra) and we’d listen to it on the way to the park. We went to a lot of games leading up to the 2005 World Series and he treated me to game 1 when I knew he probably couldn’t really afford it. I remember him telling me it might be the only opportunity in his lifetime he’d see this happen live. I’m hoping that’s not the case, Dad 🙂

*Dad don’t read this next part*

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Also getting an annual group together to go the Bullpen Bar and bringing a sharpie for each of us to keep track of how many beers we could down before first pitch. I wish I could remember the record.

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**Ok, Dad, you can read again**

Another memorable moment for me was Paul Konerko’s grand slam in game 2 of the 05 WS. How could you forget it. I was screaming in my living room and jumping around while watching the game with my dad who was just standing there in awe and fist pumping like he was Tiger Woods sinking a putt.

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This past summer I was working on our weekly show in the studio and couldn’t physically go to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando and was pretty bummed since I heard A.J. Pierzynski was going to be there doing some broadcasting for our PGA TOUR Live team. Well it turns out my roommate at the time (who knows/knew nothing about baseball) did some type of project with him at the tournament one day- she didn’t know who he was other than he played baseball and lived nearby. She called me up later on in the evening and asked if I knew him and I lost my mind. I was like “DUDE, I’m texting you questions to ask him you NEED to find him tomorrow and do an on camera interview.” I sent her a bunch of questions and she sent me back footage the next day. I featured AJ in my show that week for no reason other than c’mon it’s AJ and I’m a White Sox fan. My coworkers questioned my work and my motive and I’m totally ok with it. No regrets.

When I moved down to Florida a year and a half ago my mom made me go through all the stuff I had been storing in their basement for years. I stumbled upon an old scrapbook I made when I was a little girl of all of my White Sox ticket stubs, print articles I cut out and glued onto pages with stickers, pictures and other cute kid stuff I collected from games. It was a reminder of how the team has been such a prominent part of my life and especially childhood- it put a smile on my face since I completely forgot the book existed.

Last one- This past summer I was working producing at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, NC and one of my projects that week was to ride along and go with TOUR player Harold Varner III and capture him driving into the park and throwing out the first pitch at the Knights game. It was really cool to be on the field that night and it was the first time I saw Michael Kopech pitch in person since I was allowed to stay for the game if I wanted. As a lifelong Sox fan, it was really cool to see my two worlds of golf and baseball come together like that. If you haven’t been to BB&T Ballpark you should consider going! It’s a gorgeous park and Charlotte is a fun city with some great breweries.

Feelings on the wave? 

No. Look- I get that it might be fun for kids, but it’s terrible because…

1)    It means you’ve given up on watching the game

2)    It means your team is probably losing

3)    You look like an idiot when singled out

4)    It’s distracting to the players

5)    It’s annoying to people trying to watch the game

6)    There’s a good chance you’ll spill your beer if you’re still holding on it

7)    You look like an idiot

Which Gate is your favorite to enter the park from?

My favorite gate is gate 4. My family has a brick in that 05 shrine area. I like to go look at it.

How Early Do You Get To Games?

Depends on when the tailgate starts

What Do You Bring To Games? 

My bag, usually some candy, a coozie and my Aaron Rowand jersey

Section 108 Questions

What is your favorite baseball word?

STRETCH

What is your least favorite baseball word?

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What gets you excited about the White Sox?

-The [near]future of the team.

-Michael Kopech’s tweets.

-Hot stove rumors—no really, it’s been a while since the White Sox were in headlines for the right reasons in consecutive offseasons.

-Deadspin articles hating on the sox. No really, it’s cool to know you’re doing something worth hating on.

-Listening to Section 108.

-The marketing department and how focused they are on the fan experience.

What sound or noise at the ballpark do you love?

I have several favorite sounds at the ballpark and they include: the Pirates of the Caribbean song, the song “Thunderstruck”, a solid crack of a white sox bat, fireworks, the cha cha slide beat.

What is your favorite Hawkism?

I don’t know if I can call it my favorite, but I have incorporated the phrase “what are you doing, Wegner?!” into my everyday vocabulary and I don’t think anyone really picks up on it which doesn’t make it funny, but I’ll never not say it when questioning why someone did something dumb.

You work for the PGA TOUR, correct?  What professional golfer do you think you could most likely get to wear a #108ing shirt?

Yes, I work for the PGA TOUR as a tv producer on the long form team. Our most recent project was for ESPN-and called Tiger Woods: The Return of the Roar, a 90-min doc on Tiger’s comeback in 2018. Sorry for the shameless plug but the team crushed it on that one.

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I don’t want to speak for one of our players because I’m sure they’d all love a free #108ing shirt, but I can say I’m sure every single person at the Waste Management Phoenix Open would wear one.

Do you have any favorite parts of your job working in sports?

My favorite part of the job is that I get to watch and live sports and get paid for it. It’s a dream come true. I’ve had the opportunities to work for the Chicago Bears, NBC Sports Chicago, Big Ten Network, Fox 32 and now the PGA TOUR. It’s been awesome to take my passion for sports and combine it with my love for storytelling and now able to share so many cool stories throughout the years with fans.

The 108ers have daughters ranging in age from 8 mos to 9 years old, what advice would you give them about advancement in a male dominated profession?

Honored you’d ask this! The advice I give other ladies looking to get into a male dominated field is this- I’d say study, know your stuff and stay confident. Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed. You might have to work a little harder to prove yourself because you are a female, I’m not saying it’s right- it’s just my experience. There are always going to be assholes, don’t let them get under your skin- they’re just insecure. If someone is creepy- tell HR. Don’t date people you work with.

The 108ers don’t golf, if you had to coach one of us up on golfing to win a bet of some sort, who would it be (Chorizy, MySoxSummer or BeefLoaf)?

First of all you would not want me to coach you in golf. But I’d take MySoxSummer in a driving contest.

Best Golf film?

Tiger Woods: Return of the Roar (HAHA SORRY HAD TO)

You recently had a serious illness, how are you?

I did have a freak illness recently. I’m doing better tysm for asking. I only have 60% of my lung on my right side but it’s cool. They found a benign tumor in one of my airways and ended up having to take a chunk of my lung out- five total incisions BUT they saved my tattoo (Chicago flag/skyline) AND I should be back to normal in 6mon-1year. Could’ve been a lot worse.

What was more inspirational in your recovery, the love and compassion of your family and close friends or Eddie Barstool getting himself hospitalized out of pure empathy?

Eddie is my guy. Such a gentleman. Really knows how to take one for the team to boost moral. No really I’m glad he’s doing ok.

Honestly thought my friends and family were so supportive and helpful during what was a really physically painful and mentally taxing process and I couldn’t have done it without them. Also Eddie O. gave me a get well shoutout the night of my operation and when I heard it, I cried I was so touched the NBC Sports team would go out of their way for me like that. I have great friends.

You took a gorgeous pic of some of the 108ers at a tailgate this past summer, any tricks you can share with people about taking bomb ass fucking pictures with a phone?

So many compliments! Some tips for good photo taking would be to follow the rule of thirds, lighting is what really matters and if you’re the subject of the photo- be mindful of your posture.

Do you have any favorite #108ing stories you’d like to share, ballpark or otherwise?

There was a guy at that tailgate you mentioned who chugged a beer out of his prosthetic leg TWICE.

What’s your greatest fear about the “rebuild”? 

That somewhere down the road we hire another manager who was a former player.

That Moncada could strikeout 215+ times again in a season in the years to come.

What is there about this team that excites you the most?

That Moncada might not strikeout 215+ times in a season in the years to come.

Possibly signing Machado.

Eloy’s going to be mashing in the majors soon.

Favorite White Sox Twitter Account (Besides @fromthe108) and why?

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White Sox Dave (@WSDBarstool) is my guy. He has been a great friend over the years and we’ve always supported each other for the same reasons I support you guys!

What do you like best about @fromthe108 ?

The best part about @fromthe108 would be your voices and how fan driven you are without it feeling forced or lame. Also- how you’re all pretty normal and nice dudes in real life and how easily that translates through your social media/blog.

Favorite White Sox related blog or podcast and why?

Section 108, because duh.

What is your favorite alcoholic drink for #108ing?  Be specific and feel free to go with more than one if you need to.  What about your favorite beer style?

My favorite alcoholic beverage for #108ing is beer and what kind depends on where I am and what time of the year it is.

In the summer, I generally go for something a little lighter or a saison or nice unfiltered farmhouse ale.

In the fall and winter I like anything from Revolution and you can never go wrong with a Lagunitas IPA. I’ll often get a Guiness draft if it’s snowing. Idk why.

I’m currently #108ing with a Fat Tire that my dad left here for me to drink when I started to feel better after surgery.

Where would you take @GasMoneyBob out on a date?

Hey dere, Bob. Portillos?

Favorite performance enhancing drug?

HAha wut. Does caffeine count?

Who do you hate more Jim Belushi or John Cusack?

I don’t hate neither Jim nor John since neither have ever done me wrong, but I won’t watch anything with either of the Cusacks. Sorry.

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What Other Chicago Teams Do You Enjoy 

da Bears and Blackhawks

Favorite Chicago Sports History Moment 

Ones I’ve been alive for?

2005 Chicago White Sox World Series

The parade that followed.. fun story. I was a sophomore in high school (Argo) in 05 and my parents called me out of school sick and took me to the parade downtown. I still have some confetti 🙂

2010, 2013 & 2015 Stanley Cup runs

Corey Crawford’s speech at the rally

Favorite All-Time Sox Broadcaster 

Obv. Hawk

Any Stories About Running Into or Meeting White Sox Players? Other Chicago Athletes?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with several guys over the years and seeing that it’s my job I don’t typically act or behave any differently than I would talk to my friends or coworkers. BUT there was one exception where I fan girled pretty hard.

I was working part time during my freelancing days at CSN (now NBC Sports Chicago) and was using someone’s desk in the newsroom since I didn’t have my own. The desk was right near the back entrance door- the door itself was one of those heavy metal doors with the small wired window near the top. Anyways- one day I’m sitting at the borrowed desk and hear a pounding on that door. I look up and see Frank Thomas’ face in that tiny window and just stared at him until I realized who it was. He looked at me like “Um, hello??” and I was like “Oh shit. I gotta go open the door for Frank Thomas.”

I walk over there, open the door and he says hello and introduces himself. His hand was 3x the size of mine and I thought he was going to break it when we shook. I hopped out of his way as he walked through the door into the newsroom and went right toward the desk I was sitting in. He hung up his suit jacket that honestly was as big as a picnic blanket on the cubicle wall and asked if it was ok if he kept it there. I might’ve nodded? Idk I didn’t say anything the entire time. I just met my childhood hero and was working on the same show together. It was one of those oh shit I have a cool job moments. I eventually came back to earth but I’ll never get over how much of a loser I was.

Drinking margs and eating pizza with Bill Melton. That guy has got some awesome stories.

Favorite TV Show (or Netflix or HBO or whatever the fuck)?

Big Game of Thrones girl. Also, The Office.

Do you remember your first Sox game?

Yeah. I couldn’t tell you how old I was but I was really little. I remember a drunk guy demanding my sister and I whack him in the head with a glow stick and my dad was cool with it so we did.

What Player had the greatest impact on you?

Paul Konerko. I cried when he retired. He’s probably the biggest single representation of my childhood.

What was the happiest day watching the Sox?

Game 4 of the 2005 World Series

What was the saddest day watching the Sox? 

Too many to count lately

What do you do for work? If you could be or do anything else – what?

I produce really cool content and shows for the PGA TOUR that get aired on ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC and Golf Channel. I basically come up with a story and do all the things in-between having the idea to when you see it on TV. My job involves a lot of travel, interviews, working with an awesome team of producers, photographers and editors.

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I don’t think there’s anything else I’d rather do, except I know what I want to do when I retire. I really, really want to be a soundboard operator at a minor league ballpark. Can you imagine being the reason why thousands of people are clapping along with the cha cha slide beat? I can, and I will have that job one day.

What do you like doing in your spare time? 

Lately I’ve been all about resting- but I like watching golf, baseball, hockey and nfl football. I also like traveling, working out, eating and drinking beer.

What would be your one super power? 

Teleportation for sureeeee

What’s your one biggest pet peeve?

Northsiders that think they’re better than White Sox fans.

Wrigley Field & its construction

When people take things too seriously—like Twitter and any other social media. Also people that have bad hygiene. Dudes that try to slide in my DMs in the weirdest ways.

What’s your one annoying habit?

I have more than one but I’m that person that always asks to take one more picture and then one more and then another- I know it’s annoying and I don’t care 🙂

What ballpark would you like to visit?

AT&T Park- I’ve driven past it half a dozen times and have never been to a game. It looks awesome and the area that surrounds it looks awesome.

$300,000,000 ain’t nuthin’ but a number

Good day friends, it’s your old pal BeefLoaf and I’m ingesting just enough caffeine to keep my lids open and type this here “entry” into the old wordpress machine.  Just like all of yous (this is Bridgeport) I go through fits and starts of being enthused, amused, excited and thrilled, as well as frustrated, annoyed, scared and bored, with the whole MacHarper twitter rumor mill.  As fun as it is to see fake accounts or even real accounts make grand proclamations and then get dunked on until they have to deleted their accounts, it is even more fun for me to see grand proclamations by folks who TELL YOU that Player X won’t sign for X amount of years or less than X amount of money.  OR that the White Sox are idiots if they don’t just immediately write a check for $300M and “GET THIS OVER WITH!”

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I see people with lots of followers writing shit like this, not the average fan that is #108ing by cutting loose eating some Punky’s Pizza and downing some Miller High Life bombers.  I get it, us 108ers have opinions about stuff as well, but you don’t really see us espousing an opinion on this thing at all.  Why?………

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The 108ers have avant garde or even crazy opinions about lots of stuff.  Some of what we spout is just tongue-in-cheek and fun stuff we think will make you laugh (possibly), but other stuff we just tend to think differently than just about everyone else who likes to have opinions on stuff.  That’s where we are at with this negotiation.

Player X (meaning MacHarper) won’t sign for less than X amount of years!!

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This claim is total bullshit and you can safely ignore anyone who says otherwise.  You have no idea what these negotiations look like because not only does the media only have a vague sense of what is being discussed, but we don’t have a good sense of what the limited amount of teams and players actually want.  As much as you don’t like it, the teams have as much control as the players do.  MacHarper aren’t going to sit out the 2019 season waiting for what they want, or will they?  MacHarper may want to play in a certain subset of cities or have a certain long-term plan in mind.  They might want an early escape hatch and the only team willing to provide that only wants to give them a certain amount of years or money.  They just might want the most money possible per season or possibly a wickedly front loaded contract that allows them to get in on the early ownership of an XFL II team.  Nobody really knows and anything we get in the media is hearsay.

Player X won’t take less than X amount of money!!!

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Again, who the fuck knows.  If you only have a limited amount of teams / companies bidding on your services, you only have so much leverage, even if you have a very special set of skills (like MacHarper).  Maybe the 3 teams in the marketplace really do only want to spend X amount on your services.  You can stomp and kick and yell for your $300,000,000 (again, speculation) and never ever get it.  Maybe nobody values your services THAT MUCH.  Are you going to sit out?  Are you going to go on personal strike?  Or are you going to take (some made up estimate below $300,000,000) because it’s the best offer and you’d prefer to use your talents and skills instead of “making a point”.  I think you get the idea.

The White Sox should just write a check for $300,000,000 regardless of what the other teams are offering to get this over with.

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I’ve seen more variants of this than any other thing and it is the most ludicrous thing I have seen.  I know, I know, it’s not my money and I am never trying to save billionaires a couple $20-$30 Mill…..BUT, the White Sox should be trying to hook one of these big fish for the LOWEST amount that they possibly can.  This way, they can allocate the remaining shekels that they didn’t spend on other players that make this franchise into a winner.  I know that’s sort of theory, but it is also practice.  It is okay for the White Sox to “wait it out” and use the resource of “time” to keep the final price of netting a big fish lower, even if it causes you to refresh twitter a couple thousand extra times in the interim.

Hang tight White Sox fans, keep your head on a swivel and always be #108ing, but be aware of folks who’s emotions are getting the best of them (and not in a fun, totally losing their mind way).

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Lastly, if you want to hear more bullshit than you can possibly handle, subscribe to our YouTube channel.  We do post game shows of our podcast that don’t get published anywhere else, and we think you’ll enjoy them.

-BeefLoaf

The 5 – Reasons why you should LOVE Jon Jay

Good day friends, it’s your old pal BeefLoaf and this is the 5, so let’s fucking get to it.  5 Reasons why you should LOOOOOOOOVE the free agent signing of Jon Jay.

5 – He gets ON BASE!

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You heard it here first!!  Jon Jay gets on base more than the incumbents.  Remember Avi Garcia?  Of course you do, he didn’t get on base much last year, only .281 OBP.  How about Adam Engel, everyone’s favorite Gold Glove runner up, what do you think his on base % was in 2018?  .279 OBP.  Jon Jay had a down year and got on base at a .330 clip.  Back in 2017 with the North side Chicago baseball club, Jon Jay got on base at a .374 clip.  Hrmmm, I’m not a mathematician…nor do I play one of those sexy bitches on TV, but I think getting on base more as opposed to less is a positive.

4 – Sara Jay MIGHT be his Stepmom

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Look, I’ll be honest with you, I am never too confident in picking out people’s age.  I know that Jon Jay is 33, and I know that Sara Jay is a stepmom (occasionally), so it would seem reasonable that there is a connection there.  I’m not 100%, but if this ends up checking out, I can predict MySoxSummer will be happy af.

3 – Former Cardinals player

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I don’t know for sure, but I have heard of something called the Cardinals way, and it is supposed to show that you know how to play baseball well and do things the right way.  I suppose Tony LaRussa falling asleep drunk driving at a stop light has been excluded from that, as well as Mark McGwire’s backnee and probably a few others exploits (Oscar Taveras and Josh Hancock).  But mostly, the Cardinals are supposed to be a good basebally organization, so that means we should feel lucky to have him.

2 – He allows YUGE nerds to make Founding Father’s jokes

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You can’t discount any advantage of a free agent signing, even if you personally won’t partake in it.  I’ll admit, I saw some jokes on twitter, unfortunately, I didn’t realize they were jokes, because, I had no clue who John Jay is (blame my Catholic School education K-12 on that shit).  Regardless, those that enjoy that sort of thing, it’s right there for you.  You’d been saving that very pertinent knowledge up all your life, just waiting for a chance to launch that joke and your fucking time has come.  Congrats!

1 – He’s Manny Machado’s bestie

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Look if you are going to sign a top notch free agent, you need his best fucking buddy in the fold to host sleepovers and to play pranks and shit.  He’s the White Sox Jack Haley (the kids younger than 30 are googling “Jack Haley” rn).  If you can’t bring in a guys drinking / going to Chipotle / playing Fortnite buddy, then what fucking good are you?  Rick Hahn is definitely checking boxes here, so to speak.

-BeefLoaf 

The One Hitter – Yoan Moncada is a Free Agent in November 2023

This is the One Hitter, don’t forget to exhale.

Good day friends, it’s your pal BeefLoaf and after a good #108ing sesh last night and some sushi, I wake up this morning brimming with enthusiasm….ENTHUSIASM!?!?!  That’s right, our fucking Bears play tomorrow and they are going to skull fuck the Eagles, but that’s not why you called.  You come here to talk about Baseball and Bullshit, so I’ll, as they say “move it along”.

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In between all of the crazy ass rumors about MacHarper and their expected contract offers and such, we have a budding divide growing amongst large pools of WhiteSox fans, with the 108ers sort of sitting right in the middle.  Group 1 continually points out that the White Sox are behind in their rebuilding efforts based on a myriad of factors, some they can control and some they undoubtedly can’t.  This group believes that because some of the top talent acquired in the Sale and Eaton trades were major league ready that the timeline for the rebuild should be truncated when compared to other “tear it down to the studs rebuilds” like the Cubs and Astros.  Group 2 are the “be patient with the rebuild” folks.  They think that because the majority of the minor league talent that has been accumulated (in numbers) is still floating around in affiliated ball that everyone should hold their fucking horses on when the White Sox should actually be good.

I must admit, I see both group’s points and I sympathize with both.  However, I’m a full season ticket holder and I plan to be in 5 years regardless of which of these groups is correct or not.  I’m a bad example.  Regardless, something is obviously true.

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Yoan Moncada will be a free agent in November 2023 (so will Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito).  Assuming nothing changes between now and then, the first big GET of the rebuild will be taking offers from other teams after the 2023 season.  Now, one player does not a team make, but if you’ve been going goo-goo and gah-gah about MacHarper rumors then you understand what a big difference superstars make.  Just something for you to keep in mind no matter which group you are in when thinking about “competitive windows” and shit.

-BeefLoaf

The Last Great Trade Chip of the #WhiteSox Rebuild

Good day friends, it’s your old pal BeefLoaf coming at you with my first offering of 2019.  I hope you and yours had a fun / safe NYE and now are ready to tackle 2019 like it’s some prick at a midnight Toys’R’Us sale with the last “Tickle Me Elmo”….that’s right, fuck that guy!

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Anywho, enough of that shit, I want to talk some White Sox and who I consider the last great trade chip of the rebuild.  Before we get there though, what brought this about was a little excel file I was making just tracking team control for some of our young and talented (hopefully) players that are both in Chicago right now and ones who aren’t quite here yet.  I tried to outline who the core of the next great future White Sox team is.  If you are with the “be patient with the Rebuild” folks, than this is probably an exercise you know well.  Or not.  Regardless, the exercise is harder than you might think, the guys who are in Chicago don’t exactly look like a strong core yet, in fact I don’t know if any of them would qualify, as lots of additional improvement is needed.  The one thing that did stick out to me was that in 2022, a couple guys you know and love will become free agents.  AND SO IT STARTS…..

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Yolmer Sanchez reaches Free Agency in 2022, so that leaves him 2019, 2020 and 2021 in Chicago, should the White Sox continue to retain him through arbitration raises and avoiding the urge to trade him.  Truth be told, when I saw the A’s trade for Jurickson Profar to play 2b for them this off-season, I immediately thought the White Sox probably could’ve turned Yolmer into the package that Profar was able to return.  Profar is clearly the better offensive player, but Yolmer is more durable and is a good defender.  To this point, Yolmer is still here and he’ll probably play okay, but other than this comparable situation, I haven’t really been thinking about Yolmer Sanchez nor am I really thinking about him here.  NO!  My focus is another young player that we’ve been waiting on to reach his massive upside, another player that becomes a free agent before the 2022 season.

Carlos Rodon

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It’s no secret that Rodon is the 900 lb Gorilla in the room when it comes to this rebuild.

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He hasn’t been good enough to really trade for something substantial and with the rebuild taking a step or half step back, it’s going to be very difficult for his team control to line up well with the rest of the core.  In theory you could TRY and extend him, but there is someone out there that probably won’t allow this to occur.

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You see, Carlos was a top 3 pick and has a great pedigree, but every time he gets a little momentum going, he either has an injury, control problems or suspect help behind the plate that causes inconsistency.  With a career ERA of 4.01, and an ERA+ of 102, he’s smack dab right there as a league average pitcher (his FIP trails slightly at 4.29, but it’s within shouting distance of his ERA to lead you to believe that his performance today is pretty much on par with the underlying peripherals).  There is nothing wrong with league average pitchers, its just that they don’t generate that much in trade value, especially when you have to pay closer and closer to fair value for them.  Carlos’ first arbitration season is 2019, so he’ll finally earn more than the league minimum by a fair amount (per MLB Trade Rumors he’s expected to net approximately $3.7M).

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Chorizy and I talked about his potential trade value right now.  I believe the White Sox and the larger trade market would like to see a full, healthy, above-average season out of the southpaw before they are willing to provide adequate value for him.  Chorizy on the other hand doesn’t think the White Sox would have to take that much of a discount on the deal that the Seattle Mariners received for James Paxton.  In my mind, that is too substantial a haul for Rodon right now, as I sit here sipping some Turley wine at my island in the kitchen.  However, I believe a 3.5 fWAR (in laymen’s terms basically a #2 starter or the White Sox defacto ace) or above season by Rodon would land him right smack dab in the middle of the sweet spot for maximizing his trade value.  He’d have 2 years of control heading into the 2020 season (just like Paxton did heading into this season), but he’d be 3 years younger (27, instead of Paxton’s 30).  Rodon also has a couple of other things going for him, errr, going for the White Sox that will allow them to trade him more easily.  This is not a pretty list.

  1. The White Sox have previously painted him as “lazy”, often blaming his injuries on conditioning or just an utter lack of exercising at all.  Leaving it easily interpreted by the common fan that he needs to “get more serious about taking care of his body”.  We here at the 108 resemble that remark.

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  1. The White Sox gave him Omar Narvaez as a battery mate last year and will likely give him one of their two current “bad framing, poor mostly everything to do with catching”, catchers, so as not to do him any favors at all when he is battling out there.  In other words, they’ve gone out of their way to make his job harder and to help along these inconsistencies that we are pointing out in the text above.

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  1. The construction of the White Sox team means that they’ll likely press him to pitch as many innings as possible, he won’t get the cush treatment that some starters get today, shortening up their outings to be more effective.  That’s tough to do when your bullpen is highly unproven and the rest of your starting staff is meh at best.  There will be a lot of stretched innings for ole Carlos.  No preferential treatment like other squads are doing to tighten up their top starters’ stat lines…no, no, he’ll be forced to stick it out like Clark Griswold’s family on Christmas Eve.

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If he somehow overcomes all of this shit to be the blue chip starter we have all dreamed of, maybe, just maybe the White Sox will turn him into the last great trade chip of the rebuild.  The last influx of young talent via trade that will create the future core.  And because of these obstacles, we won’t have the chubby we had for Chris Sale or Jose Quintana before they left.  We won’t have that sad feeling when he’s traded, we’ll have the feeling of a closer, and closers get coffee.

-BeefLoaf

#WhiteSox Poll Thoughts!?!

Good evening frenz, it’s your pal BeefLoaf.  I was just laying on the couch crushing Rolo’s when I figured I would hoist my ever bulging physique and knock out a little quickie for you.  I run > 90% of the 108 polls that you see obnoxiously retweeted into your feed, so I figured it might be worth getting into what I actually think when coming up with a poll for 108.

Before we get to the poll in question, a couple of general thoughts…when I’m putting together a poll I am usually trying to answer a question that either I have, or that I see bubbling up in the White Sox Twitterverse.  Sometimes, I am looking for what the group opinion is on something to determine how that syncs up with my own opinion or Chorizy’s or MSS’s.  Occasionally I just see an opportunity for lunacy and figure “Why Not??”  Let’s see what the fine folks of White Sox twitter come up with.  You rarely disappoint.  Now, on to this morning’s poll.

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In the most recent FromThe108 Podcast, we had segments on two guys who we believe the fan base tends to overvalue, Adam Engel (my belief) and Carson Fulmer (the subject of a Facebook argument involving MySoxSummer), so I wanted to see if what we were experiencing was really happening out there and if it was, then we could direct those folks to the new podcast and possibly find out why they be thinking things that is so far off what we believe.  I tossed in Gio because, for fucks sake he was horrible last year and desperately needs to improve.  He really has a lot of runway to get better.  As with all twitter polls, if you are asking a question with a wide band like this, you need to add an “Other” selection because Twitter only lets you get down with 4….thems the grits.

Let’s dig in on what I learned from the results.

Adam Engel 8%

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Well it was my segment in the podcast that brought up #EngelTruthers either all them mufuckaz were on vacation from twitter today, or they don’t believe old Adam needs to improve that much…..OR, I’m fucking delusional and there aren’t that many people that love Adam Engel.  I’d say it is probably the latter, sorry for that segment, I’m sure if you already have watched Adam Engel suck for the last 2 years you didn’t need to hear me read off how he is in the bottom 10% of centerfielders in basically all offensive categories.

Lucas Giolito 70%

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My guy Jordan Lazowski has been the most bullish motherfucker I know of about Gio.  I thought he was nuts and truth be told, I was pretty sure it was a gigantic troll job.  I mean, the kid sounds like he has a real major and he at least pretends to attend Notre Dame, so he can’t be that much of a dumbass.  Low and behold, if it was a bit, he’s going to have to search for a new one.  I didn’t realize this many folks were banking on Gio taking a big step.  I didn’t realize those 7 starts back in 2017 would create such an indelible bond.  Just like that summer fling you once had that still gives you tight pants all these years later, Gio is burned into White Sox twitters consciousness.

Carson Fulmer 9%

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Again, our segments are fucked.  Chorizy even did like 10 minutes on pitch selection that I sort of zoned out on as I watched “highlight films” of Jmac performing with future type 2 diabetics.  Anywho, even though it is bad for his health, I think Chorizy and I still want MySoxSummer hanging out at Facebook to bring these gems along because even if the twitter folks aren’t into it, it still entertains us.

 

Other 13% 

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A huge chunk of this 13% was voting for Yoan Moncada, even some folks who are very bright and who’s opinion I respect on baseball and other stuff, but if I am being honest with myself, picking Moncada for this spot is a Basic Bitch pick.  I hope all of you enjoyed your fucking Pumpkin Spice Latte’s while you punched this one in.

So there you have it a little inside look into what these polls are for and how we view them.  Now Imma go back and eat the rest of these Rolo.

-BeefLoaf

Why the WhiteSox Should buy the Free Agents you HATE!

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Good day #WhiteSox fans it’s you old pal BeefLoaf, it feels good to get through the Holidays with only minimal additional plaque build up on my coronary arteries and with some excellent interactions with both family and friends, especially those friends that joined us at the Section 108 / SoxMachine joint holiday party.  #108ing and all that shit……but at some point in every vacation, mostly every week, I wake up during the night unable to sleep because some idea that I have in my head needs to get out into our little eco-system.  An idea that I can’t express in 280 characters.  An idea that may not penetrate many of you at all, but if it calms my anxiety and let’s me sleep a few more nights, then it’s worth the inevitable backlash or blank stares of confusion I receive.

A vast majority of the folks in the WhiteSox twitterverse are in on this pursuit of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.  I am too, ldo, but even if the White Sox don’t ink one of the two best free agents of the decade, they should still spend money in free agency in 2019.  Better yet, they should still spend money in free agency on the free agents that you might not like that much.  The free agents that would make you say, “Another mutherfucking Kenny Williams signing, goddamnit, I thought we were over those!!”.  Look, I am doing this for your own good, but yes, they should even spend money on THOSE kind of signings.

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The truth of the matter is, even your friendly neighborhood baseball analyst and sabrmetricians aren’t telling you the entire truth.  This isn’t shade, they mean well, and they think they are explaining things right, but they are missing some details….IMPORTANT ONES.

WAIT!  Before we get going, let me just say that I LOVE PROJECTIONS!  They are great tools for prediction / explanation / analysis.  I use them to hoist a many fantasy championships (along with the greenbacks that comes with the glory), however, the problem is, unless you read the fine print at a Baseball Prospectus or Fangraphs or wherever, you’ll be a little mislead by exactly what they mean.  You prolly at home (if you haven’t stopped reading due to boredom) sayin’ “Beef, wtf are you talking about?”  I heard Ben Lindbergh from the excellent podcast “Effectively Wild” say something like, and I am paraphrasing “I’m not sure why the Reds would add players to become a 75 win team“….again, I am paraphrasing, but this was in regards to their recent trade with the Dodgers (pronounced Doyers).  He continued, again paraphrasing “I guess there is something to say for being watchable“……there is that, but that’s not it either.  I don’t blame Ben for this, he’s great, and I don’t blame other analysts that make giant assumptions as to what the listening / reading audience may or may not understand.  I just work to help the listening audience understand.

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What Ben means, what other baseball analysts and sabr folks mean is the median projection of a teams wins.  What is a median projection?  Re: Baseball Win totals, it means the most likely occurrence of wins for a team of a particular level of talent.  You’ll see some variability based on different projection systems or different allocation of playing time and maybe system A gets 75 wins, system B gets 73 wins and system C gets 77 wins.  Let’s just assume that 75 wins is the best projection.  Now let us zoom in on what the calculated % of the time is that a 75 win team will land on 75 wins….if you will, this is using the binomial distribution (I apologize for such terms, but this is a simple fans best method of illustrating this, also, I linked the Wiki definition, which is basically Greek to a gent like me, so I suggest YouTube for a better understanding of how it works).  A projected 75 win team lands on 75 wins 6.28% of the time.  WHAT!?!?!?!?

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That’s right, where am I going with this?  What a 75 win team looks like is a distribution of different win totals in and around 75, going out quite a bit of wins.  They can expect to win exactly 80 games ~4.59% of the time and exactly 68 wins ~3.44% of the time……..win exactly 87 games ~1.06% of the time….you get the idea…here’s the distribution of the 10 wins directly in and around 75 wins.  Once again, this is using a binomial distribution, which isn’t exactly perfect, but is a decent approximation.

70 4.63%
71 5.17%
72 5.63%
73 5.98%
74 6.20%
75 6.28%
76 6.19%
77 5.96%
78 5.60%
79 5.14%
80 4.59%

Is that clear as mud?  That’s what I thought.

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How does this effect the WhiteSox?  Don’t worry, we are getting there, until then, enjoy this excellent picture, take another sip of your favorite #108ing concoction and read on….

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The median wild card win total in the two wild card era (which started in 2012) in the AL is ~90 wins, BUT, the lowest win total to win a wild card in that time frame is 85 wins.  That’s a valuable number, especially with an 89 win team from 2018 (Mariners) going for a rebuild and the 2nd wild card team from last year, the A’s not looking like the 97 win team they were last year on paper.

85 WINS, let’s just take a look at that

The White Sox were a 62 win team last year (most of you have the battle scars from a 100 loss season, I can tell from your #108ing tweets), let’s see…

How often does a projected 62 win team, win 85 games or more?

~0.02% of the time

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That was last year though, I think everyone (including those down on the rebuild) can see some natural growth in this roster for the 2019 season.  Fuck, even if that growth is just adding Eloy Jimenez (aka Sabado Gigante) and not allowing Trayce Thompson or Bruce Rondon to play and be terrible, I think the natural growth has to be like a 70 win team.

Let’s just say the White Sox don’t make any additional moves that aren’t 100% warranted (like say possibly adding a dumpster dive at Starting Pitcher) and are a projected 70 win team….

How many times does a team projected for 70 wins, actually win 85 or more games?

~1.10% of the time

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Well, that doesn’t seem too goot either.  But guess what??  Now is where we get to adding some free agents, hopefully ones that turn your fucking stomach, just so that we drive the point home.  It is easy to add the guy that you LOVE in free agency, but it’s not as easy to add the guy who you fucking hate and see how they improve the teams chances at something more than “watchability”.  Just to show you that I have skin in this game too, I’ll add a couple of free agents that I don’t think are the Cat’s Meow.  Let’s try Dallas Keuchel and Adam Jones.  Adding those two dudes to the White Sox should add about 5 projected wins.

Let’s NOW say that the White Sox are a projected 75 win team with these two sort of smelly, less than perfect additions.

How many times does a team projected to win 75 games, actually win 85 or more games?

~6.74% of the time

This is slightly more frequently than the Cleveland Browns won in the 2016 season (sorry Sleepy Harold)

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Now we are getting somewhere…..

Now let’s go ahead and add AJ Pollock’s injured bones.  I know, you won’t like all of these adds, you won’t like them at all.  This is the exercise though, showing you how some of these things improve the White Sox probability of binking 85 wins.  That addition probably gets the 2019 White Sox to about 78 projected wins.

How often do the White Sox, projected for 78 wins, go ahead and win 85 games or more?

~15.34% of the time 

This is roughly 1 in 6, or how often you have to buy a round on a busy night in Section 108.

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That’s not bad at all, and truth be told, the mix of the players could, COULD actually be a mix of players you like.  Let’s add one more.  Yasmani Grandal.  That probably gets the 2019 White Sox to 81 projected wins.

How often do the White Sox, projected for 81 wins, go ahead and win 85 or more games?

~29.12% of the time or about as often as Jose Abreu gets a hit in his career.  That’s pretty often.

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Now we are cooking, as you start getting into the projected high 70’s low 80’s win totals, you have a punter’s chance at some real success.  This is what you don’t hear from analysts regarding probability.  They focus all their energy on how teams should be building a “projected” 90 win team, and that’s great and definitely still the path we hope our White Sox are on, but there’s nothing wrong with supplementing the roster with available cash that isn’t likely to find itself back into future payrolls.  Teams generally don’t take savings from one year and push them to a future year.  That cash is considered PROFITS and the next year is generally separate (not always).  I’d like the White Sox to utilize this years cash and sign, even the ugliest muthafuckin’ free agents that I hate and you love, that fill the appropriate spots on the roster, that don’t materially block anyone, to make IMMEDIATE. MEASURABLE. IMPROVEMENTS.

I know what you are saying……”Beef, is that all?”

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FUCK NO!!!!

A couple more TINGS….

The binomial distribution I provided as fodder for this discussion doesn’t consider the inherent variance of the roster in question.  It just considers normal luck.  What is Variance?  It’s the likelihood that the actual result varies from the predicted result. Think about “variance” from the perspective of going out #108ing.  A good chunk of the time, you’ll get your median projection, which is you go out, get a good buzz, have some fun and go home, but sometimes “variance” shows itself and you get other results.

Positive variance – You have a GREAT conversation with someone or you meet someone that helps your career from your interaction or you possibly even harness a romantic relationship (no matter how brief) from your #108ing evening.

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Negative variance – You go out, mouth off to a friend and tell her that her sister is (insert disparaging remark or lewd comment) or possibly you go all Kobayashi and have a “reversal of fortune”.  Those are bad #108ing evenings.

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Guess what, the White Sox roster is likely to have a larger amount of variance than that of an average roster.  Why?  They have a lot more young talent currently here and more to come that projection systems as a whole have a hard goddamn time predicting.  Now, the naysayer will note, that includes negative variance (which I detail above).

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We get to cash checks, pop champagne, do the hustle or whatever the fuck positive shit you do to celebrate when they win and that Positive variance comes a knockin’.  Meaning, we take the Positive variance only….if they are worse, so what, it’s what we have watched for years, but if they happen to get it right……If Carlos Rodon becomes the 6 bWAR ace we expect and Yoan Moncada becomes that monster up the middle player, we’ll have adequate role players, character actors if you will to make this thing a goddamn cult classic.  A WINNER!!!  We should gamble because it’s good for us.  We just don’t know when this young bullpen lead by Jace Fry will stop giving up runs and become one of the best in baseball, let’s be prepared in case it happens before we expect it.

I know what you are saying……”Okay, Beef, you are done now, right!?!?!”

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NOPE!!!

Last things, first…..I want our fearless leader Rick Hahn to get some…..practice or something like that.

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Remember the first time you ___________ ??

Yea, you weren’t good, nobody is, you need reps.  Same with Hahn, his free agent grabs in his young GM career have been materially ghastly.  A bad 80’s hip hop video collage.  It’s been ugly friends.  Guess what, if we know the White Sox, we are stuck with him for better or worse for awhile, so why not let him….FORCE HIM to do this work before it REALLY COUNTS, but when it could sneakily count.  I want Hahn to succeed, you want Hahn to succeed, right?

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He needs to learn how to do this, the baseball world is becoming infinitely more transactional, especially for middle market teams.  If you can’t find 2 WAR players outta nowhere like the Brewers, A’s and Rays, you gonna be in trouble.  We need to give Hahn more attempts.  He found us Palka, for which we are infinitely grateful, but we need to give him more shots, more attempts, in a semi-competitive environment, before the prospect machine is all revved up and spitting out all the remaining quality players and there is nowhere to hide.

I don’t want to be writing the post mortem on the 2019 White Sox and be writing about a team where Yoan Moncada had his career year and Carlos Rodon became an ace and the White Sox won 73 games.  Starting now, being ready to compete, if we run good should be on the table.

-BeefLoaf 

The 108 Interview Series – Chris Marysz

Here at the 108, it is our job….our duty to bring to you the great personalities of White Sox twitter, either via tweet / photo / video or blog post.  In continuing with the tradition of bringing you “the goods” from White Sox twitter we have our interview with the man who has the biggest mufuckin’ White Sox hat collection on the planet, Chris Marysz (@cmmarysz ),  ENJOY!!!

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Favorite Game That You Were At

  • July 17th, 2005. Game 4 of a 4 game series between the White Sox and the Indians in Cleveland. Me and a buddy of mine drove to Cleveland to that game. We swept the Indians and took a commanding lead in the division that season.
  • June 30th, 2005. White Sox at Detroit is up there too. Freddy Garcia pitched a complete game in Detroit. Another great game to attend.
  • September 21st, 2015. Jeff Samardzija shoulda have a perfect game that day if it wasn’t for a fucking single by Victor Martinez in the 5th I was so mad when that happened. But that pitching performance by Samardzija was awesome!! Another great game I attended.

Favorite All Time Player That Doesn’t Have a Statue On the Concourse

  • Mark Buehrle needs a statue on the concourse for his pitching and fielding contributions.

Favorite Drink and Dinner at the Park

  • I try not to buy food or beer inside the ballpark. Prices are too high. On Sunday games, me and Michelle C. will go out to dinner after the game. Get a good meal. I love going to get gyros after the games.

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Favorite Place to Sit

  • Anywhere in the lower bowl or Club section at Guaranteed Rate Fied. I do not like the upper deck at GRF. At road games, I’ve sat in the upper deck.

Favorite Uniform

  • It’s a tie between the 1983 home jerseys and the gray road pants with the alternate black jersey.

Favorite Giveaway

  • I don’t have a favorite giveaway per se. I like all bobblehead, hat, and t-shirt giveaways.

Favorite Theme Night

  • Beatles Night in 2017. That game was part of a doubleheader. Lots of alcohol consumed. In the 2nd game, we made our way to the 108, but no one was there. I was shirtless, don’t be shocked, and I was on the jumbotron. People saw it and said shit to me about it, lmfao!!!!

Dislikes

What irks you the most about White Sox fans?

  • The fans that don’t understand the rebuild process irk me the most. Yes, we’re gonna suck during these years when the farm system is being developed. Deal with it. Good things are coming our way soon!!!

What is the worst part of being a Sox fan?

  • Not making the playoffs in the last 10 seasons. I want a playoff appearance damnit!!!!!

Worst part of the game day experience?

  • Waiting in line to enter the ballpark.

What really grinds your gears?

  • Don’t lie to me. And people that piss me off. Don’t piss me off either.

Least Favorite White Sox player of all time

  • Adam LaRoche by far. Didn’t like having him on the team. Having his son constantly in the clubhouse was a distraction to the team IMO. A kid his age needs to be in school, not at the ballpark.

Game Day

Most memorable experience as a White Sox fan 

  • Being at White Sox games with my friends. During these lean years the White Sox have experienced, enjoying the game with your friends makes the game worthwile.

Ballpark experience, how could it be better?

  • I wish the White Sox would make their giveaways all fan giveaways like they do for most giveaways at Miller Park. It wouldn’t force me, or fans alike, to wait in line forever to get the item. Then get in the park early and be forced to buy concessions if you’re thirsty or hungry. I’d rather tailgate and eat and drink in my car where it’s cheaper.

Best Sox Park hack?

  • In and out privileges at Gate 5 to go ‘smoke.’ Just go out to the car and have another drink. It’s cheaper from the car versus the ballpark.

What brings you back for every game?

  • I love going to White Sox games. Being with and seeing the friends I’ve made at the ballpark over the past 4 seasons makes going to games worth it win or lose.

Feelings on the wave?

  • FUCK THE WAVE. When the wave happens at the ballpark and it gets to me, I put my right arm up with the middle finger flying high!!!!

Which Gate is your favorite to enter the park from?

  • Either Gate 2 or Gate 5.

How Early Do You Get To Games?

  • Usually I arrive 90-120 minutes prior to games to get a good parking spot and do some tailgaiting. When I go to Saturday games, I’ll park in Lot B. For Sunday games, it’s mostly Lot E due to arriving later than I plan.

What Do You Bring To Games? 

  • I bring a carry-in bag with me to games that has a bottle of water, snacks, phone charger, and eyeglass wipes. I bring a cooler with me to tailgate before games filled with ice, pop, and beer.

How Many Games Do You Go To Each Year?

  • I average 20-25 games a season since I’ve been going back to White Sox games in 2015. 2018 was the best season for me attendance wise. I did 20 White Sox home games, 3 White Sox games in Detroit, 2 White Sox games in Pittsburgh, 2 White Sox games in St. Louis, 1 White Sox game in Cleveland, and 1 White Sox game in Cincinnati. I also make it a point to get to 1 Milwaukee Brewers home game. I love Miller Park!!! I also went to a random Kansas City Royals – Cleveland Indians game in Cleveland just because I love going to baseball games.

 

Section 108 Questions

What is your favorite baseball word?

  • White Sox winner!!!

What is your least favorite baseball word?

  • And this ballgame is ovah.

What get’s you excited about the White Sox?

  • Watching them play, going to games, interacting with my friends and White Sox fans.

What makes you sad about the White Sox?

  • Not making the playoffs in 10 years.

What sound or noise at the ballpark do you love?

  • I love when the fans cheer at the ballpark. Gets the juices flowing. Makes the game day experience better.

What sound or noise at the ballpark do you hate?

  • I don’t have a noise I hate at the ballpark. One thing I do hate is the wave. FUCK THE WAVE!!!

What is your favorite Hawkism?

  • ‘You can put it on the board, YES!!!!!!’

Let’s get on with it, you have this biggest muthafuckin’ White Sox hat collection there is, what number are you at right now?

  • As of this interview, I am at 178 White Sox hats.

How did you get started with collecting White Sox hats?

  • It started when I purchased the 2016 Father’s Day hat. Love that hat. Then 2017 came and started getting more of the themed hats and things went from there.

Which White Sox hat in the collection is your favorite?

  • The 2017 Father’s Day White Sox hat. I love the shade of blue they used on the hat. Plus I took the best buzzed selfie ever wearing that hat at a Speedway in Amherst, OH driving back to my Mom’s after seeing the White Sox play the Indians in Cleveland on June 10, 2017.

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Which White Sox hat in the collection is the rarest?

  • The heathered gray top, dark gray bill with the dark gray White Sox logo. Saw it on clearance at a mall. Had to get it. Had some people ask me where I got it because they wanted it. That hat was a lucky clearance find. It’s one of my top hats to wear.

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What means do you use to acquire all of these awesome hats?

  • I refuse to buy a hat at the ballpark. Prices are too expensive. I’m not paying the ridiculous City of Chicago / State of Illinois taxes, unless the hat is on clearance. I will not pay full price for a hat. The trick I use is paying $5 a year for the Access Pass Premium thru Lids. You get 20% off hats and 10% off other merchandise. I’ve also used Hat Club for hat purchases as well. With the exception of promotional giveaway hats at the ballpark, I only buy New Era hats, size 7-1/4. I will get snap back hats if they look cool. Fitted is the way to go. Never was a fan of the ’47 brand, so I will not get a hat from that company.

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Which of the hats do you wear the most?

  • 2016 and 2017 Father’s Day hats, 1983 Road White Sox hat, the gray on gray heathered hat mentioned above, my newest acquisition, the Sock logo hat, and the White Sox logo meshed into a baseball.

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Are there any White Sox hats out there that you don’t have?

  • Of course there are a bunch of hats that I don’t have. I try to get all the season themed hats when they come out. Other hats I get once they go on clearance.

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If there was a sick hat giveaway that you wanted to add to your collection, and MySoxSummer was ahead of you in line to snag the last one, what would you do?

  • Go on eBay and purchase it. I know how the giveaway sales game works.

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Do you have any favorite #108ing stories you’d like to share, ballpark or otherwise?

  • Before #108ing became a thing, many a New Years Eve, I’d get shitfaced early on in the day and pass out usually around 730p-800p from the amount of liquor I’ve consumed. I would always awake shortly before midnight to see the ball drop and ring in the New Year!!

What’s your greatest fear about the “rebuild”? 

  • My biggest fear about the rebuild is that it could possibly fail and we won’t see postseason play for a long time. This 10 year drought of being in the postseason sucks.

What is there about this team that excites you the most?

  • I cannot wait until Eloy Jimenez makes his White Sox debut!!! I know for a fact a lot of Chicago NL baseball team fans were pissed off when he got traded to the White Sox. He’s gonna be a great baseball player for many years to come. And yes, I will be buying his shirsey and jersey once they go on sale.

Give us a #HotTake about the rebuild.

  • A #HotTake I have about the rebuild is Michael Kopech will come back from Tommy John surgery better than ever. He is going to be the ace of the pitching staff for years to come.

Favorite White Sox Twitter Account (Besides @fromthe108) and why?

  • I don’t have a favorite account per se. Everyone I have met from White Sox Twitter and Facebook all have been awesome and great people. I definitely would like to meet more Twitter and Facebook people in 2019.

Person from White Sox Twitter that you’d most like to meet and why?

  • For a verified Twitter account, it definitely would be Daniel Palka. That dude loves the 108 guys and crew and what they are all about. It is very awesome to have a player like him endorsing the 108. For a non-verified Twitter account, it would have to be anyone from the South Bend, IN area who like the White Sox like me. I know there are plenty of White Sox fans local to me. Please, feel free to hit me up. Let’s go out and have a drink somewhere and talk sports and whatnot.

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Favorite Non-White Sox Twitter Account and why?

  • It would definitely have to be @506sports. During NFL and college football season, the guy that runs this Twitter account tells you which games you will get on local TV and who will be announcing the game. Very useful information in my book.

What do you like best about @fromthe108 ?

  • All you guys are very awesome people. Glad to have met you guys at the ballpark. Always a great time going to say HI at the ballpark and shooting the shit for a bit while seeing our beloved White Sox play.

Favorite White Sox related blog or podcast and why?

  • I don’t listen to podcasts. I hardly read blogs, so I don’t really have a favorite. I get my White Sox news from Twitter followers and Facebook groups.

What is your favorite alcoholic drink for #108ing?  Be specific and feel free to go with more than one if you need to.  What about your favorite beer style?

  • For me, it’s the classic Captain and Coke, made with Coca Cola, not Pepsi. Though Wild Cherry Pepsi is acceptable. I’m a big, big, big fan of Captain Morgan. Beerwise, I like Miller Lite, Yuengling, and Spotted Cow.

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Favorite cut of Steak?  Prepared?

  • I’ll eat any steak that’s cooked rare or medium rare. I will not eat steak cooked well done. I refuse to eat shoe leather.

Gimme an “Uncle Rico” moment from your prior sports playing past.

  • Me play sports??? Hahahahahahahaha, I’m not in fucking shape to play sports. I get winded too easily. I did Science Olympiad in high school. That was my kind of thing.

Where would you take @ChiPartyAunt out on a date?

  • Who the hell is @ChiPartyAunt?? I’ve seen people retweet tweets from her. But I do not follow her.

Favorite performance enhancing drug?

  • I don’t do drugs, so I’ll decline this answer.

Who do you hate more Jim Belushi or John Cusack?

  • I don’t have an answer to this question. I’ll pass, lol!!!

 

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What Other Chicago Teams Do You Enjoy 

  • Have no interest in the NBA. I’m a Packers fan, so I despise Da Bears!!! Big, big Notre Dame fan seeing as I live in South Bend. And Notre Dame is close enough to Chicago to count in my book.

Favorite Chicago Sports History Moment 

  • 7/23/2009. Dewayne Wise making that spectacular catch in left field. He doesn’t make that catch, Mark Buehrle doesn’t get the perfect game. And winning the 2005 World Series was great as well. The entire 2005 postseason was great. We were so dominant that year.

Favorite All-Time Sox Broadcaster 

  • Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson without a doubt. Watching the Sox in the 1990s with him and Tom ‘Wimpy’ Pacoriek was the best. Loved that broadcasting duo.

Any Stories About Running Into or Meeting White Sox Players? Other Chicago Athletes?

  • Went to my 1st and only SoxFest in 2016 and met some players there. Won’t ever do SoxFest again tho. Not for me. Rather attend baseball games at the ballpark. Better experience for me.

Favorite Band?

  • Too many favorite bands, lol. I like Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Who, anything in the classic rock genre and / or is on 97.1 The Drive, which is my go to radio station when I go out to Chicago.

What is your favorite song?

  • Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Favorite TV Show (or Netflix or HBO or whatever the fuck)?

  • Favorite TV show has to be Two and a Half Men (Seasons 1-8). Big, big, big fan of that show when Charlie Sheen was lead actor.

Married or Single? Looking for a GF? 

  • I wouldn’t mind having a girlfriend if anyone is available, lol!!!

Do you remember your first Sox game?

  • My 1st White Sox game was in 1993 vs. the Oakland Athletics. Dad took us there when I was 10. Loved the White Sox ever since.

What Player had the greatest impact on you?

  • Frank Thomas without a doubt. Face of the White Sox in the 1990s. He is the main reason I became a White Sox fan.

What was the happiest day watching the Sox?

  • October 26th, 2005 when we won the World Series for the 1st time in 88 years!!! Best day ever. Also, October 26th is my Mother’s birthday. I called her to wish her happy birthday before the game begin when I was sober. Then I called her again after we won the World Series 3 sheets to the wind, lmfao!! It was late for her on that 2nd phone call. She understood why I was happy!!!

What was the saddest day watching the Sox? 

  • I don’t have a moment I’d say is sad to say. I’ve seen enough losses in my day to not get sad anymore. At least in the current moment.

What do you do for work? If you could be or do anything else – what?

  • I work for WestRock. I make corrugated boxes. My machine makes moving type sized boxes and boxes you regularly see in stores that stock the shelves. It pays the bills and allows me to buy hats, attend White Sox games, and have fun.

If you could live in any other time, when might that be? 

  • I would like to live in the late 1950s on when the interstate highway system was first started to be constructed. It would be awesome to see all the highways we know today get built from the ground up, I’m a roadgeek, so that’s my type of thing.

If you could have dinner with five White Sox Players, past and present, who would they be?

If you could change one thing in your past, what might that be? 

  • Wish I never got a credit card right after I turned 18 years old.

What are you most proud of?

  • I am most proud of 2 things: My hat collection. The 4 slot machine handpays I have got within the last 2 years.

How would you like to be remembered?

  • I would like to be remembered for doing everything I do the best I was able to. And I want you to remember me for being your friend as well.

What’s the one thing about you few people know?

  • I would say many people here don’t know I’m a roadgeek. I’m the GPS system before GPS systems came to be, lol.

What do you dislike most about yourself? 

  • Definitely would be my teeth. Wish I would have taken better care of them over the years.

What do you dislike most in others?

  • Don’t lie to me. Not worth my time. Just tell me the truth. Makes things easier that way.

What were your best/worst subjects in school?

  • Best subjects were math, geography, chemistry, CAD / drafting, and US history. Worst was English and gym.

What do you like doing in your spare time? 

  • I like going to the casino, playing PS4, playing poker with the guys on Saturday nights, attending White Sox games, hanging out with my friends.

Who is your celebrity crush?

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  • Katharine McPhee. When CBS aired the show Scorpion, it was a must to watch the current episode as soon as I could just so I could see her. Wow she is so beautiful.

What is your favorite movie?

  • Smokey and the Bandit

What is your favorite baseball movie?

  • Definitely the 1st Major League movie hands down. An amazing movie to watch before the regular baseball season begins to get you pumped up for the upcoming season ahead!!

What is your biggest/weirdest fear?

  • I hate seeing blood of other people. Seeing it in person or on TV, I cringe and turn my head or shield me eyes. I definitely could not work in the medical field.

What would be your one super power? 

  • Avoiding accents when I’m out driving. Plenty of near misses, but I manage no damage. Always gotta be alert when driving. Especially at night when deer love to chill in the middle of the highway.

What would you change your name to?

  • I like my name. My last name, Marysz, is very unique. It’s Polish.

What pet would you love to have?

  • I’d get a cat. Easy to maintain. Not a lot of work to take care of a one. I like dogs, but I don’t have the time to take care of one.

What’s your one biggest pet peeve?

  • I hate when people snore when I’m trying to sleep. If I hear snoring, I can’t sleep.

What’s your one annoying habit?

  • I’d probably say biting my fingernails. Always do it. It’s disgusting. I need to stop. And some people would say me smoking is annoying too. I need to quit smoking. But it’s hard to do.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

  • Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys. That song is used in the movie Vegas Vacation. And I like to go to the casino. It’s so me, lol!!!

What ballpark would you like to visit?

  • All the ones I have yet to attend a game at. The current ballparks I have been to are: Guaranteed Rate Field, Miller Park, Busch Stadium III, Comerica Park, Progressive Field, PNC Park, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Great American Ballpark. I have once been to Tiger Stadium and saw the White Sox there about 25 years ago.