The 5 – Players that RV will waste playing time on in a lost September

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I don’t trust grown men who wear rubber bracelets.
When it gets to September the last several years, it is almost certain that our White Sox are just playing out the string.  That doesn’t mean that this time of year can’t be valuable in some way shape or form even if that doesn’t have anything to due with the Win/Loss columns in the 2016 standings.  Smarter writers than those here at the 108 have noted that PA (Plate Appearances) are a commodity to be used wisely.  Alas, we still have Robin Ventura at the helm and he’s guaranteed to hurt the White Sox down the stretch even when the standings don’t matter, by giving those valuable PA to players that don’t matter and leaving on the bench players we’d like to see, to determine if they can be someone on the big club……….the list below…in no particular order, will make me cry when it actually occurs.
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James, don’t go away mad. James, just go away. #crue #wallymoney
5. James Shields – Wasting even one more start this season on this dumpster fire is terrible team management top to bottom.   I understand he’s likely to exercise his option and be under contract for two more seasons, but running him out there as a starter in 2016 for the White Sox or Padres has been downright dreadful.  Alternative –  Carson Fulmer Anthony Raunado  I know Raunado hasn’t been too hot since his first start at Wrigley, but giving him a little run is worth a lot more than watching James Shields get to 20 losses (sorry Biguns). Other ideas – Bullpen game or use the Rays 5th starter idea (this is when the Rays would start a high leverage reliever for the 1st inning and then bring in a starter in the 2nd inning and have them face roughly 18 batters to avoid the 3rd time through the lineup penalty)
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Playing Edward Mc 40 Hands? F Yeah.
4. Brett Lawrie – If he recovers we don’t really need to see him again, we know what he is……………high energy, meh production, major injury risk.  Alternative – Carlos Sanchez I know his OPS is lower than the weight of some of our fellow Sox fans, but he’s still young, hasn’t had a lot of PA’s in MLB and could possibly show something that either the White Sox or some other team in trade may find valuable.  The glove has been there, but I’d like to see some more PA’s to determine if he can be passable with the bat.  Other ideas – Tyler Saladino is clearly still a bench player on this team next year so no harm in him getting the PAs
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Love my friend. Love his wife more.

 

3. Avisail Garcia – He’s received nearly 1500 PA, for a slash line of .259/.310/.384, that’s right folks, he’s Dayan Viciedo with even less power.  Suffice to say, he shouldn’t be on this roster next year unless full scale rebuild is occurring and you are just looking for warm bodies to help you gather up a top 5 draft pick.  Alternatives – Jason Coats has done nothing but hit at the top levels of the minors, so there isn’t a good reason not to give him as many PA’s in September as possible.  Let’s see if he can actually hit in the majors and determine from there his best use (probably in a trade, or in LF after trading Melky).   Other Ideas – Tyler Saladino could get worked out in a corner OF spot just to give him reps for emergencies in the future.  Again, this isn’t a minors loaded with ready OF’s or hitters (RIP Charlie Tilson).  Other Other Ideas – Jacob May it truly could not hurt to see Jacob May man CF a few times during September, I just want to put an eye on him even if he’s not really a player.  If JB Shuck absorbs any of this playing time, you know we’re fucked.
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Might be the last time we ever post this picture. EL NINO!
2. Matt Albers – His career is probably over so there is no upside here other than tanking for a protected draft pick.  There was a time in April of this vary season (when the White Sox were the best team EVAR) that Albers was a fan favorite of the 108, El Nino…………now, he’s basically become Chris Farley in Beverly Hills Ninja, once beloved, but now just playing out the string and close to the end.  Alternatives – Zach Burdi Anything Other Ideas – Release him tomorrow
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Dollar Shave Club brah. 
1.  Alex Avila – I see no point in playing anyone at catcher other than Omar Narvaez, with a sprinkling of Kevan Smith.     Let’s see an extended look and determine if Narvaez is your #1 catcher next year in a rebuild or your #2 catcher next year on a team making another (sigh) run.  Alternatives – Omar Narvaez  Other Ideas – Omar Narvaez………just fucking play him everyday and twice on Sunday!!!!

– BeefLoaf

The 5 – Keep it local – By MySoxSummer

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Keep it local.  We hear that a lot.  We think that means fresh, exciting, local.  We think we are supporting people that live in our communities and in most cases we are.  There are a few areas in the ballpark where a local product is being used and it is a far superior than what was there before.

Pizza – In 2012 they had DiGiorno. I heard that before that they had Connie’s, which makes perfect sense being in Chicago. I think the Cubs carried Gino’s for awhile.  But it always broke my heart that in Chicago, in our ballparks, we were serving frozen pizza.  WTF. Never ,under any circumstance, was I going to eat a damn slice of frozen pizza. Nothing against the pizza, it is plenty fine when I am drunk or really hungry and lazy, but when I am a short walk from Fabulous Freddie’s, I will stick to the classics. But then, the Sox announced in 2014 the switch to a Chicago favorite, Beggars.  That stuff is great, and it is very easy to carry 4 or 5 slices back to your buds on a Friday game.  BeefLoaf is convinced that if there was a guy walking around selling pizza, it would do awesome.  But he’ll talk about that later.

Beer – The Sox have always had a great selection of beers available at the park.  I admire that. I still drink (at the games) mostly Miller Lite, but having the option to have a Summer Shandy or Blue Moon is great.  But last season they did the unthinkable, they added in Chicago’s Revolution Brewery Anti-Hero IPA and Lagunitas IPA, ON DRAFT.I think they cost $10.75 for a 24oz beer, which I am sure has you like nah, but what if I told you it is the best deal (per ounce and in alcohol content) in the park.  It is actually cheaper than Miller Lite, and has more alcohol.  Miller Lite is $8 for 16oz, so 50¢ an ounce.  But with the Lagunitas and Anti-Hero you pay just 45¢ per ounce. It makes cents.  I talked to the food and beverage guy at SoxFest ’16 and he wasn’t sure that deal or the beer would be back.  Not sure we’d have the drafts from the local guys, which in all honesty, bums me the F out.

So there are two great examples of local being better.  Here is one more area that we think the Sox could make the game day experience even more localized.

Intro Music. 

Years and years the sounds of Australia’s own AC/DC welcomed our boys on the field.  Last year, the sounds of Fall Out Boy THEN AC/DC did the job.  Fall Out Boy has some local ties, but damn, not my bag. The song makes sense too, “Light It Up”, yeah we all get it, but nothing about FOB speaks to Sox fans.  AC/DC did and does ring true to the Southside. So who local can we play to get that same vibe?  Here our our top 5 selections.

1. “High-Fiving MF” – Local H.

If you haven’t heard this song, do yourself a favor and listen to it now.  Turn it up too. Local H is from Zion, IL and my god do they rock.  This song just get’s ya amped up.  For reals.  Even play the instrumental version (lots of swears) at the game, so much better than FOB.

2. “Good Ass Intro” – Chance The Rapper.

Chance. Dude is the real deal.  Local product. Local flavor. Loves the Sox. Reps the Sox. Can’t think of a better rapper to watch our boys run onto the field to.

3. “Seether” – Veruca Salt.

Chicks that rock. Still rock. Their album American Thighs still hits as hard as it did back in the day.

4. “N.W.O.” – Ministry.

Just because this kicks off a little harder than “Jesus Built My Hotrod” I choose “N.W.O.” I used to rock out to this as a high schooler back in the day too, blaring this CD (or a tape copy that was made from this CD) in my ’81 Chevette with the Realistic tape deck and Realistic speakers. Rocked then and it rocks now. Does it get ya ready to play some baseball? Hell yes.  It’s mean. It’s raw. It’s local.

5. “Cherub Rock” – Smashing Pumpkins.

A great intro song on one of the best albums of the 90’s.  I saw the Smashing Pumpkins so many times in my youth, it was really awesome. This song would be great at high volume at the park, while we watch the highlights of yesteryear. Remembering when the Pumpkins (and the Sox) were great.

So there you have it, 5 songs that are a far better intro song than Fall Out Boy. Don’t like it?  Hate tweet me at @fromthe108.  Do it. Think I missed something?  Send me a tweet. Just do it. Love it?  Share it with your Sox friends.  We love attention, so share the f outta this.  Share away!

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-MySoxSummer