Why I’m wearing my Sox jersey tonight and you should too.

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Beer. It’s what’s for dinner. And breakfast. And lunch. And snacks.

The time has come my friends, tonight we all lose.  Either the Indians (a hated division rival) break a multiple decade streak, or those damn northsiders will finally have something to celebrate other than their perfect attendance.  Sorry Sox fans, unlike the 1985 Bears championship, our total dominance in 2005 will soon be forgotten (and one can make a case that it already has) by the lazy media and half the city of Chicago.  Don’t fret though, 11-1 is always gonna be in the record books, baseball fans will never forget and us Sox fans will carry that torch till we win it again.  So tonight wear your Sox jersey proud as it might be the last time we can celebrate that magical season without hearing a northsider him and haw about how they have 3 rings now too!  And how they did it in dramatic fashion.

Which, as a side note if it does happen that way, is nothing to be proud of.  Facing the brink of elimination to make your guys give you the best they have isn’t the sign of a great team.  Wining the World Series in any amount of games is a great accomplishment, don’t get me wrong, but if it happens tonight Cubs fans, doing it in 7 after being down 3-1 doesn’t make it any more magical.

Tonight should be a wake up call to the Sox organization. Since 2005, 5 AL Central teams have been in the World Series.  Hell, if you just look at recent history, 2012 till 2016 4 out of the 5 AL teams have been from the AL Central. That alone should make us want to compete, which it looks form the casual observer that we are, but we all know the deal.  Seems like when we do spend money, it’s on guys who we shouldn’t have.  And the guys who we should spend money on, we don’t.  Its just odd that we will take a risk on James Shields (Dunn, LaRoche), but won’t put out the scratch to get a big name free agent.

This team has no identity, between our two big stars, one has hissy fits and acts like a child, the other can’t speak english. Nothing wrong with that mind you, but there is no leader.  We haven’t had a leader since AJ left, and if you don’t believe that, look at our defense in 2013.  Best in all of baseball in 2012, 2013 we just sucked. So we need to get someone to sack up and lead this team.  Will it happen?  Not sure there is anyone here that can do that.  I had hopes for Eaton, or Frazier, but they came into a situation with Sale and Abreu being the guys that should be the leaders and I am sure that is awkward.  Plus, seeing how many people that have been blocked by Frazier on Twitter, not sure how that guy could lead anyways.  I would tweet him about it, but yup you guessed it, offering to buy him a drink when he first signed with the team got me blocked.  No biggie.

Our organization doesn’t have the stones to do a complete rebuild, and from listening to some of the fans, I am not sure that the reason is valid.  I’ve heard from several people that the Sox couldn’t afford to do it as the remaining fans would just check out. Which, 1- I don’t know how it could get worse and 2 – Us true fans would rather being watching L’s with  youngsters trying to get better other than the older guys.  It feel like the Sox have been half in and half out on everything and that just doesn’t work.  Cubs looked like shit for years, but it paid off.  Would it go that way for us too?  Don’t know.  I doubt it, but we can try?  What we are doing now isn’t working either, so let’s develop some talent and get some of these guys that are good to some better teams so they have a shot to win one.

Alot of our moves for new guys seem rather stale, shit we’ve seen before.  Is it time to shake up the front office? Develop some new ideas? Have a new plan of attack?  HELL YES, HELL YES, HELL YES. I like loyalty, I live my life by it, I trust people based on it, but you have to have results, which we just don’t get.  So why are we loyal to people that aren’t getting the job done?  That’s fucking wrong.

I hope tonight while we watch a team that is a division rival or a created rival due to proximity (and jackwagon fans), win a title that we should have contended for, someone on 35th and Shields decides that enough is enough.  That .500 isn’t good enough.  That we’ll catch up with the rest of the AL Central. That we’ll make the moves to win another one.  That our loyal fanbase deserves better.  That just showing up doesn’t cut it any longer.  That they won’t accept losing anymore.

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So while the world is watching another curse or streak get broken, take some time and don your Sox jersey and remember that moment in 2005 when we were on top.  That night we SWEPT the World Series. It really doesn’t seem that long ago, but watching other teams just pass us by without a fight from our organization is hard, really hard.  We’ll get there again Sox fans, believe me.  Have a Lite and a smile.

-MSS

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The 5 – Why I Can’t Hate Minnesota.

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Detroit.  Yup.  You can hate it.  How can you not?

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Cleveland.  Kinda.  Harder than Detroit to hate but they have more to offer than just empty buildings.

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Kansas City?  BBQ FOOL. I can’t hate KC for 2 other reasons too.  Bo Jackson & a cool logo.

But even better than KC is Minneapolis.  Have you been?  Place is amaze balls. People are nice. Beer is good. And they like to get down.  Any city that produced Prince, Charles Shulz and The Coen Brothers is ok by me. Here’s my top 5 reasons why I can’t hate on the Twin Cities, but not the Twins. I only need one reason to hate the Twins. Joe Mauer.  #suckitmauer

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Man.  I wish, I so wish, I could wear this hat.  But it’s the fucking Twins,  fuck the Twins.  It is a classic. Simple, yet so strong.  As a designer, I love it.  Shows pride.  Unlike Chicago with our violent North vs South battle, the folks in MN decided 2 is better than 1. Which brings us to……

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Minnesota Nice.

It’s a mantra.  Having experienced it first hand a few times, people are just nicer.  Maybe it’s because they are housebound for months on end, maybe they are just better people.  I don’t know.  But I do know that I got a serious friendly vibe in MN.

Atmosphere, Brother Ali & Rhymesayers Entertainment!

Back in the day I was convinced that I would enjoy California because most of the bands I liked were based in California.  I lived there for 7 years, fucking spot on, besides the traffic. In 2003 I was introduced to Atmosphere.  If you haven’t heard of them, wow, just wow.  Go pick up When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold, which is one of my favorite albums of all time.  I have seen them live multiple times.  Just a great show.  My first show was in Long Beach, CA amazing.  The second show was in Pomona, CA at the legendary Glasshouse with Brother Ali.  Brother Ali is an albino Muslim who was raised in a black neighborhood. I had my doubts that first show, but goddamn, he kills it.  I have seen them both perform in MN too, at their huge Hip hop show Soundset.  Went two years in a row, pretty amazing.

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Surly Brewery

In 2010, I met up with some friends at Brits.  We drank on the roof and had a great time.  I downed several pints of Guinness.  The following year I found myself at Brits again and watched as person after person ordered some unknown beer.  I made a comment to my brother-in-law about how this beer must be amazing and seconds after I said that a taster appeared in front of me. 6 pints later not only was I loving life but also drunk as hell.  It was Surly Furious. Now you can get this all over the midwest, but back then you couldn’t.  Shits amazing.  A solid APA/ESB that I credit with really getting me into craft beer.  Fresh is even better.  Check these guys out if you get the chance, you can get 2 of their offerings at the Cell, Furious and Hell.

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Prince

Do I have to explain?  The guy wrote amazing lyrics and songs. He also plays better guitar than all other people combined. What more do you need?  Plus his old club downtown First Avenue is just an amazing joint.  Drug use and religion aside, the guy changed the game. He also had hometown pride.  He NEVER left.  He build his city up.  Respect.

-MSS