*As much as I love the word fuck, I don’t wanna use it in a title. But trust me, I wanna say fuck, oh so bad.
Hey guys, how’s it going? Oh really? Well, we’re in hide the knives mode over here in the 108. Not for us though, we expected this and we even told you this year was gonna suck major balls….YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN LISTENING!!! WHY DON’T YOU LISTEN? WHAT ARE YOU DULL OR SOMETHING? But yeah, we are hiding the knives just incase you guys stop by. Good luck using that spork!
We know you guys are struggling, and while you can blame a lot of things for this, I think we can blame our need for instant gratification the most. We fully understand that this rebuild will take time, but yet here we are confused cause we are still not a contender in year 2. Why does this confuse us? WE DON’T WAIT FOR SHIT BRO! We can get a pint of Ben & Jerry’s delivered to us within the hour by a drone or a real life person! We don’t wait for nothing, NADA. I’d say that that pint of Ben & Jerry’s would taste better if you waited for it, or rode your fat ass to the store to get it, but it won’t. It tastes just as fucking good when a drone gives it to you.
Some of the older guys will remember this, but we couldn’t always do a Google search to find some adult entertainment on demand. We were limited to what we had on hand (ha) and sometimes you didn’t have the best choices. Sometimes, like in the case of my buddies bro-in-law in Vegas, a newly purchased (and barely read) Stuff magazine will work. You thought I forgot about that huh John? Nope, you fucking repressed pervert, you ruined my new Stuff magazine on a fucking BACHELOR PARTY WEEKEND IN LAS VEGAS! The whores were abundant, and you HAD THE MONEY TO BURN! But yet that Stuff magazine put you over the edge huh? Weirdo.
Sadly, unlike the inventions of PornHub, Amazon, OnDemand, and shit tons of other stuff that have curved our spines, there is no replacement for good ol’ fashioned time passing. You have to watch the suck. You can throw money at it but who are we kidding, no way Jerry buys the biggest and best. Also, I am unsure you can buy AN ENTIRE NEW TEAM. I don’t think it works like that. So we are doomed to watch our team struggle for awhile, so settle in and start taking joy in small things that are easily attainable. What is that you might ask?
1- No lines for anything at the park. It’s way too easy to get a brat or take a piss. Nothing like the 3 inning wait up north.
2- Cheap and even cheaper tickets. Take advantage before you are priced out in 2023.
3- Funny ass bloggers 108 and their antics at the park. Bro, we fucking funny aight? Read our nonsense or watch us get blind drunk in a hot tub yelling about Matt Davidson. We haven’t broken out one mask yet this year, they are coming yo!
4 – Watching the young guys develop (almost as much fun as watching the current team lose OR paint dry). Brutal I know, but some people like it.
5 – People watching at the park! We have some crazy ass fans that are showing up. For reals. Also, if you show up on a Wed, there are a ton of #108Thiccc chicks plowing hot dogs that might take you up on a $10 beer. Get her a Corona Light from our guy Brian or Champ, or better yet splurge and take her to the Craft Kave and spend an extra $1 and get her a South Side Pride. She might show you her south side pride if you know what I am saying. Wink, wink.
Now that we shared ours, feel free to send us your coping mechanisms during this trying time to our Twitter! Help us help you and others. Isn’t that what this is all about? YES. Just incase you were wondering, YES, this is what it is all about.
By now you are wondering why I brought up 2012 and why I am being disparaging towards that year. 2012 birthed @mysoxsummer (which in turn helped birth @fromthe108) so there is that, and it was my first full season here in B-Port. So that was cool. It was also a fun time as the Sox lead all year to win the division, but lost it in dramatic fashion in Sept in about a week. So that was fun right? No. Chris Sale was dealing. Fun times? Sorta.Embed from Getty Images
But, the thing that happened that is causing us so much grief right now is that the 2012 team showed management that we were way closer than they thought to a contending team. Remember, 2012 was supposed to be a rebuilding year too (why Robin was even hired), but for some reason we played our asses off. We signed some shitty free agents to give ourselves a fighting chance in 2013, but remember how awful 2013 was? It was bad. Horrible. 63-99 bad. Our top prospect was Courtney Hawkins. Jeff Keppinger was on our team. Philip Humber has the dubious achievement from throwing a perfect game as a starter to coming out of the pen in the later months. Has that ever fucking happened? I have no idea, but I am going with no.
So they thought they were a few guys away from being good. WRONG. That easily set us back 5 years and K Will decided that he would continue to tinker with the team in hopes of making it a contender. Kinda like that pig that Homer cooked that Lisa liberated. “It’s just a little wet, it’s still good!”.
He tried. He brought us Jeff Samar-FUCK THAT GUY, had us let AJ go to make way for Tyler Flowers. Adam Eaton, Adam LaRoche, Geovany Soto, you get the point. Had 2012 been a bust, we would have gotten this started earlier and maybe we’d be in a good position right now.
We’ll never fucking know cause that 2012 team tried to win, and almost did it. Clearly Rick Hahn learned from that and totally traded away any talent that could possibly end up helping us win games so we’d stay the course right now. Cut out all hope that we could compete. And for that, as awful as it is to watch, I thank you Rick. I trust ya, don’t let me down brother.
Good morning friends, it is your old pal BeefLoaf (emphasis on the OLD, as I’ll be turning 40 the day after our meet up at Baderbrau on June 16th with our friends from the SoxMachine, check out this Eventbrite for some more details.) and I wanted to get down on my thoughts about “Expectations” for the Next GREAT White Sox team. The two best White Sox teams that I remember vividly are the 2005 Champs (let’s include the 2000 team in there and the 2008 division champs, which was the first season that I had weekend season tix) and the 1993 Division Champs. I went, as all supposedly smart dudes do, to the Baseball Reference page and took a look at these two teams competitive windows and calculated their “expected” playoff appearances using the 2 wild card system that we haz today. Here are the results……
The best White Sox teams in terms of playoff appearances evar (this criterion is based on IF the 2nd Wild Card existed, AND for the 1990-1998 White Sox I am assuming that the strike shortened results of 1994 for FINAL).
2000-2008 White Sox 4
1990-1998 White Sox 4
*It makes me happy to watch these two dudes mash taters*
This was the genesis of the poll that I put out to the fans. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from a good White Sox team, but since the last two versions came through with similar type results as far as wins and such, I thought it might be about the right number to shoot for with the core that will be around over the next decade.
Okay, 46% of you, said I’m fucked up. 4 Playoff appearances is too few to make you “delighted in your happies”, with this next crew. I found this interesting as I assumed most of the people who participated in this poll likely don’t remember 1983 (I barely do) and some probably don’t really remember 1993. Most of you only remember the 2000-2008. Those teams had a variety of different players and really only 2 stars that were part of all of those teams Paul Konerko and Mark Buehrle. Those were the best teams of our collective lifetime’s. The poll revealed that in order for this rebuild to be successful for at least 46% of you out there, they would need to be better than that team. Doesn’t seem terribly unreasonable on the face of it, what with 1 more playoff birth in there that would make it so. You also have to think those teams didn’t have a second wild card to contend for, had they, Kenny Williams likely would’ve been even more aggressive in acquiring in season upgrades and maybe they squeeze out a 5th playoff appearance in that era. Then I got to thinking, maybe there was an even better example of this in the years before I was born.
ENTER the GO-GO White Sox!!!
Now, I had to change the criterion a bit. There were only 8 teams in the American League at this time and free agency didn’t yet exist, so it’s probably not a perfect comparable. I decided that top 2 in the AL or 3rd place with 90 or more wins, was akin to making the playoffs in the 2 Wild Card system.
1957-1965 White Sox 6
The GO-GO White Sox are the best of our beloved since WWII. This is probably the era that your grandparents and for some of you older folks, your parents were becoming White Sox fans and dragging you into this herd. That team mostly didn’t make the playoffs, only 1 division title, that was in 1959 as most of you all know. That team however was terrific, and put up very high win totals only to be edged out by the likes of the Yankees (mostly) and the Twins and Indians occassionally. This is our marker for the poll as Sox fans. OKAY, BUT BEEFLOAF, I NEVER SAW THE GO-GO WHITE SOX PLAY, SO WTF? You know what, me either, and all I can garner from looking at stats and talking to people who did in fact watch them play was that they didn’t score too much, but they also didn’t give up much runs. Truth be told, 1950’s and 1960’s baseball looked nothing like what it looks like today. Maybe we should look at some more recent teams that went through rebuilds and see what a good expectation of making the playoffs might be for our soon-to-be (hopefully) in the competitive window White Sox.
For this section, I am going to throw out the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Angels, Tigers (Pizza Money Spending Era), Cubs and Astros, because we all know they ain’t gonna be spending that kinda money. Let’s call these teams the BIG MARKET teams. These teams separate themselves as they are able to extend their competitive window by consistently buying players of need who contribute. Not only superstars, but regular old players that are pretty good that you need to keep contending. I know, I know there are people out there saying, BeefLoaf, you don’t know that, we were told Jerry will spend when it is time to spend…..c’mon, Artie Moreno paid Josh Hamilton like $100M to go play for some other team because he had enough of him. You really think Uncle Jerry gonna spend like that?
Anywho, let’s take a look at some other teams. Remember the rules, we are taking ACTUAL PLAYOFF APPEARANCES + WOULD BE PLAYOFF APPEARANCE (pre 2nd Wild Card, but with a record that would’ve qualified for the 2nd wild card) Apples to Apples frents.
Rays 2008 – 2016 4
This is the team that went from worst team in MLB to AL Champs (2007 to 2008), they also defeated our White Sox in the division series that year, 3-1. They were top of my mind because Rob Hart recently brought this team up on twitter noting their rebuild back in the day (it was actually a build because they sucked eggs before this). Remember BJ Upton, I know I do, unfortunately he changed his name back to Melvin Upton Jr.….doesn’t have the same ring. He kilt the Sox in that series. The Rays were a great story as they were considered one of the “smart” organizations for their emphasis on run prevention in an era coming off of the whole “Moneyball” thing. They also got on base like a mutha too, and utilized high draft picks that helped this eras teams greatly (Longoria, Price & Upton were all top 3 overall picks). The Rays 1st round magic appeared to run out later into this run and therefore so did their cheap cost controlled talent. The Rays tend to always have a miniscule payroll, so that’s curtains for a team like this. The White Sox will spend substantially more than those Rays, but they also don’t have Andrew Friedman as their GM.
Pirates 2012 – now 3
The Pirates started the uh…”pitch it so they can hit it right into the shift” revolution, or something. They also drafted Andrew McCutchen #11 overall in 2005 and he became a superstar. This era of team was also terrific at finding low cost free agents that they could plug in and get A LOT of mileage out of…..that sounds nothing like our Sox. For all their success, all they got were 3 wild card play-in games, which they went 1-2 in, and then a quick divisional exit at the hands of the Cards. They are already back in pseudo rebuild mode, trading their top SP this past offseason as well as the aforementioned McCutchen….your luck can change just that quickly.
Royals 2012 – now 2
This one we watched up close and personally…including seeing the Royals clinch a playoff birth at our home park. For all the talk and all the discussion and all the bouqets thrown their way. They made 2 FUCKING PLAYOFF APPEARANCES. That’s it. Rebuilds are hard folks.
Reds 2010 – now 3
The Reds were good in 2010, winning the division, they also won the division in 2012 and before you know it, they were fucking horrible in 2015. This team had a good young core, but their pitchers swiftly got leprosy and were no good anymore,….Mat Latos (hey, remember me?), Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo and Tony Cingrani. I’m not sure enough limbs remain from that group to make an entire Frankenstein’s monster. DUDE.
Joey Votto is still there, doing Joey Votto things, but he’s the last remnant of a REALLY GOOD and short lived Reds squad.
Indians 2013 – now 3 (soon to be 4)
The current crop of Cleveland Indians are likely to go to the playoffs for a 3rd consecutive season, they also got a dead cat bounce season back in 2013, which I am also including. This club is getting to the end of the rope on some of their talent (Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are free agents at the end of the season). Their stars though are still all under contract (Lindor, Ramirez, Carrasco, Bauer, Kluber). The Indians are much, MUCH better at drafting and developing talent than the White Sox (at least to date) and they have a better front office. The AL Central is still pretty weak and it wouldn’t shock me if the Indians went to 5 or 6 playoffs before this 9 year window is done.
Phillies 2005 – 2013 7
Now this is probably what White Sox fans are thinking. This era Phillies were really fucking good!!! Through 2008 / 2009, the Phillies had a payroll more akin to what the White Sox are likely to have in their competitive window, something in the top 1/3 of the league, but not too high up. The 2nd half of the winning also included a top 5 payroll on the regular. That is going to be a little tougher to imagine. This squad had home grown talent up the ying-yang and superstar talent at that, with two MVP’s (Jimmy Rollins & Ryan Howard) and another guy who didn’t win an MVP, but is likely a HOF (Chase Utley), as well as a top pitching talent (Cole Hamels). They were also good at scooping up low cost talent and turning them into top players (Bobby Abreu as an example). As I said, the 2nd half of this run included grabbing Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt, as well as providing arbitration raises to the young home grown players. Is this something our White Sox can do? I’m not sure. The truth is, that these Phillies would look A LOT like the previous teams I mentioned, without big coffers. I bring them up because they are a little different than the big spenders who I excluded because they don’t seem to spend BIG all the time. Just when it matters. Just like the White Sox MIGHT.
The final two comps are probably the best hopes for the 46%ers when envisioning a future White Sox world.
Rangers 2009 – 2017 6
The Rangers combined a terrific farm system with some savvy pick ups in free agency and trade. Their payroll stayed in the top 1/3, but didn’t consistently get in the top 3 like the Phillies did. The Rangers managed to keep the flow of low cost players who could contribute coming up from their minor leagues without having a BIG STAR come out of that group (well Josh Hamilton was a BIG STAR for 2 of these years, amidst all his issues). They were terrific up the middle with Ian Kinsler / Elvis Andrus / Michael Young for this era. A late blooming Nelson Cruz helped solidify their offense through this competitive arc (hey sounds like someone else we know).
Adrian Beltre‘s 2nd career flourished here. They traded for and mixed and matched pitching to get them back to the playoffs on the regular. All shapes and sizes imo. This era Rangers is what the White Sox COULD look like if they get it all right. Savvy free agent and trade acquisitions, terrific player development and patience. Nelson Cruz washes out of a lot of other orgs. NOT HERE. He becomes a star (despite his misplay in game 6). If the White Sox are to reach our 46%’s expectations, they are going to likely look like these teams.
Cardinals 2000 – 2008 6 AND 2009 – 2017 6
Cardinal voodoo magic is real. I’d like for the White Sox to draft Albert Pujols‘ equally sick cousin in the 13th round of the 2018 draft, but I won’t hold my breathe. Other than being big fucking cheaters, the Cardinals are terrific at acquiring and developing low cost talent. You can’t have this type of winning record over two decades without doing so. They win in all kinds of ways, including having one of the worst tactical managers in MLB the last several years. The key to their success is literally ALWAYS having that next guy from their system to turn to when players are under performing. When someone gets hurt, you don’t have to put JB Shuck out there to crush your teams hopes and dreams. They have real actual players that come up from their minors that can actually play baseball. Two years ago, nobody ever heard of a Tommy Pham…..and now most of you still haven’t heard of him, but he’s pretty fucking good and really holding it down in the Cards OF. This would be the dream situation, although, I would assume a more massive front office overhaul would need to take place to get to something like this. The crew on 35th and Shields ain’t just going to wake up tomorrow and be good at all the shit the Cards front office has been good at for 20 years.
While I thought it VERY OPTIMISTIC, borderline irrational for 46% of White Sox fans not to be pleased with a potential 4 playoff appearances in 9 years, I now at least believe it to be within the realm of possibility. It will take improvements in the development staff and possibly more restructuring of the front office to get there in my humble opinion. An advantage that even the bad White Sox teams had over other clubs was an ability to get their players to sign very team friendly extensions. Jerry wouldn’t open up the pocket book for the last club that had Sale, Q, Abreu and Eaton on super cheap deals, but maybe he will for this group….this group seeded with young talent coming up through the minors. Maybe Jerry will go all Mike Illitch on this bitch and become THAT owner and start spending like there’s no tomorrow (even if that only means a top 8 ish payroll). Maybe, the salary cap will aid a team like the White Sox as it won’t make it AS HARD to keep up with the top payroll teams. One thing that has been said elsewhere as well as here in the past, if the White Sox are to get to the playoffs as much as the 46% expect, they’ll have to get better at pro scouting. Signing free agents (full market value) and finding the next Carlos Quentin (or similar type player) is going to require a much better result than the last 5 to 7 years worth of work has rendered. Oh, and it’s going to take some LUCK! Probably lots of LUCK! But that’s okay, the 108ers are optimists and with the White Sox running as bad as they have for the last decade…..lets just say…..WE’RE DUE!
Good day friends, it’s your pal BeefLoaf and I know how mad you is after that crushing loss to the Cub. After that, the minor league teams aka the “White Sox propoganda machine” took a poo all over themselves Bridesmaids style.
I know, I know, its a fucking rebuild, save your bullshit, today ain’t about that. Today is about irrational solutions to the problem of “I’m pissed about watching terrible baseball.” MY SOLUTION: FIRE Jeremy Haber. Some of you are like, who the fuck is Jeremy Haber?? I’ll be honest, the only reason I knew who he was, was because the fine folks @FutureSox had him on for an interview. As it turns out, Jeremy Haber is the Assistant GM or the Assistant to the GM, I’m not sure which, either way, he’s fired!!! Anywho, I am bringing you the 5. 5 Jeremy Haber replacements.
But wait, before we do that, I don’t know what the Assistant to the GM actually does…..then again, this isn’t a problem, most of you don’t know what I do and those that do know what I do, realize they can pick off 5 average Streetwise vendors to take my job tomorrow and not miss a beat, so this shouldn’t be too, too hard to figure….aight, here we go!!!
Hans Gruber – Look, I know he’s not with us anymore, but good candidates to replace the Assistant to the GM don’t grow on trees, so I went with a guy that WOULD’VE BEEN GOOD! We all know he was an “exceptional thief” and was transitioning over to “kidnapping” when John McClane dropped him off the Nakatomi building back in the late 80’s. Plus, the White Sox could use those $640 million dollars worth of bearer bonds to buy some free agent talent. Get this payroll moving in the right direction.
The Chairman of the Fucking Board Phillip Green – “He didn’t know too much, he didn’t want to know too much, he especially didn’t want to know that the bosses told the Teamsters to give him all that money, he wanted to believe they gave it to him because he was smart.” Do I need to say more? This seems like the perfect White Sox front office employee, he looks the part but doesn’t know shit. HIRED!!
Joe Sheehan – I’m a YUGE fan of Joe Sheehan’s work, he’s a smart baseball man and would probably be a very good outside the box hire for a TV or radio booth (the White Sox radio booth needs some work, but that’s a story for another time). Joe might even be able to filter down the message to Ricky Renteria to STOP FUCKING BUNTING!!!!!! However, Joe admittedly doesn’t play nice with others, which probably means he and Kenny Williams would end up fighting and he’d be out after a short while. Imagine that, a SMART GUY, who is ALSO a SMART BASEBALL GUY in a position of power for a BASEBALL team, instead of just a dude with a bunch of letters behind his name from an Ivy League school.
Howard Ankin – “YOU NEED MY MANG!” Since Ozzie loves this guy, again, it would probably be frowned upon, but he currently provides more entertainment to the White Sox broadcast than any of the players on the field. I bet if we ran a poll, at least 25% of people would say that Howard Ankin is their favorite part of a Chicago White Sox game on television. So why not hire him inside the org. He can still chase ambulances, nobody in this blog wants to interfere with that, but he could probably provide some valuable insight into how to turn a buck and how to spend it effectively. It’s something Rick Hahn could use a little “assistance” with.
This weekend the Sox travel up north to take on the Cubs. Expected to pitch are Fulmer vs Chatwood, Shields vs Lester and Giolito vs Hendricks. I can see Fulmer coming out and pitching his heart out, but I can also see a drubbing. Much like all the other matchups. It’d also be really awesome to see Giolito get out of his funk. But mostly, like we said on Chi Sox Weekly, we’d like to see the Sox rent some space in Lester’s head while Big Game James RIPS SHIT UP. More than likely we’ll get swept, but we can dream right? So let’s talk about the matchup that we have a chance of winning…….
SOUTHPAW VERSUS CLARK THE CUB
I am gonna judge these guys in 5 categories. Importance to the Team, Looks, Smarts, Friends and Outreach. Let’s get going!
Importance To The Team
Southpaw has been around since June 13th, 2004. He broke a 16 year streak of no mascots on the Southside. Previously we had Ribbie and Roobarb. And lest we forget Chorizy’s favorite Andy The Clown, who was an unofficial
pedo.. mascot. Southpaw has 14 years under his belt, he’s a vet.
Clark on the other hand was introduced in 2014. Previously there was Billy The Cub who hung outside Wrigley taking pics, looking for tips. Billy and I have lots of mutual friends, but I have no idea who he is exactly. The Cubs did not accept him but rather straight ripped off the idea and made their own mascot. Very northside of them.
Some people saw this photo before they even knew who Clark was –
This image ran on Comcast Sports which was hilarious. But it brings up a really important question…..why no pants brah? Much like Allen in The Hangover, no pants and makes you feel really uncomfortable in his presence. Especially with his crotch right up in your face.
Gotta give the edge to our beloved Southpaw for his years of service and wearing pants around underage children.
Winner – Southpaw.
Southpaw is some type of animal, not really as crazy as the Philly Phanatic, but rather a more sleek refined animal. Green with yellow highlights. he looks great in his uniform or any costume that he wears on many of the theme nights that the Sox have in hopes of drawing a larger crowd. We got a good looking mascot fam. Ain’t no doubt.
Clark seems really happy on the outside. Almost too happy, like he’s popping pills happy. His face can also be mistaken for anger. Just look at this pic, dude looks pissed off!
Again, I gotta take Southpaw as he just isn’t as scary looking as a bear with fangs…..wearing no pants.
Winner – Southpaw.
To be fully honest I have never seen anything that would lead me to believe that either one of these guys is dumb or smart. So I am gonna declare it a tie.
The Chicago Mascot Club seems to all get along pretty well. Note that there are only 2 mascots not wearing pants in the pic above. They are clearly the guys at the party who have been over-served and need to get a Lyft home. But they won’t, cause they “aren’t that drunk” and they “know better than you” so they’ll just run off all the fun girls at the party cause they refuse to leave.
I will say that there isn’t a Cubs night at the Bulls game (#shocked LOL) and I have never seen Clark do a dunk off a trampoline. Southpaw has, you can see it on his IG. You only let your good friend use your stuff so I give a slight edge to Southpaw in this category.
Winner – Southpaw.
Both of these guys do tons for the youth in Chicago. They both show up to help raise money for charities and bring a smile to those around them. Now one of them does it wearing pants, one doesn’t. We all like pants right?
Winner – Southpaw.
Final tally = Southpaw- 4, Clark The Cub- 0. In what will be one of the only victories we have this weekend we should take pride in our mascot that at least has the decency to wear some pants when he’s around children. It’s only right.
If you travel up north to watch our boys this weekend, have fun but keep your wits about ya. I’ll be watching with my soon to be 2 year old and my 2 week old daughters. We’ll be waiting to see TA7 do the “Maury ‘I Ain’t The Father’ Dance” on home plate after he hits a dinger. Don’t even step Contreras, we’d hate to see you get beat down by Nino Brown. He’s more ruthless than Mia Khalifa, trust us.
A favorite “throw this movie on in the background while we do anything else” film in our household is “The Campaign” the moderately funny take on the political process in the US starring Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis (among others).
The movie is centered around the evil capitalist brothers, the Motch Brothers (played by Dan Akroyd and John Lithgow) who are basically a fictional version of the Koch brothers.
The Motch Brothers basically create a candidate out of thin air, Marty Huggins, played by Galifianakis, but despite garnering a large lead in the polls, he declines to change legislation that is key to their “plan” and they swing back around to back the opposing candidate, Cam Brady, played by Farrell. Before they switch sides, they are discussing the need for a new candidate and they note “What if the guy we were looking for was here all along?”. This got me to thinking, I’ve been pining for the WhiteSox to develop some halfway decent homegrown players, players we aren’t expecting stardom from, just guys who can be “okay” players on the next good White Sox team.
What about Matt Davidson? We’ve already jettisoned him from this roster back in March, only to jump ceremoniously back on the bandwagon in early April. Davidson’s early season has been disgusting .257 / .372 / .574 and not likely to hold up, but his increased patience does look like it will hang around. He probably won’t hit home runs at the clip he does off of the hideous Royals pitching stuff. He’s literally KNOCKING the COVER OFF THE BALL
SIDE NOTE – I did literally knock the cover off of the ball back in the day. Chorizy-E and Polish with Extra Onions can confirm, we used to have a junky little field that we would play pickup games on (it was like the Sandlot except with snakes and we used bricks for the bases). I remember Polish with Extra Onions hitting a line drive off of some kids head during a game there, we told him to rub some dirt on it and keep playing. Anywho, we were playing with a rubber coated league ball (we were poor and this was all we had, so gfy) and we were playing “lob”, which is basically slow pitch hard ball. This field had a surrounding hill, so if you could knock the ball onto / over the hill, that was a home run. We lost many balls in the lush urban jungle behind the hill and it was always an adventure to go and try and find a ball that was hit “out” so to speak. I’m standing at the plate, tall, muscular (on the husky side) and get a nice lob pitch right down the pipe. I swing and BAM! The ball goes flying into the outfield, except the cover of said ball goes floating out towards the pitchers mound. I remember being pretty happy to tell MadMex that I had followed his orders (he used to tell me all the time before coming to the plate in little league to “Knock the Cover off the ball”).
Oh, yea, back to Frosty…..it looks like a good bet that at least some of his gains on offense are real and while he’s not much of a glove man at 3b or 1b, and his upside is likely limited to becoming a Logan Morrison type, that’s still a usable player, especially in the American League. Now, these aren’t sought after players (at least not with large monetary compensation), but when they come cheap, it is always nice to have the extra power, even if he becomes a 3-4 times per week player. Good teams need bench players like this……injuries happen, good match-ups happen, off-days happen, etc. That’s the good news.
The other other good news is that Davidson is under team control through 2022 and doesn’t even hit arbitration until 2020. Cheap power…..that’s exactly what you’d like to see on a team that plays at the BallPark Formerly Known as US Cellular Field.
WAIT BEEFLOAF! What if Matt Davidson learns how to crush other pitching staffs like how he crushes the Royals (truth be told, the Tigers and Orioles bullshit pitching staffs gotta be in the running for this)?
If Matt Davidson turns into a .250 / .350 / .500 full-time player…….it wouldn’t shock me to see the White Sox trade Jose Abreu thinking Davidson will take over first base. I know, I’d hate to lose Jose Abreu, but the White Sox appear to be ready to do so, as they didn’t take advantage of a depressed FA market to try and extend him when pricing appeared to be favorable. It is almost like they are rooting against Abreu this year and next OR they are pretty comfortable trading him at some time between now and the expiration of his deal. Get used to it White Sox fans, as much as we want our team to spend mucho dinero for the next competing team, don’t assume they’ll play big market team for a few years. Expect them to pinch pennies where possible and turning arb eligible Matt Davidson into 75% of Jose Abreu for a fraction of the price sounds right up there alley. Only time will tell if he can actually maintain his power and patience approach to being a valuable big league stick.
As this trainwreck of a season goes tumbling down through the summer, be on the outlook for how Matt Davidson is doing and how he potentially fits in on the 2020 White Sox. Now is the time to test out players like he to see whatcha got and hopefully we got at least a little sumpin’ sumpin’
The early season for the White Sox has been abysmal, a last place start with an absolutely awful pitching staff. Our centerfielder is a worse hitter than most of the pitchers in MLB through ~ 500 MLB Plate Appearances and our manager is bunting our way out of big innings on the regular. As shitty as this year has started off though, there have been some positives and in order to keep all the folks who thought this team would compete for a wild card from jumping off of the ledge, I bring you, the 5. Five White Sox Positives from the Early Season.
5. The Beer Vendors – One easy measure for enjoyment of the 108ers at Sox Park is the speed and care with which we receive adult beverages. In fact, we had a recent game in which two of our favorite beer vendors popped a squat right in the 108, so it was basically like we had our own cooler right at our disposal all throughout the game. It isn’t a surprise that the White Sox walked this game off and the 108ers trudged away triumphantly. Throw in a SundayFunday margarita or two and you have the full compliment of terrific adult beverages services in Section 108.
4. Tim Anderson‘s antics – We’ve posted before about how we go to games to be entertained and Tim Anderson is doing that in the early going. Whether it be his exciting play at the plate, or in the field and especially on the basepaths he has not disappointed. He has especially been a hero in the way he has gotten under the skin of the whiny fucking crybaby “unwritten rules” policy people (Sal Perez and JV, I’m looking squarely at you two fucking crybabies). I loved when he fucked with Marcus Stroman last year (btw, that might have RIPIP Stroman’s career as he’s been a stinky, stinky pile of dung this season) and I am really enjoying this year so far. I can only hope that when the White Sox play the Astros again, he can get under the skin of one of the all time jag baggiest “unwritten rules” policeman of all time Brian McCann. I can’t wait to see that jagoff getting hot about Timmay hamming it up. Team brawls are good for camaraderie, right?
3. Fruitsunami – Unless you have been living under a fucking rock, you know our sponsor Baderbrau and the terrific beers and food they serve on a daily basis at their tap room at 2515 S. Wabash. The star of the show in this early season at the BeefDeck tailgates is the Fruitsunami. We have routinely started the weekend with a 24 pack of this delicious brew and by the time we are done with the first game of the weekend, there are basically none of these badboys left. EVERYONE in the crowd LOVES, what MySoxSummer has nicknamed “the Mind Eraser”. The whole crew, even the wives and girlfriends seem to dig on the Fruit and Green Tea that comes through in this tasty IPL. It’s an early superstar of the 2018 season and plans to figure prominently in the June 16th meet up with the SoxMachine at Baderbrau.
2. Steve Stone – While people are paying extra attention to Hawk Harrelson’s proverbial swan song and others are laying lots of praise at the feet of the NKOTB Jason Benetti, Steve Stone has quietly been at his best in a LONG TIME in the early season. As if he already wasn’t one of the one or two best in the game, it is like Stone has taken his game to a new level this season. He’s gone deep in the story well including some very interesting stuff, like beating Minnesota Fats at pool. He’s also gone to twitter to slay idiots on the regular to the delight of White Sox Twitter and anyone who likes when ignorance is punished for our enjoyment. Stone is 70 years old (71 in July) and he doesn’t have any hint of slowing down his game. He looks like he’ll keep on keepin’ on at a high level ala Vin Scully for the next decade or so and that’s good, because when the playoff teams come along, we definitely want him here still killin’ it.
1. White Sox Twitter – the tight nit group that is White Sox twitter always makes the losses more palatable. The GIF’s, the polls, the smart ass comments, the videos, the blog posts and podcasts and everything in between. Nothing better than laughing it out with your best few hundred friends on White Sox twitter who happen to be out on any particular night.
Yes, this is a post about Marvel super heroes as baseball players. Did you get the pun?! If you didn’t like it, you might as well stop reading now because this is some total nerd shit. But hey, I’m comfortable with that.
First off, I’m sticking to the movies here. I don’t have the comic book knowledge to lay down an entire league of players. And as much as I’d love to have a blind short stop, I’m gonna leave the TV shows out as well.
For my outfield, I’m gonna have War Machine and Iron Man in the corners and the Vision in centerfield. Look, these guys can fly. I don’t mean they’re fast, but they actually fly. This seems seriously advantageous in the outfield. I mean, look at the money Gary Matthews Jr got for that one amazing catch. These guys would have caught that Glen Allen Hill HR that almost knocked down a building in Wrigleyville. Not to mention, if you try to run on the Vision, he could just vaporize you with a laser from his head.
This is also the middle of my order. I’m going with Hulk and Thor at the corners. They showed their ability to club shit in Ragnarok. Not to mention, they were tossing around a bowling ball, so I figure a baseball is nothing to toss across the diamond. We’re gonna have to put Hulk at the hot corner so he can get some balls pelted at him and keep him mad. We have no use for Bruce Banner on this team.
Baseball is the game that lends best to individual players and their talent, but the middle infield needs to work well together and needs to know what each other is going to do. So I’m not going with mutant strength or power here, I’m going Hawkeye and Black Widow. If you think Javy Baez has slick moves, wait’ll you see Black Widow out there. Best is, you won’t even be ashamed about how turned on you get by watching her like you do with Baez. We’ll put Black Widow at second base, so she’s a bit separated from Hulk. Again, we have no use for Bruce Banner on this team, so let’s not tempt fate.
From the looks of it, he accidentally put his shin guards on his arms in the Avengers trailer. But we’ll get that sorted out for Captain America. Look, the captain of the team is probably gonna be the catcher that’s been around for a good 90 years or so. He’ll impart his wisdom on the young kids and block the shit out of that plate.
Winter Soldier is the ace of the staff. I mean, the guy has a metal arm that can stop bullets. I’m pretty sure he can throw hard as fuck. Not to mention, he’s kind of a bad guy, so he’ll have no problem backing you off the plate. Black Panther is in the staff, with that vibranium suit and those claws, he can scuff the ball like no other and you know I am all for that. Ant Man is next, mainly because he can throw one of those chips at the ball and make it gigantic so it just disintegrates bats. Spider Man is already spitting webs like Peter North, so why not do the same with baseballs. Scarlet Witch is the 5, but if you actually hit the ball off of her, she’ll just stop it in mid air and send it right back in your face.
This is pretty easy. If you need to guard a lead, you might as well get the weirdos you trust with the whole galaxy.
Dr Strange is the perfect closer. First off, he has magical stuff. Second, you know you wish your team had a closer that wore a cape. Third, even if he gives up a game winner, he can just turn back time and try again. Last, he can do that beer trick.
And obviously, Stan Lee owns the team.
If you haven’t been to a game this year, and by the looks of the attendance you haven’t, the Sox walk up music this year is sub par. And it got us thinking back to the days when music was good. Yes, we are talking about the 90’s. Yes, we are talking about JOCK JAMS!
Have no clue what we are talking about? Sad. Years ago, we had to PAY for music. They made these things called CD’s, which you could buy at a record store. Well, Jock Jams was only available (at first) when you ordered from a 1-800 number. Then it was all over the place. Check out these classic commercials –
I know, contain yourself. There are actually 6 (SIX) volumes of this. For this task, the 108 will use the first five as the last record was a “Best Of” of a “Best Of”, which is the worst kind of “Best Of”. So strap in and get ready to relive one of the greatest times in music history!
Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
Ready to Go – Republica
The reasons that Leury was a prospect at all was because he could play a ton of positions and he was a big stolen base threat in the minors. I don’t think we’ve really seen the SBs in the big leagues, but if he wants to be a part of this team when they’re good he needs to be, as this young lady says so eloquently, Ready to Go. (Chorizy)
Avisail Garcia – M
The Bomb – The Bucketheads
If you’ve ever shopped at Urban Outfitters (which I used to in my pre-2XL days) you no doubt have heard this song. Now, I had never seen the video and that is what really sold me on this song. A guy wakes up in bed with 2 chicks and they take care of him. Do his hair, help him get dressed in that funky gear that he needs to wear as he goes about his day. The guy kinda resembles Melvin from Dazed And Confused and the girls look like any random ass girls.
What does this have to do with Avi? I imagine this is how Avi woke up (pre-kid, post Prince Fielder‘s wife) at SoxFest a few years back. Rumor was he brought back a harim of ladies about 4 am in the morning. Maybe remembering the good ol’days will relax him up in there in the box and let him pound one out. (MSS)
Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex
Jump Around – House of Pain
As Stefon once said, “if you’re Irish or just white and violent have I got the place for you”. Before there was “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” there was “Jump Around” as the anthem that people went ape shit for in stadiums. I can’t think of a better song for a player that seems to have already achieved Konerko levels of love from the Southside without really doing much. Kind of reminds me of House of Pain. But seriously, people still love this song and people would get on their feet every time Nicky stepped up with this song. (Chorizy)
I Like to Move It – Reel 2 Real
This fits this fast, scrappy guy we got on the hot corner. He get’s where he needs to be and does so quickly. And speaking of hot have you seen his wife? Google that shit. All I can say is that Aloha Mr. Hand is a fan. (MSS)
This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Raise the Roof – Luke
Maybe I just love Uncle Luke and that’s why I picked this song. Or maybe I’m just tired of hearing about what a high ceiling Yoan has. I think it’s time he starts to push past that ceiling and become a superstar in the league, even if Beefloaf is satisfied with Ron Gant levels of production. Oh, also, Stuart Scott is in this video, which is just awesome. (Chorizy)
Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty by Nature
A perfect song for the guy that EVERYONE is gonna love the next few years. Give us all a good chance to stand up and wave our hands in the air, like we just don’t care, when Tim “Nino Brown” Anderson comes to the plate to undoubtly hit an extra base hit. It’s a feel good song, people love it. Perfect song for the perfect hero to take us BACK to the promised land. (MSS)
No Diggity – Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre
It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
Omar’s best case scenario is to be the backup catcher on any team. If he’s the main guy, it’s pretty much a 90 loss season. But he should embrace this role and remind you that it takes 2 catchers, especially when you have Wellington Castillo lumbering around like Jake Taylor. (Chorizy)
Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool
Welington looks kinda flemy, so I choose this. WSD will be so proud.
Listen, I will get shit for this but honestly I only picked this song to tell my story about DJ Kool. Back in the day I worked stage crew at NIU. I was a manager almost all of my time there, (how I met my wife) which makes me sounds way more important than I was. Our activities board booked DJ Kool back in the late 90’s and I rode with the head manager to pick him up at the hotel. For you weird folk, he stayed at the HoJo next to my first apartment in DeKalb, which was a step up as most of the guests that stayed over night (including Henry Rollins and Kevin Smith) stayed in the “John” Holmes Student Center hotel which was basically a dorm. But I digress.
When we went to get him, we walked up to the room and he took us over to his DJ’s room and they promptly smoked some really, really, really good weed. I may or may not have engaged in said behavior with them. Then the DJ needed to change his pants, for whatever reason, and he tossed what was in his pockets on the bed including the biggest money roll I had ever seen in my life. I was awe struck. He made some joke about needing to go to the ATM and then we left. Very cool guys and I don’t think DJ Kool said a fucking word until he got onto the stage to do his set. I only remember this song and “It Takes 2”, which in my state really confused me as that isn’t his song, but I still rocked out. (MSS)
Everybody Everybody – Black Box
Unbelievable – EMF
I’ve been telling MSS and Beefloaf for months that Giolito is ultimately going to the ace of this staff. I know we have Kopech coming up and more pitchers behind him, but I just feel like Giolito’s stuff is better than everyone else’s. And if you are going to be a long term ace of a staff, it’s gonna take more than just throwing 100 MPH. So for the ace of my staff, I give him the song he deserves. (Chorizy)
Boom Boom Boom – The Outhere Brothers
I am really, really, really shocked that this song is on Jock Jams. Clearly ahead of it’s time, the whole song is about loving on the booty. I initially picked this song for Miguel as it’s a fun, harmless sounding song, but then you listen to the lyrics and OH. MY. GOD. The Outhere Brothers are from Chicago, had crazy success over seas, they even wrote Summertime (which I am guessing Will Smith changed up the lyrics and took out all the booty love talk). I like the song, not sure that says about me, but whatcha gonna do? (MSS)
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C&C Music Factory
Mo Money Mo Problems – Notorious BIG
If you think back, James Shields was pretty damn good until he got that big contract. Since then, this song has been his anthem. Even though I love the guy, he’s been absolute garbage since he inked that big deal. So why not walk out to something that so plainly tells your story. (Chorizy)
Come Baby Come – K7
I hear this song and I imagine a big guy come busting into a house party and just fucking shit up. Just like I imagine Super Big Gulp has done plenty of times. A closer needs confidence, poise, to dominate, just like K7 talks about in this song. Plus on any given Friday, the boys in 108 will do some choreographed dance moves every time our big guys get’s a K. Sadly all the other good stuff in the video WILL NOT be in the 108 unless we start attracting a different demographic. (MSS)