Nicky “Steaks” Delmonico

Good day friends, it is your buddy BeefLoaf, fresh off of the Sunday Soak and plowing into a week of WhiteSox baseball, I thought I would come back at you to expound on a point that was discussed in the Sunday Soak and that a lot of you out there have been tweeting at us about over the last week or so………”What Say You, about Nicky “Steaks” Delmonico?
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For those living under a rock the last few weeks, Steaks has been getting on base at an epic clip (.431 through Thursday) with a combination of selectiveness at the plate, spraying line drives all over the field and occasionally dropping down a well placed bunt against the shift (our personal favorite in the 108).  According to most outlets that cover such things, Steaks was not even a top 30 prospect in the White Sox system.  According to the fine folks at SouthSideSox his 3b defense is an atrocity, which is why we haven’t seen him log time at 3b with Matt Davidson injured.  Regardless, watching his approach and results these last few weeks, it has more then a few of you wondering (including the 108ers) wtf gone happen when the White Sox are good, to good ole Steaks?  I see a few scenarios…….
The Bad – Ground Chuck
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A lot of palookas have had a couple of good weeks in the show, I bet even Crash Davis’ cup of coffee was a lot of fun until reality came crashing down to earth (and thats when he became the wise old sage to young AA bumblefucks).  I bet one of the people that like to fuck with Play Index at BRef or like to jiggle the wares at Fangraphs could find tons of quad A players that have had two stellar weeks in a warm August and were never heard from again (Kevin Mass RIPInPeace).  I am not saying this is definitively what happens, but the goddamn stars had to align for ole Nicky to get a shot to play everyday.  Think about it.  The White Sox had to gut their original team, by trading Melky, having Jacob May turn into a pumpkin to start the year, etc.  Then, he needed Yoan Moncada to break Willy Garcia’s fucking jaw, just to get called up.  Think about that, in a non-contact sport one man had to crush another man’s mandible just to get a third man some playing time.  Unreal.  Anywho, this isn’t all bad, its just the worst scenario of the group.  Ground Chuck can be quite tasty, but you wouldn’t really be hoping that the piece of meat you are bringing to the majors becomes Ground Chuck.  I mean, hamburgers are delicious, but you really aren’t waiting to find the most delicious hamburger! (No, I haven’t been to Au Cheval, so don’t @ me, also, who waits in line for 2 hours for a fucking hamburger?  Unless you are going to watch the cattle get loaded into the abattoir as part of the experience, aka, foreplay, then maybe that kind of wait is worth your time, but I dunno).  We might someday look back from a couple of back to back White Sox playoff appearances and someone on twitter will throw up an “obscure White Sox players thread” and one of the 108ers will toss out a picture of Ground Chuck and politely tip their cap at the end of summer that was the Nicky Delmonico era.
The Reasonable – Top Sirloin
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The most likely outcome, in this uneducated (and probably slightly inebriated, even though it is 7:26am on a Friday morning,…..again, don’t @ me) reviewers opinion is that ole Nicky Delmonico becomes a bit player on the next good White Sox team.  That will either come in the form of the 25th man as the left handed hitting bench option late in games, with the occasional start against a tough righty when you are sitting one of your regular starters or from biding his time at Charlotte until the Sox have an injury in which he comes up and fills in full-time during those periods to help the Sox generate offense.  This outcome isn’t exciting, but its very useful.  Think about it, you are at a barbecue, possibly of a family member and they say they have some steaks on the grill.  You look over and it’s Top Sirloin…..you aren’t necessarily THRILLED, but you know that if you have a little mushroom and some grilled onions, that Top Sirloin is going to do the job just fine.  You’ll wash it down with a couple of ice cold beers (preferably from our pals over at Baderbrau) and it will really hit the spot.  This is the Nicky Delmonico outcome that would seems likelieriest!  Hell, he’ll probably even win a big game for you.  In fact ChiFanSam @ChiFanOne on the twitter machine even mentioned to us that he could be the Geoff Blum of the next great White Sox team.  That seems totally plausible….I’m not sure who the Juan Uribe is on this team, but hopefully he’ll walk away with at least one story that good.
The ZOMG I hope this fuggin happens – Wagyu Long Bone (Ribeye)
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This the Nicky Delmonico that we are all hoping for….what would be better than getting a good everyday hitter out of the back of your prospect group.  In this scenario, Nicky Delmonico has some career numbers that look a little bit like Seth Smith (career good getter on base guy against RHP), but with some fun peak years.  He might have a year that looks a lot like Wimpy aka Tom Paciorek’s 1983 season with our Winnin’ Ugly White Sox……..I’m thinking his good seasons would look a lot like Nick Markakis’ prime years.  That’s a very valuable player even if he has no defensive value.  Those are pretty looking seasons too, with lots of line drives, tons of walks, runs scored and less than average strikeouts.  Those are the types of seasons that allows a man of Nicky Delmonico’s level of handsomeness to never buy a meal in Chicago again.  Those are dreamy seasons, whether it be from the visual or statistical point of you.  Just like that Wagyu Long Bone.  You see it on the menu, and you see that big price point and you just know its going to be excellent.  When it arrives at your table, SIZZLIN’, you are not only in awe of the smells and sites of the meat, but you feel like Fred Flintstone eating a goddamn brontosaurus steak with that gigantic bone sticking outta the cut of meat.  Then, you get to the brass tax of it and the steak just melts in your mouth.  That’s prime Nicky Delmonico in his best seasons, he just melts in your mouth (well, except for his defense, you don’t really want to look at that, its pretty much the same as walking through the kitchen of the restaurant when they didn’t think the health inspector would show up for a visit…yea, not good).
Anybody else hungry?
– BeefLoaf

The Week/End Round Up! ‘Stros / Royals.

Yo.  The booze has worn off and I am ready to remember the past week’s events while watching our fabulous White Sox!

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Tuesday – ‘Stros Game 1 

I (@mysoxsummer) went solo to this game. Dutch Oven was on the bump, wasn’t expecting much, but after he didn’t give up a run in the 1st and we scored 3, my interest peaked.  It then did a solid nosedive after the Oven promptly gave up 3 runs in the 2.  I was mildly pissed, but figured it was early and hoped that those 3 runs in the 1st were not all the offense they had planned.  Well I am happy to report they were not.  The bats were on fire, unlike the previous series vs the Red Sox, and the Sox looked good.  I made a bold bet with our Twitter audience in which if the Sox scored 10 runs by the 7th (last call) I would buy a giant frozen drink.  They had scored 8 by the 4th, so it seemed possible, but alas they didn’t hit the 10.

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Interesting things happened at this game.  In the 107 there were a bunch of kids that were there for Lolla, I am guessing, that were killing Bud’s and Angry Orchards like they were getting banned by the City of Chicago.  I noticed that something was up when I saw a kid in the section taking in the anthem but didn’t remove his hat.  They were fun to watch, they clearly enjoyed “Nightcrawler” the cotton candy salesman.  Who, by the way, got the biggest applause all night.

There was also an Astros fan that felt the need to taunt other Sox fans in the 107 and 106.  You don’t normally talk shit in a visitor’s park, at least not when you are getting beat by a cellar team when you are in 1st, but to each their own.  He had a nice poncho and sombrero.  On Twitter I invited him to the 108 to partake in a Modelo, but seems like he blew his load the first night and never came to see us.  Sox Win.

Wednesday – ‘Stros Game 2

The fattest guys in the 108 were really looking forward to this one.  The FIRST $1 HOT DOG GAME! We talked earlier in the day and tried to figure out how many ‘Loaf and I would down.  Upon our early arrival, we got a 24oz Old Style (best beer deal in the park 24 oz for $10) and we ran into the hot dog guy.  We ordered 4 and noticed that these were not the regular $1 dogs they have used in the past.  They were full size! We killed those dogs and ordered 2 more later and ‘Loaf and I played the “I will eat one if you eat one…” game.  We drank A LOT, just to be clear.  A lot for a school night anyways.

Gonzo pitched one hell of a game and offensively the Sox showed up again!  TA had 3 RBI’s with a homer and a double.  A great game to be drunk at and we enjoyed the festivities.

We found out later that our hot dog vendor sold 700 hot dogs that night.  Pretty amazing.  Sox Win Again!

Thursday – ‘Stros Game 3 / Badergate with the 108 

If you don’t follow us on Twitter or FB, please do. Because if you don’t you will never get the details of the tailgates that we help “host” with our good friends at Baderbrau. What do these tailgates include?  Usually free stuff from us but more importantly FREE FOOD AND BEER FROM BADERBRAU!  Have you had a beer from these guys yet?  Yes? No?  Well you should.  They have a great selection of beers that are easy on the pallet and the wallet.  They produce mostly lager style beers that are an easy transition from the domestic swill that some of you guys drink.  If you like hops, try their Lawnmower Lager (108 Fave) that has just enough hops at 38 IBU’s to give it a nice flavor.  If you wanna get crazy, try their Dry Schwarz which is a black lager that has all the flavors of a great stout or porter but not as heavy.  It is another 108 Fave.  We got a chance to taste the new Oktoberfest which goes down crazy smooth and get’s ya feeling like you need to dance around.  More on that later….

The tailgate was bumping with good friends of the 108 #AlohaMr.Hand and #WallyMoney stopped by.  So did PC Johnny and his lovey wife.  Quite the crew drinking on a Thursday.  Brats were awesome, as always, and the boys from Baderbrau took good care of us.

One word about the game – Moncada. Tied the game in 9th with a home run and then won it in the 11th with a walk off single.  Maybe it was the full belly or all the great beers, but these are the games that make this rebuild fun.  Hell, this series of games.  You see the flashes of what it will be like for years to come.  It’s gonna be fun, buy in now folks!

Friday – Royals Game 1 / Baderbrau Pre-Game

Fridays are our big night, always have been, always will be. This Friday, riding a 3 game win streak and the nice 48 can donation from Baderbrau, was no different.  ‘Loaf loaded the cooler in the AM.  Little Miss Shortstop and I picked up the cases in the afternoon, and we were ready to get down to drinking.  Was a brisk evening, great for drinking the Oktoberfest brew, and drink we did.  Jesus.

Not sure when we made it to the game, but were were feeling no pain.  The drinking continued and we even kept it going after the Sox won their 4th in a row at Chi Sox.  The whole crew was there (minus Slumpbuster) including #WallyMoney.  We had some surprise guests too! @dirrty862 and her man were there, @ColinJPrinsen swung by too! Pretty sure more people came by, but guess what?  WE WERE HAMMERED.  Like, really hammered.  I remember thinking I hope this game goes long cause I have a bunch of Modelo to drink before we leave.  Which I did, like a champ.

 

Sox win their 4th in a row and we celebrated with the delish maple wings.  In ChiSox, for 15 minutes after the game, the kitchen is open.  So you better get there quick.  Our love of maple wings runs deep, and thanks to #WallyMoney we all had some.  And 24oz Pacificos. Which are a motherfucker.  Holy hell we drank a bunch. Sox Win + We Got Hammered = Friday Night.

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Saturday – Royals Game 2 / We Got The Band Back Together

Saturday is always a crapshoot, but with the Indiana boys at full strength we knew it would be trouble.  I was on the fence as I was sick AF but as I kept pushing myself through the day, I decided to make the trip.  The Sox gave away some sweet hats too, with a legit snapback, not this velcro shit.  Even large headed Classy Tom could fit his dome in that bad boy.  So cheers!

The Baderbrau was flowing and we were back for round two.  Melky was out in right again, which was awesome, cause he is awesome.  What wasn’t awesome was when he beat us with a 2 run homer.  That killed our streak and broke Chorizy’s heart.  #Leche #NeverForget

We headed down to the Craft Kave before the end of the game, drank some delish beer and then headed back to BeefLoaf’s Patio to drink more.  Somehow Chorizy dialed an Uber while sleeping and was picked up quickly.  He was pretty sleepy, so glad he made it home safe.  ‘Loaf and I chatted till 1:30 in the am, and I walked home. We solved the world’s problems over great Baderbrau beer, and that is how it should be.  We can’t remember the solutions, but whatevs.

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Sunday – Royals Game 3 / MSS M.I.A.

So many of you might have seen our “Sunday Soak” Sponsored By Baderbrau episode and know that I was M.I.A. (and not the rapper).  If you didn’t see that episode, watch it here and follow us on FB.  It is quite hilarious and well done by the bros.

I am actually not a midwife, but my sister’s family became 4 that day as they welcomed in a new boy, sure to be a Sox fan, named Beckham.  Not a day will go by that I won’t think of Bacon when I see my nephew.  The hunt is on for a kids jersey with Beckham on it, just so you all know.

So after 5 hours of shitty sleep (sick and booze) I loaded up the family Kia and headed north of Milwaukee to distract my nephew while his folks enjoyed the whole birthing experience.  So that was cool.

Game left alot to be desired, I hear anyways, but it was a good weekend had by all.  Can’t wait to do it again.

-MSS

Shit You Should Know / Pencil This In

Badergate At The Park – Elvis Night! 

Date: August 25th

Location : TBD (But usually Lot E)

Time: 4pm

What: Free Baderbrau beer.  Free Baderbrau food.  Free swag from the 108 boys. Do you need any other reasons to come get drunk on Friday night?  Be there or be square.

Fill The 108 Night! MSS Turns 40! Star Wars Night 

Date: August 26th

Location : Section 108 / $20 Tickets

Time: 6pm

What: My Sox Summer is turning 40 on Aug 20th, but we won’t celebrate till the 26th.  We have 30 plus tickets bought already for our friends and family, let’s buy even more.  MSS would suggest you get them at the box office to save on fees and get there early to get the bobblehead.  If you don’t want that bobblehead give it to MSS.  Ha.  We promise to be drunk AF and we will go live a few times.  Have fun in a full 108! We might have to get an extra Modelo vendor that night to handle all the requests.

 

 

 

Reynaldo Lopez Day is HERE!!!!

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Happy Reynaldo Lopez Day!!  If you are anything like the 108ers you probably drank heavily last night (thanks Baderbrau) and are still pumped up from the Yoan Moncada show!!!  It’s your buddy BeefLoaf and I am here on this fun but foggy Friday morning to bring you the 5……….The 5 ways I’m getting ready for Reynaldo Lopez Day!
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5. Get those Keith Law hate tweets ready – ALL Sox fans think Keith Law has a bias against the team, I really don’t, I think he’s just reporting what he finds out, but regardless, he’s a sensitive little jerk at times and may deserve your disdain.  Either way, he’s LOOOOONG been on the Reynaldo Lopez is a reliever tip.  This is what ALL prospect guys seem to do, if a starting pitcher isn’t 6’4″ 225, they project them all as relievers because, well, they really don’t dig any deeper to make an educated guess.  So I would suggest you line up a few choice tweets for Mr. Law when Lopez goes 7IP and has 10K.
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4. Be ready to be inundated with “Duck” references – Our friends at FutureSox have spent some time talking about Lopez’ “PitchFace” and our friends at Sox at 35th have been making Duck references all morning.  Let’s face it friends, Lopez has a bit of a Duck face when he pitches and that’s fine, but let’s try to mix it up on the references and figure out a few other animals that he could be and not get stuck in the malaise of always using Duck.  Kapish?!
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3. Holy fuck, I forgot, Melky Cabrera is back today!! – Our old pal Melky is back today.  I’m usually anti standing ovation for former player that is coming back to battle against our White Sox, but Melky is so much fucking fun and the 108ers love him so much that we’ll probably give at least a golf clap to his return.  Maybe Chorizy-E will even wear the Leche jersey.
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2. Take off work early and start BOOZING!!! – Your buddy BeefLoaf is always for the cutting out of work early on Friday and getting a couple of cocktails in you before heading to the park (provided you can handle your liquor and that you are being safe about transportation).  Today is even better, since we have a young star from the Adam Eaton trade coming to Chicago to make his White Sox debut.  I feel it necessary that we get our buzz on early and actually make it into the ballpark on time, that’s right the 108ers are planning a 1st pitch arrival to the park.  In fact, Imma go ice the cooler down in about 5 minutes with my sidekick Bonita Steakie.
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1. Have fun, but remember, the Rebuild is going to be a slow process – Tonight should be a fun time, even IF (although not FUCKING likely) Reynaldo Lopez gets shelled.  Remember to enjoy the fun times of this rebuild (like last night’s Moncada Off) and to be patient during the rough times of this rebuild (like TA’s regression).  And when all else fails, its Baseball and Bullshit, Baseball and Bullshit!
– BeefLoaf

#TankForThe1stPickInTheJune2018AmateurDraft

The #Tank is on, and since as a collective group we have been off of the #TankForBeer thing for months now (#RIPInPeace) I figured I would try and create a new hash tag.  The one in the title is prolly a little too long, but fuck it, I’m not changing it.  Anywho, I got to thinking, what do we need down the stretch to keep this tank job rolling and ensure that our #WhiteSox have the pick of the litter come June 2018.
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Dylan Covey come on down!!!! – We could use 6 to 8 more Dylan Covey starts to help us seal this.  Do you remember Dylan Covey?  Probably not, he was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Sox from Oakland before the season.  Rule 5 players MUST stay on the 25 man roster all year and must be ACTIVE for a minimum of 90 days in order for the team to keep the player.  At the end of May, he was put on the DL for some shit that I can’t really remember, but he has been on there ALL. THIS. TIME.  It kinda reminds me of the character played by Duane Davis in the movie Summer School hotslutjeromewatkinsthat went to the bathroom at the beginning of the movie and never resurfaced until the final test and Aced It!  That’s Dylan Covey and when he comes back, he’s going to ace this tank for us.  He’ll come back and start some games and be just as awful as you remember.  I remember writing an article here about a “decent” Dylan Covey start and that was his best start and that start would certainly result in a loss for this team.
Ricky Renteria’s bunting obsession – Not sure how many of you reading this post are 12 steppers, but however many of you are, maybe you could help work on Ricky’s bunting obsession………AFTER THE SEASON.  Until then, I want to see Ricky go fucking ape shit with bunting.  I want Nick Cage in Leaving Las Vegas style going out with a pathetic bang.  giphy
This has to be worth at least 2-3 losses.  We have an AL team obsessed with bunting in the biggest HR era, least contact era, EVAR.  It’s normally a bad strategy, but its an extra bad strategy with hitters striking out so damn much. This is why it will be so valuable to the tank.
Do Not Promote a Catcher – Both Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith deserve the chance to finish out the year splitting time behind the dish. They each have their own skills behind the plate, but one thing they don’t do is control the running game.  The Sox have 9 games vs the Royals, who will run wild against them, 8 more against the Twins, who will run wild against them and 4 more against the Angels who…..guess what?  will run wild against them.
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Jacob May – remember how good he looked at the plate during his cup of coffee to start the year.  Good news!!!  He’ll probably be back in September, and truthfully, if I know how September is going to look, he’ll play a bit.  Figure at least 40 plate appearances of that stellarness should really set us back a bit.  I for one, Can’t Wait! CANT WAIT
Playing guys out of position – Nicky Delmonico, a career 3B is in LF, Leury Garcia, a career MI is in CF, Yoan Moncada a career, who knows? at 2B, you get the idea.  This sort of thing happens in a rebuild when you have to get people plate appearances, sometimes they have to play out of position, Yolmer Sanchez pops up at 3B (he actually handles that position fine) and Alen Hanson in RF…..it’s going to be odd and probably weird, but it will most definitely be bad and will help Harold Baines or Ron Kittle to be sitting at the big table in June 2018.
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– BeefLoaf

Fernando Tatis Jr.

Baseball Prospectus put out their mid-season top 50 prospect list and there was much jubilation on White Sox twitter about having 4 listed prospects as well as the BP folks adding a footnote to their rankings that Luis Robert is most definitely in the top 50 prospects in MLB, but because of how little professional action he has had, they couldn’t figure out where to put him.  So that gives the White Sox 5 top 50 prospects in MLB, (the rankings came out BEFORE the White Sox netted Eloy Jimenez in the Q deal).  Most of White Sox twitter was happy, but a big chunk was bitter, because of entry #22 on the list.
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22. Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

Why He’ll Succeed: The plus power/speed combo ends up carrying the profile at whatever position he ends up. And hoo boy are the early returns there encouraging.

Why He Might Fail: That position is unlikely to be shortstop and there is risk that he whiffs enough that the power doesn’t play in games, and he isn’t on base enough to utilize his speed.
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The former White Sox farmhand was traded for Big Game James Shields, who is now Big #TankWin James Shields.  This trade turned out horribly for the Sox as they are carrying a bad contract, for a bad player and could have had another prospect feather in their cap, but before we get all huffy and start screaming from the mountain tops about how Rick Hahn fucked up, let’s consider some context.
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1. When the White Sox made this trade, they were trying to win a division – As much as some of you didn’t think they could win that division, they had a hot start, which they faded from and were trying to grasp for any sort of upgrade possible to fortify a team that was undoubtedly in the race at that time.  They didn’t have much, so they couldn’t buy much, so they sold a 17 year old prospect for a long time solid starting pitcher.  He was a starting pitcher with some bad starts in the current year, but this was all they could afford and all they could afford to pay.  You can yell “SHIELDS SUCKED THEN, I DIDN’T WANT THAT BUM!!” and that is fine, but the front office is only thinking about win probabilities and what they can afford to give up to increase them.  At that point in time, this was the deal they thought they could afford to do, so they did it.  Turns out it sucked, but “tough titty” said the kitty.
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Can’t miss prospect Todd Van Poppel, LOL!
2. 18 year old prospects are VERY RISKY – Unless you are ARod, Ken Griffey, Jr. or Doc Gooden, most 18 year old prospects are still pretty far from maturation and contain a ton of risk that they’ll ever be anything special in the majors.  I took a look at Fernando Tatis, Jr. numbers in high A, and they look good, however, he’s also striking out in 30% of his plate appearances, so all you White Sox fans worried about players that strike out too much, this could very well be one of those guys.  Also, when you look at a ranking like this, the folks at Baseball Prospectus outwardly say that they favor ceiling over all else, and when looking at ceiling, a player who has been at Triple A for a while crushing it is far, far different than one at Single A crushing it.  For all I know, Tatis could end up the best player on this list and haunt the White Sox for years to come, or he could become Chris Young or Chris Carter, serviceable if unglamorous major leaguers that no GM would lose sleep over trading away their former prospectness.  You just don’t know, so why worry about.
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3. Mistakes were made – For all the bouquets thrown in the direction of a Theo Epstein or Billy Beane (whom I trust more than my wife) or Andrew Friedman, they fuck up a fair amount, so our Rick Hahn isn’t immune to making some mistakes.  Let’s get past these mistakes, grab an ice cold beverage of our choice and move on with our lives.  Do you still get mad when the nerdy girl you could’ve dated in jr high turned into a total babe?  Do you still get pissed off about the time you caused a lane violation in that big basketball game?  How about the time you drank that mysterious pitcher of alcohol that was left on the bar top and barfed because of it? See, I didn’t think so.
The last you should think about a Fernando Tatis, Jr. is the conclusion of this article.
-BeefLoaf

The Weekend Round up!!!

You know the drill, let’s just get to it…….

Friday

An atrocity of a game, as the Tribe thumped our WhiteSox 9-3, the 108ers weren’t at full strength (and wouldn’t be all weekend), as we were missing MySoxSummer as he was pre-game only on Friday night.  WallyMoney stepped in to fill out the crew on Saturday night.  Derek Holland continues to be a huge disaster and players are launching the ball all over the yard on him.  I find it funny that any other teams would have interest in him given his performances of late.  Pete Hand came down to join us later in the game and was closely monitoring a scary creep that was sitting behind BeefLoaf during the game.  We drunk tons of booze and I still pretty much remember everything that happened.

Saturday

6:10pm Saturday night games are our favorite as a group….you can live your life during the day and then get down to business.  The 108ers were short Slumpbuster and Biguns, but MySoxSummer was back to join Chorizy-E and BeefLoaf.  We also had 2 special guests, PC Jonny, who is a more than regular guest with the crew and a rare appearance by BigBeardski.  The Crew decided to head to Baderbrau for the pregame festivities (after a few brews at casa de BeefLoaf).  The staff at Baderbrau is top notch and so are the brews.

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Anyone who hasn’t been to Baderbrau needs to get their ass over there asap.  We didn’t eat there this time, but we can vouch fully for the brats.  We were drooling over some of the other menu items as they were being delivered to other patrons.  After 60 minutes and 3 rounds, it was time to hit the ballpark.  Once we were in our seats we got a visit from our friend PeteHand who would join us for the duration……the game was a good one as we got an early 3 run jack from Abreu to stay in the game versus Corey Kluber.  The game turned quite curious when we found these folks.

 

 

They were having a little too much of a good time, as you might be able to tell.  Much like Kobiayski one of the gentlemen had a reversal of fortune.  The other pictures are on our twitter and are NSFW.  The 108ers did tip the young gentleman who was tasked with clean up.

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After that mess left, an old friend and cousin of Chorizy-E & BeefLoaf, Beerbunghole and his lovely family joined us.

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As you can tell by the picture we were having a few drinks and enjoying ourselves.  In the end, our Sox registered another #tankwin mostly due to Matt Davidson swinging at a pitch that hit him while the bases were loaded.

Sunday

Just MySoxSummer and BeefLoaf wind down the weekend, but as we often are on Sundays, we were joined by the lovely Bonita Steakie. We bring you –

Bonita Steakie’s top favorite Dip n Dots flavors

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1. Banana Split

2. Cotton Candy

3. Chocolate

4. Cookie Dough

5. Rainbow Ice

N/A Cookies n Cream

I was floored that she hasn’t even tried Cookies n Cream.  When it was hot af in KC and I needed some ice cream relief, I went Cookies n Cream and who wouldn’t, its delicious…..anywho.

 PeteHand came to join us and showed his clairvoyance by saying that the next person who would be called up to the White Sox would be Nicky Delmonico (fast forward to Tuesday and BINGO!).  Rodon

was good and the Sox hung tight through 8.5 innings.  In the bottom of the 9th, we got some magic, a walk-off 2 run jack by Matt Davidson.  A nice payoff to the weekend.

 After the game….the inaugural “Sunday Soak” occurred, if you haven’t  checked it out yet, please take yourself a look through this link.

 

-BeefLoaf

 

 

The One Hitter…..Claim Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander posted on Twitter right after the trade deadline about how he was still in the Detroit’s locker room.  This is nice and it let’s his fans know he’s happy to be there, but we all know that with his massive contract, the Tigers will put him on the waiver wire and hope he gets through.  If he does, he’ll be available to be traded.  The Sox should not allow that to happen.

There are three possible outcomes from claiming Verlander:

  1. The Sox trade Courtney Hawkins for Justin Verlander.
  2. The Tigers let the Sox eat his contract.
  3. The Tigers revoke Verlander’s waivers and keep him.

One and two are basically the same thing and are very unlikely.  If Detroit felt compelled to dump his salary, they would have traded him for anything before the deadline.  So they are looking to either keep him or sell high.  But even if they did, the Sox now have a minimized payroll that could absorb his monster contract.  They could then trade him in the off-season or next deadline.

Three is the likely scenario and is important if the Sox want to move Miguel Gonzalez or Derek Holland.  You can’t allow Verlander to be in the August market.  By doing this, you block that from occurring.

This is an extreme example, but with the Sox horrible record, they have only the Phils and Giants ahead of them on the waiver wire.  This means they can claim a number of guys passing through.  They also have room on their 40 man to do it.  So you may see Hahn try to grab some guys that could provide offseason trade value like Ervin Santana or Jeff Samardzija or that guy we all wanted in free agency: Justin Upton.

-Chorizy-E

The 5 – Things I am looking most forward to AFTER THE TRADE DEADLINE

Ladies and Gents, it’s your old pal BeefLoaf and as I sit here sipping an aged california wine, I thought I would roll out the 5 TINGS I am looking most forward to after the trade deadline.  I bring you, the 5.
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FIF – Carlos Rodon getting his shit together – I am a big fan of Carlos Rodon, back from when he was drafted with the #3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, I have had a chubby for his skills and potential.  But to date, he hasn’t become the big swinging dick that this team needs atop it’s rotation.  This year, he’s scarcely been out there, oh yea, he had an “injury” which when reading between the lines looked a lot more like a guy who doesn’t take appropriate care of his body.  Just like Crash Davis once said “You have a million dollar arm and a 10 cent brain.”  I don’t think that’s Carlos Rodon, but he’s yet to prove anyone wrong who might think otherwise.  I look forward to him taking names and kicking ass in the 2nd half, even if the defense looks as horrible as it did in his July 3rd start at Oakland.
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FORF – Non-linear improvement of the current roster – Alright, don’t get me wrong, I’m not expecting Leury Garcia to turn into a 6’7″ giant or Omar Narvaez to suddenly be able to hit a ball to the warning track, I don’t have Santa Claus’ magic dust.  What I am hoping for is we’ll see at least one player on this roster turn a development corner that we weren’t expecting.  Maybe Tim Anderson starts being more selective at the plate and improves  his walk rate drastically or Kevan Smith really ramps up his pitch framing skills.  I want serendipity…..I don’t know what’s going to happen and I. CAN’T. WAIT.
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TIRD – Yoan Moncada – Do I need to say anymore?  He’s our man at the keystone, hopefully for the next 6 years.  I hope he smokes an early homer right near the 108 so Slumpbuster can break his face diving to catch it.
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TOO – Ricky Renteria – I expect to see improvements from our manager.  He has passed the first test, of having his guys always ready to play, now I want to see a little more of the type of tactical baseball that WILL be part of the White Sox future pennant drives.  We’ll all be watching, so let’s hope he passes this exam as well and can be here when this is the best team in the AL Central.
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UNCE – Baseball and Bullshit, Baseball and Bullshit – Just like the back of our signature t-shirt says……I am looking so forward to the warm weather, beer and conversations with the 108ers and any of you fine folks that drop by the 108.  That’s what baseball season is for, enjoying some conversation and occasionally watching a White Sox Winner!
– BeefLoaf

Trade Deadline isn’t the Sox Trade Deadline

There was a report this morning that the Sox are still looking to move Clippard, Gonzalez, and Holland.  This was met with an uproar about how it would be impossible to trade Holland or Clippard and why the Sox are not looking to move Abreu.

Abreu

Let’s address the last one first.  Abreu is controllable through 2019 and it’s possible they extend him beyond that since most think his bat will age well and he could be a valuable DH on the competitive teams.  So they are most likely asking a lot for him.  With the teams in the playoff race mostly having 1b solved and the existence of Yonder Alonso, the market for Abreu right now will not get the return they’d want.

On to the others.

Gonzo, Clippard, Holland

All three of these guys make within $250k of each other.  Clippard being the highest paid at $6.15 mil and Gonzo at $5.9 mil.  This means that after today, they’re still owed enough that they’ll probably pass through waivers as teams out of contention will most likely not risk taking on those salaries.  So today’s trade deadline means very little to moving these guys.

Gonzo has had a decent July and would provide rotation depth to teams with injuries in the back end of their rotation.  It’s not unreasonable that he would get moved.  You wouldn’t get a whole bunch back, but another lottery ticket for an impending free agent seems like a good haul.

I talked about Holland previously and still think a move to the bullpen to be a lefty specialist would improve his trade value after the deadline.  Nobody is going to take him as a started with his $1 mil bonus at 150 innings pitched and his inability to handle right handers.

Clippard is interesting because people all of the sudden think he’s the worst pitcher in the league.  Until 6/12, he had a 1.73 ERA and was pitching very well.  He’s had some rough outings since then, but that’s not indicative of the pitcher he’s been over the course of his career.  It’s not insane to think that a few good outings could change the minds of GMs who lose out at the deadline today.

-Chorizy-E

Kansas City Special

From time to time, the 108ers choose to take this thing on the road and enjoy ourselves some good old fashion fun in a different city.  With a hiatus from out of town galavanting for the past few years, the 108ers decided to take on Kansas City for the first time and visit Kauffman stadium………..

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The Crew……………
 
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Slumpbuster
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Chorizy-E
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BeefLoaf
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Thursday
Chorizy-E and BeefLoaf decided to take the Thursday night flight out to KC to get a little drinking and gambling done before the other fellas arrived.  Did I mention that we stayed at the Harrah’s in Kansas City?  Actually pretty nice accommodations.  I wish some of the local casino around here would clean up their fucking act and be a little more like this joint (I’m looking at you Blue Chip).  Anywho, after a bite to eat, we got to drinking and gambling……about an hour in, BeefLoaf got hisself a score.
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Chorizy-E on the other hand just continued to piss money into the crack cocaine of casino gambling, Video Poker.  After we got kinda drunk we called it a night.
Friday
With alcohol intake, comes the need for food stuffs.  So we decided to hit the Harrah’s buffet at like 7:30am………..the other fellas were arriving at 8am into KC, but we couldn’t wait, we had to EAT NOW!!!  Chorizy-E was the driving force at the buffet devouring bacon and donut holes like it was his job.  BeefLoaf only ate Country Fried Steak, Biscuits and Gravy, and a hole bunch of other shit, which is light for him……….soon we were back in the casino waiting to meet up with Biguns and Slumpbuster.  They show around 8:30am and with not much else to do, we start drinking……..and gambling.   Biguns, Chorizy-E and BeefLoaf gambling with some blackjack and Slumpbuster gambling on his tolerance for Bloody Marys.  Our Blackjack dealer Jaclyn can tell this is a fun crowd the way we are slamming drinks and talking smack to each other at 9am, so she makes sure to get in on the chatter, she even cracked a fat joke at BeefLoaf (an easy target).  Finally, Slumpbuster and Biguns decide to grab a bite to eat around 10:30am and since ‘Loaf and Chorizy-E already ate, what are they to do??? (Look, I know it’s obvious, we aren’t the fittest group and if you said “EAT AGAIN!!!” that’s not an entirely bad answer, but if you know us at all, you know, it’s…..KEEP DRINKING AND GAMBOOOOOLING)…..so we do.  The boys are back in a flash so we decide to continue gambling and decide to meet up at the back bar at noon.
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Everyone heads to the back bar to drink and plan our 3pm departure from the casino.  After a little chatter, drinks and video poker, our score card looks like this…..
Slumpbuster – 6 Bloody Marys, 1 double Tito’s and soda.
Biguns – 8 Coronas
Chorizy-E – 6 Makers and Coke, 2 Coronas
BeefLoaf – 6 Captain and Coke, 1 Miller Lite
The Quaff
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Several people told us to hit The Quaff, which is an old school bar close to the financial district.  This joint was touted as having the coldest beer in town and that shit was right on the money.
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The bar was cool and everything and we enjoyed knocking back some brews in a fine atmosphere, but what was even more interesting was some of the local folks hanging out on the overpass by the highway showing their anatomical parts to some other folks.  Looked a little sweaty, but that’s about all we could tell from the car (don’t worry, none of us were driving).
Lessons Learned on the Quaff experience.
1. Slumpbuster’s greatest talent in life is chatting up ride share drivers, so that the rest of the passengers don’t have to carry on those mundane conversations
2. Biguns is a Peyton Manning apologist
3. Even though a beer slushie sounds good in theory, that Chorizy-E confirmed it to be “pretty bad” in practice.
Onto the game…..we were told two reliable facts for this journey to Kauffman stadium……
Uno – It shall be hot AF and we’ll need to hydrate…. [ X ] on hydrating, between the gatorades, waters and light beers we were rolling nicely in that 100 degree heat.
Dos – Kauffman is in the middle of nowhere and is a goddamn clusterfuck to get out of, which is a little more tricky for the 108ers used to strolling into the game late and staying for the entire game.  This was going to reverse our normal mojo.
So we got to the ballpark about 45 mins early and there was a decent line to get into the ballpark.  Unlike Sox Park, this line moved quickly, the staff at the K are apparently used to having large crowds and moved people through the line quickly.  The fans we met in line and later at our seats were pretty knowledgeable about baseball at large and especially about the Royals (post 2014).  Once we were at our seats, we got a visit from the homey @shankster714  It was great to see a familiar twitter friend so far from home.  We tried to get him to give us some dirt on @MySoxSummer from back in the day, but let’s just say we’ll keep that off of these pages.
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Domestic beers were $11.50, but they were also 24 oz cans (that is a $1.75 more than Sox park for 8 additional oz, which is a pretty sweet deal), which is a great thing on most days but on the days when it’s 100 degrees, you need to drink them quite quick or you have a hot bottle of suds.
The game started out great, with a Yoan Moncada bases clearing triple and a White Sox 5-1 lead………..the 108ers decided to leave their seats after a few innings and stroll the ballpark.  There is substantial area behind the seats and behind the concourse, which included large misting fans to keep us cool in the suffocating heat.  As the game wore on, the Sox started to tumble (as per usual during this losing streak) so in the 7th inning, the 108ers decided to hit the road and head out for more FUN and ADVENTURE…..much to our surprise, the staff at the K were once again top notch, giving us perfect directions to the unmarked, but designated area in which we could grab a ride.  We rode off and headed back to the casino.
Once we were back, we hit the tables and machines for a bit and watched what was left of the game, the White Sox collapse was complete as they lost in extras to the Royals.  However, that didn’t mean, that BeefLoaf couldn’t hit another gem on the Video Poker machines………….
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The crew decided to grab a bite and call it a night, except for BeefLoaf who found it necessary to stay up for another 90 mins, gulp down several more Captain and Coke’s, and dump back most of those new winnings.
Saturday (Woo Woo)
The crew wanted to get an early start out so although we hit the casino a bit in the morning, we were on the road early to get some KC BBQ.  We got touts for all of the places that people tell you about…..Arthur Bryant’s, Gates, Joe’s, Jack Stack, etc………….the consensus from folks we asked was Joe’s and that we had to go to the gas station version of Joe’s, so we did…………upon getting there, there appeared to be about a 2 hour wait/line.  The 108ers (save for MySoxSummer tryna get Bobbles) ain’t waiting 2 hours for shit.  So we grabbed a ride to hit Jack Stack.  Jack Stack also had an hour wait, EXCEPT, if you were willing to eat outside in the Saturday afternoon KC heat.  Of course we were, so we hit the ice water, lemonade (+ bourbon), and gobbled down tons of KC BBQ.  It was enjoyed by all, but if you have never had the meat sweats in 100 degree weather, well, I don’t recommend it,…..it really slows down your ability to get inebriated.  Even after we left and headed to the Power and Light district the imbibing was quite slow, somewhere in the 1 drink per hour range for the first 1.5 hours……..But with every crisis there is a HERO that comes through and saves the day and that HERO on this Saturday was Biguns who suggested shots to pep up the crew.
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Once we downed that elixir, we were back off to the races again…….The Power and Light district seemed pretty cool with an array of bars and an awesome looking outside area, although the outside area was mostly vacant as it was daytime and it was triple digits on the thermometer.  After spraying to all fields so to speak and knocking down drinks at various establishments, it was off to the K once again to watch the Sox.
Kauffman Part Deux
We arrive at the ballpark, well after the Eric Hosmer bobbleheads have been exhausted, (as usual, right MySoxSummer?) but before 1st pitch (unusual for us at Sox Park).  Saturday night was likely to be a sweatier night than Friday
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AND there was supposedly a storm heading our way, so we’d need to navigate adeptly, plus, Biguns had some ideas about postgame.  It was the Melky Cabrera show as he went 4 for 4 including an early home run.  Once again, we decided to vacate our seats, which is too bad because Slumpbuster had gotten a real chummy conversation going with a lady of a certain age, so who knows how that would’ve turned out had we stuck around.  Anywho, we strolled to the OF and crushed more beers (Miller products are proudly served at the K) and met some other Sox fans as well as Royals fans along the way……one thing though that was disturbing…..
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List of cool old skool jerseys or shirseys we viewed at the ballpark
5. George Brett
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3. Frank White
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Yea, the Frank White shirsey was the best we saw, no Brett Saberhagen, no Willie Wilson, no Steve Balboni, no Lou Pinella……….it was quite embarrassing that all we saw was 2015 era Royals.  This furthered our thought that most Royals fans have been loyal fans since 2014.
Back to Kauffman Saturday….
Once again, after the 7th inning, the 108ers decide to bid adieu the K and head off into the KC night.
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Biguns was giddy about the chance to hit the Hi-Dive Lounge, that touts a “Mystery Beer Machine”.  This sounded like a great idea to all, our driver………who actually was the EXACT same uber driver that picked us up on Friday night from the game (his Cadillac Escalade was quite comfortable and he was a very nice gent)……decided to take us on a “unique” route to this bar through some of the more underserved neighborhoods in the greater Kansas City metroland area.  It is always a good reminder of how fortunate you are, when you traipse through a less fortunate part of town.
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We arrive and immediately know it’s our kind of place: cheap beer,  friendly bartenders, shots flowing, good music, and sports on the tele.  We sit down at the bar, with a couple of seats opening up at their small front bar as if the gods had moved those folks out of the way so that the 108ers could get a front seat look at the “Mystery Beer Machine”.
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Biguns is first up to order, since it was his idea and we wanted to see what Beers we would get out of the machine.  He turns around to the group and asks, okay, but once the beers come out, how do we pass them out.  “Dealer’s Choice” shouts BeefLoaf…..that’s right, the buyer of said mystery beer would get to pass around which ever beer they wanted to each 108ers and watch them “ENJOY” the barley and hops……….this was a rousing success
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………of course, all good things must come to an end, some of this was force of nature as that storm that we noted came ripping through…………technology held its ground for awhile, but eventually it caved and we lost the jukebox and the tv’s…………that was okay, as the 108ers trudged on doing more mystery beer and more shots, BUT once water started racing into the back of the bar and Slumpbuster thought we’d have to help them sandbag the place, it was time to get a stepping.
The rest of Saturday Night back at Harrahs’ was a blur, there was one more drink for everyone, but Chorizy-E, who I assume just combat rolled back to his room after Biguns slammed a card door in his face (again) and then pulled him out of the car.  Ah, the memories or lack there of……
SUNDAY
Time to head home……..a couple things about travel day from any trip.
1. Airport booze is a must, even if it is only one drink.  You have to have one or two to ease yourself back into polite society.
2. You want the travel day to end as soon as possible.  As Billy Bats said in Goodfellas “It’s good to be home.”
Well, #1 happened, but #2 failed us, as we were faced with 2 separate delays that lead to 4.5 hours of no flight.  We even almost saw a fight between two ladies when people were re-boarding.  Luckily the staff at Southwest is super professional and handled the situation perfectly.
As we were leaving Midway after arriving home, the 108ers said goodbye and quickly realized…..damn, we’ll be doing our thing again on Friday at Sox Park vs. Cleveland…..oh well, no rest for the wicked.
 
 – 108 Crew (minus MySoxSummer)