2018 Giveaway Rankings / 2019 SoxFest Confirmed & Speculation

The Sox just announced the 2019 SoxFest bobblehead today, and it’s a beauty. DeWayne Wise, “The Catch”. Just admire it here.


So, I, MSS, decided to break down the best giveaways from the 2018 season. These are my rankings, and mine alone, as 75% of the 108 could really give a shit about getting to a game early to get a giveaway. I am including the special ticket giveaway for the bobbleheads too, as I really like those. So let’s get started!


In 2018, we saw some good bobbleheads. Started off with a SoxFest talking Ken “Hawk” Harrelson in his blue mod suit and cowboy hat. A mashup of some great outfits worn by “The Hawk”. But the Sox weren’t done, they dropped a Hawk Solo to start the bobblehead season off. Followed that with a HOF Jim Thome, IronMan and Tim Anderson in his ’83 uni. The Sox Charity bobblehead was a A.J. Pierzinski featuring fuzzy hair! Special ticket giveaways included a Tommy Hawk, Santa Claus and a Southpaw Grateful Dead statue.

Starting off with that Hawk really worked against the Sox in my view. That bobble talks and looks awesome. So here is my top 3 –

1.SoxFest Hawk


2.Tim Anderson


3.Tommy Hawk


I would put the Santa next, as it was pretty original. We got repeats with Thome and AJ, and the IronMan and Southpaw were recycles from other teams. I wasn’t impressed with them. The Hawk Solo was lame, IMO, but it was a forced movie tie in, so not their fault. It WAS rather punny.

The rest of these giveaways will fight each other to become the 2018 Giveaway Champion.

Shirts / Jersey / Pullover

The White Sox continued to give away a free t-shirt to the first 10k people on Thursdays, which is always nice. I don’t remember all those, but some highlights include – CTA 35th & Sox, Black Out, Bill Melton, Ricky’s Boys Don’t Quit, as well as many others. My fave was the Celebration Yolmer, and the concept of the Hawk shirt was really awesome, but it was made in China with an odd method of printing so it looks so weird. They had a nice (and from I could tell, roomy) ’83 road jersey they gave away, which kinda made up for the straight recycled soccer jersey (bleh). The 1/4 zip up was really nice too, and it is an item that my wife wears all the time. A welcomed change of pace from the regular stuff.


The Sox gave away 4 hats this year at the gate. It seemed like a bunch, which is fine and all, but they don’t fit my big melon. The winter hat was a beanie which I wore with pride! It was really nice. As was the sporty grey hat they gave away too. Those two were really good. They tried to do a snapback, which most folks loved, but it was kinda cheap looking for me. But again, it was a solid effort. I wasn’t a fan of the hawaiian hat either, but folks loved it, so kudos to Brooks and staff.

Oddball Shit

Last year it was the Hawk Alarm Clock. In 2018, it was the onesie. Yep, an adult onesie was easily the oddest thing that the Sox gave away this year. Which was awesome if you are normal sized. I know Chorizy cuddles up in one while he reads Baseball Prospectus in front of a warm fire. The Hawk Harrelson nesting dolls were way cool too. The ’93 pennant was not that cool. I would have loved to have seen a 90’s character drawing of the team, but alas it was not in the cards. The 90’s had some awesome sports items, why not bring those back? Remember the wicked posters back in the day? Jim McMahon chawing a corn cob pipe declaring he would return? Motherfucker was full door size. Or even the Chicago Vice poster with Walter Payton? Holding a fucking UZI? I mean goddamn. We need, we fucking demand, that we get a Palka as the Hulk poster next year. Maybe a Palka as Hulk for the Marvel tie in. Just fucking do it.

2018 Giveaway Champion Tier – NEXT 4

5. Adult Onesie – It was unique enough to win 5th place.


4. 1/4 Zip Pullover – Following up the full zip hoodie last year was gonna be tough. The Sox aced this test my friends.


3. Silver Hat – Unique and doesn’t even look like a giveaway. People would pay money for it. Easy.


2. Winter Beanie – Hip and cool plus it’s big enough for all head sizes. A quality item that all fans can enjoy.



1. 1983 Road Jersey – It was a great idea to bring back this jersey that about everyone loved. Kudos to the Sox for not making it white, it’s fucking sharp as a grey and is really for the fans.


2019 Speculation

So what can they do to have a great 2019? 2019 will be the 60th Anniversary of the 1959 Go Go White Sox. ‘Member those guys? Had some wicked ass jerseys and hats. Let’s bring those back. Let’s also make a goddamn Luis Aparicio bobblehead. If not that, the dual Fox / Aparicio statue will be just fine. Bobbles “Uncle Rico” Jim would blow his load Randy Marsh style when he get’s that email. That guy REALLY wants the rest of the statues.


If we are gonna stick with some of the same old theme nights, Star Wars, Marvel Super Hero Night, Beatles Night, Grateful Dead Night, Bulls and Hawks, let’s switch it up. I’d be bobble heavy on any of those nights as I love bobbles, but here are a few different ideas.

For the Beatles, the guys played one of their few US shows AT COMISKEY PARK. How have the Sox not tapped that resource? I’d love a replica stadium with the stage on the field that can play a song. Or a t-shirt with the ticket stub on it. A mini 4 person bobble would be best, but we can work up to that.


I’d also love to see Southpaw as a Jerry Bear for Dead night. Or even a black and silver Jerry Bear. The Dead items have been solid so far, so I believe in you Sox. Just don’t do a dumb hat.

Marvel is simple, Palka. That’s it, make him Hulk. The bobble can even talk with Jason saying “Palka Smash!” He’s got a bunch in the tank, so let’s just honor him now.

Star Wars, I’d retire that shit to be honest. Give it a year or two to breathe. When Kopech is our ace, make him a Jedi.

Let’s keep it fresh for 2019 and float some new stuff out there White Sox. The fans will love it and it will distract us if we lose another 100 games.

Pissed? Have an idea? Tweet it at me @mysoxsummer


PS – On Nov 30th we have a benefit trivia night in honor of our friend who passed this year. Tickets are available here , so get a team together and buy some tickets. It’s $60 a person but that INCLUDES beer, wine and cocktails. You can do some #108ING on the cheap. And if you are smart, you’ll win fantastic prizes.

PPS – On Dec 21st we’ll be hosting the 1st stop of the #108ING Tour with our good buddies SoxMachine. It’s free as fuck and will be at Lo Rez Brewing. It’s Festivus themed so bring that anger and let lose while drinking unique craft beers in Pilsen. We’ll have swag to giveaway and for purchase. Bring your crew and get fucked up with us.

PPPS – ALSO, Black Friday is upon us and YES we will have a deal on our merch site. Keep an eye on our Twitter for a code that will unlock the special of the day! If we have any left, they will be available on Cyber Monday too! But go there today and check out our merch. We got stuff for a hard to buy for hard drinking White Sox fan. Orders of $50 or more, get a free gift. You spend $100 (or close to it) you get several free gifts. The hoodies keep ya nice and toasty. They are also dope AF.


Frick* You 2012.

*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 in case 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 a while, 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 in case 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.

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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 HawkinsJeff Keppinger was on our team. Philip Humber has the dubious achievement of going 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.


R.I.P. 2018 Sox Pride Club

Around the end of 2016 the White Sox did something amazing.  They capitalized on the bobblehead market (that works so well for SoxFest) and created a bobblehead gift if you signed up for the White Sox Pride Club.  Have no idea what I am talking about, here it is in all of it’s beauty –


It’s glorious I know.  It was deemed a hit by many bobblehead collectors and Fisk fans alike!  For the low price of $30 – $35 you got the card, certificate, bobblehead and a ticket presale. Add $10, if you wanted the bobblehead shipped to you.  It also included other perks, but you know me, I just wanted that bobblehead.  I signed up immediately and just waited.


I am fully involved in several White Sox and bobblehead groups on FB, a guy would post this link every so often so if you were interested in these types of things, it was made pretty clear that it was a limited promotion.  They didn’t release numbers, but we figured it was less than 3,000 produced, which could be way high.  I think right before the season started, they ran out of bobbleheads.  I know this because some self-entitled fanboy (is that one or two words Joe L.?) started complaining that the White Sox OWED HIM A BOBBLE, as he waited till they announced that they weren’t available to all of a sudden want one.  I get it, many things don’t sell out, but when I see limited availability of something that I want, I get a move on.  Well, me and the fanboy had a very long (and I am sure annoying) conversation on FB in which I defended the Sox to do whatever the fuck they want when running a club.  He debated that they had to let HIM know when they were almost out to get him to sign up. He said he was gonna email and ask for a bobblehead. And we complain about the younger generation……


This is the problem folks.  I am sure this guy was well taken care of by the White Sox, cause that is what they are best at. They MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOR EVERYONE.  Sometimes they MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOR EXCEPTIONS.  It’s insane.  I appreciate it, but it can create some crazy entitled fans.  I know some guys that have front office people on their speed dial and they ask for shit ALL THE FUCKING TIME. For myself, last year I complained that they sold an “exclusive” item at the park when they had sold people tickets at a much higher rate and marketed it as the only way to get the item. I got 4 free tickets, which was nice, but I’d just like that part of their business to be more transparent.  But that’s minor I suppose.

playful preschooler with cheeky attitude and mollycoddled kid crown

Fast forward to this week, 2017 White Sox Pride Club members were sent an email saying this –

Thank you for being a passionate and valued Sox Pride Club member! Your Sox Pride has made the SPC one of the best fan clubs in sports – and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Because we appreciate your allegiance, we want to ensure that the SPC is the very best it can be. After careful consideration, a paid SPC membership will not be available for the 2018 season. Instead, we are going to dedicate this time to rebuild the club and make it even better for you going forward, with more perks that you and other White Sox fans will enjoy. We are excited to announce the details about the 2019 SPC once they are finalized – and you will be the first to know!

Though the SPC will not be active in 2018, because of your loyalty and passion for the White Sox, we will still communicate with you and offer unique opportunities as they become available. For example, you are still eligible for a 2018 single-game tickets presale, just like in past years, and we will send those presale details next week leading up to the on-sale.

We look forward to continuing and building upon our relationship with you.

Thank you again for your Sox Pride!

This was shocking to no one that was a member last year.  It seemed to be very unorganized from the outsiders view.  While it would be easy to blame the people that ran it, which I am sure they take some blame, I blame the damn entitled fans.  1st off, many fans are cheap as fuck.  Many opted not to get the bobble shipped for the $10, but would rather pick it up.  I did this too as I live 4 blocks from the park and have LOADS of free time.  The White Sox had some times that people could come in and pick it up at the Sports Depot.  What seemed like EVERYONE, complained that didn’t work for them.  I mean, the excuses were great and some were very valid (like, I have to work). But what did you expect the White Sox to do? Hold hours all the time just so 3 or 4 people would be happy?  Nah, you make a time, if you can’t make it, pay that extra $10 and get the shit shipped to you.  Just my view, but seems like that is how EVERY business is run.



But that wasn’t good enough for a small VOCAL percentage of fans.  The complaints rained down like a Opening Day thunderstorm.  And this is why we have nothing nice.  People look at the White Sox like a overcompensating girlfriend.  Maybe she doesn’t look the best, but her willingness to do anything you ask really sells her. She thinks she needs to serve you. You treat her like shit, but you know you need her.  And by the time you figure out that you love her, she done left you.  Cause fuck your non-appreciating ass.


Same with the Sox. One day, much like the Pride Club, they gonna wake the fuck up and say “Why do we need this hassle?” Just trying to do something nice for us, like bringing us lasagna at work, but yet we complain that it wasn’t warm enough.  What dicks we are.  Well, not me, you are a dick.  I am a good guy.  I take my electronic ticket and shut the fuck up about it.  *Ahem* James.


I see, much to @dirrty862’s chagrin, that they have also cancelled the Hooters / Beggar’s Pizza #TicketTour.  What was the Ticket Tour?

On March 2 from 6-8 p.m., the White Sox Ticket Tour Street Teams will be at four Beggars Pizza locations and seven Hooters locations throughout the Chicagoland area! Joining them will be former White Sox stars Carlos May, Donn Pall, Mike Huff, Dan Pasqua, White Sox Organist Lori Moreland, the C.J. Wilson Mazda Pride Crew and Southpaw at select locations – giving away White Sox t-shirts to fans in White Sox gear as well as other giveaways including your chance to win tickets to Opening Day!

Don’t miss out on the fun – make your plans to show your Sox Pride LIVE as we kick off the 2017 White Sox Baseball season in style. Also, make sure to use the hashtag #SoxTixTour to post your photos and tweets from the night, or to follow along live if you can’t make it out to the events.

Note that was from 2017.  No one needs to go out to a Beggars looking for free tickets and get nothing but their fantastic “we lay it on thick” pizza.  Or Hooters for, well, you know, the wings.  The reason given was that they didn’t have a sponsor.  And with all the hype surrounding the White Sox, I can’t blame them for wanting a sponsor.  Us hard core fans have bought in, but there are still tons of folks that still want the free shit. Sponsors might not be seeing a return on their investment, YET. They / We are the ones who go in early on Bitcoin, cause this shit is gonna blow up.  And that brings me to my next point.


It’s gonna end.  It’s all gonna end.  If this team does what we think they will do in the next two years, be prepared to have to buy ALL your tickets. And the $7 / $5 seats might go the way of the dodo bird.  Prices will go even higher.  Shocking isn’t it?  Maybe it won’t, I could be wrong.  But with the elimination of the weekend ticket plan (which has been panned by even the non-fanboys), this team is poised to make some serious money from their fanbase.

Last year I had 37 tickets.  This year I got two 20 game plans to make a weekend plan.  40 total tickets.  Many went from 27 down to 20.  Looks like the Sox are losing ticket sales, but remember, the Sox sold MORE tickets last year than they did in 2016.  They now can sell 2 weekend packages, not just 1.  To the single buyer, yes, they lost money.  But to across the board, they have more weekend tickets to sell.  From what I was told, there was only 1000 or so weekend plan people, but those fuckers are vocal! I was also told they only used 20 of the 27 games anyways, which I can believe. Well, the Sox wanna sell that ticket, not let you do it.  They are gambling that the team will be better and they can dynamic price that ticket like a mofo and make some extra cheddar.  And if you are only gonna piss off 1,000 people to make more money, well, ya do it.  Almost 1/40th of your target number, do you cater to those people?  If you want to make money, fuck nah.  And most of those that are pissed off will buy tickets anyways cause they need this as much as you or I.


It’s a big bet, but I think it will work for them.  The ballsiest thing was doing it during a year that is sure to be a long rough year.  Hype don’t win games.  Non-procured talent doesn’t win games. We have the cards, but we gotta make it happen. But both those things, hype and talent, do sell some tickets.  But to see a G Rate filled to the roof, we still need the W’s.

Don’t like my take?  Wanna complain?  Get at me on Twitter @mysoxsummer. My complaint box is empty as fuck, fill it up fanboys.


SoxFest 2018 – The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

The Good.

The White Sox Security and Staff

The White Sox staff made this by far and away the best SoxFest that I have gone to at the Hilton.  It seemed like they did take some advice from the fans and tightened up the leash on some of the bullshit that ran rampant at other ones.  With the team becoming more and more popular, it will continue to be a popular event, as it is very cost effective and the rewards far outweigh the pitfalls.  I made a point on Saturday morning to let one of the leaders of security know how well Friday went.  Not surprisingly he said thanks and I asked him if other fans had come up to him and said the same thing.  What he said says a lot about our fanbase.  We are a wild bunch, from all walks of life, but as he said too, while we are quick to point out the wrong, we are also quick to point out when something was well done.  So good job White Sox security and staff.  The event was ran really well.


The Players.

The players seemed to really absorb the vibe of the fans which seems to be a really high level of optimism.  It wasn’t like this a few years ago, people were not this excited to see the latest cheap version of a team to take the field behind Sale and Abreu.  As we have said in the 108 hundreds of times, we really like the core of this team and like watching this team COMPETE.  Cause they don’t quit, which is a tired refrain, but is so fucking true.  Most players signed all the time.


The Fans.

Good chance that if you are reading this, you are a fanatic of the Chicago White Sox.  There are levels of fandom, but as I have always said, even though I went to 76 games last year (average about 50+ games per year) there are even bigger fans than myself out there.  I just happen to be in a situation that allows (downright makes it hard not to) to attend several games a week.  SoxFest is always a blast talking to a wide array of fans, young and old, it’s fun.  I love that the most, the interactions are genuine and the kudos that we get as the 108 group is a ball.

Friday night with our core fans (that could make it), seemed like Thanksgiving.  Opening Day will be like Christmas.  It’s an odd little family.  The hugs I pass out are real.  The thanks I say are true.  It feels good and that’s why we do this damn thing.  So thanks to you guys.


The Bad.

The Entitled Fans. 

There is a group of guys/girls that are far deep into the grain, that really, really, really think the Sox owe them.  Wednesday night, the Sox threw a party for Season Ticket Holders which included FREE FOOD, FREE BEER AND FREE AUTOGRAPHS. Big thanks to #DannyUps for getting me in.  But what was the complaint that I saw over and over? Bad timing.  Food lines were too long.  Players were only there for a short time.  Yo, most Wednesdays I ain’t hanging with Michael Kopech much less getting a ball signed by him or even meeting his reality show girlfriend.  All the while drinking massive amounts of FREE Baderbrau.  I’m easy, I get it, but jeesh, the event was free and awesome.


The Crazy Fans. 

Lining up for SoxFest is a job.  On the 3 days that I was there, I got there early as heck.  Friday night is a great night to knock off a few guys that will be harder to get to on Saturday, so being one of the first folks is a good call.  Every year though, people get there earlier and earlier.  People started lining up on THURSDAY.  That’s crazy.  Because it was so well run this year, there wasn’t the initial push by fans, but I did see several “kids” run over anyone to get another autograph.  Poor Blake Rutherford was mobbed in the kids batting area by a ton of people and he seemed to be uncomfortable.  I stay back and let them come to me in these situations, but I am ok to miss a few graphs.  Not everyone is like that.


The Ugly.

Twitter Guy Vs. Tim Anderson

#BobblesJim sent #WallyMoney and myself this on Monday –



To which Tim Anderson responded with –



I mean CLEARLY this guy doesn’t care about the White Sox or Tim Anderson! CLEARLY. This is the kind of guy (which there are several at the Fest) that make it bad for EVERYONE.  I, myself, don’t really ask for shit, just the signature.  Some guys love that shit, I’m just not one of them.  I have had some bad experiences with athletes, but I don’t call them out on Twitter.

I know several guys have written “Game Used” on their items, especially when you PAY for it, but I see it from time to time at SoxFest.  I understand Tim Anderson not adding that inscription to his “friend’s” bat, as he doesn’t know if that was his bat.  I am guessing it is, but who cares?  You want your item signed like you want?  Pay up.  Don’t go to a fan fest and demand shit.  That’s classless.  Speaking of Bryant, at the Cubs convention, you had to PAY extra to get him to sign.  Guy I know paid an EXTRA $300 to get his autograph.  Cubs sure know how to milk their fans!

Basically at SoxFest you get unlimited autographs for under $200 (if you only go for 2 days, under $100).  That is a discount compared to an individual signing where these guys will get about $50 to $75 per item.  So take what you get and move on.  Half of these guys are selling or trading these items anyways, and that brings us to our next ugly……

Michael Kopech vs EVERYONE. 

On Sunday, Michael Kopech had clearly had enough of signing multiples for the same person.  So much so he decided to personalize almost EVERY AUTOGRAPH at his 9am signing.  While not a huge deal to most people, it is a jag move by a guy who hasn’t even been called up yet.  Are people selling that multiple online for a few bucks?  Sure.  Does he deserve his cut?  Maybe, but doesn’t he get paid to do what he does?  I will argue to the death that athletes deserve every fucking penny that they can get while they play professional sports.  I haven’t seen a team go broke yet, so they can afford it. If my autograph was worth a few bucks, would it piss me off to see someone else getting some money off of it?  Yes.  But it wouldn’t piss me off as much if I was poised to make millions a year playing a game that I love.


I guess the problem with the personalization is two fold.  It looks weird in a collection with tons of other balls that are not personalized.  The other issue is what happens when this memorabilia is passed to the next generation?  I am guessing my daughters aren’t gonna give 2 hoots about most of my stuff so hopefully they will be able to sell it to someone so they can buy something they want.  Better hope the buyer’s name is Jacob or that ball has very little value.  Which kinda sucks.  I can’t even trade it to someone who might want it more than me.  I get it though, I am an “adult” getting an autograph, but even kids got the ‘To: So and So” from Mr. Kopech. One guy in line denied Mr. Kopech as he didn’t want it personalized, not sure how I feel about that, but it’s up to the individual I guess.

I am sure these ladies got a “special” personalization.

I will say that Wednesday he didn’t personalize my ball.  He didn’t personalize the pics that #WallyMoney and #BobblesJim printed out from Wed and got signed over the weekend by both him and his GF.  The word was he was checking items on Ebay and seeing stuff.  I seriously doubt he was, but maybe one of his guys was.  If I made that kinda money, I wouldn’t give 2 fucks about Ebay.

Ron Kittle vs Bobblehead Guy. 

Over the years, getting to know Ron Kittle, I haven’t seen him turn anyone down asking for requests.  Hell, he just had hand surgery and signed all week for Sox fans.  I was denied an autograph by him many years ago as he won’t sign his ’83 rookie card unless you make a $20 donation to his charity.  He’s raised tens of thousands of dollars just signing THAT CARD, so I get it.  He also denied me a silver graph on the side of his bobblehead as he only signs the bill of the hat in black sharipe.  While it is a good way to tell that it is authentic, it really doesn’t display well, but far be it from me to complain about how he wants to sign my piece.


After his session was over, we walked over to Kittle to get some stuff signed.  He had told #WallyMoney not to wait in line and he’d do it after.  We walked up, he waved us through and he signed a bunch of stuff for us and for other guys who came up after us.  Apparently a guy didn’t want Kittle to sign the brim of his bobblehead and denied him too! Which Ron didn’t really care for.  I would think mostly because he was doing something above and beyond than what he was required to do and was met with a negative response from a fan.  I just want my bobble signed, I don’t care where the guys put it.  That’s me, but I don’t fault folks for not wanting to do it my way.  Paid signing, way different, but not at a fan fest, of the team you love.

Moral Of The Story 

We’re all human.  It’s hard to judge someone on one day of their life.  Especially a day where the demands come from all angles.  If this shit pisses you off, maybe you need to relax.  Especially if you aren’t even the guy getting “slighted” but feel the need to tweet about it for all the world to see.

We’re getting closer and closer to having a team to be fully proud of.  The seats will be filled, lines will be long and we’ll have new things to be pissed about.  Let’s enjoy these last few years like an indie band in the 90’s that didn’t break till their 4th record.  You had those 3 records to be in on something special before the bandwagon showed up.

Have a comment?  Tweet it at me @mysoxsummer !


SoxFest 2018 – Survival Guide

This Friday, SoxFest 2018 opens up down at the Hilton Chicago.  Headed to SoxFest this weekend?  First time? Here is basically how Soxfest works……

Shockingly it’s a lot like communist Russia.  You get in line to get a wristband to get an autograph.  For good players (think Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Frank Thomas) you will need to get in line hours before they sign to get a wristband.  While you are wearing that wristband, you CANNOT get any other autographs, so it is very important to plan ahead on who you wanna get on certain days. Also like communist Russia, if you have more money, you are treated way better.  Don’t hate on the folks who have MVP passes, they paid for them.  Here are some hints to help you along the way!



I cannot stress this enough.  Not being there early hurts most people for their first SoxFest.  So take the day off on Friday and drive down early.  My first SoxFest I spent 4 hours in line to get Paul Konerko.  2 hours to get the band, then 2 hours to get his autograph.  There was no way around that as everyone there was getting Pauly.  But that knocked him off my list so I could focus on more guys the rest of the weekend. Best part of SoxFest is you are with all Sox fans so the chatter is awesome.  But once that line starts moving focus on the goal!



Once the Sox release who is signing where and when, make a plan on who you are get on those days. Have a option 2 too, because you will miss on one or two.  Just how it happens.  So have a fallback ready to go when it happens so you aren’t looking all dumb and shit.  



I am a sweaty guy as it is, and I am sweating as soon as I walk into SoxFest.  Usually, it is -20 outside but looks like it will be warmer this weekend.  All my life I have never been the “wear the shorts in winter” fat guy, but I might break out the short pants this weekend for the hotel.  Do not wear a sweatshirt if you get warm, trust me, you’ll be a smelly mess 2 hours into the day.  No one needs to experience that. 



2 years ago, our brand ambassador #WallyMoney got hella drunk on Saturday night.  Like as drunk as I got on #108DH Saturday, including sleeping on the floor, maybe puking. Being hungover at SoxFest isn’t fun.  Lotta standing. Lotta waiting.  I know us at the 108 are not helping the cause by having a totally kick ass party at Baderbräu on Friday night, but you should come and have a few and go back to the hotel.



I know, it sounds silly, but when you are reeling after getting Tim Anderson to sign your ball, sometimes the silliest things get forgotten.  Like eating or drinking a water.  I am always flush with granola bars and waters cause I get hungry like a mofo.  So make sure you eat all that Beggar’s Pizza or Vienna Beef Hot Dogs.  You can leave the hotel to eat too, and Chicago has some great places to eat.  Hell, you could even take a Lyft to Baderbräu and chomp down on a Mac and Cheese waffle (a 108 fave).  You can even add bacon for $2 extra to make it the best damn waffle you have ever eaten.  I mean just look..



Every year you will watch people get all pissed at the littlest things (or major things) that normally they wouldn’t think twice about.  People will tell you about how it was so much better years ago at the Palmer House or vice-versa how much it used to suck at Palmer House. Honestly SoxFest is what you make it.  If you don’t care much for the autographs, chill in the seminar room and listen to these great athletes talk about the game.  Want the autographs?  Just make yourself available and have your stuff ready to be signed.  I have got just as many autographs not waiting in line as I have waiting.  So keep that head on a swivel and go get your ‘graphs boys!

So I hope to see you guys this weekend! I will be the big ogre looking guy with unkempt hair tucked into a trucker cap that has seen better days.  Last year we gave away a shitload of 108 shirts (I think 25) so anyone that I see wearing a 108 shirt will be getting a special gift from our friends at Baderbräu. We’ll be sporting new shirts on Friday night so keep an eye out.


Have any ?’s that I didn’t answer? Tweet them at us at @fromthe108 or @mysoxsummer



The One Hitter – Ranking The 2017 Giveaways (5 best / 5 Worst)

This World Series huh?  Pretty goddamn entertaining if you ask me.  Are the balls juiced?  I have no idea and not sure if I really care.  What I do know is that everyone on these teams are fucking tired.  I am tired just from watching. Woah. So to entertain you on this night off, I give you……


So the only issue here is that the Sox have really upped their premium ticket game, so alot of sweet giveaways you had to pay extra for.  I am not going to include any giveaway that you couldn’t get at the gate with a regular ticket.  Maybe I will rank the premium items too, let’s see how it goes.  We’ll save the best for last, let’s start with the worst.

The 5 WORST Giveaways from 2017

1. Tim Raines Starting Lineup Figure. Unlike Zubaz, these should have been left in the 90’s.  They suck.



2.  Brookfield Zoo Pass.  I don’t like zoos, I get all depressed at them.  I am sure my kid will one day love them, but right now she is just as entertained with a reusable shopping bag and 4 bottles of water.



3. Photo Book.  Such a weird book, just a team log from 1990 to 1999. Not a fan.

4. (TIE) Magnetic Schedule / Wall Calendar. I get it.  These are helpful, but really one or the other.  I know one guy (James Duda) who would give up one of these in exchange for hard tickets.  And not the box office ones, the ones that the Season Ticket Holders (and Club Level still do) used to get.  In a fancy box.  So save all that paper from the calendar and print James some fucking tickets please.  Please. Pretty Please. Added bonus my wife would love NOT to have this on our fridge for a year.



5. White Sox Stormtrooper Bobblehead. I know, I love bobbleheads, but this bobble is so fucking generic.  I have one cause I have to have one in my collection cause I am a completist, but it’s awful. Why didn’t they use a player?  Why?  Ugh.


The 5 BEST Giveaways from 2017

1.  Hawk Harrelson “Talking” Alarm Clock.  When I write the book of White Sox giveaway history, this will go down as one of the best damn giveaways ever. Why was it so successful?  While it wasn’t all that unique (MKE did one the previous year of Bob Uecker, actually used the same artist and company) but the promotion of it was straight awesome.  And while the Hawk haters are very vocal, there are plenty of us that love him like that fun drunk uncle that tells those PG-13 stories when you are a kid and graduates to NC-17 when you turn 18.  We’ll miss him at least 65% of the time.  This was such a success, much like movie franchises, the Sox are going back to the well to make a Talking Hawk Bobblehead for SoxFest.  The bobblehead better say “You gotta be bleeping me!”, if not it is a failure.  Looking your way Brooks.



2. Hooded Henley.  While 90% of the 108 cannot fit into this, it is still a fucking great giveaway.  They used a local artist to make the design and they used a unique style of shirt. Most people can wear this in public and no one would even know that it was a freebie.  It’s sweet, it’s good quality, a win for the Sox and Sox fans.



3. Los White Sox Soccer Jersey. Listen, if you wanna attract a bunch of new fans to the Sox game, give away a soccer jersey.  Much like soccer, sometimes it takes the Sox awhile to score, if they even score at all.  Baseball and soccer are very similar, but baseball seems more lazy.  Which is why guys like John Kruk and Matt Albers can have careers in this professional sport.    Much like the henley, the 108 would be acquitted for murder cause the shit don’t fit, but it is still a classy giveaway.



4. White Sox Winter Hat. One of the few giveaways that the entire 108 goes early for.  Seems to get alot of use from the 108’ers during the cold weather games.  2016’s was better, but 2017 still is better than most.



5. (TIE) 1917 Jersey / Hooded Sweatshirt. Easily the two most wanted non-clock giveaways.  Why?  Because they are high quality and something that you can wear at the games for years to come.  Simple as that.


Honorable Mention- Mark Buehrle Bobblehead & Pin.

UPDATE – So, the kid is still sleeping so, as far as the special ticket giveaways, here you go! 

The 5 BEST PAID Giveaways from 2017

1. Southpaw Game Of Thrones Bobblehead. How they can promote a show that is as gory and as sexual as GOT at the ballpark and use our cuddly green mascot as a player in the game, is beyond me.  GOT isn’t a family show and it shouldn’t be aimed at kids using Southpaw, BUT I will take kids seeing tits over gore.  Not as bad as Joe Camel mind you, but you know what I am saying.



2.  Jose Abreu Superhero Bobblehead.  Now the 3rd bobble released by the Sox of Jose, at least this one was cool.  I don’t really like the repeats, but I will make an exception for this one.  It’s solid, it’s in the ’83 uni, and he is using the big red bat from back in the days of wiffle ball. Love it.



3. The Beatles / White Sox Hat.  Two things that are classic. The Beatles and the White Sox.  They played 2 shows in 1965 at Comiskey so it makes sense.  It’s a nice dad hat, doesn’t fit my massive dome, but cool all the same.

4. The Grateful Dead T-Shirt . It’s tie dyed! It’s Sox colors! It’s cool as fuck.  You don’t always wanna get stoned in a Moncada shirsey, so this is a perfect solution.  So if you are taking a hit off your vape pen before the game, this is the perfect companion to that type of behavior.  I like the Dead, but no way I could handle any Sox game tripping hard on acid.  Again, I can’t fit in this shirt, but WTF it’s still cool.



5. NIU / Illinois Hat. A yearly favorite for alums from both schools.  Both hats are made well, look sharp and are beloved by the fans.  What I like is that you can rep two teams at once and not look all that weird.  Of course it doesn’t fit me cause my dome is so large, but it looks awesome!


Enjoy the rest of this World Series! It’s been a banger.  Can’t wait to find out why all these dingers keep getting hit, but until then……..SOAK IT UP.  Drink some Baderbrau and brace for the winter folks! We’ll try to get one more soak in before the end of the year.  We’ll see!  We might be too afraid of shrinkage.



Thanks for reading!



The Dodgers & The ‘Stros Saved The (MY) World. (Kinda)

Tonight begins one of the most anticipated World Series’ in our lifetime.  Not necessarily because of who is playing but rather who ISN’T playing.  My poor little social media life couldn’t have handled a Yanks vs. Cubs World Series.  No way, no how.  So tonight as I settle in and drink an IPL (Lawnmower Lager from Baderbrau) I will enjoy this series almost as much as 2005.  Thanks for saving my world Justin Verlander.

Can you imagine how the press would have ramped up the coverage if it was NY vs CHI?  Oh my God.  Talking about HISTORY. America’s Teams.  Lapping at the balls of Aaron Judge, tossing Anthony Rizzo‘s salad.  And even though he was 2 for 26 during the playoffs, Javy Baez would be talked about more than a guy who actually deserves the praise.  It would be vile folks.  Kyle Schwarber would be mentioned in the same sentence as Babe Ruth and that is fucked up.


A Yankees vs Dodgers series would have been awful as well, but that wouldn’t have fucked up my world as much.  The East Coast vs West Coast rivalry would have been renewed but with Judge and Kershaw leading the coasts.


Wanna know how bad it got in Chicago?  I had ZERO idea that the NFL season had even started because we were being force fed Cubs stories.  I saw several shows giving the tour of the Cubs clubhouse, talking about raising beer prices, Joe Maddon rambling about rules that suck when they go against his guys, ALL while they were getting SPANKED by the Dodgers.  EVERYONE still thought it was possible for the Cubs to come back from 3-0 to win the series.  Clearly most media outlets were more focused on their next story rather than the story that was developing right in front of them.  Which was the complete annihilation of the Cubs.


Now that the Cubs are out, and the Bears have won 3 games, holy hell we are a BEARS TOWN NOW!  Bulls suck (so bad that they beat up each other), the Blackhawks will make some noise later when the Bears are out. We don’t get that excited about early season hockey here, unless we are celebrating a Stanley Cup victory.

So thank you Houston Astros – Official Sidechick Of The 108 – for knocking down the Yankees.  Thank you Los Angeles Dodgers – Eh, Whatevs – for demolishing the Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 so we Sox fans could remember (and rub in that loss) using the EXACT RECORD the 2005 team ramped up on their way to a World Series title. Enjoy it folks, cause that will be us in a few year with any luck.  Can’t fucking wait.

Have some thoughts?  Tweet them at us @fromthe108. We’d love to hear from ya.

We also have some projects in the works that we will be announcing soon.  As ‘Loaf says “There is no offseason for the 108’ers”.  Well he might not have said that, but his constant demands that we keep producing content at a feverish pace seem to say that.  We love ya ‘Loaf.

Go ‘Stros! But still a BIG F U to this guy!






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!


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.




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………..

The Crew……………
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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………….
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.
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
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…..
List of cool old skool jerseys or shirseys we viewed at the ballpark
4. …………..
2. ……………
1. …………….
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.
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.
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”.
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
………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……
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)

What’s in your bag? A Plea to Giants- Bring Back Spicy Garlic Seeds. ##UPDATED##

New for 2017, MySoxSummer will open the drawstrings on his “ballpark backpack” and show you what he carries into the games. 



Man, a lot of shit going down today.  The Cavs are a game away from getting swept, which I am sure the NBA will NOT let happen.  Game 7 = More $.  Some political bullshit is streaming live across the country. And the rebuild is going swimmingly on the southside!  But let’s talk about the important stuff.

Back in 2015, I think, Giants stopped producing their most excellent seed Spicy Garlic.  Which, really bummed me the fuck out.  I was in love from first taste.  The wife and I stopped at the World’s Largest Truckstop (which if you haven’t been, you should go if you are close by) and I was looking for a new seed for the 2014 season.  Most stores have a few bags to choose from, usually BBQ, Ranch, Dill and Salted.  But at this truckstop they had a HUGE selection.  This bag jumped out to me as 1) I love garlic and 2) I love spice.  I bought on a whim, but goddamn they were delish. I am sure I annoyed my wife as we were driving me telling her how delish they were. I also was kinda pissed she wasn’t as excited as me with this new discovery.  I ordered a whole case later in the season.  Life was good.

But then, in 2016, which I went to place an order for the season, Spicy Garlic had been removed as an option.  Wut? I was advised that there might be some left at a local Mendards, but my lazy ass didn’t want to go out there.  So, last season, I was without the seeds that I love.

Now, in 2017, I was on a mission to find some new seeds.  A Google search turned up a place called Gerbs which featured a few flavors that enticed me.  Chipotle, Habanero and Toasted Onion & Garlic.  Goddamn.  I made my order, which was shipped quick as fuck, and was ready for flavor country.  The Onion Garlic seeds were not as flavorful as I had hoped, but were ok.  The Chipotle has a great flavor, but is lacking in lasting power.  The Habanero is no fucking joke.  My eyes watered up like a mofo the first dip I took.  Holy hell.  Delish.  So, I would recommend the Chipotle seeds, but man my Spicy Garlic seeds would win MVP over those bad boys any day.

So, writing a blog isn’t always the fastest, things happen, you jump to different topics quickly (like when Todd Frazier get’s a Jersey Demolition shirt (available here)) or you wanna talk about something that is topical.  So, oddly, we had bigger things to say than a plea to bring back my favorite sunflower seeds.  I had started this blog a week before opening day, and let it sit in our queue since then.  I went back to it recently and doing some research found out that GIANTS BROUGHT BACK SPICY GARLIC FOR A LIMITED TIME! Many people would scrap their article, but here in the 108 we don’t scrap ANYTHING. So I ordered my case and then decided to finish out this blog with this letter to Giants.


Dear Giants Seed Company –

Bless you.  Seriously, bless you.  In 2015, I tweeted and FB’d you about missing Spicy Garlic seeds and how I wished you would bring them back. I was told to check out Menards cause they might have some left, but alas, I didn’t make the trip. 2016, I was so upset with not having them, I boycotted seeds the whole year. In 2017, I went outside of your seed family (after checking your site in the hopes of a return of the Spicy Garlic seeds) to find a new seed for 2017.  I cheated on you.  I bought tons of seeds from another company, and for that I am sorry.  I just wish I had known what you had planned earlier.

Whole doing research for this blog, I like to link sites to our readers, I went back to your site and saw the most beautiful thing I have seen today (besides my lovely wife and daughter) SPICY GARLIC SEEDS HAVE RETURNED! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

I clicked on the link, cause I thought maybe it was a carry over from the olden days and was just a place holder that would tell me you no longer produce the best seed of all time.  BUT IT WASN’T.  BACK FOR A LIMITED TIME.  HECK YEAH.  I couldn’t order my 12pk fast enough. Thank you so much for giving me back my seeds.  If even only for a limited time, it makes me so happy.


I will continue to support your brand and let others know that the Spicy Garlic seeds have returned.  You rock Giants, you rock.


Your pal –




Extra stuff –  If you order 2 Jersey Demolition shirts (or just 2 items, limited sizes remain in M and L), I will toss a 16oz bag of one of the Gerbs flavors listed above.  Not interested in seeds? We have multiple SGA’s that will will send out to you with the order of any two items in our store.  We have hats, 108 OG shirts, 2016 Hot Stove Champs Shirts.  I have bobbleheads, shirts, hats, blankets, ect.  So make an order this weekend and you will get something extra in your package.  Trust me, it’s worth it.  Order here!