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. 

 

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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.

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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 –

MSS

@mysoxsummer

 

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!

 

 

Rebuild 102 – Alen Hanson

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Sometime on Friday rumors swirled (the actual transaction occurred after the game), our White Sox claimed one Alen Hanson (2b/ss) who was placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Hanson is out of minor league options (ie, the Pirates couldn’t just send him to the minors without passing him through waivers) and any team that claimed him would have to put him directly on to their major league roster.  The White Sox corresponding move was to send Adam Engel back to AAA Charlotte.  Before we get on to Hanson, quickly on Engel………I was impressed with Engel in a quick snap shot of his work.  He’s MUCH MORE major league ready than Jacob May appears to be and his speed is a definite asset on the 25 man roster of a team that is trying to win (which ain’t us, but will be us SOME DAY).  It wouldn’t surprise me if we see more of Engel as the season wears on.  On to Hanson….
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Rated inside of the top 100 prospects in major league baseball as recently as 2015, he was part of a robust Pirates system that seems to keep producing high end prospects.  He was a victim of numbers….and Josh Harrison playing well……….oh and Hanson himself not hitting at the major league level.  Hanson does however happen to have a career .340 OBP in the minors, so he has some on base skill.  None of this shit is important to me, you and all of the other White Sox fans reading this.  This type of move does do some potential signaling and signaling is an important TING.
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Tyler Saladino’s back is probably more fucked up than anyone is letting on………
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This shit makes me sad as the #southsidestacheman himself, the People’s Mustache Champ, the reigning crown for best White Sox mustache 2016-2017 (sorry Derek Holland) and friend of the 108 was supposed to be a big part of this 2017 rebuilding squad and @mysoxsummer was ready, with these delicious fucking inflatable mustaches.  C_6wvPgUwAAUsHCThe signing of Hanson might mean that Saladino is going to be on the shelf for a while and that ain’t good for Saladino, it ain’t good for the White Sox, it sure af ain’t good for the 108….really it is only a boon for ‘Los Sanchez and Hanson.  Hanson fills the spot of playing a bunch of infield positions so that the White Sox aren’t forced to play Sanchez every single day until Moncada is ready.  It also allows Leury Garcia to concentrate on centerfield, a position that is new to him and that he NEEDS WORK on.
 Hahn and the crew see something in Hanson that they think is worth taking an extended look at…………
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Rebuilds are funny in that you have the opportunity to try out lots of different players from your system (and in this case others) and give them playing time.  As one of my favorite writers Joe Sheehan often states, in a rebuild “plate appearances are a commodity”.  These plate appearances should be used wisely.  This is why you saw Cody Asche jettisoned so quickly.  He can go to AAA and smash while we give some worthwhile semi-prospects a look with the big club (looking at you Leury!).  Undoubtedly, someone in the White Sox pro scouting group saw something with this kid that they wanted to take a look at…….I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you start seeing him in the lineup several times a week spelling the guys up the middle.  He can also play the OF and 3B (or at least he did in AAA) so if he can re-create the on-base skills that he displayed in the minors, he’d be a boon to this club, picking up innings that patch us until the Moncada era begins and then becoming more of a super utility player on a team that is very likely to start dealing people soon.
 ‘Los Sanchez is drawing interest from other clubs and the Front Office had to add some depth to the middle infield………
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I have written before that I think ‘Los (don’t call me Carlos, but I won’t call you Yolmer) Sanchez is a better trade asset than a long-term piece of the White Sox……….since I wrote that he’s done nothing but hit this season and further increase his trade value.  Look, the future of the middle infield is already set for the White Sox, we expect to see at least 5 more years of Anderson at SS and Moncada at 2B.  I don’t see a real future of Sanchez here, so why not trade him to a team that could really use him and add things (preferably younger things) that the White Sox can use.
Back, Back, Back to Hanson……..
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Chris Berman is such a fucking pudd whack…..sorry, I’ll stay on topic.  Hanson is one of these chances you take during a rebuild.  He’ll be here, we’ll see him hit, we’ll see him play the field, we’ll probably see him make a base running mistake or two and likely he’ll move on about as quickly as Orlando Hudson did, but Hahn and crew will be trying these things every so often during this rebuild.  It is sort of like watching the previews when you go to the theater, most of them won’t be worth a shit, but it’s worth checking out 2 mins of it to see what you think.
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– BeefLoaf
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Bring back ______ and other nonsense.

Happy 2017! The year the White Sox, as my Cub buddy put it, “Finally looked to the Cubs to see how to do it right.”  Of course the Sox have rebuilt before, but ya know nothing counts till the Cubs do it.  So thanks to the Cubs for legitimizing what teams have been doing for years.  I might have to write a blog about our conversation on NYE, I might not, we’ll see.  Let’s just say this, it included making fun of the new field name (deserved, but who cares if they win), what to do with the homeless population on 35th and Shields in the off season and some great “that damn Jew” talk.  It was ludicrous. OH NOOOOOOOOOO! The fight’s out / I’ma ’bout to punch yo…lights out.

So all the fucking time I see “Bring back Ozzie!”and “We should get AJ to play/manage us!” It can get me frustrated, I can get a little upset, but usually I write it off.  But in 2017, I take issue with it.  Let’s look at these claims.

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Ozzie is my homeboy.  Yep, he is.  I love Ozzie.  I thought Ozzie was perfection for a White Sox manager, as far as off the field.  Calling Jay Marriotti a “f@g”, making fun of Wrigley (and even buying a shirt that made fun of him) and overall just being the greatest type of person to represent the southside.  It was a great time…….when there was success.  2010 it ran a little thin and in 2011 it broke. Ozzie went down south, got PAID, and stunk up the joint.  You could argue that they really didn’t try down there, but Ozzie’s comments on Castro kinda showed he DGAF and was ready for some time off.  I can’t see the Blizzard Of Oz in the front office, and taking up his old position seems really lame.  Plus Kenny is a lifer, sadly.

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I’d blame Kenny Williams for the years of losing, but he is Jerry’s boy so ya know, that ain’t changing.  If you look at moves after Ozzie, thay have K Will written all over it.  The hiring of Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura (and now Ricky) just show that he was looking for guys who would take some direction.  But you might be saying “But MSS it is Rick Hahn who is making this rebuild happen” to which I would say correct, but only cause K Will has been failing since 2009.  I imagine a nice conversation over Cuban cigars and fine liquor.  Jerry having to talk down Kenny to make him listen to Rick.  Jerry saying “Now Kenny, you’ve done your plan and it doesn’t work, so let’s let Rick try”.  And the Cubs winning might have sealed the deal.  Who knows?  My line with Kenny doesn’t seem to be working at the moment, but next time I see him, I will ask him.

Ozzie had some experience before he came to Chicago to manage.  We tried to one up that and hire a guy with 0 experience and while it almost worked for a year, we had 4 more years of crappy baseball.  Ricky should be an upgrade, but only time will tell.  You know who also has 0 experience?  The #2 request for our new manager A.J..

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Listen, I get it.  2 of the most vocal players for the White Sox, hell any team they played on, are looking to continue their work in this fine game.  Yes, we gave Ozzie a chance and it worked out, no we shouldn’t bring him back.  Do we want to offer a job that we gave to RV with 0 experience to A.J. with no experience?  I don’t think so, I’d rather see him go up the ranks in the minors and see if he really wants to do it.  You don’t give dream positions to guys who haven’t paid their dues.  Not in Trump’s America. Just like our president elect did it, he created it all himself.  I feel giving him the reigns would be catastrophic at this point.  There are gonna be some lean years ahead of us, no need to burn out A.J. with that bullshit.  Ricky can handle it.  I have faith in Ricky.  I think so anyways.

I think A.J. would be a great defensive manager one day.  I’d point to the Sox defense in 2013, they sucked.  2012, best in the MLB.  Difference?  A.J. left and no one was there to yell at Alexi.  Or Gordon.  Or anyone in the infield.  From what I have heard he held guys responsible for their play on the field.  Something that has been missing for years and years.  I like to think that Ricky will change that, we’ll see.

We have some time before we really have to tweek the manager, if we even have to tweek it.  Ricky has something to prove after being shoved aside on the northside, let’s hope he makes his mark early and often.  So settle in, enjoy the cheap tickets while they last, and learn to enjoy baseball again.  It isn’t what the southsiders have been trying to quickie fix for the past 4 years, it’s watching kids grow, become the stars.  Like Tim Anderson last year, let’s hope we find a few more this summer.

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Happy New Year Fam!  Big things are coming for the 108 in 2017.  We have some t-shirts getting printed as I type this.  Look for us at SoxFest and maybe you’ll get a “108 Exclusive” shirt.  Follow us on FB here! We go live from time to time, mostly while drunk. We also have our Twitter that you can follow here!

 -MSS

@MYSOXSUMMER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-MSS

@mysoxsummer

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Thursday (was supposed to be Monday) Review – Opening Weekend.

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Great weekend for the 108’ers. – Beef’s Friday. 

Friday was kicked off with the annual 108 opening day party at the home of the one and only BeefLoaf.  Big contingent of 108’ers hit the game as well, a staggering 60+ of us (at the party at least), including BeefLoaf, MySoxSummer, Chorizy-E, Polish w/Extra Onions, Biguns, SlumpBuster and others………..despite the White Sox loss (expected since John Danks was throwing),……………..a great time was had and much tequila was drunk (oh we had some beer too).

MSS Friday – Damn it feels good to be a gangster. Every damn year, BeefLoaf and Ms. Loaf throw the best damn party in the hood.  Alcohol, friends & family, more alcohol and local food (Punky’s Rocks) made right here in the hood!  I (@mysoxsummer) was digging on the Chicken Parm, drinking local beer and not hearing the Payton Manning singing that silly jingle.  My cousin came into town and my wife and I were trying to explain what opening day was like. It is a like a Super Bowl party with everyone cheering for the same team.  Then you go to the game and NOT watch commercials.  It’s the same but different.  Party was an A+++++++.  We didn’t take any pictures of people, just the snow.

Chorizy-E’s Friday:

Weather – It snowed.  It was cold.  But that didn’t stop the crowds from coming out and didn’t stop anyone from cheering for the Sox.  The Sox, however, did keep that from happening.

The Game – It was quite horrible.  John Danks made everyone in the park hope that the Miguel Gonzalez signing was made for a specific reason.

Drinks – We had a whole lot of them.  I tried to keep track using the Swig app, but after lucky number 13, I think I stopped being able to operate my phone.  Judging by the time I got home there were a lot more consumed between 13 and my uber ride.

Lines – The lines for getting in, using the bathroom, and getting concessions were long, but they were a noticeable improvement over last year.

Chorizy-E’s Saturday:

Weather – It was colder than the day before, causing a delay for people to get in.  What was different than most years was that the Sox recognized this in a few ways.  First, the ice on the ramps caused them to close the upper deck.  This actually made the small crowd look much better with everyone on the lower level.  They should keep this in mind for low attendance games.  Second, as a token of appreciation for coming out in the cold, everyone got a voucher for a free upper deck ticket on their way out.  I thought that was really great.

The Game – Much better than the day before.  Sale was Sale, the bats showed up, and Matt “El Niño” Albers was incredible.

Drinks – So it happened.  Two rounds in a row, they didn’t have enough Lite and Coors Light, so I got stuck with MGD.  In the defense of the vendors, we were rolling 7 deep, so the rounds were pretty big.

MSS Saturday – But Saturday was wonderful.  So many things happened on Saturday.  My fave was watching Chorizy-E get served 2 MGD’s BACK-TO-BACK. I even offered to take one so he didn’t have to drink it.  He declined.  What a badass.  Game was great.  Cheers to the Sox for keeping everyone safe and closing the uppers.  Made the lower bowl look great, still was a little sparse, but free tickets for everyone was a hell of a jester.  ChiSox Bar and Grill made some great wings for us and kept the beer cold.  Kudos!

We came up with a nickname for Matt Albers –

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Beef’s Friday – The Saturday Ice Bowl was fun in its own right, MySoxSummer had a sign to welcome Jason Benetti, but we did not get on TV, due to most of the WGN crew clearly being old friends of Hawk and not wanting to upset him that the fans are excited about the young buck.  The winter hat give away was one of the best in recent memory and served the group well as it was mighty cold.  Beer Vendor James remade our acquaintance and kept us in suds throughout the game.  Oh and a big White Sox win, including BeefLoaf triumphantly calling Avi Garcia’s 3 run shot (it was a Costanza call as he shouted it for all in 108 to hear and then trudged to the latrine).

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Chorizy-E’s Sunday:

Rained Out.  We were already down for the game, so we had a few pops at Beefloaf’s place and finished off the weekend

Beef’s Sunday:

The weekend tally, (which includes the 108 party on Friday), 2 handles of Tito’s, half gallon of Grey Goose, half gallon of Cazadores, fif’s of Bullitt  and Captain Morgan as well as 217 beers (2 MGD’s).

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MSS’s Sunday:

Sad that the jersey didn’t make it to it’s first game.  Sad.  Made me drink a few more pops than normal.

Was a great weekend had by all, best part was getting back together with all my 108’ers.