The One Hitter – Chicago Sports Depot

As you may have noticed the last few days have been rather cool.  Yesterday my daughter and I took advantage of those temps and ventured down to the Chicago Sports Depot. I had noticed that they had a tent set up last homestand and I wanted to take advantage of their killer clearance prices.  If you are not familiar with the Depot, it is attached to the park and offer a bunch of very expensive Sox gear.  So expensive that in 2012 they advertised lower prices trying to get people to come in and look around.  Still isn’t working, but their clearance prices are bomb.  I have bought several things from them, usually at SoxFest when they offer half off their clearance prices, great deals for jerseys.  Well, if you don’t mind wearing an ex player.

Thursday I picked up a nice fitted hat for $10, hell of a score.  But while I was looking for more stuff something caught my eye.  Take a look –

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One of the things is not like the other (shout out to my boys on Sesame Street) guess which ones?  Now I am all for capitalizing on recent successes by a player.  Or even a new player.  So no big deal that they made these Delmonico and Giolito shirseys, but why so cheaply?  At least make them look like the others.  I walked over to see how much these official knockoffs were and was floored when I saw they were charging $29.99, same as the others.  That’s wrong on so many levels.

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I know it’s been a hard row to hoe for the Sports Depot.  Last season they sold all of their Southpaw “Bobblehead of the Month” bobbles for $10 each.  They were originally $79.99, then $35, and finally $10 and they had cases of them left.  At SoxFest this year one of the managers told me (after I told him that I really appreciated the low prices) that it was “great to run a non-profit business”.  I felt bad, but seeing this doesn’t make me feel better.  Maybe they need to sell reasonably priced merch?  Fitted hats there run you $40 to $50.  A hat! I used to buy tons, but now I wait it out, buy them on clearance for $10.

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I know they are trying to capitalize on a captive market that Jerry has created with his parking lots, but we got the internet on our phones now buddy!  We can order that hat and get it shipped for lower than your offering price.  So maybe you go for volume over big sales?  Just a thought.

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I am sure someone smarter than me has run the numbers and they might make more money with the initial sales being so high rather than a slow burn with a midlevel price. That is usually the first mistake I make, trusting people are qualified to be in the position they are in. It has been rather eye opening in recent years, as I have been downright disappointed with some people that I have met out there in the world that have gotten to levels in life and have no idea what they are doing.

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So if you are in a pinch and need a Sox hat or jersey and have extra money to spend, hit up the Sports Depot.  They are very nice and very helpful.  I have given them a bunch of money, but usually when they mark the merch way down.  Maybe it is time to reform the business plan, maybe it is working for them.  If you wanna chat, email me at mysoxsummer@gmail.com for the cheap fan perspective.

Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend fam! Hope to see you at the park this week!

-MSS

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Odd Job – Professional Suite Filler

Hello Everybody! It’s your pal MySoxSummer and I wanna be a Professional Suite Filler.  Do you know what that is?  I am guessing no.  Does it even exist?  I fucking hope so!  I am gonna write a whole blog about my qualifications and my thoughts on why I would make the best rent-a-friend eva.  So let’s break it down.

 

How I Got The Idea

If you pay attention to our twitter (@fromthe108), you might have noticed that I was in a killer suite when the AZ DBacks were playing our sisters to the north.  Nope, I haven’t jumped ship, my wife’s cousin is a professional funny guy – T.J. McFarland – who happens to throw baseballs really good for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Quick History Lesson – I was living in AZ when the DBacks beat the Yanks to win the 2001 World Series.  I worked for Alice Cooper’sTown which is a badass BBQ / Comfort Food joint right up the street from Chase Field, and across the street from United Airlines Arena.  I met a bunch of athletes during my days there, drank a ton of free beer, ate really good free food and even watched “Mr. Belding” a.k.a. Dennis Haskins do body shots off a young lady during a fundraiser for Alice’s charity. I have more stories that I would love to share, maybe someday I will write that blog.  Maybe off season.  We’ll see.

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So anyways, I am in a the best suite in Wrigley.  No shit.  Directly behind home.  Our suite neighbor to the left was none other than the architect of the rebuild, Theo Epstein.  It was pretty boss.  Our host was a great guy, who remembered everyone’s name and what they were drinking.  He ordered multiple things to eat, drink and when that desert cart came around, goddamn.  Bailey shots in chocolate cups.  Wonderful.

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If you don’t remember the game on Thursday, there were several rain delays and I can’t even tell you how sweet it was to not have to move out of the rain, or even give a fuck if the game was gonna start again cause you are eating your face off and drinking tons of free Heiniken.  The starting pitchers were Q vs Grenkie, so i was expecting an epic pitch off, but those rain delays really killed the momentum.  So I just enjoyed my wife’s extended family and had a great time.

Now, as you might or might now know, I have a young daughter, Little Miss Shortstop.  My wife’s birthday was the following day, so I let her stay for the game and I left about 6.  Big thanks to my SIL Shannon for watching my daughter for about 8 hours.  She rules.  So as I walked home, drunk and full of life, I decided that my dream job would be a professional suite filler.

During the course of our conversations, the suite host told me how hard it was in previous years to get the suite filled.  Amazing. I thought Cubs fans were the best?  I can only imagine how hard some of these guys on the southside must be working to fill theirs.  So that is where I come in.  I can be that filler.  Why me?  Glad you asked.

My Qualifications

Reason # 1 – I drink beer.  Alot of beer.  At first look you are thinking, uh, that doesn’t sound like a good thing.  On Thursday, I knew the crowd was a bigger fan of domestics and hard booze. I scanned that fridge upon entry, we were a little late, and there was more Heiniken than any other beer.  So that was the beer I drank.  And no one drank that beer.  If I was on the southside, and no one wanted the Budweiser, I would drink that.  Yes, I would take one for the team.  I also have a decent amount of knowledge on craft beer. I can explain most beers.  It’s a skill.

Reason #2 – I don’t eat much.  While I am a huge fat guy, most of my extra lbs come from massive amounts of beer consumption. I eat minimal food, unless there is a plentiful amount.  I do not wanna be the fat guy that everyone looks at and says that is why we have no food left.  Not gonna happen.

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Reason #3 – I kinda know a little about baseball.  I can at the very least nod my head in agreement when I have 0 fucking idea who you are talking about.  Ask the fellas, hell they might not even know that I am pulling a Swingers style move when they talk about draft picks or our recent pick ups.

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Reason #4 – I have tons of stories that fall into the PG-13 and R category.  Yep, just gonna say that.  Some involve famous folks, some are from college, some are from my 10 years out west.  Wanna know more? Invite me to your suite.

Reason #5 – I don’t look like I CAN’T fight.  If we get in a pinch and we need some muscle, I at least look the part.  Get to talking to me, I am not that guy, but my looks and size scare away potential troublemakers.

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So there you have it! I feel like I could really excel in this line of work.  So do you know any guys that have a suite?  Send them my way – @mysoxsummer is my Twitter.  Or hell even email me at mysoxsummer@gmail.com.  If last night was any indication of the year to come, you are gonna need me to fill your suite!

-MSS

This week is the week folks!  Wanna meet and party with us?  Then show up Friday or Saturday for 2 108 special events! (Truth be told, there is a pretty good chance you can get drunk with us on Monday or Tuesday, just won’t be an official event)

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.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly #62forQ

Friends, it’s your buddy BeefLoaf……I’m here to round up the weekend with, “the Good, the Bad, the Ugly”……..a little snippet of what the 108ers see when attending games for a Sox homestand…………..

The Good

#62forQ – On Thursday the White Sox traded Jose Quintana to the Cubs for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease and two other prospects that are likely to be working at Chipotle by the end of the season.  This trade has fully cemented the White Sox rebuild as he is the last high profile player to be traded.  This trade also inspired the 108ers to start a campaign for the White Sox Friday Night game, the first game since the All-Star break  to celebrate Jose Quintana’s White Sox career, “Irish Wake Style”, by drinking 62 beers during the pre, game and post.  Of course, we crushed this goal and had a great time doing so…..special thanks to @Pete_Hand for buying the 108ers a round to help accomplish this.

 

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Avi Garcia – 2 Homers on Sunday and a pretty decent weekend at the plate in total show me that the White Sox lone All-Star is back on track.  He even kept his sock game strong as usual.  I’m not sure if he’ll be here past August 1st but he sure has been fun to watch this year.
6PM Saturday Games –  I, MSS, will admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of these late Saturday games at first.  But I LOVE THEM. I can get chores done, which Mrs. MSS LOVES, and THEN go get drunk with the boys.  I feel accomplished and I still get my fun time.  Plus it seems to do well with the crowds.  Lotta drunks though, which is good for business, bad for the security guys.

The Bad

Derek Holland – He looks cooked, he looks finished.  Everyone is hitting the ball hard off of him and to all fields.  I’d be in shock if he could have even 1 start the rest of the season in which he goes 7 innings.  Chorizy-E was mentioning that he as a $2M bonus if he hits 150 IP for the season.  He’s at 97 Innings right now, so maybe the Sox just make him go away John Danks style before long and we won’t have to watch him much more.  Bring on Reynaldo Lopez.

 

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“Kids Run The Bases!” Line – MSS took a piss in the 9th, d-hy-drate-d, and he could barely get into the bathroom because of this line.  Then while exiting, the goddamn line took up half of the concourse.  Teachers, parents always yell at kids to get in single file lines, time to take that advice yourself folks! Seems like this could be done better, but it’s the Sox, so who knows.

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The Ugly

Tim Anderson’s Defense – We’ve written previously about Anderson’s struggles and the effects that some things in his personal life might be having on his performance.  He is struggling mightily this year and it is getting harder and harder to watch.  It seems that basically every game  he is making a major defensive gaff.  This year, I guess it’s fine because the more losses that pile up the better it is for the future, but goddamn is it tough to watch.  He could probably use a mental health day every so often, especially once Moncada is here.

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Sink Water Temp – Listen, we get it, the park and what goes on at the park can get messy and disgusting.  But 175 degree water in the bathroom by the 108 is insane yo! MSS made his way out slowly on Saturday, and stopped by a different bathroom and the water was a reasonable temp, so it can be done.  Poor BeefLoaf lost 2 layers of skin on his gnarly paws and MSS couldn’t keep his hand under there that long at all.  It’s nuts and dangerous.  Dangerous for your nuts too, just ask Slumpbuster.

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– BeefLoaf (and a few hits by MySoxSummer)

Remember what happened last year on 7/23/16? Of course you do! Matt “El Nino” Albers made his first start for the Chicago White Sox!  Because we couldn’t fit “El Nino” on a t shirt, we decided to commemorate the reason why he was on the mound: Chris Sale, his trusting hunting knife and some uncomfortable retro jerseys.  Have you seen the shirt yet?  God I hope so.  On 7/23/17 they will be $5 off, just go to our store and order one!  We have other shirts available too!  Plus any money we make goes towards new shirts that will make you proud to be a White Sox fan!
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Avi Garcia – Trade, Extend or Nothing….

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In the 15 months or so that we have been writing in this space, I think we have probably written about Avi Garcia too much.  Whether it be to talk about WHY the White Sox continue to give him chances, or to make fun of him for sneaking under 260 lbs as a playing weight.  The 108ers are intrigued by Avisail Garcia.  The other night, I ran a Twitter poll of our followers and there isn’t a general consensus on what the White Sox should do with Avi Garcia

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So, I figured, as any blogger with a mediocre offering might do, I would breakdown the potential actions….

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TRADE

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The whole thought that Avi could be traded was kicked off via a rumor, of course, it was a Cafardo, so it is likely to have no basis in reality.  I remember when Sam Smith used to write for the Bulls and he would make up trade scenarios, at least he wrote them in a way in which, you knew he was just making something up and it was fun.  Nowadays these fucking guys make up shit and then blasted it out there like it is reality.  It’s a bunch of BS.  Anywho, so, Cafardo noted that the Cardinals were looking at Garcia and a few other power hitting RF’s.  I looked up and down the rest of the playoff contenders and pretenders and truthfully didn’t see much in the way of a team that really needs a RF.  The only other team that looked appetizing to me, were the Mets, but not for this year, they’ll start clearing off the Granderson and Bruce contracts at the end of the year, they could probably use a young controllable (at least for 2 years) RF to help out in their competitive window.  Besides those two teams, you got me.

Truthfully though, I don’t need to find a suitor, if Avi is to be traded, someone will emerge. I am just in need of finding a prospective value back in trade.  Avi is tough to compare given that he’s had 3 pretty blech seasons and now 3 pretty excellent months.  He’s still not walking a lot, but the “walking a lot” folks need to go fuck off, you can be a plenty valuable player with power and high contact rate.  The two most comparable trades from last deadline are the Mets trading for Bruce and the Rangers trading for Beltran.  The Bruce deal netted the Reds Dilson Herrera who was a top 10 prospect in the Mets system, but graduated from his prospect status and a lottery ticket.  The Beltran deal, which required the Yanks to toss some cash in the nap sack that went along with Carlos to Texas included a top 5 prospect in the Rangers system (Dillon Tate) and top 100 overall and two lesser prospects that were top 10 round picks in the 2014 amateur draft.

In other words, it isn’t likely that an Avisail Garcia trade ends up with much star power included in it.  It is possible that his control with 2 arb years remaining would boost the haul, but it is likely you would just be adding more assets and setting the clock back on those assets.  It is doubtful you line up something with as much promise as say, I dunno, 2013 Avisail Garcia.  If trade is the answer, it may be a signal that the competitive window is a little further away (say, starting in 2020) and that the White Sox need more assets that start arriving then.

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This is a tough one, as Garcia has 2 arb years left.  For the 2017 season he netted a 1 yr $3M deal before going to arbitration.  Truthfully, he was pretty terrible heading into his 1st arbitration year and still got $3M.  Arbitration is pretty kind to giving raises if someone could, oh, I dunno, put up a .900 OPS season.  You might expect Avi to pick up a $3M to $4M raise in 2018 and a similar one in 2019.  Which would put Avi’s salaries at say $7M in 2018 and $11M in 2019, the White Sox would need to buy those out and then buy out some portion of free agency.

I think the closest thing to Avi in estimated value might be someone like Mark Trumbo who got 3 yrs 37.5M.  Truthfully, if you think Avi is actually this Avi, he’s much better than Mark Trumbo, so maybe Ian Desmond’s 5yrs $70M is closer to accurate.  Let’s assume if you extend Avi (and the extension would have to occur around now or at least before he puts in an entire season of being a 3 to 4 win player) that the extension would be for 5 yrs and $75M (buying out arb years 2018 & 2019) and then signing him through  2022 (his age 31 season).  Avi might feel some loyalty towards the White Sox and get something like this done.  Or, he might realize that he goes to free agency at 28 and could make more money than this when he does.

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This is the best action in my opinion.  I don’t think the market yet believes in the new Avi, making trades tougher and I think it is pretty cost prohibitive to the future competing White Sox teams to possibly fuck up this extension.  I think you let Avi play this out and then in 2018 you re-evaluate.  Maybe he finds his level as a 2 WAR RF and then you decide that he’ll be cheap enough to extend or a valuable enough commodity to trade for a real chip.  With the current expiring assets on the roster, I think Rick Hahn has his hands full trying to unload everything that isn’t nailed down for something of future value.

 

– BeefLoaf

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly #MB56

Friends, it’s your buddy BeefLoaf……I’m here to round up the weekend with a new column called, “the Good, the Bad, the Ugly”……..a little snippet of what the 108ers see when attending games for a Sox homestand…………..

The Good

White Sox Operations – By some fucking miracle of God the White Sox Operations got their shit together and did a fabulous job getting people into the ballpark quickly on both Saturday and Sunday.  You didn’t see mile long lines close to the start of the event like you seem to see every year on Opening Day, nope, the crew had their shit together and got people into the ballpark on Saturday timely for the Mark Buehrle event and as well on Sunday for SouthPaw’s bday.  Gotta give credit where credit is due.

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Mark Buehrle – It was great to see an all-time White Sox get to have his day in the sun.  Wonderful job by the White Sox staff and it was very cool to see some of the old players there to support Mark on his big day.  Truthfully though, his family stole the show, his son with an excellent rendition of the National Anthem, his daughter throwing out the first pitch and of course, the lovely Mrs. Buehrle who is aging like a fine wine.

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Ricky Renteria – This is a bad team and not likely to get better anytime soon, but at least we have a decent manager this year.  Ricky “gets it” including supporting his players, getting thrown out on Friday night and Saturday in support of Tim Anderson and Todd Frazier.  I could go long form on how important that sort of thing is for any sort of organization, but for now, let’s just say that I think this ball club is in good hands for the future.

The Bad

White Sox Offense – I could pick on lots of guys here, but the bottom line is that the offense stunk this weekend.  5 runs in 3 games ain’t gonna get it done.  It was a team effort in being a big steaming pile, so I won’t jump on anyone in particular.  Bad, Bad, bad….

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People Dressed in Cubs gear at Sox Games – This shit HAS to stop.    I understand if you don’t have a lot of dough and your Cubs stuff is your only stuff for going to the ballgame, but most of the Cubs vs. Sox shit talk is about how us Sox fans are all poors and how our stadium is in the ghetto and what not.  People doing this, please stop, you look like morans.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon – This was an epic fail, I saw almost nobody drinking this beer.  A couple of the 108ers bought one, but weren’t really feeling it.  I get the PBR thing, I’m not personally a fan, but when PBR started coming back into vogue it was the cheapest beer at your local saloon and you were getting a deal to drink some nostalgia.  This beer is not meant to retail for $8.75.  LOL!

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The Ugly

Jerry Reinsdorf – Such a great day on Saturday and Jerry has to take two side swipes at the fans during his talk.  I guess even when you are in your 80’s you still don’t get over yourself.  It was bad form any way you slice it.  The 108ers are in no way shape or form Jerry haters, he just acted like an ass to the fans and it shouldn’t be ignored.

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The Umpiring – I’m not really one to give much of a shit about the Umps, sometimes they are good, sometimes they are bad, oh well.  But if players and coaches are getting thrown out every game and we are watching countless close (read blown) calls on replay that they don’t get right, we gotta call it out.  Get your shit together Umps!

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Big Game James – Picking up where he left off last year, James was VERY HITTABLE in his debut back from the DL on Saturday.  The bullpen is shot, they are soooo tired already and we aren’t even to the all star break, so our starters really need to start shouldering some of the load.  Saturday Shields gets crushed, pitching to only 2 batters in the 4th inning and logging 85 pitches.  We’ll give him a mulligan here since he was just coming off of the DL, but this was ugly.

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– BeefLoaf

The 5 – Mark Buehrle’s Best Moments

On Saturday, June 24th, the Chicago White Sox will retire #56. Rightly so.  The guy was balls out awesome with the Sox, and always got you out of there early with his no nonsense approach to tossing the hardball.  The catcher called the pitch, he threw the pitch.  Simple.  Didn’t overthink it, just threw the ball.  He didn’t get you on speed, he got you because he was a master at placing the ball where he wanted it.  He was our Maddux on the southside, another guy who pitched forever because his style gave him the chance.  Will he make the HOF?  Up for debate, but his win total might keep him out.

Here are my, MSS, best Buehrle moments.

5 – April 5th, 2010 – The Buehrle Backhand.

Goddamn son.

4 – May 5th, 2010 – Balk City Buehrle

A move so good, even big fat dummy Joe West doesn’t get it. Apparently he and Hawk are friends now, they weren’t in this clip.  Mild mannered Mark even got heated.

3 – Big Truck Mark.

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2- 4/18/2007 – A No-No.

This was awesome, then this happened…..

1- 7/23/2009 – Perfection.

Just complete insanity.  I was living in Cali at the time, and rushed home to watch the end of the game on my gigantic tube television.  This thing was insane.   I left it behind when I moved cause I didn’t want to ever lift it again.  But anyways, I watched the end of that game on my blue leather couch in Huntington Beach, CA.  That will always be a favorite game and memory of mine.  Maybe not so much my neighbor who must have been tired of hearing me yell at the Sox and Illini, inside the house, outside the house whilst having a heater, upstairs, downstairs, you get the idea.  I called my dad and we talked about how Wise was gonna get a nice gift (which he did, a watch) and how great it was to see a guy like Mark toss that game.

But then we saw Phillip Humber toss one in 2012, and realized it is just as much luck as it is skill.  Ozzie always said he’d rather be lucky than good, hard to disagree with that.

So there are my top 5 moments.  Will be great to see him home again on Saturday.  Speaking of which, will you be there?  Oh, dang, the game is sold out.  But guess what?  The enterprising folks from the 108 have 2 (TWO) extra tickets to giveaway to our fans for free, kinda.  As you know, we opened a store.  You can see what we sell here – http://fromthe108.bigcartel.com/ . Check it out, buy something.  And if you buy 2 items from us from 6/19 till 6/22 at 11pm, you will be entered into the drawing to win the two tickets.  The best part, they are in the 108, our section!  Now, because we aren’t dicks, people that have bought 2 items from us already are entered into the contest too. You count too! But if you wanna buy 2 more items, we’ll even give you an extra entry.  Cheaper than scalping tix, and you get a sweet merch from our blog! Only negative, it is 2 tickets that are not right next to each other, but you will get your pin, watch the number be retired, and in about the 5th you can move down to us and get HAMMERED.

If you have any questions, email us at fromthe108@gmail.com or tweet at us @fromthe108.

-MSS

The Power Of A Shirt.

On May 30th, besides the amazing (on paper) matchup of Q and Sale, our good buddy #WallyMoney (you can follow him on Twitter here) was tossing the first pitch.  Doing us an extreme solid, his clothing for the night was our Jersey Demolition shirt.  Yes, he rocks.  Yes, he even paid for it.  See his pic below –

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Was #WallyMoney the ultimate Sale troll?  I say yes.  Did it rattle Sale’s cage?  I doubt it, but it was really awesome to see a shirt you designed on the field, on the board. Here is another pic –

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Pretty cool right? Well, after the first pitch, #WallyMoney came and joined us.  During the discussion on who threw a worst first pitch, #WM told us that Frazier, Todd Frazier, told him that he had on an “great” shirt. So, being the enterprising kids we are, we decide that we need to make sure that Todd get’s a shirt.  Just one slight problem……@fromthe108 is blocked by The Toddfather a.ka. The Blockfather.

We aren’t exactly sure when we were blocked, but the first time I tweeted at him with the 108 account, it was before he even played an inning for the CWS.  He was at SoxFest, meeting someone at Kitty O’Sheas, and I tweeted at him that we’d buy him a drink.  Later BeefLoaf tweeted “something” at him and we were for sure blocked after that.  So our good friend Bobble Jim tweeted at him and with my MSS account I responded with this –

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As I was walking down to the park, I got the message and a few texts too, so we were set to make the hand off.  I know where to go to get limited access to these guys, you look for the kids and go there.  So me, with a bunch of kids, waiting, for Todd.  After he did his warm ups, he came over and signed about 75 autographs.  That is pretty damn amazing.  The Sox were shooting video (and thank God my fat ass didn’t end up on that video creeping on Frazer with my bad ass shirt), but I know he does it every game, the guy is the real deal.  So, I wait for my chance, and let him know I have his shirt.  He laughs and says “Thanks!”, tucks it under his arm, signs a few more caps, and walks off the field with his new shirt.

 

 

Pretty awesome.  But then something magical happened….

It didn’t start right away, but after getting his Jersey Demolition shirt, Todd Frazier has been on fire.  Legit fire.  Up until last night, which he singled, he is slashing .333/.379/.741, which according to most is ridiculous.  So why is the sudden turn around?  MONEY! IT’S GOTTA BE THE SHIRT. 

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So if you need to improve your stats, your sales, your side chick game, ability to shotgun beers, shoot Jagermeister, talk to girls, talk to guys, eat hot dogs, jump higher, run faster, make more money, swim faster, fly further, wake up early, pick up a new hobby, quit a bad habit, meditate, start a journal, start a weekly exercise routine, read a book weekly, reduce social media use (take a break for a week or a month), start a blog, begin a new healthy habit, ask for feedback, get out of your comfort zone, learn something new, avoid negative people, call a loved one that you have not spoken to in while, sign up for a class, try a DIY project, start a savings account, take a trip by yourself, schedule a spa day, overcome your fears, take a break, learn a new language, reach out to a potential mentor or volunteer in your community THE SHIRT CAN HELP.  As Todd Frazier has shown, our shirt has magical powers that surpass the almighty Jobu!

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Plus, you can drink the rum! Shirts don’t need rum! We’ll even help drink the rum!

So maybe you want to buy a shirt eh?  Go here – http://fromthe108.bigcartel.com/

We got hats and everything!  We even have the OG 108 shirt that is worn by everyone in the 108.  And what besides magical powers can we offer you?  A SPECIAL GIFT IF YOU ORDER TWO PRODUCTS THIS WEEKEND!  As you may or may not know, I, MSS, am a big hoarder of all things White Sox.  If you purchase two items, this weekend, I will throw in a special White Sox SGA that lives in my basement.  I have all sorts of hats, shirts, blankets, bobbleheads, all that swag that we all love.  So place that order in the next 48 hours and you will get a free gift with your order!  And as always, know that the money you spend goes towards a new t-shirt release.  Or we’ll drink it away. Only time will tell.

So you REALLY want to buy a shirt now!  Go here – http://fromthe108.bigcartel.com/

So thanks for your support and we’ll be out there next week crushing Modelos like Addison Russell did his hot ass wife, allegedly.  I knew the Cubs were gonna have to fill big shoes with Chapman being gone, didn’t expect they would cover this aspect too. Jeesh.

Peeeeeeeeace, I’m out.

-MSS

 

The 108 Learning Annex – Bathroom Etiquette at the Ballpark.

Even though we don’t wanna do this, we feel like the hot mess that took place on April 22nd, 2017 has deemed it necessary that we go over this.  Usually this takes place on Opening Day, but a 32k crowd on that “Sweatshirt Saturday” blew it out of the water. Some of y’all have NO FUCKING IDEA ON HOW TO USE THE RESTROOMS AT G-RATE. NO IDEA. NOT A CLUE.

Let’s take a look at the diagram –

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So most of you know to enter in the A area.  Some of you go backdoor and hit the C area, which I understand, but you are still a cunt when you do so.  So much so that I won’t tuck my wide shoulders when going out the exit in hopes that I give you a stinger. So you go in A.  Now, if you gotta shit (and I will say that in hundreds of games that I have attended I have done it twice) you can stay in the A area, but move to the side so other guys can get past. If you are using the stall to piss, you gotta reevaluate your life, for reals.  The last thing anyone is looking at is your dick size at the ballpark.  If you have a kid and are using the stall, hey, thank you for bringing the ‘yutes to the game. One time I saw a guy drinking a beer, taking a piss with his kid in a baby carrier. It was amazing.

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When you enter the bathroom, and you just have to piss, walk right by the people in the A area, and head to the B area.  Simple right? You’d think. Why do this you ask? This will prevent a big bunch of people blocking the entrance while ONE FUCKING GUY is just sitting there waiting for the next open urinal.  Right now, huge lines ensue just so “First In Line” Fred can get his pisser before anyone else does. We in the 108 LOSE OUR FUCKING MINDS when this happens.  But how can it be avoided?  Oh, we’d thought you’d never ask!

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Now, here is where it get’s tricky. We all like to gamble right?  Well, now is the time (as Slumpbuster put it) to “pick your horse”.  You line up behind a guy taking a piss, so there is no bunching in area A, which allows for people to get access to the next open urinal.   Now, several things can happen. Your “horse” might win before the guy who might have gotten in line before you. It is your urinal, you won, piss away. But you can do the, “Go ahead” movement if you wanna be a nice guy.  But ultimately, it is yours to use. Just following this little suggestion, will make things go so much smoother, and Chorizy – E won’t wanna kill you.

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I know all you guys are all about being “fair”, well except you cunts that go in the exit and think it’s hilarious. But honestly, this first come, next served bullshit has to end.  When there are less people in the bathroom, I stay in an “area” of a few urinals. If a guy who was waiting longer than me picked a bad horse (depending on how bad I gotta piss) I usually will offer up my spot to that guy.  I try to be fair, but sometimes, especially when the bathrooms are full, you gotta make a decision and deal with it. It sucks, but it’s the best we can do.  This one guy waiting for the next available one has gotta end.  I am gonna have a fucking aneurysm the next time I get in line only to find out we are waiting for “Next In Line” Ned to get his properly deserved urinal.

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Now, you don’t have to be right on the guy taking a piss, give him some space and don’t rush the guy.  Usually I am pretty drunk, so I don’t give a fuck how close you are, but some guys that might give them stage fright.  What actually will give most guys stage fright is when you don’t leave a one urinal buffer in an empty bathroom.  I know we are a group orientated type of society, don’t like to be alone, but one spot, is public bathrooms.  Stay the fuck away.

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I am sure I have pissed off a bunch of people, but IDGAF. This madness needs to end.  Seriously.  I am tired of waiting in lines so one person can be treated fairly.  We are in a  group situation and what works best for the group, not than the individual, should rule. So when you see a guy walk by you, cause you are living in “It’s My Turn” Ted’s dumb world, waiting in the A area, don’t freak out, but rather follow him to the future.  We in the 108 will be there, and we’ll have fancy future beer. Wanna join us?

 

-MSS

 

Big thanks to all the 108’ers that came out last night to support my first lofty and slow pitch.  Miguel Gonzalez called it an ultra slow change-up, awesome guy by the way. It was a wonderful experience that I am very appreciative of.  Having my wife, daughter and all you jagaloons there meant more to me than you will even know.  The shit talking after the pitch was pretty light, I think because I was holding my daughter.  I am sure it will continue tonight.  Extra special thanks to Mike from the Sox (an avid 108 reader) for his hospitality. Can’t wait to do it again.

 

And then this –

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So our new t-shirt idea is available in our BRAND NEW SPANKING STORE! In this store you can get our brand spanking new “Jersey Demolition” shirt and OG 108 Trucker cap that all the fellas wear. Available also is our original OG 108 shirt (Chicago colorway, black and white) in limited numbers.  In very limited numbers we have the 2016 Hot Stove Champions shirt.  The money we get from these shirts goes to fund more funny t-shirt ideas.  If there is money left after that, we promise to drink it away.  

So visit our store here – http://fromthe108.bigcartel.com/

Take a quick look at our merch and buy something!  Please and thank you!

 

Hey You – Buy Our Stuff.

Hola it’s MSS and we have a special blog today for all our loyal readers.  If you follow us on Twitter (@fromthe108) or our Instagram (fromthe108, and looking at the numbers you might not) we teased an announcement.  Here it is –

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And –

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What could it be?  Looks awesome.  Looks comfortable. Looks like you need one.  Here it is in all it’s glory!

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WE MADE ANOTHER SHIRT! Isn’t it funny that “shirt” and “shit” are only an “r” away? How about that. So anyways, what a fantastic shirt.  It’s made by the great people at Next Level, so you know it’s soft. Printed in CHICAGO by local guys 4th Shift Printing. It’s a fancy athletic cut that makes you look slim.  Plus it celebrates the oddest day in Chris Sale’s storied career.  Wouldn’t it be great to welcome him back with this nifty shirt?  Word is he is tossing on May 30th, should be a great one.

So now you are telling yourself, “Goddamn, that is a fancy shirt.  I need me that!” And then thinking,  “It must be a $50 shirt looking at that quality design and superior printing.” Well, you would be right.  It’s a $50 shirt, but we are selling them all half off at the low-low “you so crazy” price of only $25.  We’ll even ship this badboy (along with whatever 108 swag I can find in my basement)  to you for just $5 more.  That’s a steal right?  But wait, there is more.

We only made 100 of these hilarious shirts and once they are sold, we will never sell one again.  We know how much it sucks when you get a sweet t-shirt and then your buddy get’s the same one months later just to steal your thunder.  So buy it before that asshole does!

So now you are thinking “I wonder where I go to procure this wondrous item?” Well right here my friend! Yes, the 108’ers have a store.

Here is the link again –

http://fromthe108.bigcartel.com/

So go check our shit out!  What other awesome items are in store for you? Literally everything you need! Check out these other items!

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The first shirt we ever did.  The OG 108 shirt that you have seen around the park.  We get hit up about this shirt all the time, now you can own it. Sweet huh?

We also have this Rick Hahn endorsed gem –

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Oh don’t believe me?  Look at this!

Yep, Rick has one and might be wearing it RIGHT FUCKING NOW. Wearing this shirt, crushing Modelo after Modelo, telling Kenny to hold his beer while he shows the Chairman how he made the deals that made us the 2016 Hot Stove Champions.

Now you are saying “But the sun, it blinds me.” Well we have a solution –

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Look at all that awesome.  Nothing says “I am here to party!” quite like a trucker cap.  Black and white colorway so you can wear it to formal occasions! And really, it goes with EVERYTHING. Don’t be left out when all your friends are rocking this cap, drinking heavily, picking up chicks.  Just like Slumpbuster does. You can rock it forwards when the sun is beating down and then flip it around when it’s time to get serious.

So go take a look at our store and if you feel so inclined, buy something.  Money made off of these items will go directly back into making more fun 108 gear, and if there is any left over, rest assured we will be drinking that away at the next homestand. Wanna save the shipping cost?  Tweet at us and let us know what you want and when you will be at the park, we’ll bring the order to you!  For reals.

So please share this with your buds and budettes and buy something already!  Need that link again?  Ok, here you go!

http://fromthe108.bigcartel.com/

We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy this as much as we think you will.  Tweet at us with your praise or disgust.   ALSO – If you already have a 108 shirt, and you tweet us a pic while you are wearing it at the park, we’ll enter you into a contest to win some free Sox SGA stuff.  We’ll pick one winner per homestand and send you stuff.  Seriously, that simple.

Thanks for the support!

-MSS

(2) The Good, The Bad, The Ugly……

Friends, it’s your buddy BeefLoaf……I’m here to round up the weekend with  “the Good, the Bad, the Ugly”……..a little snippet of what the 108’ers see when attending games for a Sox homestand.

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The Good

– The Fans – Cheers to you White Sox fans!!! This team is a shell of its former self, but you are still coming out and supporting a full scale rebuild.  32k fans on Saturday night was…AMAZING!!!  The Sunday crowd was solid too.  I don’t ever want to hear Kenny Williams complain about the crowds, we are supporting a rebuilding team more then appropriately.
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– The Bullpen – the last few years have been a struggle, but lemme tell ya…..this year, the White Sox bullpen has been nothing short of spectacular…………this weekend, we had Michael Ynoa throw 51 pitches on Saturday night to close out 3 innings much needed relief work when Mike Pelfrey’s start was a total disaster……..we also had Tommy Kahnle come in and throw a scoreless 8th inning on Sunday.  The White Sox appear to be ready for a world in which Tommy Kahnle and Anthony Swarzak throw important innings.
– 108 Twitter Followers – You guys and gals are fucking amazing!!!  Whether you are coming down to hang for an inning or two in the 108 (like the friends @cmmarysz @dirrty862 and @DudeSlater ) or just tweeting clever stuff to us before, during or after games, it’s a joy to interract with you!!!  It is going to be a tough next couple of years, but our interractions should make it much more palatable.
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The Bad

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– Todd Frazier – I wrote about him in this space last homestand and I hope to not write about him again, but he looks totally lost.  What doesn’t help is when you are awful at the plate and then drop an easy pop up in foul territory that ends up allowing another run to cross the plate that inning (thank goodness it didn’t factor in the result).  I just hope he can right this ship before the trade deadline and become SOMETHING for this rebuilding team.
– Ricky Renteria – I mostly think Ricky has done a solid job, but for a rebuilding team that is struggling on offense, I can’t make a solid argument for why Matt Davidson is riding the pine ALL. GODDAMN. WEEKEND.  Not a pinch hitting spot, not a spot start on Saturday, wtf?  I am NOT a Matt Davidson supporter (much of White Sox twitter is), but I can’t come up with a cogent reason that would say benching him for 3 game straight makes any kind of sense.
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The Ugly

– Bathroom Etiquette – MySoxSummer will have a more complete piece on this coming through soon, but the lines out the door are unacceptable, the half drank beers and half eaten slices of pizza left on the urinal are unacceptable.  We might run a workshop on how not to be a fucking idiot at the ballpark when using the facilities.
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– Throwing Home Run Balls back on the Field – We have already written ad nausem about this, but people just don’t fucking get it.  Look, your Aunt Edna’s tradition of making fruitcake for Thanksgiving is a shitty tradition, so why follow other shitty traditions that are blindly followed by others?  If you catch a home run ball and you don’t want to keep it, PLEASE, just give it to a kid nearby that would love to have it.  Please DO NOT throw that ball back on the field.  You’ll be removed from the ballpark and we will mock you in this space.
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Sox fans, let us know what you are thinking about the 2nd weekend home stand of the season………hit us up on Twitter, Facebook, Insta, MySpace, etc

-BeefLoaf