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!

 

 

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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 5 – We need a HERO! Who will fill the void of Matt “El Nino” Albers

Two months into the season, the 108’ers are still looking for someone to fill the void of our group favorite from 2016, Matt “El Nino” Albers.  It is hard to replace a man with such passion for the game and with such an amoebic frame.   Let’s take a look at the early candidates………..

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R.I.P. Big Buddy.

Tyler Saladino – Truth be told, last year’s utility man and friend of the 108 #southsidestachemen would be the no brainer choice here, but then a few things happened.  1) His bat got cold a few weeks into the season. Even though he was still the steady glove man at every position, he was in and out of the lineup more. Thus we didn’t get to #raisethestache for him as much.  2) He fucked up his back and landed on the DL.  Now, if you are really super colorful and insane, we can still cheer for Tyler on the DL, but it doesn’t always work out.  We still have HIGH HOPES for Tyler, but we’ll just have to wait and see.  Get well soon buddy.

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Derek Holland – I would say he’s the leader in the clubhouse right now. He acts the fool all the time and has been producing on the field.  Look, this is a rebuild and as long as Derek takes the ball every 5 days, he can have a James Shields start every so often and it won’t hurt his status as a 108 fave.  Just look at Matt Albers track record last year from about May 15th on (save for that faithful day in Flushing Meadows).

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Tommy Kahnle – This fella right here has been disgustingly good, but that’s not why he’s on this list.  A few weeks ago, another former Colorado Rockies player LaTroy Hawkins deemed him “the worst teammate EVER”.  Now, when you take a look at Mr. Kahnle, I can’t help but agree with Paul Sporer that he has a very punchable face, but let’s walk this comment back to it’s source for a minute.  LaTroy Hawkins, I remember LaToya when he was here in Chicago, with the Cubs and boy did this mutherfucker cry about every goddamn thing.  I immediately thought to myself any player who would want to punch LaToya in the face is fine by me and deserves consideration for 108 fave.

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Avisail Garcia – Everyone’s favorite this year (so far) but was roundly hated every single year before that. Much like the kid with an undiagnosed learning disability, Avi seems to have fixed the issue and is making up for lost time.  Location is great for the 108 (our front porch if you will) and love of the BBW women makes it a no brainer. However, his increasing batting average and popularity is something to consider, but he’ll always be our eskimo brother, like Prince. 

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Yolmer Sanchez – Now here’s a guy who already has quite a bit of love from White Sox twitter, but needs to be in the running.  Not only has he  been stroking the ball on the field, but he’s an incredulous goof off of the field.  You can’t be on White Sox twitter for 5 mins without seeing a crazy gif of him.  He’s probably a little more in the Melky Cabrera camp in that we can’t claim him for our own, but when he’s going good, boy is he fun to watch.

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Melky Cabrera – Truth be told….we can’t include Melky here.  He’s everyone’s favorite. It would be unfair for us to choose him, plus he plays LF and is basically is far away from the 108 as any player on the diamond.  That being said, we are going to miss him when he ends up on a contender in August.

Let us know who you think should be the new FAVE of the 108. Tweet it at us at @fromthe108.

– BeefLoaf & MSS (kinda, the ‘Loaf did all the heavy lifting)

 

Also a quick PSA for those who don’t follow us on Twitter. We are running low on the small sizes for the Jersey Demolition shirt.  If you wear something other than a XL or 2XL, you might wanna order soon.  Todd Frazier wears an XL, just FYI.  He is the proud owner of this shirt, which as we have discussed either means he has a excellent sense of humor or maybe he and Sale weren’t the best of friends. 

Order your shirt here –  http://fromthe108.bigcartel.com/

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Holiday Weekend Round Up!

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It’s MSS and here is your Weekend Round-Up! My original idea was to live blog this weekend, but I decided that I needed to be fully engaged to enjoy this long homestand.  A homestand that includes a daytime double header, #WallyMoney tossing a first pitch, the return of Chris Sale and excessive drinking!

FRIDAY

It was supposed to be a double header but the weather gods had other plans.  Slumpbuster showed up EARLY and had a fancy mexican lunch with BeefLoaf at local fave Antique Taco.  They had margaritas and presumably talked about baseball and making that money yo!

The rest of the crew (Chorizy – E, BigUns, Slim Mick and #WallyMoney) showed up at Beefloaf’s place and got their drink on.  I took my sweet ass time getting to the 108 Drinking Patio but I was crushing beers at home like they were gonna expire.  After eating some dinner, I made the walk with my red solo cup with a fresh High Life.

Of course the clouds opened up on me during my walk, so I was wet and buzzed by the time I got there.  There was a pile of beer cans on the table already, and we just kept adding to them.  Crushing beers, talking baseball and bullshit, watching Intervention waiting for the rain to stop.  Slumpbuster spilled BigUns beer, then not to be left out #WallyMoney spilled his ‘drank all over hizself. For reals.  He even soaked his socks.

 

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Pretty sure we were all feeling no pain when we filled that roadie cup, and made our way over to the game which was slated to start at 7:45, then 8:30, and it seemed like they got the field ready as fast as fuck, but we got there in the 1st.  One thing that always confuses me on delay games is they still run the show like it started on time.  Now, I know most normal fans had been there for hours, but when you live up the street you see shit different.  The auction booth was closed in the 1st.  Last call was in the 3rd, but like all good drunks, we just backed ourselves up enough to make sure we made it till the end.  #squadgoals

Trivia was going, Chorizy was killing my peanut bag (trying to take the edge off his buzz no doubt) and we even got a visit from Pete! The Sox were playing great, Modelos were going down smooth, great night all around.  Then shit got weird….

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In the 8th, BigUns and Slumpbuster got up and left.  So we walked over to ChiSox to get our maple wing fix!  We were informed by our waitress that the kitchen was closed.  Classic Sox behavior.  So we drank our 24oz Pacifico, and walked back to BeefLoaf’s pad.  While walking, we discovered that #WallyMoney drives a #bangbus and we all could get in to go get a pizza at Freddies.  Which we did.  But they were out of slices.  DA FAQ! So while debating ordering a full pizza, we were chanted into ordering a JUMBO by the staff.  AND WE CRUSHED THAT SHIT.

I had severe trouble navigating the #bangbus back area, which had plenty of room for activities. I was army crawling, barrel rolling like a mofo.  Chorizy didn’t pass out holding our pizza and fries (which is a tradition with these guys that I will never understand. Who eats fries with pizza? BeefLoaf and Chorizy).  Somehow we were quite enough to not wake Ms. ‘Loaf or Bonita Steakie, which was amazing.  I got a lift in the #bangbus home and since I had already eaten, I didn’t pass out in the chair, but found my way to bed and passed the F out.

SATURDAY

Friday nights seem to be the crazy drinking nights, so like clockwork, I woke up with a slight headache and some acid reflux.  A few pills later I was back to bed and feeling fine.  BeefLoaf was in the same boat, but fancy ass Chorizy-E said he felt like death.  The deck opened at noon, so after I crushed some hot dogs, downed a few beers I started out my walk to the deck.  My wife and kid decided to hit the DH too, so they walked down with me.  This would be the time that my body decided that we needed to sweat out all the poison that was in my system.  Thanks to Polish With Extra Onions for pointing out that I was pretty sweaty.  Which was very obvious.

Because the 108 is in the shade for a majority of day games, our section seems to fill up with randos that are afraid of the sun.  So it makes for less room for our buds to come by and talk some shit.  But the beer was flowing, and the game was a good one.  We would have enjoyed the announcement of Luis Robert, had we been there on time, but sometimes you gotta show up late to crush a few cheaper beers on the deck.  New addition to the weekend was the 99¢ 4-Pack Kul.

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So for less than the price of 2 Modelos in the park, you can get 3 CASES! Insane.  I seem to be the only one who doesn’t mind this beer, but I will say that it isn’t much worse than the Kirky Lights, maybe slightly more flavor.  Maybe.  Another tip, drink as fast as possible as while it warms up, unlike a fine stout or porter, it does NOT taste good.

The deck was in full swing with all the guests including Slumpbuster and BigUns back for the 2nd day!  Impressive gents.  While I am dripping getting an awkward sunburn, I look over and see Chorizy dressed like it is an early April game.

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Like fries with pizza, these guys are always fucking confusing me.  Yes, that is a koozie.  No, Chorizy isn’t drinking refried beans.  He has, but not this time.  That is a refreshing Tecate.  I seem to recall in a drunken state Chorizy telling me he was dying of the heat later, but I cannot confirm that.  Lotta family and friends at that first game.

 

And there was this guy too…..

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This guy is awesome.  Even drunk as hell, he is STILL paying more attention to the game than the Cubs fans he came with.  #ThatsCub.

The first game the Sox just tore it up to get the W #FlyTheArrow.  The sweat hadn’t dried yet, and almost half the park was gone before the 2nd game even started.  It was a ghost town.  Once again they stopped serving beer in the 1st!  The 1st!  So again, we backed up till the cows came home.  We bought so much Modelo, that we are pretty sure that our beer guy can buy a boat.  And not a cheap boat, but rather a fancy ass boat with hoes included.

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So we drank and drank and watched some baseball.  MF and her crew came down to the seats and partied it up.  Then, all of a sudden, like the 7th, the crew decided that the game was over.  It was a mad dash to the gates, leaving my head spinning, and we walked home.  I noted then that my head was spinning cause I was HAMMERED so I walked my drunk ass home.  Got some great sleep and wasn’t even hung over the following morning.  #thelittlethings

SUNDAY

Ok, Game 4.  Sox have taken 2 of 3, so we were excited as it was anyways.  Early morning texts from BeefLoaf confirmed that we’d do it all again, and we had some special guests.  For the 3rd straight day, Slumpbuster and BigUns made it out to ye ol ballpark.  So what does that mean?  Another drunken day.  The beer went down smooth, so smooth even #WallyMoney was crushing Coors Lights.  It was awesome.

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Slim Mick and his family were living the high life is a suite due to his daughter writing a great essay about how great of a father he is.  Even included that despite being a Cubs fan, he was still pretty awesome.  Which the 108 agrees. Especially when he rocks a Jersey Demolition shirt in the suite.  And matching 108 Trucker Cap!   Both available here for the low price of $25!

Modelos and pretzels. The shortest rain delay in history happened, but the weather even got better.  It was nuts.  the Sox played hella good ball, Pete stopped by, and the post game was on the deck.  Quick beer for the Indiana fellas, but after they left, we hit the hot tub to talk about the weekend and think up new ideas for the blog.  We popped some bottles and enjoyed the hot tub getting all the stress out of our lives.  I ended the day with with my lovely wife and daughter eating cheap pizza and drinking water.  Which is a good thing cause for the 2nd day in a row I woke up with a 0% hangover.

So overall it was an EXCELLENT homestand with the company of friends and fans. And foes.  The Tiger fans also enjoyed the 108 with us, and winning 3 outta 4 put us in rare form.  Despite the fact that many of you seemed to have missed our article on how to use the bathroom properly (read that here) and the 109 trying to start the wave (watch this) we all had a great time.  Stories were shared, memories were made, and we killed it again Fam.

It’s not over yet and we expect to see many smiling faces out today for the arrival of Chris Sale and the Bo Sox.  And don’t forget #WallyMoney will be bouncing one in on Tuesday night so be sure to make that.  Oh and Sale is tossing against Q.  Big whup.

If you still need your Jersey Demolition shirt, hit us up on Twitter and I will bring it to the game today or Tuesday!  $25 for the best shirt money can buy!  Original content, only 100 made, be the hit at your next Sox gathering.

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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

The Rebuild is Happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you baby Jesus.

It finally happened!!  It is your buddy BeefLoaf…….we are back again, and Rick Hahn has exceeded my expectations on the Chris Sale trade.  First off, he seems to have played his hand perfectly and gotten the best prospect in baseball (Yoan Moncada)…………he also got rid of the one piece that will finally force this rebuild, I’m elated.  I am not going to spend any time going over the prospect haul as you can find that information everywhere……….I’m going to address…

WHAT NOW?!?!?!?!

Most of you reading this are probably a little bit sad, I know the White Sox twitter family was mixed as to their level of joy and sadness due to Chris Sale being traded.  I saw people pouring out drinks, I saw people getting irate and frustrated.  I saw people writing about their undying love for Chris Sale and how they want to get a Red Sox Chris Sale jersey (seriously, that’s kinda weird, twisted, sick and fucked up, if that was you, delete those tweets before I send the authorities after you, because you might deserve a restraining order).  Anyway, if you are sad, spend a little time wearing nothing but your K Zone t-shirt and posing in the mirror until you feel a little better, like this guy
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If you are thrilled, like your buddy BeefLoaf, then I suggest an Ickey Woodsesque celebration dance, just pretend you just scored a touchdown OR got some cold cuts and you’ll be set.  I personally stomped around my office like I was the Wiz and nobody beats me.
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You can also dream of a future with the new prospects.  I must admit, I spent some of my afternoon day dreaming that Kenny Williams was hanging Dave Dombrowski off the edge of his balcony just like Suge Knight did to Vanilla Ice, coaxing Moncada into the deal.  It seems like Kenny’s likely best use.
WHAT’S NEXT?
More trades, I expect at least half of the name players to go before spring training and moar to go in July of this year.  My hit list of guys that MUST go   in order.
1. Jose Quintana
2. Adam Eaton
3. Todd Frazier
4. David Robertson
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I am hoping that the Sox wait until July to trade Melky Cabrera, because we need something fun to watch when this first bad season starts.
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There will also be signings (mostly lol ones) and we are going to want to hope some of those guys play well and can be traded.  Look for the White Sox to hope and pray that Nate Jones and Brett Lawrie play well, so they can trade them this year as well.
ANYTHING ELSE?
Yes, this team is going to be bad, starting in 2017, but hopefully we’ll start seeing some signs of hope early and a competitive team as soon as 2019.  2017 will probably be full of frustrating Avi Garcia at bats, and bullpen meltdowns……….who knows, depending on who gets traded, we might have some gnarly looking veterans sauntering around the field getting paid just above the league minimum to help our White Sox secure a high draft pick.  Like Bart Scott, “CAN’T WAIT!”
LASTLY….
The goal of this whole thing is to bring in the players that make up the core of the next White Sox team that goes to the playoffs.  As of now, there are 4-5 prospective pieces in tow of that next core, Anderson, Rodon, Fulmer, Moncada and Kopech.  Maybe there are more here, but Rick Hahn’s job isn’t done, more trades and last years, this years and next years drafts are going to go a long way to putting together the pieces of the next White Sox team that is a perennial contender, the teams of 2019-2023.  Yesterday was the beginning of the rest of our lives as White Sox fans, so let’s enjoy it for a moment and get ready for a few lean years, because they are coming………..as they say, it will get worse before it gets better (actually, the only person I can think of saying this is Dalton in Road House).

– BeefLoaf

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Why hasn’t Chris Sale been dealt yet??

I keep hearing lewd claims by most of the local media as well as some boisterous fans about how the White Sox hold all of the leverage with regards to any potential Chris Sale trade and how they should hold out for a kings ransom for the fiery left hander.  I’m here to tell you why that line of thinking doesn’t resemble reality in any way……so pour a stiff drink (I prefer a Tequila neat, or a Zin of your choice from Turley) and throw another log on the fire and let’s get started……

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First a definition….Leverage
“use (something) to maximum advantage”
 
This is a tough position when trading a top player is your best option, as is the case with the White Sox who have failed to win with the current core…….due to the fact that you never get full value for a top player being traded in their prime………think someone like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Walt Wesley for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman…….Babe Ruth traded for $125,000 and a $300,000 note……….Patrick Roy and Mike Keane for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky and Jocelyn Thibault……..Charlie Sheen for Ashton Kutcher…..I know what you are going to say, Chris Sale isn’t a star like these stars……he is for this trade market.  As you can see, you never get full value, why?
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White Sox current position (Leverage) – Teams that end up in position to trade a top star in the league have no leverage whatsoever…………most situations are more dire than the White Sox, which is to mire in mediocrity.  Some situations, like when Charles Barkley was traded, are sort of forced trades by the star.  This case isn’t quite that bad, but its pretty obvious to the other 29 teams that the White Sox have to do this.  That will drive his price down.  The White Sox aren’t completely backed into a corner, they could theoretically go for it, but they really shouldn’t and everyone knows it.
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The commodity is scarce (Leverage) – I have heard a lot of talk about Sale’s contract being a big boost to his value in this trade market, but its really not.  The teams we have heard about vying for Sale’s services can all afford a market rate starting pitcher if need be, so the cost savings doesn’t really factor in much………..I know, I know, you say, a penny saved is a penny earned or some such bullshit, but you just aren’t going to squeeze additional prospects out of any team for his market friendly contract.  The big market teams give as much a fuck about that, as the wetback making dollah fitty an hour when you stealing from the boss.  The White Sox might get one of these teams to take a bad contract of theirs, which is probably what ends up happening (possibly Shields, but more likely Robertson).  The only way the contract matters is that it could potentially add additional suitors, small market teams like the Pirates or Cardinals who have potentially enough prospects to get him.  If you are following the news, I don’t think any small market teams (save for the Braves) are even sniffing around.
I have heard there aren’t other top pitchers available in this market, but this  is clearly also untrue, as Justin Verlander is very available and he had as good a year as Sale last year (if one were to believe the buxom Kate Upton, it was better), except he’s right handed, which might be more to the liking of certain teams.  Again, the Bostons and LA Dodgers and Houstons of the world might just prefer to take on Verlander if the demands in return are lower.  Chris Archer is also “available” per many rumor sites, not to mention Jose Quintana on this very same roster, so I won’t say that Sale is fungible, but he’s not a unique commodity and his lower salary doesn’t matter very much.
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The commodity’s future value (Leverage) – We have a declining asset folks, no matter how you slice it…………with every pitch, he’s a declining asset.  His value will decline faster than Mona Lisa Vito’s biological clock was ticking.  Think about those beautiful avocados you bought this morning to make some guacamole, if you wait too long, they’ll be brown and gross and getting Tommy John surgery, or worse, they’ll have a bad year and damage their value permanently (in this sense, since the trading window is small).  It’s risky to hold Chris Sale any longer as he has almost zero upside pitching for the White Sox and infinite possibilities being dealt…..psss…if we realize this, then for fucksake the other 29 teams can piece it together, even the fucknuts team that is still employing Tony LaRussa in their front office.
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Your trade partners position (Leverage) – Boston and the LA Dodgers are not in dire need, they have unlimited (basically) resources and might find it more valuable to try and post for Shohei Otani and keep their prospects, or trade for Verlander or sign Rich Hill.  They could also both stand pat, they were division winners last year, returning their cores (BoSox need to replace Papi).  These are not trade partners backed into a corner and forced to pay your price.  These trade partners are like Trent and Sue, they’ll get those digits and wait 6 days to call their beautiful babies.  Let’s look at Houston……they are closer to really needing “a Chris Sale” ($1, Mike North), their pitching staff was rough last year, they have the position players in place and have traded/signed more reinforcements this winter.  That’s a team that has more need than the others, but are they really dressing up like Santa Claus and planting drugs on Billy Ray Valentine desperate…..I don’t think so…………looking at the rest of the pile, you need to find teams that are coming to the end of a playoff window, teams that are more desperate……the Washington Nationals come to mind, would they leverage their future for this?  I could see them being Cousin Eddie kidnapping Frank Shirley desparate……..then again, if I were them I would probably just sign Edwin Encarnacion to take over for Ryan Zimmerman’s corpse at First Base and run with it.  The truth is, I don’t see a single trade partner that looks like Marcellus Wallace during the gimp scene…………not a one!
I know what you are thinking, WTF?  What we gunn do now BeefLoaf?
Let’s pour us another drink and look at a picture of 108 fave Alexandra Daddario
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Now……….
The Climax
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The White Sox aren’t going to get a kings ransom for Chris Sale, but they are going to get a nice package of players, sort of like the year you wanted Castle Grayskull for Xmas, but only got Snake Mountain……….they just aren’t going to be 2 top 10 prospects from the Red Sox, okay?  The White Sox don’t have leverage over anyone, they have a good trade piece with which to work out a deal with another trade partner that might like that trade piece.  Then the White Sox will trade several other players that will get little pieces here or there, then Rick Hahn will sign several low cost free agents, some will work out and be traded for even more young talent………..and it will snowball from there…….this isn’t going to work overnight and the Sox aren’t going to get all stars from the Chris Sale trade, it will just be the first and most valuable part to starting over.

– BeefLoaf

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The 5 – Reasons TO Buy The Hype

Have you bought in yet? Find yourself wanting to head to 35th and Shields to catch some of this awesomeness? It feels good Sox fans.  For us who have suffered through the past few seasons, we deserve this.  The players deserve this.  Ventura deserves this.  Here’s my 5 reasons to buy in now!

Offseason moves.

Unlike 2015, the Sox actually filled holes.  Frazier, Jackson, Avila. In the short term, it seems to be working. Allowing Garcia to only DH, makes sense.  Maybe will keep him healthy.  Who knows? The talent is there, let’s stay healthy guys!

AMAZINGLY Good start.

I ran into Jim Rose (@jimroseabc7) at Walgreens down on State St. I asked him his thoughts before the season started and he hesitated to give me the solid thumbs up.  he was very concerned with the clubhouse mood after the whole LaRoche  incident.  But he did say we’ll know how well this team will do a few weeks into the season.  I agree 1000%.  In 2012, they started strong and held that lead till September.  Sad decline, but was a fun year to watch Sox baseball.  I think that year also set us back, thinking that we did have the right components for a winning team, which we clearly did not after three abysmal  seasons in a row. We chatted about some other stuff, which I will share with anyone in a private conversation, then went about our way.  Mine was to look for clearance Easter candy that didn’t suck, his was for gift cards.

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Timely hitting.

It’s been kinda sparse, but last year when we had two on with no outs, you hit that slump in the order that produced little to no runs.  Had to deal with the Beckham and Flowers vortex that just sucked any momentum we had going.  This year, so far, we have seemed to come up and got a few hits that got us the runs we needed to win that game.  I hope it will continue to happen as the bats warm with the weather, but honestly, who knows. If we are down 2 runs in the 7th, this year we know it isn’t over.  Been very fun to watch.

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Matt “El Niño” Albers and the pitching staff.

I like his passion.  I like his pitch selection.  I like his overall size.  His consecutive out record that he was carrying since last August is just a nice thing to see.  Good to see the bullpen coming in and kicking some ass.  Will he keep this type of production up the rest of the year?  Maybe.  Most likely not, but let’s hope so.  Will he help you finish a helmet sundae?  You know he will.  Cause he’s a team player.

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Chris Sale is 6-0.  Mat “Cat” Latos is 4-0. Jose “Q” Quintana is 3-1.  Once again, it’s early, but these are some great numbers. I bow to you Donnie Cooper. The offense is helping it happen too. We have a stinker, Mr. Danks, but honestly that guy is trying as hard as he can.  He’s had his chance, it ain’t working, let’s bring him in for long relief situations.  I like John, but it’s time to move on.  Bring in the new guys, feed off their energy.  Feed off this hella good start.  Let’s cash in bitches!

No pressure.

Besides us crazy ass fans, no one is expecting the White Sox to do anything.  I want them to have a chance to make the playoffs.  They don’t have to make the playoffs, but I would like to see some meaningful baseball in September.  They boys up north have all the pressure on them.

We are playing the perfect hand.  The city is Cubs crazy.  The fact that the Sox have stayed with ’em as far as wins is really amazing. Fans are starting to show up on the southside, causing some longer wait times, which is pretty cool too.  The best baseball is being played in Chicago right now.  Amen. Good time to be in the city.

UPDATE – I wrote this weeks ago, still holds up, but within that time the Sox have swept two series.  They are playing crazy good right now.  I am almost fully on board.  However, I know once I buy in at 100%, shit will go badly.  So for all of you, I will not be 100% till we make the playoffs.  It’s awful fun to watch them win though.

-MSS