Southside Savvy

White Sox game 8.17.2009 001.jpgBesides Chinatown flea markets and the out-of-this-world chili at Ramova Grill, the best part about living on the Southside of Chicago is having the White Sox play in my own backyard.

Because as a Cardinals fan far removed from my old Busch Stadium stomping grounds, I know I can always find good, learned, baseball-lovin’ folk at New Comiskey (only newbies and yuppies call it The Cell — so I’m told). 

And on Monday night, Southsiders came out to the park in droves.  It was hot.  It was humid.  The rain was coming down hard.  But Mark Buehrle was on the mound and it’s no secret that White Sox fans love them some Mark Buehrle.  Over 36,000 people came out to see him duel the Royals’ Brian Bannister… yes, 36,000!  On a Monday night.  With an hour long rain delayed start.  Against the Royals

Now that, dear readers, is some serious dedication.

Perhaps the influx of fans was due to the high hopes of a pitcher’s duel. 

Well, we didn’t get it.

‘Cuz when Yuniesky Betancourt goes yard, you know the pitching ain’t so great.

Indeed, it was a back and forth battle throughout, until the Sox broke it open in the 7th inning and appeared to have the game in hand. 

But Scott Linebrink seemed focused on tempting the Royals’ scouts, who seem to go after the poorest of performers.  Yes, Linebrink’s Kyle Farnsworth impression was brilliantly played by blowing a 3 run lead in the 8th on a Mike Jacobs rocket launch over the right field wall.

Fade to black?

Not so fast.  Alex Rios walked to start the bottom of the 8th.  Scott Podsednik continued his 2005 renaissance with a go-ahead run-scoring double… and then later Ozzie Guillen brought in the Fat Man to seal the deal.

Sure, it was a great game and all… but the whole time I couldn’t take my eyes off the guy sitting in front of me:

White Sox game 8.17.2009 002.jpgIndeed, White Sox fans know their baseball.

Don’t hate ’em ‘cuz they’re right.

Don’t believe me?  Just ask Kevin Gregg.




  1. redstatebluestate

    Prince — They don’t listen. They rarely do. See Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley, Bob Howry for more proof.

  2. redstatebluestate

    Jen — I think your money’d be better spent on the Tequila 😉 Drink enough and there is no pain… how else has Ozzie made it through the season?
    Erin — Yep. That and Favre is gonna make the NFC North interesting… or not?

  3. devilabrit

    Wonder if thats his partner on his left…. wonder if shes there cause shes a baseball fan or because of him, maybe shes a Cubs fan and she lost a bet… ever sit and wonder why some people go to the ball park… they cant all be there cause they’re baseball freaks…
    Outside the Phillies Looking In

  4. redstatebluestate

    If my experience is correct, Peter, then yeah, she probably had something to do with it. I still don’t get why you go to a game wearing the gear of a team that isn’t playing, but that’s just me.

  5. southernbelle

    That guy kind of reminds me of Arod’s wife with the F— U t-shirt. Speaking of Arod, the only way the fans will accept him is if he performs well in the playoffs. Like you said, he really hasn’t been able to do that yet. In my opinion, he can have a horrible year this year. But uf he does something big in the playoffs, the fans will automatically love him and forget about his personal numbers. I know I would!
    That rainbow is gorgeous! -Virginia

  6. TribeTed

    haha, great post Jeff, I saw a Cubs fan at the Indians game yesterday and he was with a White Sox fan. I said how are you two together? You should hate each other. They laughed… By the way I have a new post up about the game, it was great. So I have alotta great stories if you wanna stop by.

  7. thatbaseballguy

    When I went to Baltimore to catch an O’s game there was a single fan in my general area that was wearing a White Sox jacket. He was definitely loving it because the White Sox were destroying the O’s. The guy wearing the Cubs Suck shirt reminded me of the guy with the White Sox jacket.

  8. redstatebluestate

    Virginia — Hm. Still, all these years and no ring, no glory, no production in the playoffs. How long will you all put up w/ it?
    Ted — Sweet man. I’ll check it out later. Hope you had fun.
    Dillon — Be careful though… Chicagoans, we’re known for our lethal personalities 😉

  9. matttan7

    I bet you had a nice time in “The Cell” with the White Sox. All the weather elements in Chicago, they don’t call it the “Windy City” for nothing. That guy wearing the anti-Cubs shirt, funny.

    Matthew Tan

  10. redstatebluestate

    Matthew — Yeah, it got the term “windy” from all the windbag politicians. There’s your Chicago history nugget of the day 😉

  11. heartruss

    Hmm, thought I would respond to your comment about the Cards beating the Dodgers the first game. It was a good game anyway. The second game last night surprised me because your Cards were just not themselves. Pujols and Holliday were held runless. The defense was not as good as they always are. I’m glad for the win. Your Cards are scary.. During batting practice before the game, Pujols just kept hitting balls into the Left Field Pavilion. I kept thinking that we were going to get clobbered.

  12. redstatebluestate

    Jane — Wow. You got some good questions. The quick answer is: CUBS. Hands down. Yankees are a close third behind the Astros. Then Royals… but the Royals are a real waste of time. Perhaps I’ll expound on this question later.
    Cat — Yep. We were beaten fair and square. Hope we start crushing the ball to left again tonight 😉

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