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My_Sox_Summer
07-20-2012, 04:46 PM
Hello fellow Sox fans! I am just putting this out there for you guys to see. I recently (April) moved from Sterling, IL into Chicago over by Sox Park. Since I moved I have been going to a bunch of games being that I am under employed and work mostly from home when I do have work to do. A few weeks into the season I decided to try and see if I could do this, 50 games for under $500. I usually get tickets at the game from people with extras. I usually spend about $10 a game. I will bring my own water and peanuts from time to time, but rarely do I spend much on extras at the park.

I decided to blog about it so you can read and follow my progress at-

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/

I am also on FB - http://www.facebook.com/MySoxSummer

I post pictures and scans of the tickets to make it more legit. I am not an author so it is lacking on the verbal end, but a bunch of folks have told me that they like it. I am at Game #23 and have a total of $152 spent. Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye have re-tweeted it to their followers on Twitter. You can find me on Twitter- @mysoxsummer

Just wanted to share. Thanks guys!

Hope we can steal a few in Detroit! I will be at the next 3 games vs the Twins!

voodoochile
07-21-2012, 02:00 AM
MSS registered today and we had to talk about whether to allow his blog to be linked here, but it's a pretty cool story with lots of material and his site is ad free, so this thread is now live and welcome to WSI.

guillensdisciple
07-21-2012, 08:27 AM
Read through some of this. Great blog and keep up the great work.

My_Sox_Summer
07-21-2012, 11:49 AM
MSS registered today and we had to talk about whether to allow his blog to be linked here, but it's a pretty cool story with lots of material and his site is ad free, so this thread is now live and welcome to WSI.

Thanks again!

I will continue to update this thread when I have a new blog up. I think you can also get an update via email directly from Wordpress if you give them your email.

Thanks for all the views guys!

SteveFakeBlood
07-21-2012, 06:48 PM
I usually only keep up with blogs my friends write (and I'm not always even the best about that), but I really enjoyed reading your blog. I've lived in Miami for the past year and as a consequence I've really missed going to the Cell (among many other things that make Chicago a far superior city to Miami) and your blog reminded me of the many good times I've had there over the years. Having also lived away from the Chicago area for years, I'm sure you can relate to that. Anyway, keep up the good work and I'll keep reading.

~ Steve

My_Sox_Summer
07-21-2012, 11:22 PM
So, today I had 238 views, which is the most page views so far of any day.

Thank you WSI! Thanks for the kind words too.

I will be updating next week after the Twins series.

Let's take the last one in Detroit! Go Sox!

Ron Karkovice
07-22-2012, 01:52 AM
So, today I had 238 views, which is the most page views so far of any day.

Thank you WSI! Thanks for the kind words too.

I will be updating next week after the Twins series.

Let's take the last one in Detroit! Go Sox!

keep up the good work. I feel like you should contact 670 the score for an interview. I can see somebody like Laurence Holmes or Jason Goff agreeing to give you an interview since theyr'e always giving fans hell for not going to games...

My_Sox_Summer
07-22-2012, 08:04 PM
keep up the good work. I feel like you should contact 670 the score for an interview. I can see somebody like Laurence Holmes or Jason Goff agreeing to give you an interview since theyr'e always giving fans hell for not going to games...

Thanks!

I think when I get closer, like 40 games, I will send out some emails.

soxgirl617
07-23-2012, 09:28 AM
Really entertaining--thanks for sharing!

My_Sox_Summer
07-26-2012, 01:31 PM
3 new blogs posted for the SWEEP of the Twins!

Check them out!

#24
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/game-24-72312-sox-vs-twins/

#25
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/game-25-72412-sox-vs-twins-halfway/

#26
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/game-26-72512-sox-vs-twins-da-sweep/


Plan on seeing the Angels series next! http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/

My_Sox_Summer
08-06-2012, 06:12 PM
New update! Check it out and share with your Sox friends please!

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/game-27-8312-sox-vs-angels/

Going to the next two series so expect a bunch of new ones this week!

GO SOX! :bandance:

My_Sox_Summer
08-07-2012, 01:50 PM
#28

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/game-28-8612-sox-vs-royals/

My_Sox_Summer
08-09-2012, 02:06 PM
Two new updates!

#29

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/game-29-8712-sox-vs-royals/

#30

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/game-30-8712-sox-vs-royals-ugh-effn-royals/

Hope we can pull it together for the A's this weekend!

I will be there Friday night for sure, if anyone has any extras for Sat or Sun let me know! mysoxsummer@gmail.com

Thanks for reading guys!

GO SOX! :bandance:

Rocky Soprano
08-09-2012, 03:26 PM
I really enjoyed reading through your blog.
Its a very cool thing you're doing.

Go Sox!

My_Sox_Summer
08-14-2012, 12:19 PM
I really enjoyed reading through your blog.
Its a very cool thing you're doing.

Go Sox!

Thanks Rocky!

My_Sox_Summer
08-14-2012, 12:20 PM
Three new blogs posted about the A's series! I am on game #33. Had I not missed the Sunday game vs the Angels, I would be going to my 35th game on my 35h birthday. That would have been cool, damn you PBR!

Check them out! Go Sox!

#31
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/game-31-81012-sox-vs-as/

#32
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/game-32-81112-sox-vs-as/

#33
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/game-33-81212-sox-vs-as/

Thanks for reading guys!

My_Sox_Summer
08-27-2012, 06:42 PM
New Blogs Posted!

#34

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/game-34-82012-sox-vs-yanks-happy-birthday-to-me/

#35

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/game-35-82212-sox-vs-yanks/

#36

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/game-36-82412-sox-vs-seattle/

#37

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/game-37-82612-sox-vs-seattle-yet-another-sweep/

Fun week at the ballpark. Two sweeps. Hope they win some on the road this week!

Thanks for reading guys! And please share with your other Sox friends!

My_Sox_Summer
08-28-2012, 04:12 PM
I made some icons that you can use on your Twitter or FB. Even an Avatar on here. Thanks for reading guys!

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/beat-______-icons-support-the-sox-and-my-blog/

Kilroy
08-29-2012, 09:39 AM
Good luck on your quest! Looks like you're having a blast doing it.

My_Sox_Summer
08-29-2012, 01:33 PM
Good luck on your quest! Looks like you're having a blast doing it.

Thanks! I am. I said long ago that if I didn't get that feeling I got early in the year, I wouldn't force myself to go. I really enjoy my nights at the Cell.

My_Sox_Summer
09-07-2012, 02:03 PM
New blogs posted guys! I am at game 40 with a total of $315 spent. Check out the new posts!

#38

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/game-38-9312-sox-vs-twins/

#39

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/game-39-9412-sox-vs-twins-yep-i-stayed-for-the-whole-game/

#40

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/game-40-9512-sox-vs-twins/

Thanks for reading! Just 10 more to make my goal, it's been fun, let's finish strong.

GO SOX! :bandance:

FielderJones
09-07-2012, 02:39 PM
Just 10 more to make my goal, it's been fun, let's finish strong.

Just 14 home games left, you can only skip 4 of them.

ChiSoxGal85
09-07-2012, 03:11 PM
Just wanted to say that I think you've done a really nice job with this blog. It's really an interesting, fun read. Including the ticket image and running money total is great. Nice work!

My_Sox_Summer
09-10-2012, 06:30 PM
Hello Sox Fans!

I am looking for a little press as I have come to the final 10 games of my 50 game quest. I have been looking on the net to find most of the beat writers for the Sox as well as the guys who are on the radio too.

Who do you think I should contact? Names are great and so are emails!

Thanks guys! Two new blogs going up soon, plus I am at the Tigers series all week.

Thanks!

My_Sox_Summer
09-11-2012, 04:48 PM
I have 2 new updates on the blog! Check them out!

Game 41- 9/7/12 Sox vs. Royals (In Honor of Gracie West)

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/game-41-9712-sox-vs-royals-in-honor-of-gracie-west/

Game 42- 9/8/12 Sox vs. Royals (In Honor of Katie Lawless)

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/game-42-9812-sox-vs-royals-in-honor-of-katie-lawless/

I am at the Tigers series all week, and actually met and enjoyed my 43rd game with a Sox Talk member. Look for that very soon!

Thanks for reading and GO SOX!

My_Sox_Summer
09-13-2012, 01:39 PM
Two New Blogs!

#43

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/game-43-91012-sox-vs-detroit-in-memory-of-my-uncle-lee-swartley/

#44

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/game-44-91112-sox-vs-detroit-in-honor-of-my-godson-kellen-selmi/

Please check them out! Closer and closer to my goal!

Thanks for reading and GO SOX!

My_Sox_Summer
09-14-2012, 05:51 PM
Just an update- I have contacted 37 people about my blog (TV, newspaper) and have received 2 responses.

From Chicago Magazine and The Daily Herald. Why would the media want to do a feel good story about the Sox?

If anyone wants to send my blog out to media outlets, I would appreciate it.

My_Sox_Summer
09-20-2012, 02:26 PM
Two new blogs!

#45- 9/12/12 Sox vs. Detroit - In Memory of My Grandpa Swartley

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/game-45-91212-sox-vs-detroit-in-memory-of-my-grandpa-swartley/


#46- 9/13 (17) /12 Sox vs. Detroit - In Honor of My Dad

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/game-46-913-17-12-sox-vs-detroit-in-honor-of-my-dad/

Only 4 games left!

Please, if you want to, send the blog link to your fave White Sox player, writer, announcer, anyone! I am on Twitter @mysoxsummer !

Looking for a little publicity for a few causes, any help would be appreciated!

Thanks guys and gals! :bandance:

DumpJerry
09-27-2012, 09:25 PM
I'm sitting next to your friends at the game tonight in Sec. 115.

My_Sox_Summer
10-06-2012, 07:36 PM
Dump Jerry- who were they? Ha.

I posted the final games today so check out my blog at

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/

47
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/0...grandpa-darkow/

48
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/0...onor-of-baby-a/

49
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/0...-of-my-friends/

50
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/0...honor-of-devin/

51
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/0...12-sox-vs-rays/

52
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/0...12-sox-vs-rays/

53
http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/0...l-game-of-2012/


I plan on coming out with the final few blogs with some stuff that I have taken from this experience early in the week. Plus the stats. I have a spreadsheet and everything!

DumpJerry
10-06-2012, 08:02 PM
Dump Jerry- who were they?
I didn't get their names (one male, the other female), but they visited you during the game after I told them I knew about you. I knew they were your friends because they reacted to the scoreboard message about you.

Harry Potter
10-07-2012, 08:14 PM
Talk about an impressive feat...

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/dedicated-brewers-fan-attends-162-games-182628431--mlb.html

Dedicated Brewers fan attends all 162 games

Ben Rouse, 25, is in remission from a fight with leukemia that began in 2007 and that was definitely a motivating factor in his quest, he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/mans-dream-season-concludes-after-attending-162-brewers-games-qd73r8o-172567521.html):
"Why not do it at 25? Who knows what my body will be like in 20 years, 30 years."

My_Sox_Summer
10-08-2012, 09:37 AM
Talk about an impressive feat...

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/dedicated-brewers-fan-attends-162-games-182628431--mlb.html

Dedicated Brewers fan attends all 162 games

That is pretty cool.

My_Sox_Summer
10-08-2012, 09:38 AM
I didn't get their names (one male, the other female), but they visited you during the game after I told them I knew about you. I knew they were your friends because they reacted to the scoreboard message about you.

I know who you are talking about. Very cool. The girl was the one responsible for getting me on the scoreboard. Actually, I was on the jumbo-tron that game too with my NIU gear on.

My_Sox_Summer
10-09-2012, 04:38 PM
Some stats for ya-

http://mysoxsummer.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/da-stats/