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salty99
09-13-2012, 05:03 PM
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120913&content_id=38367924&vkey=pr_cws&c_id=cws

Lip Man 1
09-13-2012, 05:13 PM
If they blow a playoff spot after leading the division over a hundred days, it's going to make for an "interesting" convention to be sure.

Lip

Chez
09-13-2012, 05:23 PM
Donnie Veal will be there for only 4 minutes each day.

amsteel
09-13-2012, 05:35 PM
Bunting seminars hosted by Kevin Youkilis!

eriqjaffe
09-13-2012, 05:38 PM
Donnie Veal will be there for only 4 minutes each day.And he'll only sign autographs for lefties.

eriqjaffe
09-13-2012, 05:39 PM
Liriano will be scheduled to attend, but he'll wind up well outside the hotel. THE JOKES WRITE THEMSELVES.

amsteel
09-13-2012, 06:16 PM
Paul Konerko will give a riveting opening speech on Friday night, but will be unable to appear the rest of the weekend.

34rancher
09-13-2012, 07:45 PM
Adam Dunn will look for a cab to get there, but will strikeout and then just have to settle for a walk thereby making him not show up for the important parts of the convention

ChiSoxGal85
09-13-2012, 08:03 PM
:rolling: Keep 'em coming. I wish I was creative enough to contribute!

soltrain21
09-13-2012, 08:21 PM
If they blow a playoff spot after leading the division over a hundred days, it's going to make for an "interesting" convention to be sure.

Lip

Never leading by more than three games as a rather subpar team.

BainesHOF
09-13-2012, 08:29 PM
Ramirez will be benched from his autograph session for showing up late to the Palmer House.

DSpivack
09-13-2012, 08:31 PM
Donald Veal will get lost on the way there by only making left-handed turns.

BainesHOF
09-13-2012, 08:37 PM
Phillip Humber's autographs begin perfectly readable before degenerating into an unintelligible scribble.

tony1972
09-13-2012, 08:53 PM
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120913&content_id=38367924&vkey=pr_cws&c_id=cws

I hear the 1st whole day is dedicated to sac bunting...:D:

ChiSoxGirl
09-13-2012, 09:11 PM
I'll be there for my personal 20th anniversary of attending SoxFest! :bandance:

amsteel
09-14-2012, 01:03 AM
Orlando Hudson will be hired as a Spanish translator despite not speaking Spanish. Upon learning this, management decides to duct tape his mouth shut the rest of the weekend.

QueerGirrl
09-14-2012, 12:57 PM
Phillip Humber's autographs begin perfectly readable before degenerating into an unintelligible scribble.

Hahaha!! :thumbsup: You guys are awesome.

Rocky Soprano
09-14-2012, 01:20 PM
Hawk will be giving complimentary eye exams.
*MLB Umps have been invited.

eriqjaffe
09-14-2012, 01:24 PM
Brent Morel will show up and hope somebody remembers him.

DeadMoney
09-14-2012, 01:24 PM
The Opening Ceremonies will be scheduled for 7 PM, but at the last minute the White Sox will change the time to 1 PM because one player and a few members of the front office have prior commitments (that they've known about for months).

Rocky Soprano
09-14-2012, 01:26 PM
Kenny Williams will not be in attendance due to high admission prices and only having 50 cents to spend.

Harry Potter
09-14-2012, 02:06 PM
The Opening Ceremonies will be scheduled for 7 PM, but at the last minute the White Sox will change the time to 1 PM because one player and a few members of the front office have prior commitments (that they've known about for months).

Oy vey!

amsteel
09-14-2012, 02:10 PM
Matt Thornton shows up, Sox fans try to kill him.

amsteel
09-14-2012, 02:12 PM
Jordan Danks gives an exquisite, in-depth answer to a particularly challenging question from the audience. Is immediately asked to leave the Palmer House.

DeadMoney
09-14-2012, 02:35 PM
All of our Major League relievers have pretty good autograph sessions the first two days, but on the third day Robin Ventura inexplicably tells them to go home and has minor leaguers take over their sessions.

mrfourni
09-14-2012, 02:46 PM
Kenny Williams will originally report that Chris Sale will move from a regular autograph session to only signing autographs when other players arms were tired. Sale will make a phone call and change KW's mind shortly after the announcement is made.

amsteel
09-14-2012, 02:52 PM
The Palmer House is shut down 2 days before Soxfest due to a faulty sprinkler system.

Coop fixes it.

eriqjaffe
09-14-2012, 03:00 PM
Adam Dunn signs the most awesome autographs ever sometimes, but more often than not completely fails to make contact with the paper.

ChiSoxGal85
09-14-2012, 03:13 PM
Dayan Viciedo tries to sign autographs, but his pen moves so quickly that it keeps lighting the paper on fire.

shingo10
09-14-2012, 03:26 PM
Jordan Danks will try to replace the Tank at an autograph table but trip and fall, knocking the table over.

October26
09-14-2012, 04:21 PM
Dayan Viciedo tries to sign autographs, but his pen moves so quickly that it keeps lighting the paper on fire.


:lol: Love it!

This entire thread is a fantastic read...all of these posts remind me of the old Cubune Headline Threads which I also loved.

Cat Thief
09-14-2012, 04:22 PM
All the covers from the paper towel holders in the bathrooms will be gone after Sox Fest leaves.

Brian26
09-14-2012, 08:29 PM
Ray Olmedo gets halfway to the Palmer House and then stops for no reason and then lollygags the rest of the way there and is late.

SI1020
09-14-2012, 08:33 PM
Kenny Williams will not be in attendance due to high admission prices and only having 50 cents to spend. I like this one.

all*star quentin
09-14-2012, 10:35 PM
Dewayne Wise will hold a Q & A session, on "the catch." :tongue:

tony1972
09-14-2012, 10:36 PM
Those sitting in the last two rows at Sox fest will be confined to the last two rows and not allowed anywhere else at Sox Fest (mimic Upper Deck policy).

Frater Perdurabo
09-14-2012, 11:07 PM
Brent Morel will show up and hope somebody remembers him.

Who?

yazz32
09-15-2012, 12:03 AM
Will Ohman will walk in and be immediately designated for assignment..

BainesHOF
09-15-2012, 03:25 AM
Hawk says Yaz is the best he's ever seen at giving a clutch-hitting seminar.

amsteel
09-15-2012, 12:17 PM
Ozzie Guillen helps an elderly woman across the street outside the Palmer House.
People curse him out and heap scorn on him.
Robin Ventura knocks the old woman down and takes her purse.
People talk about how bad of a job Ozzie did and point out how much fun Robin appeared to be having.

salty99
10-24-2012, 04:09 PM
First set of players announced:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121024&content_id=40014378&vkey=pr_cws&c_id=cws

Wedema
10-24-2012, 04:16 PM
First set of players announced:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121024&content_id=40014378&vkey=pr_cws&c_id=cws


It's good to see Jermaine Dye coming back. The Sox have historically done a poor job at getting former players to attend Sox Fest.

Lip Man 1
10-24-2012, 05:17 PM
Wedema:

I disagree. They've always had a half dozen or so former players including guys from back in the 50's and 60's every year.

Lip

Wedema
10-24-2012, 05:56 PM
Wedema:

I disagree. They've always had a half dozen or so former players including guys from back in the 50's and 60's every year.

Lip


Your'e right. The Sox do have a half dozen or so former players attend each year. But, in comparison, the Cubs had the following former players (not including current coaches and broadcasters) attend their convention in 2012: Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Mike Bielecki, Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Andre Dawson, Bob Dernier, Shawon Dunston, Jeff Fassero, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Vance Law, Jon Leiber, Bill Madlock, Gary Matthews, Sr., Rick Monday, Milt Pappas, Scott Sanderson, Dwight Smith, Lee Smith, Tim Stoddard, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Trout, Todd Walker, Billy Williams, and Eric Young.

Brian26
10-24-2012, 08:26 PM
Your'e right. The Sox do have a half dozen or so former players attend each year. But, in comparison, the Cubs had the following former players (not including current coaches and broadcasters) attend their convention in 2012: Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Mike Bielecki, Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Andre Dawson, Bob Dernier, Shawon Dunston, Jeff Fassero, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Vance Law, Jon Leiber, Bill Madlock, Gary Matthews, Sr., Rick Monday, Milt Pappas, Scott Sanderson, Dwight Smith, Lee Smith, Tim Stoddard, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Trout, Todd Walker, Billy Williams, and Eric Young.

There's a difference on how the Sox and Cubs run their conventions though.

The Sox put a feature spotlight on the guys that come in. The Cubs convention seems more like a meat grinder where you don't get to hear the past players talk or see them every day. The Sox are able to do more with the guys they bring in.

JasonFrasor54
10-24-2012, 08:57 PM
Fisk will be there right? Id get him to sign a bottle of vodka for me.

skobabe8
10-24-2012, 09:29 PM
Fisk will be there right? Id get him to sign a bottle of vodka for me.

My eyes hurt.

BainesHOF
10-24-2012, 11:29 PM
My eyes hurt.

I'm sure Fisk's head hurts.

Wedema
10-25-2012, 11:44 AM
There's a difference on how the Sox and Cubs run their conventions though.

The Sox put a feature spotlight on the guys that come in. The Cubs convention seems more like a meat grinder where you don't get to hear the past players talk or see them every day. The Sox are able to do more with the guys they bring in.


I would rather it be a "meat grinder" if that means meeting more players (or ex-players) and getting more autographs. Besides Friday when it is closed to the public, I was lucky to get through 2-3 lines on Satuday and Sunday last year.

salty99
10-25-2012, 12:22 PM
I'm sure Fisk's head hurts.

I'm running down to New Lenox and getting some game used corn! :gulp:

ohthosechisox
10-25-2012, 07:50 PM
I would rather it be a "meat grinder" if that means meeting more players (or ex-players) and getting more autographs. Besides Friday when it is closed to the public, I was lucky to get through 2-3 lines on Satuday and Sunday last year.

I have a friend who is a Cubs fan, and she went to their convention a few years back. I don't know if it is still like this, but the passes to all of their autograph sessions were given out via a lottery/raffle system. While she only got 1 or 2 autographs the entire weekend, I've always been able to get 6-8 autographs on average at Soxfest.

Wedema
10-28-2012, 12:00 AM
I have a friend who is a Cubs fan, and she went to their convention a few years back. I don't know if it is still like this, but the passes to all of their autograph sessions were given out via a lottery/raffle system. While she only got 1 or 2 autographs the entire weekend, I've always been able to get 6-8 autographs on average at Soxfest.


I also remember the old days at the Hyatt when I would get autographs from most all of the players (and the ex-players) attending over the weekend. This was before the Sox starting doing the wristbands. I would also meet the players and get autographs in the Big Bar and family party on Satuday night.

shenk16
11-02-2012, 11:33 AM
The "Early Bird" Special was extended until November 9. Ticket sales must be on fire. I wonder if they'll bring in the Volunteer Corps again to help fill the place?

Giving the Volunteer Corps free admission was one thing, but letting them jump to the front of the lines was a little bit much in my opinion.

Anyway, looking forward to attending and seeing some relatively new and old faces with Dye, Luzinski, and Blackjack scheduled to appear!

ChiSoxGirl
11-02-2012, 04:09 PM
The "Early Bird" Special was extended until November 9. Ticket sales must be on fire. I wonder if they'll bring in the Volunteer Corps again to help fill the place?

Giving the Volunteer Corps free admission was one thing, but letting them jump to the front of the lines was a little bit much in my opinion.

Anyway, looking forward to attending and seeing some relatively new and old faces with Dye, Luzinski, and Blackjack scheduled to appear!

They sure as hell better not! I'm a soon-to-be 20-year SoxFest veteran and I was BEYOND pissed when I was pushed to the back of the Red Lacquer room for the Opening Ceremony. I'm almost always in the front row, since I get to the hotel around 11:00 in the morning.

From what Christine O'Reilly told me during our lengthy conversation at last year's SoxFest, the Volunteer Corps was in the front half of the Red Lacquer room last year because of Selig's appearance and his presentation of that award to Jerry Reinsdorf.

DumpJerry
11-02-2012, 04:13 PM
Fisk will be there right? Id get him to sign a bottle of vodka for me.
:tealtutor:

shenk16
11-13-2012, 03:26 PM
I just noticed on the website that Dunn, Reed, and Sale were announced.

yazz32
12-26-2012, 04:15 PM
Looks like Tony LaRussa is going to SoxFest this year too...

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/12/26/former-manager-la-russa-to-attend-soxfest/

BainesHOF
01-08-2013, 11:37 AM
Anyone else find it odd that only eight current players have been announced so far?

shenk16
01-08-2013, 12:04 PM
I was thinking the same thing. No Peavy?

salty99
01-08-2013, 12:55 PM
Anyone else find it odd that only eight current players have been announced so far?

Yes but there are actually 10 announced so far:
John Danks
Sale
Reed
Floyd
Flowers
Dunn
Konerko
Ramirez
Viciedo
Thornton

Beckham will be there if they agree on a contract since he is arbitration eligible.

shingo10
01-08-2013, 08:15 PM
Hawk is going to be on WGN news tomorrow morning at 8:15 to talk about Sox Fest among other things

amsteel
01-08-2013, 08:42 PM
Hawk is going to be on WGN news tomorrow morning at 8:15 to talk about Sox Fest among other things

Yaz?

Nelfox02
01-08-2013, 09:07 PM
Yes but there are actually 10 announced so far:
John Danks
Sale
Reed
Floyd
Flowers
Dunn
Konerko
Ramirez
Viciedo
Thornton

Beckham will be there if they agree on a contract since he is arbitration eligible.


surprised that Crain, Keppinger, Jones, and Wise have not yet been announced........

Wedema
01-08-2013, 09:24 PM
Not surprised that Alex Rios will not be there again.

ChiSoxGirl
01-08-2013, 09:29 PM
Yaz?

:roflmao: Nice.

salty99
01-09-2013, 10:52 AM
surprised that Crain, Keppinger, Jones, and Wise have not yet been announced........

Down to 9, Dunn dropped out.

Golden Sox
01-09-2013, 10:55 PM
If Dunn is not coming to Soxfest, maybe he knows something we don't. Perhaps he won't be with the White Sox this season.

doublem23
01-10-2013, 12:20 AM
If Dunn is not coming to Soxfest, maybe he knows something we don't. Perhaps he won't be with the White Sox this season.

Probably just doesn't want to spend his weekend talking to nutbags who want him to start laying down bunts

ohiosoxfan
01-13-2013, 12:43 PM
I haven't been to SoxFest in about 5-6 years, certainly haven't been to the Palmer House. . .I have an opportunity to go this year on Sunday. Just looking for advice on whether it is worthwhile or not to go on the final day. . . is it a full presentation or have some players already left, just going through the motions, etc. I usually go for the seminars and just for the spirit of baseball season returning, not really an autograph guy.

Please send along any recommendations, advice, etc.
THANKS

salty99
01-15-2013, 11:29 AM
Peavy, Santiago, and Jones added.

ChiSoxGal85
01-15-2013, 06:05 PM
Peavy, Santiago, and Jones added.
...and in keeping with the earlier theme of this thread (which was awesome, by the way):

Peavy signs every autograph with "God Bless It!"

salty99
01-15-2013, 06:28 PM
Peavy, Santiago, and Jones added.
Pete Ward added as well.

Golden Sox
01-16-2013, 09:45 AM
Are they going to sell Saturday only passes for Soxfest 2013? I just talked to my Season Ticket sales rep and he said as of now, they're not going to sell Saturday only passes for Soxfest 2013.

keloms
01-18-2013, 04:42 AM
Yes

The #WhiteSox (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhiteSox&src=hash) have a limited number of Saturday-only passes to #SoxFest (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SoxFest&src=hash) 2013 available at http://whitesox.com (http://t.co/JJ5jSIKT) beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Saturday passes are $50, while 2-day passes (good 4 admission on both Saturday & Sunday) are available for $70 & Sunday-only passes are $35.

For more information, fans should visit http://whitesox.com/SoxFest (http://t.co/sTyko5C4) or call the #SoxFest (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SoxFest&src=hash) hotline at (312) 609-1915.

BainesHOF
01-18-2013, 09:50 AM
Boyer said that walkup tickets will probably be available.

amsteel
01-18-2013, 11:42 AM
When do they typically announce the schedule?

salty99
01-18-2013, 01:37 PM
When do they typically announce the schedule?

I would think Tuesday at the latest. Look for Beckham to be added now that he signed for 1 year 2.9 million

We Treat'em
01-22-2013, 12:49 PM
The schedule is out...
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/community/sf_splash.jsp

amsteel
01-22-2013, 01:44 PM
So is all the waiting in line as big of a pain in the ass as I assume it is?

BubblingCalderon
01-22-2013, 02:44 PM
So is all the waiting in line as big of a pain in the ass as I assume it is?


Its not terrible. Since you typically line up awhile before the player even arrives you can bring a chair and do whatever you want. If you are with someone else you can take turns holding your spots in line. (provided you have your wristband) I often leave the line to eat, use the bathroom or shop. If you stay in line you have to remember that your attending a convention with die hard sox fans so you have plenty to talk about with like minded folks.

Saturday morning is usually the worst line, I've got up at 3am to get autographs.

Viva Medias B's
01-23-2013, 09:13 AM
Given that Stan Musial's Funeral Mass is on Saturday in St. Louis, will Tony LaRussa have to cancel his SoxFest plans?

BainesHOF
01-23-2013, 11:08 AM
LaRussa is not on the Soxfest schedule Saturday, only Friday and Sunday.

tebman
01-23-2013, 01:56 PM
SoxFest radio and TV schedule (http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/3051-wscr-am-a-csn-chicago-to-air-specials-from-2013-soxfest) has been announced.

Something I hadn't caught in the other announcements is the Friday evening seminar on "First Game Memories" led by Chuck Garfien. The panelists are scheduled to be Gordon Beckham, Bill Melton, Tom Paciorek, Aaron Rowand, and Pete Ward. Ward is a blast from my past -- he had a couple of solid years when I was a kid. It'll be good to see him.

salty99
01-23-2013, 02:27 PM
LaRussa is not on the Soxfest schedule Saturday, only Friday and Sunday.


Actually he's on the schedule for Saturday private seminar with Jerry etc

palehosepub
01-23-2013, 03:36 PM
LaRussa is not on the Soxfest schedule Saturday, only Friday and Sunday.

LaRussa is getting an award Sunday night from the Pitch N Hit Club, he is still scheduled to attend. Maybe Friday is in jeopardy at Soxfest.

palehosepub
01-23-2013, 03:48 PM
SoxFest radio and TV schedule (http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/3051-wscr-am-a-csn-chicago-to-air-specials-from-2013-soxfest) has been announced.

Something I hadn't caught in the other announcements is the Friday evening seminar on "First Game Memories" led by Chuck Garfien. The panelists are scheduled to be Gordon Beckham, Bill Melton, Tom Paciorek, Aaron Rowand, and Pete Ward. Ward is a blast from my past -- he had a couple of solid years when I was a kid. It'll be good to see him.

Pete Ward - I can' t resist a trip down memory lane.

The first ballpayer I ever met was Pete Ward as a 7 year old kid in 1969. He was great with us kids then and he still is an absolute gentlemen when I have met him at cards shows, etc. Pete and Luis Aparicio showed up on a summer afternoon at the Imperial Gardens store at 86th & Pulaski in Chicago. The word just spread through the neighborhood that there were some White Sox players giving out baseballs at the store. Pete joked around with us, handed out autgraphed baseballs to all of us kids, etc. I remember Luis didnt say a word and was very reserved - it didn't dawn on me until several years later that Luis probably struggled with English. I also remember once the payers signed the baseballs with bright green ink we immediately went out and played catch with them; we were more happy to have a new ball to play "running bases" or "off the wall" than to have a piece of memorabilia. Simpler times.

beasly213
01-24-2013, 08:36 AM
I'm kicking around the idea of going on Sunday. I haven't been in years, based on the schedule/wristband set up what time should I try to line up for Robin Ventura who is at 9am and Joe Crede who is at 1:30pm?
Thanks!

Lip Man 1
01-24-2013, 12:20 PM
Well Pete had a memorable "first game" that's for sure:

April 9, 1963 - The start of the season found the Sox in Detroit and it was a highlight game for 3rd baseman Pete Ward. Ward smacked a 7th inning, three run home run off Jim Bunning to push the Sox into the lead and he also made a barehanded pick up and throw out of a slow roller hit by Al Kaline. The Sox would win 7-5 and it would be the start of Ward’s Co-American League Rookie of the Year campaign.

Lip

shenk16
01-24-2013, 12:49 PM
I'm kicking around the idea of going on Sunday. I haven't been in years, based on the schedule/wristband set up what time should I try to line up for Robin Ventura who is at 9am and Joe Crede who is at 1:30pm?
Thanks!

I haven't stuck around for Sunday the last couple of years, but I know that it is not nearly as well attended as Saturday (common sense I suppose). I could be wrong, but you will likely want to be in the front half of the line for Ventura so you can head over and grab a band for Crede as soon as you are finished. Depending on the demand for the particular player (and the line) they may begin handing out bracelets sooner than later. Saturdays are always a disaster when it comes to this and people start lining up for 1 and 2 o'clock signings as soon as the doors open.

Viva Medias B's
01-25-2013, 05:10 PM
Okay, it's after 4:00 an CSN isn't carrying the SoxFest opening ceremonies like they said they would. What's going on?

DeadMoney
01-25-2013, 05:17 PM
Okay, it's after 4:00 an CSN isn't carrying the SoxFest opening ceremonies like they said they would. What's going on?

Apparently...
@CSNChicago [TIME CHANGE] #SoxFest Opening Ceremonies to air today at 4:30 p.m. on CSN and will live stream on our website!

soxfan21
01-25-2013, 05:30 PM
Okay, it's after 4:00 an CSN isn't carrying the SoxFest opening ceremonies like they said they would. What's going on?

It just started now.

Brian26
01-25-2013, 06:55 PM
Konerko!!!

palehosepub
01-25-2013, 10:40 PM
Anybody check out the game used equipment - I am curious if the pricing has been brought more in line with reality. Also wondering if any of the. Sunday red jerseys are for sale

Brian26
01-25-2013, 11:45 PM
Anybody check out the game used equipment - I am curious if the pricing has been brought more in line with reality. Also wondering if any of the. Sunday red jerseys are for sale

The jerseys were for sale. Somebody in line with me had purchased Peavy's earlier in the night for $500. No idea what set # it was.

I didn't spend a lot of time in that area. They were selling that Harold Baines litho from many years ago for $50, which seemed high. They were also selling those catcher's chest protector backpacks for $10, which was high.

DeAza's red helmet from last year was $200, and I saw Lillibridge's for $100.

Brian26
01-26-2013, 12:15 AM
Ok, this is the best bobblehead ever.

yazz32
01-26-2013, 04:43 AM
Seems the overall crowd on Friday was alot smaller then in previous years. Maybe hotel package pricing catching up to the Sox.

chisox5967
01-26-2013, 09:16 AM
Sounds like an amazing time at Sox Fest.
I'm in S.C. and I wish I could be there!!! You guys and gals are lucky to be there!

Go Sox!

Brian26
01-26-2013, 09:26 AM
Sox trivia. Pic might be hard to see.

What was the final score of 83 All Star Game? I know it was a blowout - something like 13-4?

Who's all time sox leader in avg? Appling or fox?

Drawing a blank on the 8th concourse statue...

Harry Potter
01-26-2013, 09:28 AM
Drawing a blank on the 8th concourse statue...

The resident cornfield drunk, Carlton Fisk!

amsteel
01-26-2013, 09:42 AM
Seems the overall crowd on Friday was alot smaller then in previous years. Maybe hotel package pricing catching up to the Sox.

In five years they'll hire a consulting firm that will tell them they're overcharging.

Brian26
01-26-2013, 10:45 AM
83 racers for Sundays

palehosepub
01-26-2013, 11:37 AM
In five years they'll hire a consulting firm that will tell them they're overcharging.
Classic!!:D:

shenk16
01-26-2013, 12:12 PM
In five years they'll hire a consulting firm that will tell them they're overcharging.

I agree with your comment about overcharging, but it was actually quite packed for a Friday last night.

Brian26
01-26-2013, 12:28 PM
I agree with your comment about overcharging, but it was actually quite packed for a Friday last night.

Yep, more people on Friday than I've seen in four or five years.

tstrike2000
01-26-2013, 12:40 PM
This year is the first time in 10 years I've missed Soxfest, so I'm missing the feeling of baseball in January, but it sounds like a good time. In the past it's been good catching up with Brian26, Chisoxgirl, and Tebman, just to name a few. Guess I'll just have to go to a few more games this year.

Viva Medias B's
01-26-2013, 07:50 PM
I haven't been to SoxFest for a number of years. It just isn't the same at the Palmer House than it was at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Golden Sox
01-26-2013, 09:10 PM
I had a wonderful time today at Soxfest. It was jam packed with people. Most of the seminars I went to were SRO.

34rancher
01-26-2013, 10:15 PM
Haven't been able to go to Palmer house for stories. Who is this years "lost 20 lbs and in great shape" story? Anyone look noticibly larger for the thinly veiled "gained 10-15 lbs of muscle", when really out of shape?

BainesHOF
01-27-2013, 10:33 PM
Friday was indeed crowded for at least the second straight year. Gone are the days where you could go from autograph session to autograph session without much waiting on opening night. The reason? It's pretty clear that Friday is not only for hotel guests despite what's advertised. A significant number of season ticket holders and perhaps others were issued Friday-only passes. Buying a weekend hotel package no longer gives you a great opening night of autograph collecting. It merely gives you another day to collect autographs.

It was nice to see so many retired players brought back. I think this year set a record for former players in attendance. I hope a similar number are booked for the future.

Saturday's after-hours party left a lot to be desired. No ample supply of pizza like last year. Mini-Jimmy John's sandwiches ran out in a hurry, leaving a couple sad tables of chips and dip left for people who didn't arrive for the party's opening.

In a welcomed change from some previous years, players arrived for their autograph sessions on time from my experience. Lots of players were great with fans. Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas are phenomenal with all fans, even the wacko ones. They get what a fan fest is all about. They're extremely respectful and accommodating regarding specific requests. Tom Paciorek was very friendly and downright jovial with everyone.

On the negative side, Jermaine Dye jagged me once again when signing a bat, purposely signing it way off center. It's too bad he feels the need to be like that. But Dye pales in comparison to Steve Stone, who belongs in his own Jag Hall of Fame. He singlehandedly ruined hundreds of dollars of baseballs by signing every ball on its side panel. Whenever a fan asked him to sign on the sweet spot as is the standard practice, his stock answer was, "No, you're just going to sell it on eBay." Really? If you wanted a picture signed, he'd personalize it, as if there's a big market to sell Steve Stone photos. Someone asked him what he thought of Chuck Tanner. "Overrated," Stone said with relish. The Sox need to end his autograph duties. He does way more harm than good with his swarmy, combative attitude.

The autograph lines were well-run. The kids working them did a good job. Things ran smoother than usual. I didn't see/hear any of the usual complaints. The one thing I'd add is the MVP speed pass didn't look so speedy anymore because of the number sold.

The Garage Sale was a mixed bag. Rios bats were only $50. Beckham bats were $50, too. I picked up a well-worn Baines jersey for just $100. Plenty of '72 throwback items were available. They were a bit pricey, but many fans love those uniforms. Vizquel autographed balls for $200 were ridiculously overpriced. So were lineup cards at $125 a pop. Mystery bags for $20 featured better-than-average items including player bobbleheads and World Series baseballs.

A few random bits of info from my player interactions...

Rowand has watched the '05 World Series DVD "quite a number of times."...When asked if Rios was going to bat third, Ventura said, " I just hope he shows up to spring training." I could be wrong, but it sounded as if he was taking a dig at Rios for his Soxfest absence...The Big Hurt has yet to start writing a Hall of Fame speech...LaRussa displayed his three World Series rings at his signings. I commented on how it would have been nice to have an '83 ring. That triggered a burst of passion. "If Dibber didn't screw up on the bases," LaRussa said. "And it wasn't just his baserunning blunder. He screwed up the bunt, too!" Whoa!...Peavy expressed confidence in Flowers, but said the team will miss A.J.'s bat. "We need a left-handed bat!" Peavy said...I commented to Baines that nearby LaRussa was his best manager. "That's a fair statement," Baines said...I told Konerko he should retire with the Sox. "We'll see what happens," he said in the most unsure way possible.

This Soxfest had a low-key vibe. The team's 2012 fade and a relatively uneventful offseason have expectations at a modest level.

Noneck
01-27-2013, 10:42 PM
Good stuff BainesHOF. I know I shouldnt but I laughed out load about Stone. He is such a money monger.

34rancher
01-27-2013, 11:56 PM
Good stuff BainesHOF. I know I shouldnt but I laughed out load about Stone. He is such a money monger.

In a way, I can't blame him too much though. His generation didn't make as much bank as the last couple of generations have.

Brian26
01-28-2013, 12:26 AM
In a way, I can't blame him too much though. His generation didn't make as much bank as the last couple of generations have.

You're saying he's justified in being a jagoff to fans at a fan convention as an ambassador of the team because he didn't make enough money as a player 35 years ago? All the while, he has been paid millions of dollars as an announcer over the past 30 years, and the announcers of his generation (Jimmy Piersall for example) never came close to that kind of coin.

Or are you saying he should continue to be a jag and start a side business on ebay of selling his sweet spot signed balls? Baines already explained to you that those wouldn't sell for the price of a new unsigned ball. Look up Joe Charboneau memorabilia and get back to me.

All that said, he was friendly with me for a couple of moments and claimed he never wanted to leave at the end of last year FWIW.

shenk16
01-28-2013, 09:05 AM
Stone is garbage. He doesn't no good for the White Sox organization. I would gladly trade his "knowledge of the game" for someone with some personality. I know there are a lot of Hawk bashers out there as well, but at least he gets what promoting an organization is all about. Steve Stone is the same guy that only signs baseball cards in pen...might as well throw that garbage away. It's an eye sore to display and it flat out ruins the card. He is so stuck on the fact that he was a Cy Young winner that he fails to acknowledge the rest of his career.

I actually had the complete opposite response from Dye when I went through his line on Friday and Saturday. Friday I had him sign an 8x10 of the World Series GW hit photo that I never had signed and then Saturday I had him sign a World Series ball. Both times he gladly signed WS MVP on it. Sorry to hear he didn't sign your bat where he should have. I know you were talking specifically about Dye, but most of the players are pretty wise to that stuff and usually ask where you want "bigger" items like that signed.

In between autograph lines, I was able to check out the seminars with the guys from the 83 team (which was entertaining) and the one titled, "Pen Pals" with Thigpen and most of the relievers that were there. I thought it was great that Matt Lindstrom was there even though he just officially signed on Friday. It was a pleasant surprise when I went to get an autograph from Nate Jones yesterday morning and he sat in next to him. I also liked his response during the seminar when a fan asked all of the players what their favorite uniform was and he responded without hesitation, "The one I"m about to wear!" Thornton said he was excited about wearing the 83 unis on Sunday and Thigpen said the same since that was the uniform that he came up wearing.

One of the big highlights for me this weekend besides meeting Tony LaRussa happened when I came back from watching the Hawks game at a bar Saturday night and Goose Gossage walked into the lobby with Roland Hemond. He stopped and talked with fans and signed a few autographs. I guess he was in town because he was being inducted into the Lou Boudreau HOF for the Pitch and Hit Club that Hemond is a board member for.

I also agree about Friday no longer being for hotel members only and the Saturday night dinner being a disappointment, but overall I had a great time as usual. Very happy about seeing some new faces. My one suggestion for the future would be to have the Sox bring in some of their top prospects for Soxfest. I realize this might bring on a few jokes about not having any, but Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson, Keenyn Walker, and Courtney Hawkins would be cool to see. Introduce the "future" to the fans!

Golden Sox
01-28-2013, 10:45 AM
I met him when he was playing for the White Sox. I didn't like him the first time I met him and I still don't like him. Granted he is a decent announcer, but I wouldn't care if he was replaced by somebody else. The best word I can use to describe him is arrogant. He comes off to me as if he's a no it all and he's too good to talk to you. I think he ought to count his blessings that he's had alot of success as an announcer. I would make a pretty good guess that he has made more money as an announcer than what he did as a player. That being the case he should be a little bit more fan friendly than what he has been.

Red Barchetta
01-28-2013, 11:09 AM
I met him when he was playing for the White Sox. I didn't like him the first time I met him and I still don't like him. Granted he is a decent announcer, but I wouldn't care if he was replaced by somebody else. The best word I can use to describe him is arrogant. He comes off to me as if he's a no it all and he's too good to talk to you. I think he ought to count his blessings that he's had alot of success as an announcer. I would make a pretty good guess that he has made more money as an announcer than what he did as a player. That being the case he should be a little bit more fan friendly than what he has been.

I think deep down Stone feels working for the SOX organization is a step backwards because his greatest career gig was with Harry Caray and the Cubs during their trendy "media darlings" days in the 80s. I know he left the Cubs organization on bad terms, however I think he's pissed the Cubs never offered him the executive management position he hinted to. (GM?)

SoxThunder
01-28-2013, 11:48 AM
I don't really care how arrogant Steve Stone is...he's a great color commentator. It's refreshing to hear some quality baseball analysis in between Hawk's blabber.

I was at SoxFest all weekend and I also appreciate Stone's ability to conduct an insightful interview with players and coaches. In comparison, Ed Farmer hosted a session with Thornton, Jones, Linsdstrom and Thigpen and it was horribly awkward. No one knew if he was making a comment or asking a question...so many awkward pauses.

asindc
01-28-2013, 12:50 PM
I don't really care how arrogant Steve Stone is...he's a great color commentator. It's refreshing to hear some quality baseball analysis in between Hawk's blabber.

I was at SoxFest all weekend and I also appreciate Stone's ability to conduct an insightful interview with players and coaches. In comparison, Ed Farmer hosted a session with Thornton, Jones, Linsdstrom and Thigpen and it was horribly awkward. No one knew if he was making a comment or asking a question...so many awkward pauses.

Similar to his play-by-play.

My_Sox_Summer
01-28-2013, 01:34 PM
BainesHOF- good stuff man.

I was there Friday night and also thought it was really busy for "hotel guests only". I wasn't staying there, but my ticket rep got me some passes. I was #129 in line for Konerko and it still took 2.5 hours to go through the line. I was pretty burnt by that experience, meeting Pauly was great, but the wait was just brutal. I did catch Sale and Flowers pretty quickly on Friday, so that was fun.

Saturday I decided that it just wasn't worth it to wait in line. My dad and cousin were in so we pretty much camped out and listened to all of the seminars. That was fun.

On Friday, there was a guy in front of me that had 3 MVP passes and one was for his 5 year old just so he could get 3 autos each time he was up there. I guess I don't understand having multiple autographs of the same player on assorted items unless you are selling it, which he assured me he doesn't. Any insight BainesHOF?

I am not a collector though, so maybe that is the draw. I relish the experience more than the product. I do like bobbles though.

I thought it was fun, well run for a Sox event. I never count on the Sox to run something right but this was pretty good. Kids seemed to be having a good time, and that is usually all that matters.

The garage sale is pretty hit or miss, in all 3 that I have been to the selection is poor but there is usually a couple of things that are worth it. $10 new fitted caps were a great deal.

salty99
01-28-2013, 02:18 PM
I also agree about Friday no longer being for hotel members only and the Saturday night dinner being a disappointment, but overall I had a great time as usual. Very happy about seeing some new faces. My one suggestion for the future would be to have the Sox bring in some of their top prospects for Soxfest. I realize this might bring on a few jokes about not having any, but Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson, Keenyn Walker, and Courtney Hawkins would be cool to see. Introduce the "future" to the fans!

They usually send out a survey after it's over and I suggest every year to bring in some prospects but it never seems to happen.

SoxThunder
01-28-2013, 03:00 PM
Here's a few other tidbits I remember from being at SoxFest all weekend:



Aaron Rowand was "devastated" when he was traded to the Phillies and said that both he and Kenny Williams cried when it happened. He said the White Sox were the team he came up with and they still feel like "family".
For a 7 pm game, most players arrive at the ballpark around 1:30. Konerko usually arrives before anyone else to get extra work in, and his teammates have a lot of respect for him
Thornton "knows his body" and likes to do a lot of off-season conditioning (mostly core, legs, and long toss)
Nate Jones is a Kentucky boy and self-described hick and Hahn/Ventura said he will be considered for the closer's role
Hahn and Stone discussed how a pitcher is evaluated to determine if he'd be a better starter or reliever. They have some charting technology that shows if a pitcher still has a lot of movement late in the game. If yes, they push to make him a starter. If no (ie - there's a drastic drop in pitch movement after a couple innings), they push to make him a reliever.
Kittle made fun of Fisk's DUI and said they should make a "middle of the cornfield bobblehead"
Paciorek does a pretty good Vin Scully impression
Joe Crede hasn't been missing any meals
Rowand said his favorite Joe Crede story is when he had to take a crap in the clubhouse bathroom and was late coming back onto the field. The umpire almost made them put in a replacement fielder, but Joe finally came running out of the dugout fastening his belt.
Rowand said Jermaine Dye was the "whitest black guy ever"
Dye said he'd share his World Series MVP car with Crede, but Joe laughed that he's never seen it
Ed Farmer is the weirdest and most awkward interviewer ever (it's even worse than his broadcasting)

spawn
01-28-2013, 03:51 PM
Here's a few other tidbits I remember from being at SoxFest all weekend:



Aaron Rowand was "devastated" when he was traded to the Phillies and said that both he and Kenny Williams cried when it happened. He said the White Sox were the team he came up with and they still feel like "family".
For a 7 pm game, most players arrive at the ballpark around 1:30. Konerko usually arrives before anyone else to get extra work in, and his teammates have a lot of respect for him
Thornton "knows his body" and likes to do a lot of off-season conditioning (mostly core, legs, and long toss)
Nate Jones is a Kentucky boy and self-described hick and Hahn/Ventura said he will be considered for the closer's role
Hahn and Stone discussed how a pitcher is evaluated to determine if he'd be a better starter or reliever. They have some charting technology that shows if a pitcher still has a lot of movement late in the game. If yes, they push to make him a starter. If no (ie - there's a drastic drop in pitch movement after a couple innings), they push to make him a reliever.
Kittle made fun of Fisk's DUI and said they should make a "middle of the cornfield bobblehead"
Paciorek does a pretty good Vin Scully impression
Joe Crede hasn't been missing any meals
Rowand said his favorite Joe Crede story is when he had to take a crap in the clubhouse bathroom and was late coming back onto the field. The umpire almost made them put in a replacement fielder, but Joe finally came running out of the dugout fastening his belt.
Rowand said Jermaine Dye was the "whitest black guy ever"
Dye said he'd share his World Series MVP car with Crede, but Joe laughed that he's never seen it
Ed Farmer is the weirdest and most awkward interviewer ever (it's even worse than his broadcasting)


While we appreciate your posting of these tidbits, remarks like the one bolded shouldn't be posted.

SoxThunder
01-28-2013, 04:20 PM
While we appreciate your posting of these tidbits, remarks like the one bolded shouldn't be posted.

I don't see any problem with posting something Rowand said behind a mic at SoxFest. Jermaine Dye thought it was funny and so did the crowd.

spawn
01-28-2013, 04:32 PM
I don't see any problem with posting something Rowand said behind a mic at SoxFest. Jermaine Dye thought it was funny and so did the crowd.

It doesn't matter if Aaron Rowand said it behind a mic, nor does it matter if Jermaine Dye found it funny. There may be African American members of WSI that may not find it so amusing and could lead to a discussion that is not allowed here.

palehosepub
01-28-2013, 04:45 PM
Good summary By Crains Chicago Business on Soxfest, -encouraging ticket numbers on the 7 game and 14 game plans. 7300 people attended Soxfest up 11% from last year.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130128/BLOGS04/130129797/soxfest-by-the-numbers

palehosepub
01-28-2013, 04:50 PM
The garage sale prices reported by Crain's seem staggering. $1200 for a GU Konerko jersey? $1000 for a GU Sale jersey? Wow -but garage sales were up 40%. Maybe the economy is coming back.

Nelfox02
01-28-2013, 06:15 PM
Overall I had a great time at Sox Fest this year. There are so many people I only get a chance to see at this event, its like a weird family reunion, very fun. Some of my highlights

-I walked out with a lot of autographs, but the getting Goose Gossage out of nowhere in the lobby was wild. He had just finished checking in on Saturday and my friend and I were the only ones who noticed him, he walked up to us and offered to sign our baseballs, really nice guy. It was great because I ve never met him before, and going into this weekend was not planning on seeing him there at all

-Watching Addison Reed hang out with a ton of kids in the lobby on Saturday night and talk baseball and take pictures. To me, this is what Sox Fest is really about, and what makes the event special. The unofficial interaction that you see with players and fans at Sox Fest is great, and a lot of other team's fan fests have nothing like it. Kudos to the players that took extra time to hang out in the lobby and interact with fans of all ages, Reed and TCM won my top honors in that category this year.

Brian26
01-28-2013, 08:15 PM
Rowand said Jermaine Dye was the "whitest black guy ever"



While we appreciate your posting of these tidbits, remarks like the one bolded shouldn't be posted.

I don't see any problem with posting something Rowand said behind a mic at SoxFest. Jermaine Dye thought it was funny and so did the crowd.

It doesn't matter if Aaron Rowand said it behind a mic, nor does it matter if Jermaine Dye found it funny. There may be African American members of WSI that may not find it so amusing and could lead to a discussion that is not allowed here.

If the context of Rowand's comment was given in the original post, there would be no need for any discussion about it. Rowand was talking about the 2005 team and how everyone hung out together after games. He said there were no cliques like you see on most teams where the veterans hang out together, the rookies hang out together, the carribean guys hang out, and the black guys hang out. In 2005, all of the guys would have dinner and go on fishing trips together. As an example, Jermaine Dye would go golfing and fishing with AJ, Rowand and Crede.

In context, Rowand said it with benevolence and respect towards Dye and the rest of his teammates.

tebman
01-28-2013, 09:18 PM
-I walked out with a lot of autographs, but the getting Goose Gossage out of nowhere in the lobby was wild. He had just finished checking in on Saturday and my friend and I were the only ones who noticed him, he walked up to us and offered to sign our baseballs, really nice guy. It was great because I ve never met him before, and going into this weekend was not planning on seeing him there at all

-Watching Addison Reed hang out with a ton of kids in the lobby on Saturday night and talk baseball and take pictures. To me, this is what Sox Fest is really about, and what makes the event special. The unofficial interaction that you see with players and fans at Sox Fest is great, and a lot of other team's fan fests have nothing like it. Kudos to the players that took extra time to hang out in the lobby and interact with fans of all ages, Reed and TCM won my top honors in that category this year.

We spent some time late Saturday night loitering in the hotel lobby and saw Reed and Ramirez mixing with the crowd, though we didn't talk with them; they were surrounded by plenty of others who were. We talked briefly with Roland Hemond, but if Goose Gossage was there we missed him.

This was only my third SoxFest. ChiSoxGirl is the champ, having attended the last 20, and I've always deferred to her judgment in SoxFest logistics. Her advice was to hang around the lobby to see Sox players outside their natural habitat. Had I been a keener observer I might have seen Gossage.

SoxFest really is total immersion therapy when hot-stove talk is at a low ebb. Autographs are great for collectors, but for me that process it more about getting a chance, however brief, to tell the player (or former player) that I appreciate his work. Pete Ward was there this year, and I was able to talk with him long enough to let him know that I was glad to see him after 45 years and that I appreciated his work too. He genuinely thanked me and told me how much he enjoyed being there.

Love the seminars. It's to the organization's credit that players, as well as Ventura and Hahn, take unrehearsed questions from the floor. In my experience the questions have been insightful and interesting and I think the players appreciate that. These folks know their baseball and they know their White Sox history, and it shows in the quality of the questions and the thoughtful responses given by the players and staff. I learn something at every session.

The best example was Aaron Rowand's sincerity when he was asked about his reaction to being traded after the 2005 season. He didn't fall back on bromides and clichés, but said without hesitation that he was devastated. He spoke of coming up through the Sox organization, his experience in the city, of being a Bears fan, and how he was moved when someone in the autograph session said to him, "welcome home."

As a fan I understood exactly what he was talking about and I understood how he felt. Between the quality of the seminars, the hilarious anecdotes among the current and former players, and the chance to thank them all, it's a great weekend. And all the while surrounded by hundreds of others who share my zeal. For my money, all of that is the best part of SoxFest.

ChiSoxGirl
01-28-2013, 10:04 PM
We spent some time late Saturday night loitering in the hotel lobby and saw Reed and Ramirez mixing with the crowd, though we didn't talk with them; they were surrounded by plenty of others who were. We talked briefly with Roland Hemond, but if Goose Gossage was there we missed him.

This was only my third SoxFest. ChiSoxGirl is the champ, having attended the last 20, and I've always deferred to her judgment in SoxFest logistics. Her advice was to hang around the lobby to see Sox players outside their natural habitat. Had I been a keener observer I might have seen Gossage.

SoxFest really is total immersion therapy when hot-stove talk is at a low ebb. Autographs are great for collectors, but for me that process it more about getting a chance, however brief, to tell the player (or former player) that I appreciate his work. Pete Ward was there this year, and I was able to talk with him long enough to let him know that I was glad to see him after 45 years and that I appreciated his work too. He genuinely thanked me and told me how much he enjoyed being there.

Love the seminars. It's to the organization's credit that players, as well as Ventura and Hahn, take unrehearsed questions from the floor. In my experience the questions have been insightful and interesting and I think the players appreciate that. These folks know their baseball and they know their White Sox history, and it shows in the quality of the questions and the thoughtful responses given by the players and staff. I learn something at every session.

The best example was Aaron Rowand's sincerity when he was asked about his reaction to being traded after the 2005 season. He didn't fall back on bromides and clichés, but said without hesitation that he was devastated. He spoke of coming up through the Sox organization, his experience in the city, of being a Bears fan, and how he was moved when someone in the autograph session said to him, "welcome home."

As a fan I understood exactly what he was talking about and I understood how he felt. Between the quality of the seminars, the hilarious anecdotes among the current and former players, and the chance to thank them all, it's a great weekend. And all the while surrounded by hundreds of others who share my zeal. For my money, all of that is the best part of SoxFest.

You never cease to sing my praises in regards to my SoxFest attendance. What did you name me this weekend, the "Queen of SoxFest?" :redface: I take a lot of pride in my 20th anniversary as a SoxFest attendee. I've gone to that event for more years than some of those guest service representatives who work the autograph lines! :o:

Some of my SoxFest highlights:

~ The Hahn/Ventura seminar was informative, as the GM/manager seminars always are. The funniest moment of this year's occurred at the end of the Friday session. There were two people lined up at the mic to ask a question. Robin quipped that, "This would be the last question" when he looked behind the fan at the mic and saw Kenny Williams! The former GM did get to ask his question, which was directed to Rick Hahn and simply, "My question only requires a one-word answer. Will you be better or worse than your predecessor?" The audience laughed and Hahn said, "Well, the previous GM had a better support staff than me, so we'll see."

~ The "First Game Memories" seminar was the funniest of the three I attended. Tom Paciorek does a great Vin Scully and Harry Caray. Beckham told a great story about when the team was in Detroit early last season and Brent Morel didn't know who Ty Cobb was. He and Beckham were looking at the names on the outfield wall at Comerica and Morel was like, "Who's Cobb?" Beckham replied, "Uh, Mo, Ty Cobb...." Morel then said, "I think his number fell off" and Beckham reminded the injured third baseman that Cobb played before ball players wore numbers on their jerseys.

~ Got my picture taken with Gavin Floyd and Aaron Rowand on Saturday, both of whom were awesome and extremely personable.

~ My Friday autographs were Chris Sale and Tyler Flowers and my Saturday signings were Konerko and Ventura. I had Paulie sign a page his picture was on from a newspaper clipping in the scrapbook I made after the 2005 season. I had Robin sign the pictures of me & him and me, him & my boyfriend from when we had our on-field meeting with him last June. Getting those pictures signed made the best fan experience of my life officially complete.

Even though I met Robin last summer, I was still so anxious and excited when I walked up to that table on Saturday afternoon. I first put the picture of me, him and my boyfriend down on the table, since that one is framed in my living room, and said to Robin, "I don't know if you remember this day or not..." and after a few seconds, he said he did. He signed the picture and I thanked him. I had the one of me & him in my hand and even though the SoxFest people are usually nazis about only getting one item signed, I figured maybe I'd have a chance since Robin isn't a player and I had the whole on-field experience working in my favor. I put the other picture down and said, "...And it would mean the world to me if you would sign this one, too." "Sure," he said and signed it for me. I was so excited!!!

Though SoxFest has changed so much in the 20 years I've attended, and not in a good way, I always enjoy the weekend. It's so great to be in the company of people who love the Sox as much as I do and it's fun to hang out with friends I don't get to see as frequently during the off-season. The seminars are both informative and entertaining, and getting the opportunity to interact with the players, either while getting his autograph or in the hotel bar after hours, is always a fun experience. I love the event and plan on going again in 2014 for #21.

StillMissOzzie
01-28-2013, 10:37 PM
On the negative side, Jermaine Dye jagged me once again when signing a bat, purposely signing it way off center. It's too bad he feels the need to be like that. But Dye pales in comparison to Steve Stone, who belongs in his own Jag Hall of Fame. He singlehandedly ruined hundreds of dollars of baseballs by signing every ball on its side panel. Whenever a fan asked him to sign on the sweet spot as is the standard practice, his stock answer was, "No, you're just going to sell it on eBay." Really? If you wanted a picture signed, he'd personalize it, as if there's a big market to sell Steve Stone photos.

I wish Steve Stone would check eBay to see what the market is for anything he has signed. Not that it would change his lofty opinion of himself, but we can dream. He was making an appearance at the Harry Caray's in Lombard a few years ago, and he insisted on personalizing his autograph with a ballpoint pen. Thanks, Steve.

SMO
:angry:

Nelfox02
01-28-2013, 11:04 PM
We spent some time late Saturday night loitering in the hotel lobby and saw Reed and Ramirez mixing with the crowd, though we didn't talk with them; they were surrounded by plenty of others who were. We talked briefly with Roland Hemond, but if Goose Gossage was there we missed him.

This was only my third SoxFest. ChiSoxGirl is the champ, having attended the last 20, and I've always deferred to her judgment in SoxFest logistics. Her advice was to hang around the lobby to see Sox players outside their natural habitat. Had I been a keener observer I might have seen Gossage.

SoxFest really is total immersion therapy when hot-stove talk is at a low ebb. Autographs are great for collectors, but for me that process it more about getting a chance, however brief, to tell the player (or former player) that I appreciate his work. Pete Ward was there this year, and I was able to talk with him long enough to let him know that I was glad to see him after 45 years and that I appreciated his work too. He genuinely thanked me and told me how much he enjoyed being there.

Love the seminars. It's to the organization's credit that players, as well as Ventura and Hahn, take unrehearsed questions from the floor. In my experience the questions have been insightful and interesting and I think the players appreciate that. These folks know their baseball and they know their White Sox history, and it shows in the quality of the questions and the thoughtful responses given by the players and staff. I learn something at every session.

The best example was Aaron Rowand's sincerity when he was asked about his reaction to being traded after the 2005 season. He didn't fall back on bromides and clichés, but said without hesitation that he was devastated. He spoke of coming up through the Sox organization, his experience in the city, of being a Bears fan, and how he was moved when someone in the autograph session said to him, "welcome home."

As a fan I understood exactly what he was talking about and I understood how he felt. Between the quality of the seminars, the hilarious anecdotes among the current and former players, and the chance to thank them all, it's a great weekend. And all the while surrounded by hundreds of others who share my zeal. For my money, all of that is the best part of SoxFest.


It was totally by chance for Gossage---my friend and I came off the elevator bank and as we headed toward the lobby I saw him at the check in desk, he was the only person there and at first I wasnt even sure it was him....we stood there waiting for him to finish checking out and he noticed us and walked over and asked what we had. I heard he signed later when getting back to the hotel but that was a rumor. I found out from someone in the know that the reason he was there was due to the fact he had to be in town Sunday to be honored at a dinner with LaRussa so he elected to stay at the same hotel the night before to see him and a few other old friends

TheVulture
01-28-2013, 11:44 PM
As far as Rowand's comment, even if some might be offended, considering he said it at Soxfest, they have the right to know to be offended. Not allowing the posting of his comments would be more offensive because you'd basically be hiding the fact he said it to begin with.

BainesHOF
01-28-2013, 11:45 PM
On Friday, there was a guy in front of me that had 3 MVP passes and one was for his 5 year old just so he could get 3 autos each time he was up there. I guess I don't understand having multiple autographs of the same player on assorted items unless you are selling it, which he assured me he doesn't. Any insight BainesHOF?

That seems a bit weird. I wonder who the third pass was for? Maybe his wife didn't feel like chasing autographs.

I've attended nearly every SoxFest and I've never met an attendee who was obtaining autographs to sell. Even if you wanted to, it wouldn't make any sense financially by the time you factor in all of the costs associated with attending.

As far as obtaining multiple autographs of the same player on assorted items, I guess to each their own. Believe it or not, some people still try to collect autograph sets so they need multiple cards if they're working on completing more than one different set. I've gotten players to sign multiple things over time. I have a lot of items in my collection. Why not get them signed when you have a chance?

shenk16
01-28-2013, 11:45 PM
It was definitely not a rumor that Gossage signed when he returned to the hotel. He signed for myself and about 10-12 other people when he walked in with Roland Hemond and a couple of other older guys I did not recognize. He was very pleasant and even asked me if Fisk was there.

Brian26
01-28-2013, 11:50 PM
He was very pleasant and even asked me if Fisk was there.

Clearly Goose has been keeping up with Sox current events for the past 20 years.

There's a better chance Drysdale shows up at Soxfest before Fisk does.

The Dude
01-29-2013, 12:56 AM
Here's a few other tidbits I remember from being at SoxFest all weekend:



Aaron Rowand was "devastated" when he was traded to the Phillies and said that both he and Kenny Williams cried when it happened. He said the White Sox were the team he came up with and they still feel like "family".
For a 7 pm game, most players arrive at the ballpark around 1:30. Konerko usually arrives before anyone else to get extra work in, and his teammates have a lot of respect for him
Thornton "knows his body" and likes to do a lot of off-season conditioning (mostly core, legs, and long toss)
Nate Jones is a Kentucky boy and self-described hick and Hahn/Ventura said he will be considered for the closer's role
Hahn and Stone discussed how a pitcher is evaluated to determine if he'd be a better starter or reliever. They have some charting technology that shows if a pitcher still has a lot of movement late in the game. If yes, they push to make him a starter. If no (ie - there's a drastic drop in pitch movement after a couple innings), they push to make him a reliever.
Kittle made fun of Fisk's DUI and said they should make a "middle of the cornfield bobblehead"
Paciorek does a pretty good Vin Scully impression
Joe Crede hasn't been missing any meals
Rowand said his favorite Joe Crede story is when he had to take a crap in the clubhouse bathroom and was late coming back onto the field. The umpire almost made them put in a replacement fielder, but Joe finally came running out of the dugout fastening his belt.
Rowand said Jermaine Dye was the "whitest black guy ever"
Dye said he'd share his World Series MVP car with Crede, but Joe laughed that he's never seen it
Ed Farmer is the weirdest and most awkward interviewer ever (it's even worse than his broadcasting)


Anyone have an updated Crede Pic? I keep hearing he hasn't missed many meals but think a pic would justify this. :gulp:

October26
01-29-2013, 07:46 AM
The flu knocked me down for almost two weeks forcing me to miss SoxFest. I am still very upset about this.

I did enjoy reading the stories/reports from those of you who attended SoxFest. This mild weather (60 degrees forecast for Chicago today) has me dreaming about Opening Day. I am so ready for the start of White Sox baseball!

shenk16
01-29-2013, 10:06 AM
Clearly Goose has been keeping up with Sox current events for the past 20 years.

There's a better chance Drysdale shows up at Soxfest before Fisk does.


I agree. Since he seemed like such a nice guy I figured I would keep my witty response to myself! I think I read somewhere on here that Kittle cracked a joke about Fisk's DUI at Soxfest. Not sure how everyone else feels, but I'm sure I could come up with a million cracks about Kittle as well...strange dude.

ChiSoxGirl
01-29-2013, 10:40 AM
Anyone have an updated Crede Pic? I keep hearing he hasn't missed many meals but think a pic would justify this. :gulp:

I have one from this year's opening ceremony and one of me & him from last year's SoxFest, both of which I'll post later tonight when I'm on my laptop.

SoxNation05
01-29-2013, 11:40 AM
This thread has really made me miss Sox Fest and I definitely would want to go next year.

I love how Jermaine Dye, Aaron Roward and Joe Crede hold that 2005 team similar to the way the fans did.

ChiSoxGirl
01-29-2013, 09:24 PM
I have one from this year's opening ceremony and one of me & him from last year's SoxFest, both of which I'll post later tonight when I'm on my laptop.

The picture on the left is of Crede from this year's SoxFest; the one on the right is of me & Joe at last year's fest. I'm not sure why the vertical picture isn't appearing as such, so I apologize for that.

My_Sox_Summer
01-30-2013, 11:25 AM
I agree. Since he seemed like such a nice guy I figured I would keep my witty response to myself! I think I read somewhere on here that Kittle cracked a joke about Fisk's DUI at Soxfest. Not sure how everyone else feels, but I'm sure I could come up with a million cracks about Kittle as well...strange dude.

Kittle asked if anyone had heard about Fisk's new bobblehead in the middle of a cornfield. Then they all joined in and Wimpy said "we didn't even know he liked vodka". The way Kittle was talking about other stuff, he seems to be the guy who says stuff that he shouldn't but means no harm.

Heck I saw a guy standing next to the Fisk racer and making the drinking sign. Took a pic and everything. Have a feeling that will be going on the whole season. Especially when the racer loses, because he was drunk. Ha.