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Two By Four
07-06-2006, 12:10 AM
I saw a thread about the "offical" Grinder Rule List and figured I should "officially" post it. This is the actual list I keep on my computer when I write them, so it doesn't get any more offical than this (there are even some new ones I just finished that no one other than the Sox have seen yet. But they are all offical approved and created Grinder Rules.) Also, in the last thread there were some mis-written rules, these are all correct and exactly how they ran in the media.

To set the record straight, there is no sanctioned poster of all of these rules available (and if there is someone owes me and the Sox some money!) Also, Grinder Rule #2 was at one time "W", but only in the TV spot. It also ran as #10 in print and outdoor, so when the error was discovered we kept it as #10 and added the Jermaine Dye MVP as #2. Also, #45 ran once as the wrong number so some people think there are two #45's, but again just a printing error. Also, there is no Grinder rule for the really cool fire billboard on the Dan Ryan. It was just fun to do, but no rule about being a hot team or anything as someone suggested.

I will try to post this from time to time but this is the complete list as of a few seconds ago, but we write more every day so it is ever changing. Oh yeah, it goes without saying that these are copyright protected by me, my agency and the Sox, so don't go printing up t-shirts or anything:

1 Win. Or die trying.
2 Be MVP, M T W T F S S (Jermaine Dye MVP Ad)
3 Bite worse than your bark.
4 Knowing what's coming and hitting what's coming--not the same thing.
5 Every pitch is full count. Every inning, the ninth. Every game, game seven.
6 The best seat in the house is often determined by the best players in the house.
7 Grinder ball requires speed, defense, and discipline. And immigration.
8 Play every game like it's your last.
9 Be realistic, expect miracles.
10 Only one statistic matters: W
11 When jumping on the White Sox bandwagon, do not, I repeat DO NOT, keep your hands and arms inside the wagon at any time.
12 There is only one acceptable reason not to hold onto the ball: Amputation
13 There is only one thing more valuable than ability. The ability to recognize it. (Ozzie Mgr. of Year ad)
14 It's a mother's right to yell at her boys.
15 Be a highlight reel.
16 Level the playing field. Preferably while the other team's on it.
17 Never be satisfied with what you have achieved. It pales in comparison to what you can achieve.
18 NEVER be late for the National Anthem. No matter what nation you're from.
19 A reputation is not built on what you are going to do.
20 Hot dog vendors don't take credit. (LaSalle Bank in park ATM's)
21 Thieves will be punished. Swiftly, harshly and repeatedly.
22 When attending a Chicago White Sox game, don’t blink.
23 When all is said and done, make sure you've "done" more than you said.
24 Play like there are no rules.—like gravity for instance.
25 A good outfielder doesn't see the wall. He tastes it.
26 Your hitting should serve as a warning. To low flying aircraft.
27 If the fence won't come to you, go to the fence.
28 Always give fans something they can take away from the game. Like the other team's pride.
29 Play like a star. Never act like one.
30 Good enough, isn't.
31 Never swing at foolish pitches. Unless they're foolishly belt high, right down the middle.
32 Respect respect.
33 The best way to get out of a hole is to dig deeper.
34 For some, it's not a choice. It's genetic.
35 (No rule yet.)
36 You can't spell "win" without a few "k's".
37 Never walk. Even when you walk.
38 You're either counted on or counted out.
39 Be a man. Play like a boy.
40 None of us is as good as all of us.
41 Never underestimate the power of power.
42 For the good of the team, sacrifice your mind, body, and soul.
43 Step up to the plate even if you’re not stepping up to the plate.
44 There is more to baseball than peanuts and cracker jacks.
45 The best defense is a good win.
46 Respect the past, people that are shoeless, and anyone named Joe.
47 Flying does not make you superman. Getting up and making the throw to first for the force out, now that makes you Superman.
48 Be predictably unpredictable.
49 There are no starting pitchers. Only finishing pitchers.
50 Be head and shoulders and arms and legs and spine and torso above the competition.
51 (No rule yet)
52 (No rule yet)
53 There are always willing players: Those willing to do whatever it takes to win. And those willing to watch them.
54 If you can't take the heat get out of the batter's box.
55 It's called stepping up to the plate for a reason.
56 (No rule yet)
57 There’s power in numbers. Like #14, #23, #5, #24, #15, #25...
58 Never throw back a home run ball, even if it from the other team.
59 GO. GO. GO.
60 (No rule yet)
61 There is no "I" in team. But there is one in quit.
62 (No rule yet)
63 You don't have to be a coach to coach.
64 (No rule yet)
65 Do not sit in the leftfield bleachers, home to Scott Podsednik.
66 There is nothing loveable about losing.
67 (No rule yet)
68 World Champions has a nice ring to it.
69 There's always this year. (Well, and last year.)
70 (No rule yet)
71 If at first you succeed, repeat.
72 (No rule yet)
73 When bringing the family to a White Sox game know your limits.
74 Believe in magic. Not magic numbers.
75 Heroes aren't made. They're rotated.
76 Pitch. Hit. Win. Repeat.
77 (No rule yet)
78 Ixnay on talkin' about the ayoffsplay
79 - 87 (No rules yet)
88 Make history, history.
89 Taste victory and be hungry forever.
90 (No rule yet)
91 (No rule yet)
92 Interpretive dance at 101 M.P.H. (Banner for street festival)
93 (No rule yet)
94 (No rule yet)
95 Be more than a one hit wonder.
96 Expect the unexpected at U.S. Cellular field, home of the White Sox.
97 (No rule yet)
98 Batters should fear your fast ball. Not because it can get them out. Because it can knock them out.
99 Intimidation can come in the form of a screaming 99 MPH fastball or a screaming 9 year-old.
100 - 162 (No rules yet)
162 Crying in baseball is acceptable only if champagne burns your eyes.
163 - 173 (No rules yet)
174 Hoist the city up on your shoulders. They'll return the favor.

Martinigirl
07-06-2006, 12:15 AM
I love those. I would say my favorite is 162. But 66 just cracks me up everytime I see it.

StrTrkker
07-06-2006, 12:20 AM
Hmmmmm...

Numbers 35 & 48 are the same then???

Two By Four
07-06-2006, 12:26 AM
Hmmmmm...

Numbers 35 & 48 are the same then???

Oopps good catch...Sox just changed 35 to 48 because 35 is Franks number...forgot to delete it. #48 is a new radio spot that will start running this week.

Zisk77
07-06-2006, 09:03 AM
Isn't there one showing spring training staff saying (while players are doing drills) again... do it again .... otra vez, otra vez, .... AGAIN!

miker
07-06-2006, 11:39 AM
I will try to post this from time to time but this is the complete list as of a few seconds ago, but we write more every day so it is ever changing. Oh yeah, it goes without saying that these are copyright protected by me, my agency and the Sox, so don't go printing up t-shirts or anything:
Fair enough! How much buzz do you need to hear before an official poster or t-shirt becomes available?

P.S. You seem rather down to earth for an advertising person...how'd that happen?

MarySwiss
07-06-2006, 11:54 AM
Fair enough! How much buzz do you need to hear before an official poster or t-shirt becomes available?

P.S. You seem rather down to earth for an advertising person...how'd that happen?

I too would be interested in an official poster and/or t-shirt.

ilsox7
07-06-2006, 11:58 AM
I too would be interested in an official poster and/or t-shirt.

Two by Four has previously said that it is not up to him. If it were and he profited from it, he'd be making money hand over fist.

mccoydp
07-06-2006, 12:51 PM
I'll bet that Uribe loves #37. :cool:

MISoxfan
07-06-2006, 03:07 PM
Does rule 99 have anything to do with that screaming kid from the WCIU adds last season?

Realist
07-06-2006, 03:12 PM
9. Be Realistic, expect miracles.

I have my own grinder rule! :moonwalk:

Two By Four
07-06-2006, 05:01 PM
Isn't there one showing spring training staff saying (while players are doing drills) again... do it again .... otra vez, otra vez, .... AGAIN!
That was just a tv spot to announce a sort of theme for the year, not actually a rule. (But one of my favorites spots.)

Two By Four
07-06-2006, 05:02 PM
Fair enough! How much buzz do you need to hear before an official poster or t-shirt becomes available?

P.S. You seem rather down to earth for an advertising person...how'd that happen?

Players association, MLB, Sox...well lets just say getting a poster done is harder than it might appear...as for being down to earth, that's mainly due to the Sox winning and Budweiser!

Ol' No. 2
07-06-2006, 05:13 PM
Does rule 99 have anything to do with that screaming kid from the WCIU adds last season?The kid is on new ones this season. That kid is great.

realflava23
08-15-2006, 01:11 AM
How does the number go about? How do they get selected? I always wanted to know. I feel so dumb asking.

nedlug
08-15-2006, 04:16 PM
58 Never throw back a home run ball, even if it from the other team.

Is this a typo? I would imagine so...

salty99
08-15-2006, 04:24 PM
Is this a typo? I would imagine so...

More people need to follow this rule.

WisSoxFan
08-15-2006, 04:29 PM
#66 is awesome.

Cracks me up everytime.:)

35th&Shields
08-15-2006, 04:36 PM
Why did you skip 101-161? Maybe there's an obvious reason, but I can't figure it out.


100 - 162 (No rules yet)

Scottzilla
08-15-2006, 04:43 PM
so 35 is being reserved for Frank?

southwstchi4life
08-15-2006, 04:47 PM
Awsome, I've been looking for em

chisoxmike
08-15-2006, 11:23 PM
58 Never throw back a home run ball, even if it from the other team...

needs to be put in an ad. Too many "fans" are throwing back HR balls. It also is a nice jab at those fans of that other team.

TornLabrum
08-16-2006, 12:05 AM
58 Never throw back a home run ball, even if it from the other team...

needs to be put in an ad. Too many "fans" are throwing back HR balls. It also is a nice jab at those fans of that other team.

Not only does it need to be in an ad, but that ad also needs to be played daily on the scoreboard.

34 Inch Stick
08-16-2006, 11:08 AM
Grinder Rules= zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

jenn2080
08-16-2006, 11:27 AM
58 Never throw back a home run ball, even if it from the other team...

needs to be put in an ad. Too many "fans" are throwing back HR balls. It also is a nice jab at those fans of that other team.



:gulp: I couldnt agree more. It drives me crazy the people who chant throw it back.

JohnTucker0814
08-16-2006, 12:33 PM
Are there any Poster Sized Grinder Rules for sale. This would sell I would think. Sorry if this has been asked already!

nedlug
08-16-2006, 01:06 PM
Are there any Poster Sized Grinder Rules for sale. This would sell I would think. Sorry if this has been asked already!

Read the original post again, second paragraph.

SoxnJumbos
08-23-2006, 02:14 PM
Rule 33 is "The only way to dig yourself out of a hole is to dig deeper."