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TornLabrum
08-11-2006, 06:48 PM
I have to save some stuff from today's WCSF luncheon for the club newsletter, but I can mention a few highlights.

First of all we all had a surprise. We knew Tim Raines and Joey Cora were coming, both of whom were pretty funny, but we got a huge surprise when a friend of one of our board members came in with a guest who asked to tag along when our board member's friend told him where he was going today. The guest was Art Kusnyer. So we got to learn a little more about what goes on in the bullpen, and his assessment of some of the pitchers.

One thing we found out was that the acting manager last night after Ozzie got thrown out was Cora. Also, accoring to Raines, we might see Dustin Hermanson come up in September if he is healthy. Right now he's only to the point where he can face three batters and that's it.

If you read the preview thread and my column last week, or if you caught Chris Rongey's plugs on the postgame show for the past week, you know we were auctioning off a pair of Scout Seat tickets donated by Steve Dahl. The bidding started at $50.00 and went up in $10.00 increments. They sold for $470.00, which will be donated to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities, earmarked for Children's Memorial Hospital, as part of our total donation in January.

Of course all of us in the club are grateful to Steve Dahl for his donation, and to patbooyah who came up with the idea.

Domeshot17
08-12-2006, 01:52 AM
This was my first experience with the Windy City Sox Fans. My girlfriends dad has been a long time member and I was able to duck out of work early to attend. I must say, you guys run a helluva program. It was very intimate, the coaches joked and were very friendly, The Food was amazing, just an all around good time. My only disappointment was having to go meet with a client at 3.

The coaches were very friendly which was suprising. Not Rock, but I have heard Cora can be a jerk sometimes. He was very open, very entertaining, and made a VERY funny comment about MLB umps.

Tim Raines also took a great picture with my girlfriend. She asked for a shot, he said NO PICTURES, she looked sad, and he said hey im kidding im not that big of a jerk. Then he said lets get Joey in the picture, then he grabbed the styrophome head of the joey cora center piecedisplay, held it up for the pic with this goofy smile on his face. I will post it as soon as I load the memory card from my phone onto the cpu.

Art was probably the funniest of the coaches. Making jokes about gettin buehlre drunk so he calms down

The best comment of the day on a serious note, was they talked about How much pressure Pods AJ and Cotts are putting on themselves. This kind of opened my eyes because we had spent a good time bashing 2 of the 3. Rock said Pods is so frusterated because he isnt hitting, and he feels like he is doing nothing for the team. He said AJ is very intense, and you see that on the field. Art talked about how Cotts has a ton of anxiety right now, and that he is a firery competitor who freaks out when he fails.

Overall, great time, and glad I could attend and hopefully I can tag along with Mike for the september outing.

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 09:32 AM
This was my first experience with the Windy City Sox Fans. My girlfriends dad has been a long time member and I was able to duck out of work early to attend. I must say, you guys run a helluva program. It was very intimate, the coaches joked and were very friendly, The Food was amazing, just an all around good time. My only disappointment was having to go meet with a client at 3.

The coaches were very friendly which was suprising. Not Rock, but I have heard Cora can be a jerk sometimes. He was very open, very entertaining, and made a VERY funny comment about MLB umps.

Tim Raines also took a great picture with my girlfriend. She asked for a shot, he said NO PICTURES, she looked sad, and he said hey im kidding im not that big of a jerk. Then he said lets get Joey in the picture, then he grabbed the styrophome head of the joey cora center piecedisplay, held it up for the pic with this goofy smile on his face. I will post it as soon as I load the memory card from my phone onto the cpu.

Art was probably the funniest of the coaches. Making jokes about gettin buehlre drunk so he calms down

The best comment of the day on a serious note, was they talked about How much pressure Pods AJ and Cotts are putting on themselves. This kind of opened my eyes because we had spent a good time bashing 2 of the 3. Rock said Pods is so frusterated because he isnt hitting, and he feels like he is doing nothing for the team. He said AJ is very intense, and you see that on the field. Art talked about how Cotts has a ton of anxiety right now, and that he is a firery competitor who freaks out when he fails.

Overall, great time, and glad I could attend and hopefully I can tag along with Mike for the september outing.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think these luncheons have to be the best kept secret in Chicago. I mean, where else can you get together with anyone from the Sox and be one of only about 60-65 people who have access to them? And unless we have a huge crowd (around 110 for Ozzie), you're not restricted to the number of autographs you can get (within reason).

I should tell you, Mary Kay, Joey Cora, and Tim Raines go back a long way, so when any of those guys are guests, it's a very loose atmosphere. Ditto with Ozzie (as those attending the June luncheon can attest).

I also have to throw in kudos to Chris Rongey. This was only his second luncheon with us, and he's been terrific, and that's quite a compliment since Dave Wills was our emcee for at least 8 or 9 years and since Bryan Dolgin did such a great job last year. Chris really does need to lose that shirt though. I had one that color...in 1976.

That September luncheon right now is still very tentative. It was Dave from the Polo Cafe who brought it up yesterday, and we still have to have a board meeting to decide whether we should do it. We HAVE discussed the possibility, but hadn't reached a decision.

Whether we do depends on a two things: the ability of the Sox to get us players (like whether Ozzie will allow it during the stretch run) and whether or not Fox snatches up either available Saturday in September. We have to do that on a Saturday because, like me, Mary Kay teaches, and so we can't do it on a weekday.

We have a board meeting a week from Wednesday. My guess is that we'll decide then whether or not to give it a try. After that it'll involve contacting the Sox about getting players, etc. I hope we'll know something by September 1 or thereabouts so we can generate a little publicity.

Next time you come to one, identify yourself by your user name if I'm working the door. We can give the secret WSI handshake and confuse whoever is working the table with me.

ewokpelts
08-12-2006, 01:53 PM
I doubt Fox will pick up the seattle game, barring a possible clincher.
Gene

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 04:12 PM
I doubt Fox will pick up the seattle game, barring a possible clincher.
Gene

That's the one we're looking at for that very reason.

hi im skot
08-12-2006, 04:27 PM
Ever since I've found out about these, they have fallen on a weekday (or at least the ones I've been aware of).

How soon do you hope to have a date secured, and what do I need to know if I'd like to attend?

Thanks!

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 04:42 PM
Ever since I've found out about these, they have fallen on a weekday (or at least the ones I've been aware of).

How soon do you hope to have a date secured, and what do I need to know if I'd like to attend?

Thanks!

We've been having them on Fridays for the past few years because of the conflicts with Saturday and Sunday games, which are often in the afternoon.

Our next board meeting is a week from Wednesday. I don't know if anyone will be contacting the Sox about possible players before then. As I mentioned before, if the Sox are in the heat of battle, Ozzie and/or KW might frown on this kind of stuff. We'll have to see.

I'm hoping that we'll know something by early September.

hi im skot
08-12-2006, 04:47 PM
Awesome!

Thanks for the update!

Brian26
08-12-2006, 05:14 PM
I also have to throw in kudos to Chris Rongey. This was only his second luncheon with us, and he's been terrific, and that's quite a compliment since Dave Wills was our emcee for at least 8 or 9 years and since Bryan Dolgin did such a great job last year.

Rogney was talking this luncheon up all week. I heard him talking about it on the Thursday pre-game and even the postgame on Thursday night. He spent several minutes each time and did a great job promoting it.

I guarantee if you were to ever have one of these on a Saturday that you'd easily get over 200 people.

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 05:34 PM
Rogney was talking this luncheon up all week. I heard him talking about it on the Thursday pre-game and even the postgame on Thursday night. He spent several minutes each time and did a great job promoting it.

I guarantee if you were to ever have one of these on a Saturday that you'd easily get over 200 people.
Problem is we had about 110 there for Ozzie, and we had overflow seating upstairs in the balcony.

And you're right. Chris did a great job promoting our June and July luncheons, but after he'd actually been to one, he saw how great they really are.

The players seem to like them because the group nothing but supportive. After all, we're a FAN CLUB. (Imagine a group applauding Jaime Navarro and even some fans giving him advice.) Plus they get a free meal, and I never knew a player who turned one of those down. We usually don't have to restrict autographs, and we always allow people to pose for a picture or two.

We've had both Scott Reifert and Brooks Boyer from the Sox this year, and last year even Jerry Reinsdorf stopped in and signed autographs when Ozzie was late arriving. (He was eating in the dining room that day.)

And as Chris noted in the plugs I heard, the food is great. Just as an example our buffet yesterday was a tomato salad, a pasta salad, crab cake balls (God, I love those!), shrimp, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots, roast beef, and pie.

I think the price ($35.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members) is pretty reasonable, considering that everything we make above expenses goes to Children's Memorial Hospital via Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities.

I've been a member since the start and on the board for most of that time. I guarantee you two things:

1) Everything above expenses goes to the charity.
2) No one on the board takes a dime. In fact, we pay to go to the events and then we work at them. (For example, I was working the table at the door and took notes for the newsletter article.)

Our membership is now well above 230, and we've donated over 80,000 to CBCC and Children's in our first 10 years. Most of that time, except the first couple of years, the annual donation has been at least $10,000.

I guess I'm a fanatic, but that's why I'm on the board. I know what we've done, and I see what we could be doing with the terrific fan base the Sox have.

southwstchi4life
08-12-2006, 08:30 PM
Just a little curious. How do you become a member of this. What exactly is it. The luncheons sound very interesting. If some can give a little info on it I would greatly appreciate it
Thanks

SouthSide_HitMen
08-12-2006, 10:53 PM
Problem is we had about 110 there for Ozzie, and we had overflow seating upstairs in the balcony.
How about moving it to a bigger venue on a Saturday? Or is the Polo Club a perfect set up (based on price / location / what if anything they donate / etc.)?

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 11:07 PM
How about moving it to a bigger venue on a Saturday? Or is the Polo Club a perfect set up (based on price / location / what if anything they donate / etc.)?
I haven't ever been to one of these luncheons (hopefully I can make one someday), but I've gotten the impression that the smaller atmosphere is part of what usually makes it such an enjoyable experience for everyone, so maybe having a bigger venue would destroy some of that. Just what I was thinking, but like I said, I've never been.

Just a little curious. How do you become a member of this. What exactly is it. The luncheons sound very interesting. If some can give a little info on it I would greatly appreciate it
Thanks
Membership is $30.00 annually. With it you get a discount to club events, membership card, newsletter, a gift package, a subscription to the "Bleacher Features" newsletter, and a 10% discount on many items at Grandstand (if you show your membership card).

Windy City Sox Fans is a fan club whose main purpose is to raise money to donate to Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities. Our donation is earmarked for Children's Memorial Hospital. We have somewhere around 235 members right now.

Our main activities over the past 12 months have been a holiday party for members featuring former Sox players, a patio party in May, and three luncheons. We also have an annual raffle (the big prize in the past has been free airfare and hotel during spring training in Tucson), and at the same time we have a toy drive for Children's. Our luncheon guests this year were Ozzie Guillen in June, Brian Anderson and Brandon McCarthy in July, and Joey Cora and Tim Raines yesterday.

You can join by sending a check or money order to along with your name, address phone number and email address to:

Windy City Sox Fans
9923 S. Ridgeland Ave., #184
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

How about moving it to a bigger venue on a Saturday? Or is the Polo Club a perfect set up (based on price / location / what if anything they donate / etc.)?
The Polo Cafe is really an ideal location because of its proximity to the park. Players can leave home at a reasonable hour, arrive at the park, and then have someone from the club drive them there.

And if you don't believe they need a driver, let me tell you that the reason Ozzie Guillen was late last year was because he got lost. He ended up with a police escort to get there. He flagged a police officer in a car, asked him how to get there, and the cop led him.

Also, just based on past experience, our largest turnout was several years ago when we had Robin Ventura, Carlton Fisk, and Ron Kittle. I think we had something like 175 then. We haven't had anything close to that since. I can't remember where we had that luncheon. But we've had them at the Hickory Pit, Maggiano's, Michael Jordan's, Gino's East, the Barn, and Home Run Inn that I remember. This has been by far the most convenient for the players.

patbooyah
08-14-2006, 04:16 PM
hal, is there a reason that you guys haven't created a website?

TornLabrum
08-15-2006, 09:09 AM
hal, is there a reason that you guys haven't created a website?

Yeah, the person who was supposed to call the person whom we want to do the website hadn't done so yet the last I heard.