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chisoxmike
01-28-2008, 10:51 AM
Brooks Boyer, the Sox's vice president/chief marketing officer, was sporting a Mark Buehrle camouflage jersey. The Sox will wear camouflage jerseys at home on July 4 against Oakland.

:puking: :puking:

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/2008/01/buyer-beware.html

oeo
01-28-2008, 10:55 AM
I'm sure it's for a good cause. :dunno:

WhiteSox5187
01-28-2008, 10:57 AM
I'm sure it's for a good cause. :dunno:
When they wear camoflage (forgive my spelling) in San Diego they usually let MPs in for free and give proceeds to military type charities...it still looks awful though.

oeo
01-28-2008, 11:00 AM
When they wear camoflage (forgive my spelling) in San Diego they usually let MPs in for free and give proceeds to military type charities...it still looks awful though.

Well, at least the Sox are only wearing them for one game.

chisoxmike
01-28-2008, 11:02 AM
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/photo/exe_mugs/boyer.jpg
"And don't forget Sox fans, these authentic camo jersey's are on sale July 4th only for the low cost of $250 for bench players, and $300 for starting position players! Get them now!"

...
01-28-2008, 11:02 AM
:puking: :puking:

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/2008/01/buyer-beware.html

Here's an idea, don't watch the game...

It's the idea behind the jersey, not the jersey itself...

Corlose 15
01-28-2008, 11:17 AM
I would think that a camouflage jersey day would make more sense on Memorial Day than the 4th.

That said, I have no problem with them supporting the armed forces.

viagracat
01-28-2008, 11:18 AM
This sounds like something Bill Veeck would've done...:o:

I think there are less cheesy ways to honor the Armed Forces than having the players were camo's, but that's just me.

salty99
01-28-2008, 11:20 AM
In the seminar Buehrle said Brooks promised him they could wear these uniforms if Mark signed a long term contract extension. The rest is history.

BeeBeeRichard
01-28-2008, 11:28 AM
At least they aren't going commando.

could lead to some nasty sliding injuries.

jenn2080
01-28-2008, 11:31 AM
:puking: :puking:

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/2008/01/buyer-beware.html


I will raise you

:puking::puking::puking::puking::puking:

103 screwball
01-28-2008, 11:40 AM
Sounds like an interesting idea to me. I wonder if they are going with the tan or green camo. It's no more cheesy than the half way to St. Patricks day green uniforms.

eriqjaffe
01-28-2008, 11:41 AM
Did anybody get any pictures of the camo jersey?

Sockinchisox
01-28-2008, 11:42 AM
Ack. The Padres camo jersey's are brutal enough for the MLB, no need for more of them.

Steelrod
01-28-2008, 11:46 AM
Real easy to steal bases, considering no one will see them!

ChiSoxGirl
01-28-2008, 11:48 AM
Did anybody get any pictures of the camo jersey?

I did- Buehrle wore his during a seminar on Saturday. I'll post some pictures later tonight or some time this week.

soltrain21
01-28-2008, 11:55 AM
Some of you are acting like they changed their jerseys for good. I think it'll look pretty cool for one day. Wonder what the pants will look like

esbrechtel
01-28-2008, 11:56 AM
Did anybody get any pictures of the camo jersey?
I saw some people wearing them at soxfest...Im not sure if the sox had ever worn them before or if they were selling the new ones there but it appears like they went with the tan and changed the sox logo to a very dark brown...IMO they did not look as bad as the padres

Jerko
01-28-2008, 11:58 AM
Don't mind if they wear the camo's, as ugly as they are, but can't we come up with our own ideas? That's a Padre thing.

viagracat
01-28-2008, 12:12 PM
Real easy to steal bases, considering no one will see them!

But, but...Pods is gone!

peeonwrigley
01-28-2008, 12:18 PM
Sounds like MB just wanted some free hunting gear.

kaufsox
01-28-2008, 12:52 PM
At least they aren't going commando.

could lead to some nasty sliding injuries.

ooh, can you imagine? once you get sand in some places, you just can't get it out.

Corlose 15
01-28-2008, 01:20 PM
Real easy to steal bases, considering no one will see them!


This reminds me of the Demtri Martin routine about the difference between wearing camo in the woods and anywhere else.:D:

Pods4455
01-28-2008, 01:21 PM
Sounds like MB just wanted some free hunting gear.


haha- Im suprised Thome isn't more excited about this considering he's the big hunting guy! :tongue:

DumpJerry
01-28-2008, 01:27 PM
Real easy to steal bases, considering no one will see them!
This will make it easy for Thome and Konerko to get their one stolen base for the year in and done.

Grzegorz
01-28-2008, 02:06 PM
I would think that a camouflage jersey day would make more sense on Memorial Day than the 4th.

That said, I have no problem with them supporting the armed forces.

Supporting the troops is one thing I'll never have an issue with. This looks to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

nccwsfan
01-28-2008, 02:10 PM
It's one day out of the year- if it helps support a cause then great. Same goes for the pink on Mother's Day, blue on Father's Day, etc.

we be jake
01-28-2008, 03:05 PM
Real easy to steal bases, considering no one will see them!

How are ya gonna watch the game?

What if we did this for other professions? The possibilities are endless.

How about fireman's hats and boots for a game?
How about using cop batons instead of bats?
How about sailor suits and hats? That would be cute.

Let's honor them all.

The Dude
01-28-2008, 03:29 PM
:puking: :puking:

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/2008/01/buyer-beware.html

What the hell is wrong with that? Mike, you are way too sensitive. Besides being patriotic, anything Rambo-ish is awesome!:gulp:

102605
01-28-2008, 03:32 PM
We need this added advantage over Oakland because they always hand us our asses. Since they won't be able to see us maybe we can win a series against them for a change! :D:

MsSoxVixen22
01-28-2008, 03:35 PM
What the hell is wrong with that? Mike, you are way too sensitive. Besides being patriotic, anything Rambo-ish is awesome!:gulp:



Agreed! I think they'll look cool and support the troops at the same time! :thumbsup:

chisoxmike
01-28-2008, 03:37 PM
What the hell is wrong with that? Mike, you are way too sensitive. Besides being patriotic, anything Rambo-ish is awesome!:gulp:

How the hell is that patriotic? Its marketing. If the Sox were to take the game worn uniforms and send them off to troops that are Sox fans, that would be more patriotic. They're just wearing another uniform to get people to buy them. If you call it patriotic fine, thats your thing, but that doesn't mean that they're not ugly uniforms.

pearso66
01-28-2008, 07:09 PM
How the hell is that patriotic? Its marketing. If the Sox were to take the game worn uniforms and send them off to troops that are Sox fans, that would be more patriotic. They're just wearing another uniform to get people to buy them. If you call it patriotic fine, thats your thing, but that doesn't mean that they're not ugly uniforms.


Maybe they will take a portion of the sales of these jerseys and send that money to the troops? Or possibly auction off the game worn jerseys and take that money to send to the troops? I don't know if they will or not, but that would take it past just marketing.

itsnotrequired
01-28-2008, 07:28 PM
:puking: :puking:

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports_hardball/2008/01/buyer-beware.html

I will raise you

:puking::puking::puking::puking::puking:

7 vomit heads over this one? Good grief...

soxfan21
01-28-2008, 07:47 PM
I think that this a patriotic thing to do by the sox, but unless, as mentioned earlier in this thread, the sox do something to benefit the troops, such as give them free tickets or give some of the proceeds of the game/jerseys sold to the troops or a fund for the troops, then this is a marketing issue. It is another way to sell more jerseys, but I guess I don't really blame the sox for doing this. Many other teams in the sports world have 4 or even 5 different jerseys now because they know people out there will buy all of these jerseys. Its too bad thats how it is now, take it for what its worth I guess.

itsnotrequired
01-28-2008, 07:52 PM
I think that this a patriotic thing to do by the sox, but unless, as mentioned earlier in this thread, the sox do something to benefit the troops, such as give them free tickets or give some of the proceeds of the game/jerseys sold to the troops or a fund for the troops, then this is a marketing issue. It is another way to sell more jerseys, but I guess I don't really blame the sox for doing this. Many other teams in the sports world have 4 or even 5 different jerseys now because they know people out there will buy all of these jerseys. Its too bad thats how it is now, take it for what its worth I guess.

Don't the Sox already give discounts to military personnel regardless of the date?

As for the "scam to sell more jerseys" angle, I don't buy it. No one is forcing anyone to buy anything. If folks want to buy them, I don't see how the Sox offering them is a bad thing.

doublem23
01-28-2008, 07:53 PM
I'll withold judgment until I actually see the jerseys before I comment, but I've yet to see a camo jersey that didn't look ridiculously ugly.

If they wanted to be patriotic and look classy, they should have brushed the dust off the 1917 World Series jerseys again.

http://www.blackbetsy.com/imagefarm/1917white-sox-m-n-jersey-ws.jpg

Beautiful!

Railsplitter
01-28-2008, 07:56 PM
The current uniform, albiet in red, white and blue would be nice.

IlliniSox4Life
01-28-2008, 08:11 PM
haha- Im suprised Thome isn't more excited about this considering he's the big hunting guy! :tongue:

Buehrle is just as big of a hunter as Thome if I recall. I think Burls had just gotten back from a hunting trip with Thome not too long before Sox fest.

I'll withold judgment until I actually see the jerseys before I comment, but I've yet to see a camo jersey that didn't look ridiculously ugly.

Same here, but I think a tan camo with dark brown logo would be the best possible camo color scheme.

I'm glad it's tan though. If they went with green I could see the outfielders running into each other on a fly ball.

russ99
01-28-2008, 08:19 PM
Don't the Sox already give discounts to military personnel regardless of the date?

As for the "scam to sell more jerseys" angle, I don't buy it. No one is forcing anyone to buy anything. If folks want to buy them, I don't see how the Sox offering them is a bad thing.

Isn't July 4th's game a Premier Date this year? So is that the reason tickets are more expensive - just to watch the Sox play in camoflage?

Or is it to make up for the free tickets to the military, CTA-style...

itsnotrequired
01-28-2008, 08:21 PM
Isn't July 4th's game a Premier Date? So is that the reason tickets are more expensive?? Just to watch the Sox play in camos?

Or is it to make up for the free tickets to the military, CTA-style...

The game is not more expensive because of the jerseys or the free tickets to military members.

russ99
01-28-2008, 08:24 PM
The game is not more expensive because of the jerseys or the free tickets to military members.

Perhaps I should have used teal... :D:

But it is serious question. Why did the sox go Premier on July 4th, which has usually been a standard fireworks night, and sometimes a half-price night. Certainly not because of the A's.

Not to hijack, but I think we need a pool as to when CTA jacks up fares to pay for Blago's senior citizens ride free plan.

itsnotrequired
01-28-2008, 08:25 PM
Perhaps I should have used teal... :D:

The CTA is not a laughing matter.

oeo
01-28-2008, 08:32 PM
I did- Buehrle wore his during a seminar on Saturday. I'll post some pictures later tonight or some time this week.

So that's what he's wearing in this photo:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-01/34951239.jpg

I thought he was just poorly dressed when I first saw that picture. I guess they don't look all that bad from that picture.

Brian26
01-28-2008, 08:43 PM
In the seminar Buehrle said Brooks promised him they could wear these uniforms if Mark signed a long term contract extension. The rest is history.

I personally don't like the jersey, but Brooks said that Buehrle's been begging him to let the Sox wear the Camo since 2004. Brooks didn't want to do it, but he promised Buehrle they could do it once if he re-signed with Chicago.

After hearing both Buehrle and Brooks tell the story in separate seminars at the Fest, it doesn't seem like that big of a deal. It was simply a perk of Buehrle's contract. Geezuz, the guy left millions on the table to re-sign here. Let him wear the stinkin jersey. :redneck

JB98
01-28-2008, 08:55 PM
Just as long as the Sox don't think I'm going to spend money buying a hideous replica jersey, the idea is OK with me.

raven1
01-28-2008, 09:19 PM
So that's what he's wearing in this photo:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-01/34951239.jpg

I thought he was just poorly dressed when I first saw that picture. I guess they don't look all that bad from that picture.
That is one of the standard military BDU camouflage patterns (there are different ones issued for different areas/terrain), so at least it's authentic.

A previous respondent suggested that sailor suits would be "cute" - I think that would be a great idea for the Cubs to try as part of a "Village People" theme!

ChiSoxGirl
01-28-2008, 09:39 PM
So that's what he's wearing in this photo:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2008-01/34951239.jpg

I thought he was just poorly dressed when I first saw that picture. I guess they don't look all that bad from that picture.

Yeah, that's it. Here's the picture I took of Buehrls at his seminar on Saturday (sorry it's a little grainy, but I was several rows back):

schmitty9800
01-28-2008, 10:04 PM
I guess I don't mind too much, as long as they keep up wearing as many throwbacks as possible. I love home Sundays with a throwback, even the 60's blue ones.

Grzegorz
01-29-2008, 05:36 AM
I guess I don't mind too much, as long as they keep up wearing as many throwbacks as possible. I love home Sundays with a throwback, even the 60's blue ones.

Wow, those blue uniforms from the late '60s would be nice.

MISoxfan
01-29-2008, 06:42 AM
That is one of the standard military BDU camouflage patterns (there are different ones issued for different areas/terrain), so at least it's authentic.

A previous respondent suggested that sailor suits would be "cute" - I think that would be a great idea for the Cubs to try as part of a "Village People" theme!

Because sailors are gay and also I guess Cub fans. :angry: :angry:

EMel9281
01-29-2008, 09:13 AM
At first glance, I thought this said, "Sox go Commando on July 4."

How scary would that be...?!

ode to veeck
01-29-2008, 09:25 AM
They got it all wrong.

They should be wearing the cammo jerseys in Oakland to help disguise the Left Coast Sox (and maybe they'll actually win one here)

skottyj242
01-29-2008, 10:32 AM
My brother is in the Army and July 4th is his birthday. This just made me getting him a present real easy.

fed ex 4 pasqua
01-29-2008, 11:31 AM
I'll say it now and I'll say it when I'm at the game that day...Suckitude.

nccwsfan
01-29-2008, 01:06 PM
I'll say it now and I'll say it when I'm at the game that day...Suckitude.

Yeah it sounds like it's really going to suck- the White Sox will wear camo jerseys for one game of an 162 game season, during a patriotic holiday, on what will most likely be a gorgeous Chicago evening.

I hope you can find a way to somehow overcome this injustice....:rolleyes:

skottyj242
01-29-2008, 01:44 PM
A couple of years ago Man Soo Lee almost gave me is Halfway to St. Patrick's jersey off his back. I will need to figure out how to get someones this year.

jenn2080
01-29-2008, 02:01 PM
Yeah, that's it. Here's the picture I took of Buehrls at his seminar on Saturday (sorry it's a little grainy, but I was several rows back):


Hands down one of the ugliest jerseys ever. Great idea and thought behind it, but they could have went about it in a better way.

oeo
01-29-2008, 02:28 PM
Hands down one of the ugliest jerseys ever. Great idea and thought behind it, but they could have went about it in a better way.

And what is the better way?

I guess you haven't seen the Padres' camouflage jerseys, which are about 10 times worse.

From those pictures, it actually looks good (for a camouflage jersey).

doublem23
01-29-2008, 02:59 PM
I'm not sure how the Padres can be 10x worse, since i's basically the same concept, leave the stitching the same, just put it on a camo jersey. :?:

http://www.leonardite.com/images/hitchcock.jpg

I agree with Jenn, the spirt behind this is nice, but these jerseys are oh so ugly. If that's what Mark Buehrle wants, though, that's what he gets.

Whitesox029
01-29-2008, 06:36 PM
Sounds like MB just wanted some free hunting gear.

haha- Im suprised Thome isn't more excited about this considering he's the big hunting guy! :tongue:
Aren't you supposed to wear bright fluorescent orange for hunting? I'm no expert, but I know that safety is an issue when you're engaging in activities involving guns. That's off topic though...
I'm really not sure why everyone's making a huge deal over this. It's one game, and, as was said, it can't be any worse than the halfway to St. Patrick's Day uniforms. Is fashion really the most important thing when we're talking about honoring the troops on the day that we celebrate what they are there to defend? (The Sox are not playing at home on Memorial Day) No one is forcing you to watch the game that day.

pearso66
01-29-2008, 08:58 PM
Aren't you supposed to wear bright fluorescent orange for hunting? I'm no expert, but I know that safety is an issue when you're engaging in activities involving guns. That's off topic though...



Maybe that's what Buehrle really wanted. That could have been interesting

ksimpson14
01-29-2008, 09:32 PM
Don't like it and agree that are other ways to show patriotism, but I love Buehrle too much, if he wants it this bad, I can live with it. Now will the stars align to have him start that game?

gogosox16
01-29-2008, 09:35 PM
Maybe that's what Buehrle really wanted. That could have been interesting
They had to do something to keep Buehrle happy since they don't allow tarp sliding during rain delays anymore.

Frontman
01-29-2008, 09:45 PM
Come on gang, its not about how they look versus raising some awareness and hopefully some money a worthwhile cause.

If you don't like them, don't buy them. Its no more cheesy or stupid than say, oh I don't know, ELVIS NIGHT or Halfway to St. Pattie's Day or "Beach Party" day.

It's about having some fun and doing a few different things. This is something different; and I own a camo Sox long sleeve T already. I'll probably get one of these, if the money is going to White Sox charities.

ksimpson14
01-29-2008, 09:53 PM
By the way, is there a promotion list out? I think they once had them at past Soxfests, (please no mullet night!)

Frontman
01-29-2008, 09:59 PM
By the way, is there a promotion list out? I think they once had them at past Soxfests, (please no mullet night!)

Nothing on the website. Thanks for pointing out yet another one that I find lamer than a camo jersey.

Although "Postal Employee Appreciation Night" was also "Country Music" night at the ballpark. Talk about annoying.

itsnotrequired
01-29-2008, 10:04 PM
Nothing on the website. Thanks for pointing out yet another one that I find lamer than a camo jersey.

Although "Postal Employee Appreciation Night" was also "Country Music" night at the ballpark. Talk about annoying.

country music rulz

soxfan21
01-29-2008, 10:15 PM
By the way, is there a promotion list out? I think they once had them at past Soxfests, (please no mullet night!)
My guess is that they should have this list out in the coming weeks, definately before Feb. 11th though b/c that is when season ticket holders can get individual tickets. From my memory, I always thought that they had this list out a few days b/f individual tickets went on sale.

Frontman
01-29-2008, 10:23 PM
country music rulz

But think about it. Postal Employees are high strung as it is. Then if they're not country music fans, hearing "Achey Breaky Heart" could cause massive amounts of psychological damage.

Heck, even country music fans don't want to hear "Achey Breaky Heart."

:wink:

itsnotrequired
01-29-2008, 10:26 PM
But think about it. Postal Employees are high strung as it is. Then if they're not country music fans, hearing "Achey Breaky Heart" could cause massive amounts of psychological damage.

Heck, even country music fans don't want to hear "Achey Breaky Heart."

:wink:

I'm listening to Achey Breaky Heart right now!

:happybday

Frontman
01-30-2008, 07:19 AM
I'm listening to Achey Breaky Heart right now!

:happybday

I'm sorry I didn't get this message last night, as I would of sent over the cops on a well being check. I hope your sanity is all right. :D:

TomBradley72
01-30-2008, 11:12 AM
About as ugly as those "future" uniforms that came out a few years ago.

I'm all for the tribute to the armed forces...but if the point is to raise money..then a good looking "alternative" uniform would be a better idea..since more people would be more likely to buy the merchandise.

If the purpose is to salute all of the armed forces...what about the Navy and the Air Force? Isn't camouflage pretty much for the army and the marines?

itsnotrequired
01-30-2008, 11:25 AM
If the purpose is too salute all of the armed forces...what about the Navy and the Air Force? Isn't camouflage pretty much for the army and the marines?

BDUs know no bounds...

TomBradley72
01-30-2008, 11:29 AM
This sounds like something Bill Veeck would've done...:o:

I think there are less cheesy ways to honor the Armed Forces than having the players were camo's, but that's just me.

I agree...this is right there with the magnetic ribbons on SUVs.....

gobears1987
01-30-2008, 09:36 PM
I would prefer that the Sox go with the MARPAT digital cammies used by the Marines.

MISoxfan
02-04-2008, 08:34 AM
About as ugly as those "future" uniforms that came out a few years ago.

I'm all for the tribute to the armed forces...but if the point is to raise money..then a good looking "alternative" uniform would be a better idea..since more people would be more likely to buy the merchandise.

If the purpose is to salute all of the armed forces...what about the Navy and the Air Force? Isn't camouflage pretty much for the army and the marines?


Not even close. I think a sizable (maybe even majority) of Air Force wear BDUs and the entire NECC of the Navy wears CUU\DCUs. Also HM's. Lets not forget the large number of Sailors and Airmen attached to the other services as individual augmentees? I've even seen the Coast Guard in DCU's at a Kuwaiti Naval Base.