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Sox Drawer: And the Winner Is....

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Sox Drawer: And the Winner Is....

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010
6:25 PM

J.J. Putz has yet to throw a single pitch for the White Sox, but when he does, especially at US. Cellular Field, heres hoping he delivers it with a Razors Edge.

Yep, thats the grand prize winner of the J.J. Putz Song Contest: The Razors Edge by ACDC. J.J. is clearly a big fan of the Australian heavy metal band since his original song was Thunderstruck from the Razors Edge album.

The Sox Drawer inbox was flooded this week with hundreds of song ideas. Putz had narrowed it down to a select few. Knights of Cydonia by Muse was one song near the top. So were a few by Metallica. Actually, I think every song Metallica has ever recorded was suggested to J.J.

But as he put it in the Sox Drawer Innerview which you can click on the right, Once I heard Razors Edge...it was done.

There are two winners here. One is a guy by the name of Steve Cooper.

The other person is still a mystery since all heshe provided was an email address. Were still waiting for a reply. Bueller? Bueller? J.J. has decided to give both of them 4 tickets to any White Sox game this season. Congrats!

The Razors Edge might have been the winner of the contest, but considering the wide-ranging list of songs we received, I have decided to hand out my own awards:

The Most Popular Song Award: No contest. Hells Bells by ACDC. How about some originality people!

The Strangest Song Award: Well, this was definitely original, but a little strange. Sent in by Howard, who wrote:

I think that in honor of J.J.s birthday being on February 22nd, then an appropriate selection would be the theme from the old television sitcom Room 222.

Howard, I appreciate old TV sitcoms like the rest of them. Someone also sent in the theme song for Good Times, because of J.J. Walker. DYNO-MITE! But if Putz took the field to Room 222 night after night, he would not survive the season. That is unless he chose one of these:

The Are You Kidding Me? Award: (a tie) How Do I Live Without You by Leann Rimes and You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban.

The BestWorst Email Award: Rich, this is for you.

As soon as the bullpen opens, the fans hear the theme song from the movie Jaws! J.J. is not coming out of the bullpen, hes coming out of the Shark Pen! Im sure that when the opposing batters hear the theme from Jaws, it will scare the &@ out of them knowing that J.J. is coming out to devour them!

I shared this email with J.J. His response? Ummmno. But Rich, I like the creativity!

The He Almost Went For It Award: "Hail to the Victors". A couple of you sent in the fight song for the University of Michigan, J.J.s alma mater. Believe it or not, Putz strongly considered it, but said I just couldnt do it to the people of Chicago. J.J., thank you.

The You Had Me At Hello Award: There were a few songs that simply by their title had absolutely no chance. For instance, if youre a reliever coming into the game in the late innings, would you really want to hear Walk This Way by Aerosmith or Walk by Pantera? How about Im a Loser by Motorhead? We got all three of these.
The Honorary Ralph Macchio Award: For Youre the Best (Around) from the movie Karate Kid. I dont know about you, but I havent been the same since Daniel LaRusso knocked out Johnny Lawrence with the "Crane Kick."

The If It Was Up To Me Award: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. But thats just me.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the contest. Razors Edge might have been the victor, but hey...youre all winners!

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list