# Saturday, August 01, 2009
In belated honor of Brian Anderson's departure from the White Sox, I wanted to pass on this little story about BA. 

The wife and I were in line for BA's autograph at Picnic in the Park.  I didn't really need BA's autograph, but I had never gotten him in person, and the wife thinks he is cute, so I thought she would get a kick out of it.  She is a huge fan of Michael Buble, and she thinks Anderson looks a lot like Buble (out of uniform anyway). 

Just as we are about to reach the front of the line, I ask her if she is going to mention to BA that he looks like Michael Buble.  She says no, making it clear that asking that question would be very embarrassing for her.

I reach BA first.  Here is the entire exchange:

Me - "Has anybody ever told you that you look like Michael Buble, the singer?"

BA - "I've heard it, but he is much, much, much better looking."

I laugh, thank him for the autograph, and move out of the line.  My wife moves up to BA, and witnesses the following exchange:

Paul Konerko (sitting next to BA at the table) - "What did that guy say to you?"

BA - "He told me that I look like Michael Buble, the singer."

Paulie looks at BA with a quizzical expression on his face.

BA - "You know!  (starts singing the Buble song "Feeling Good") Birds flying high, you know how I feel."

So my wife, a huge Buble fan, got to see Buble clone Brian Anderson sing a Buble song.  Not only that, but she says he was good!

posted on Saturday, August 01, 2009 1:05:44 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, July 31, 2009
Good news.  I placed the photo order this morning, and Steve at Photofile was able to expedite it for same day shipping!

Also, I will have some extra 16x20's of this Mark Buehrle perfect game shot:

If you are interested, the price will be $25 shipped rolled, or $28 shipped flat.  If you want more than one, add $20 for each additional photo.  On eBay, the only seller selling these is asking for about $29 each, plus $9 shipping.

posted on Friday, July 31, 2009 7:16:16 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Well, I've finally succumbed to Twitter.  I'm just getting started, but you can follow me here:


Shenanigans will ensue.  You have been warned.

posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:31:46 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hey guys,

I will be placing the Photofile order in approximately 24 hours.  For your order to be included, payment MUST be received by then, both for 8x10 and 16x20 orders.  I have had several people "order" photos, but I haven't received payment from them.  Those orders will not be honored!  As of right now, here are the people whose orders will be processed:

(first 2 letters of first and last name.  For example, John Doe would be listed as Jo Do.)

Mi Ku
Er Ku
Ke Je
Ro Co
Ri Ba
Mi Ba
Be Za
Ch Ki
Ho Gi
De Mu

If your name is not on the list, I have not yet received payment.  Please make sure to make payment via paypal soon! 

posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009 9:11:48 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I've had some inquires regarding ordering 16x20s of the Buehrle w/ scoreboard and Wise shots.  If I can get enough interest, I will order them.  The cost will be:

Each 16x20 = $18
Flat shipping cost = $5 (rolled) or $8 (flat)

If you are interested, please email me at the email address on the left side of this page with the quantity of each image you would like.  16x20 orders will be shipped separately from 8x10 orders.  Just for clarification, these are the 2 images:



This order will be placed with Photofile on Friday as well.

posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 4:25:17 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Today is a sad day on chisoxcollector.com.  Brian Anderson has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for Mark Kotsay.

I consider myself a Brian Anderson fan.  I had high hopes for him back in 2006, and was very disappointed with the way his season went.  Since then, he has been in Ozzie's doghouse.  There is no debate over who is the better player between Brian Anderson and Dewayne Wise.  Dewayne Wise does not belong in the Major Leagues.  I feel that Brian Anderson, if given a true every day chance, would put up a .250/.330/.450 line.  Nothing great, but pretty close to average for a center fielder.  Offense, however, isn't where Brian shines.  He is one of the better defensive center fielders in the American League, if not all of baseball. 

Not only is Dewayne Wise on the roster instead of BA, but now BA is on the Red Sox!  I have an irrational hatred of the Red Sox.  They are, without a doubt, my most hated sports franchise.  It will be very difficult to cheer for BA with that ugly "B" on his cap.

Goodbye, Brian Anderson.  You will be missed!

posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:10:53 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
During my recent trip to Chicago, I finally got the chance to stop by Grandstand Sports.  For those that don't know, Grandstand Sports is the sports merchandise store down the street from U.S. Cellular Field.  It sells mostly White Sox stuff, but they do also have some Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks stuff as well.

I've always wanted to visit, and finally got the chance.  The store was heaven!  They had everything you could possibly want as a Sox fan.  Every hat, jacket, jersey, and novelty item you could imagine.  The only drawback was that 99% of the merchandise sells for the full retail price.  So as wonderful as the store was, I didn't purchase nearly as many items as I would have liked to.

What I did pick up was a fitted New Era hat with the "World Series Champions 2005" logo on the side, a deck of playing cards featuring White Sox legends, and an autographed Bill Melton bobblehead doll.  Here is a picture of the doll:

If you are a Sox fan, you have to visit Grandstand Sports at least once.  They also have a website, www.grandstandsox.com.

posted on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 9:22:48 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Friday, July 24, 2009
Hello Sox fans, I will be placing an order for some White Sox 8x10s next week, including the three new Mark Buehrle Perfect Game shots.  I am taking orders now!  I will be ordering the following photos regardless of interest:

1.     2.

3.     4.

5.     6.

7.     8.


If there is enough interest, I may also get images of A.J. Pierzynski, Jim Thome, Bobby Jenks, Jermaine Dye, Chris Getz, and Gordon Beckham, as well as an additional shot of Alexei Ramirez.  Here are those shots:

10.     11.

12.     13.

14.   15. 


Shipping using the method of my choice is included in the cost. You must purchase 2 or more photos.  Pricing will be as follows:

2 - 4 photos: $4 each
5 - 10 photos: $3.50 each
11+ photos: $3 each

If you are interested, just email me using the address on the left side of this page.  Make sure to reference each image by the number next to it, and include the quantity for each image.  I will be placing the order on or around July 30.  Your payment must be received prior to order date.  I accept Paypal for payment.

Photos will be shipped no later than the Saturday after I receive them from Photofile.

posted on Friday, July 24, 2009 3:38:58 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
Bud's Sports Cards & Collectibles will be conducting a signing with former White Sox players Oscar Gamble and Ron Blomberg on August 22.  Bud's is located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and I plan on making my way down there for the signing.  I need Gamble on a few items, and will pick up a Blomberg as well.

The prices are quite reasonable.  $8 for cards, $10 for all other items.  If anybody needs help getting anything signed, please feel free to let me know.

Click here to visit Bud's website.

posted on Friday, July 24, 2009 9:10:23 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #   
# Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mark Buehrle pitched the second no-hitter of his career today, and this time he was perfect.  With a little bit of help from Dewayne Wise's circus catch in the ninth inning, Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in MLB history.  Pitching to Ramon Castro for the very first time, Buehrle's changeup was unhittable today. 

Dewayne Wise is probably my all-time least favorite White Sox player, but I have to give him credit for an incredible catch of Gabe Kapler's line drive.  For the first time, I am glad that Wise was in a Sox uniform!

Lost in the hysteria of Buehrle's perfecto is the fact that the Sox are now tied for first place!

posted on Thursday, July 23, 2009 5:08:18 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #