We’ve had SSS staff showing up in the winner’s circle for #SoxMath before (Michael Kenny, alum pnoles), but we’re dialing it up a bit this season, as we welcome 2018 SoxMath champion Joe Resis (jresis) to the staff.
His first piece ran earlier today, a short discussion of the chunk of payroll a top-tier free agent like that free agent guy, something-something Camacho, whatever, would demand.
Look for Joe to take on game recaps, as well as analysis, as the season proceeds.
Please welcome da Champ!
Name: Joe Resis
Hometown: Grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, live in Indianapolis.
White Sox fan since: 2003
First White Sox memory: Running the bases at what used to be known as U.S. Cellular Field after attending my first Sox game in 2003. I also vaguely recall watching Frank Thomas get his 2,000th career hit with a home run a few weeks earlier.
Favorite White Sox memory: There are so many to choose from, but I will go with Game 2 of the 2005 World Series, the best game I have ever watched, in any sport. Specifically, Paulie’s grand slam is the moment that stands out the most. I would be fine if no game ever tops it.
Favorite White Sox player: My all-time favorite is Frank Thomas, a well-deserved first ballot Hall-of-Famer who is responsible for a lot of my early positive baseball memories. Such a class act off the field, too. My favorite active player, however, is Daniel Palka. He helped make a 100-loss season tolerable with his sense of humor.
Next White Sox statue: Nancy Faust. A true icon who has most likely made your experience at White Sox games better.
Next White Sox retired number: Eloy Jiménez. He is going to have a long career on the South Side, filled with a lot of big homers.
Go-to concession food at Sox Park: Garden burger. Delicious and plant-based, what’s not to love?
Favorite baseball movie: Mr. Baseball. I studied Japanese, and even had the opportunity to study abroad in Japan. This movie touches on quite a few cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan. Oh, and Frank Thomas makes an appearance as the amazing rookie who forces the main character out of the majors and into the Japanese league. On top of that, the main character ends up playing for my favorite Japanese team, the Chunichi Dragons. As far as I am concerned, this movie has just about everything.
South Side Sox on the field: Second base. There is a good amount of action there, I enjoy making diving plays to my right without having to make a long throw afterward, and there are few feelings better than turning a double play.
True or false: Every jumbled pile of person has a thinking part that wonders what the part that isn’t thinking isn’t thinking of. Clearly true. I always wondered how jumbled piles of people’s thought processes work, but that makes complete sense, no?