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Meet the Players: Colleen Sullivan

The Big Hurt crushed opponents from the batter’s box. Colleen Sullivan puts the big hurt on opponents with her Know Your Enemy series.

Colleen Sullivan brings some whip-smart wit and sass to South Side Sox. She’s another writer long targeted by South Side Sox and SSHP, and finally hopped on with us at South Side Hit Pen in early 2020, then moved on with us to Sports Illustrated, where among other things she previewed every series opponent with Know Your Enemy.

Colleen has also been on a number of our podcasts, and will be doing our Friday game coverage and opponent previews all season.

She’s been with us a while, but is pretty new to South Side Sox, so feel free to take a moment and welcome her!


Hometown Southwest side

White Sox fan since Birth. We were indoctrinated at a young age by my dad, who used to make us say “Cubs suck” often (like, before getting a snack, we had to say the Cubs suck).

First White Sox memory I don’t have any really specific early memories, but we spent a lot of weekends in the summer at games in the upper deck. My grandmother worked at one of the stands at Comiskey for as long as I can remember (she also worked at the United Center in the winter), so for years as kids we got to “visit” her at work. Also remember my older sister being terrified of fireworks and her hauling ass through the parking lot in fear.

Favorite White Sox memory Outside of the 2005 World Series, I have to go with the 2008 Blackout Game.

Favorite White Sox player When I was a kid, Robin Ventura was my favorite player for years — so much so that when he was traded to the Mets I became a Mets fan. I’m also a huge fan of A.J. Pierzynski, because who doesn’t love a catcher with attitude?

Today, I don’t know how someone doesn’t love Tim Anderson from Day 1. Plus, Lucas Giolito seems like an all-around good dude. I spent 2018 telling anyone who would listen that he was going to turn it around.

Next White Sox statue If it’s not Mark Buerhle sliding headfirst on the tarp, they’re doing it wrong.

Next White Sox retired number I’m going to say either Bo Jackson‘s No. 8 or Jack McDowell‘s No. 29.

Go-to concession food at Sox Park Nachos with the liquid cheese. Once when I was drunk, my husband got me the fully-loaded helmet and I told him it was the wrong cheese (I’m not sorry). I still ate it, because I was drunk. I’m digging the new loaded fries over by Section 110.

Favorite baseball movie Bull Durham has got everything! Baseball, comedy, romance that isn’t overdone and corny, Kevin Costner … True story: I once argued with a guy in the bar as to why Bull Durham is superior to The Natural.

HALL OF FAME: SPEED ROUND

Mark Buehrle yes
Joe Jackson should but won’t
Paul Konerko yes
Minnie Miñoso yes
Omar Vizquel no
Chris Sale no

South Side Hit Pen on the field Catcher/first base; I’m 5´1´´, so I was a short first baseman.

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. Sure, probably.