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Meet the Players: Tommy Barbee

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Onetime aspiring black Quentin Tarantino, film major Tommy Barbee is the latest addition to South Side Hit Pen. He’s a vet, as some of us are wont to be, of the Bleacher-Report meat grinder, and issues impossibly clever and perceptive tweets @KindaBleu.

When not obsessing over our White Sox, and sports at large, Tommy plays guitar and writes on music as well. He is also the host and part-time Michael McDonald of the Killer B’s Podcast here on South Side Sox, with Keelin Billue.

Doing the lord’s work, he has converted his wife into Sox fandom, again as some of are wont to do, and is spending much of his free time these days chasing his three kids around the house.

Tommy was one of our core four beat writers last year at Sports Illustrated, covering games on-site that included basically the last fun game of the 2020, the playoff clincher over the Twins.

Please welcome our newest writer, light-hitting shortstop and bratwurst aficionado Tommy Barbee!


Hometown Chicago

White Sox fan since 1985

First White Sox memory Watching Carlton Fisk with my dad growing up.

Favorite White Sox memory Seeing the White Sox win the World Series. It actually happened, right?

Favorite White Sox player Current? Yoán Moncada. All-time? Carlton Fisk

Next White Sox statue Mark Buehrle

Next White Sox retired number José Abreu

Go-to concession food at Sox Park Gotta get a brat, always!

Favorite baseball movie Bull Durham. So many great quotes in that movie, and I appreciate the cynicism compared to movies like The Natural.

Hall of Fame: Speed Round

Mark Buehrle At the risk of sounding like a homer, you can make a damn good case for him getting in.
Joe Jackson No
Paul Konerko Hall of Pretty Good. Unless he gets the Harold Baines treatment, Konerko won’t get in.
Minnie Miñoso Yes, it shouldn’t even be a debate
Omar Vizquel No
Chris Sale Yes, assuming his arm doesn’t fall off. I also want his shredded jersey in the HOF with him.

South Side Hit Pen on the field I played shortstop and the best comp for me was Rey Ordoñez. I was renowned for my defense, but couldn’t hit a lick.

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. This is totally true.