Meet the Players: Scott Reichard

Our 17th and newest writer at South Side Hit Pen, Scott Reichard, is by nature a classical guitarist. In fact, when I first reached out to him to participate on the site, Scott thought it was to contribute music, not write (narrator: Scott will, in fact, have his work featured on our podcast).

So once we got that cleared up and after a recent move to re-settle his office, Scott is on board tickling the keyboard, not just the frets. His first piece — part one of a trilogy — appeared this morning.

Keep up with Scott’s tweets at @Scott_Reichard on Twitter, and otherwise welcome him to our staff, where he’ll be pitching in this offseason and into what we all hope will be an exciting 2020 season!


Hometown Glenwood 

White Sox fan since 1983 

First White Sox Memory Hard to pinpoint, but just the green seats and yellow railings of the old stadium. The smell of onions, and the sights and sounds of baseball. Love!

Favorite White Sox player I’ll name two, one hitter, one pitcher. Frank Thomas was appointment television. I use to mimic his batting stance when I played Wiiffleball! He was the best player in White  Sox history. Favorite pitcher was Mark Buehrle. He was always an underdog. He pitched so efficiently, and had an exuberant joy playing the game that was infectious.  Plus that kick save on Opening Day of 2009 I believe was the most ridiculous play I’ve seen.

Next White Sox statue Mark Buehrle flipping the ball through his legs 😂

Next Retired Number 74

Go-to Concession Tough one. The hot dog stand, Cuban Sandwich, and the craft cave. What can I say, I’m large and hungry.

Favorite baseball movie Major League, and it isn’t close. “It was out of my reach. What do you want me to do, dive for it?”

Hall of Fame Speed Round
Mark Buehrle yes
Joe Jackson yes
Paul Konerko no
Minnie Miñoso yes
Omar Vizquel no
Chris Sale yes

South Side Hit Pen on the field Right field. Power bat, and I had a cannon for an arm until my shoulder pretty much fell off in high school at Homewood-Flossmoor. (I graduated one year before Jason Benetti btw.) Though my commentary is more of the left field variety!

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? Yes!

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Actor (final credit: murdered by Albert Einstein in "Carnage Hall"), musician (Ethnocentric Republicans), and Nerf hoops champion, Wiffleball aficionado and onetime bilingual kindergarten teacher, Brett Ballantini also writes about baseball, basketball and sometimes hockey, publishing at the NBA, MLB, NHL, and for Slam, Hoop, Sporting News, the Athletic, and others. He was CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks beat writer for their first Stanley Cup season of 2009-10, and took over the White Sox beat after that. He currently is the editor-in-chief of South Side Hit Pen and managing editor of SB Nation's South Side Sox. He also wrote a book about Ozzie Guillén but is running out of space, so follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and he'll probably tell you even more about himself than you ever wanted to know.

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Pointerbabe
Pointerbabe
8 months ago

Welcome Scott, from a fellow HF alum!

guitarsox
guitarsox
7 months ago
Reply to  Pointerbabe

Thanks!

Lurker Laura
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Lurker Laura
8 months ago

I would love to see that statue!

fancyhughyancy
8 months ago

Welcome, Scott. You made my day, now you have to sleep in it.

guitarsox
guitarsox
7 months ago
Reply to  fancyhughyancy

Thanks!

katiesphil
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katiesphil
8 months ago

While it was a long time before yours (ca. 1967), my first Sox game would have been when I was 6 or 7 years old. Cannot remember any details other than love. Welcome.

fancyhughyancy
8 months ago
Reply to  katiesphil

My Dad and Uncle (the cop) took a bunch of us cousins to a Sox game. Night game against the Twins. My uncle stood up and said, “Now all you kids gotta pay attention, this isn’t like TV, there’s no instant replay.”

guitarsox
guitarsox
7 months ago
Reply to  katiesphil

Thank you!