Meet the Players: James Fox

In another big South Side Hit Pen signing, we welcome FutureSox writer and all-around good dude James Fox to the team. James coordinates the FS draft coverage and does some great prospects writing for them. In the non-White Sox world, he teaches sixth grade English in a special education setting and coaches high school football and track and field.

While not an outright contrarian, James believes in relative harmony between South and North Side fans, instead training all his ill will to our division rivals: “The Cleveland Indians ruined my childhood and I enjoy when bad things happen to them.”

James slides in as the managing editor of our site, and will provide major league writing for us. Please give our new, choice free agent a hearty welcome!

Hometown Lockport 

White Sox fan since 1990

First White Sox memory Seeing Frank Thomas play in person as a six-year-old and falling in love with the team

Favorite White Sox memory It would have to be the World Series in 2005 

Favorite White Sox player Yoán Moncada is my favorite player on the current team, but Frank Thomas is my favorite professional athlete of all time. 

Next White Sox statue Hawk Harrelson

Next White Sox retired number Ozzie Guillén

Go-to concession food at Sox Park You can never go wrong with the brats or sausages on the concourse 

Favorite baseball movie Bull Durham. Anytime you can mix a RomCom with the minor league experience, I’m in. (I’m looking at you, Summer Catch) 

Hall of Fame speed round
Mark Buehrle  No
Joe Jackson Yes
Paul Konerko No
Minnie Miñoso No
Omar Vizquel No 
Chris Sale Yes 

South Side Hit Pen on the field: 3B. I was bad and couldn’t field anything, but I could make the throw across the diamond 

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. False. In my experience, some people wander through life consistently oblivious to what’s happening 

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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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7 months ago

Welcome, James. Looking forward to reading you. Like the FA article on SPers a lot.