Meet the Players: Sam Sherman


Sam Sherman is another in a long line of sharp writers and communications vets who are hopping onto the South Side Hit Pen masthead. (He’s so talented, in spite of myself I’m adding yet another U. of I. guy onto the team, sheesh.)

As a broadcast journalism ace, Sam will be concentrating on Q&As to begin with, whether for print or podcast; his first, with the Score’s Herb Lawrence, ran on Thursday. He’s a self-professed die-hard White Sox fan, one of the sick ones who watches just about every game regardless of record/expectations. And hey, like so many already on staff, he’s a musician, so hey, look for that large-group “We Are the White Sox” of “Do They Know It’s World Series Time” charity singalong any time now.

Take a look at Sam’s debut Q&A piece, and welcome him to the team! 


Hometown Wilmette 

White Sox fan since as far back as I can remember (Dad is a Sox fan, his dad was a Sox fan, one of those deals)

First White Sox memory I vaguely remember being at a game when I was very young seeing Frank Thomas absolutely demolish a ball down the left field line, I think against the Mariners.

Favorite White Sox memory In 2005, my dad and all of his friends (all life-long, die-hard Sox fans) were at our house to watch the clincher. After the final out, they were all crying tears of joy, and I’ll never forget that. 

Favorite White Sox player Ray Durham

Next White Sox statue Have to think Abreu will get one at some point. 

Next White Sox retired number 79

Go-to concession food at Sox Park I don’t think I enjoy a single food more than I enjoy a Merkts Burger

Favorite baseball movie I mean, I’ll never not watch Moneyball when it’s on, but I’m going to go with The Fan because it’s so dumb but so wonderful. 

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 First base

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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