Christmas Carols always bring to mind an old family friend who passed away a few years ago. Sam was a long-suffering Cubs fan—is there any other kind?—who used to sing a variation of "Adeste Fideles" that paid tribute to the Go-Go White Sox.

I recently came across an email Sam once sent me breaking it all down:


The initial effect depends on the similarity of "Orestes" to "Adeste", then on the resemblance of Spanish names to Latin words. Later you sort of bellow "Sherman Lollar" before sort of chanting "Paul Richards, Nelson Fox...."

Adeste, fideles,
Laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite ad Bethlehem.
Natum videte, regem angelorum;
Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus dominum.

Or in English:

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Now then:

Orestes Minoso,
Chico Carrasquel,
Saul Rogovin, Billy Pierce, and Omar Lown.
Sherman Lollar, Luis Aparicio,
Paul Richards, Nelson Fox,
Paul Richards, Nelson Fox,
Paul Richards, Nelson Fox, and Early Wynn.