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White Sox Sat Aug 25 2012

Talk is Cheap and So Are Sox Fans

I attended last Wednesday's White Sox game against the Yankees. Normally, those types of games sell out quickly. The final count was 26,319. That's nowhere near capacity, folks. It was embarrassing to hear Yankees fans out-cheer Sox fans. That should never, ever happen.

If Sox fans really want to get to a game this year, they can if they really wanted to. I have heard fans say the economy and the area around U.S. Cellular Field are the reasons why they don't go.

After how last season went down and how this season has turned out (far exceeded anyone's expectations) how could anyone who calls themselves a Sox fan not at least try to make it out to some games this year?

I am not saying you should have been to all 81 home games. At least come out for a game or two so you can see why this team is in first place.

Tickets can be found for $4 (Yes!) on Stubhub. Also, several bars and restaurants in the area sell discounted tickets along with a shuttle service that takes fans to and from the games. The team also has the cheapest tickets of all the major sports teams in town.

At the Cell, Lot "A" lets fans park in the morning if they are going to a game after work.

Sox fans are notorious for getting on Cubs fans for showing up to Wrigley even though the team hasn't won a pennant since 1945. At least they don't come up with the excuses not to go.

I think that Sox fans have stuck in their minds that they have to pay for parking, buy beer and food on top of tickets. They are ways to trim the cost of going to a game. I know going to a ballgame these days seems expensive. Fans don't have to buy food. The team lets fans bring food in.

The excuse that bothers me the most is the "I won't go because the ballpark is in the ghetto." Detroit fans continue to average huge crowds despite the fact the city has major economic problems.

In this day and age, fans should be more creative in finding ways to get to games with without spending a whole lot of money. Sometimes I wonder if some fans are leery of looking for parking east of the Red Line. That's where I park, right by the police and fire HQ.

The White Sox have already exceeded expectations this season. I hate to say this, but tickets to the ballpark are cheap these days. Apparently, so are Sox fans.

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G B / August 25, 2012 4:19 PM

This'll probably get deleted, but this is the worst article I've seen on Gapers Block.

Not a Chicago Baseball Fan who has been to 3 White Sox games this year.

Texas T / August 25, 2012 7:21 PM

Haha, who says this baseball stadium is in the ghetto? I live within a mile of the stadium and have never felt unsafe before. I take my kid to the playground past sunset even.

Evan Moore / August 25, 2012 11:30 PM

GB- Thanks for reading!

Texas T- I usually hear that excuse from some Cubs fans. The other day on sports talk radio someone who said that they were a Sox fan said that was his reason for not going.

FredSox49 / August 26, 2012 10:07 AM

Some of this is correct and some isn't. The "ghetto" part is from the '60s; anybody who still thinks this is totally ignorant. Yes, the tickets are relatively inexpensive but not for the Yankee series. Face amount was marked up, and single-game tickets get an additonal mark-up. That's why the seats between the foul poles were full.

@BearsSTH / August 26, 2012 10:31 AM

Yankees fans may have been pretty loud in earlier innings but Sox fans owned the pop. You can call Sox fans cheap but The Cell is hard to get to, especially during rush hour and most people are intimidated by its location. Most Sox fans don't even know that Parking Lot A is open in the morning for people to take the train to work and come to the park after. Sure I get on Cubs fans for wanting to see mediocre baseball but Wrigley is a landmark and tourist destination. If The Cell was surrounded by ex-suburbanites who moved into the city, the park would be sprawling too. Okay, I'm done making excuses, but you're right... Sox fans need to get to the park. They're missing out on some good baseball.

Andrew Huff / August 26, 2012 11:03 PM

Hey folks, don't forget, Gapers Block has a ticket deal for Sept. 13 -- half price to see the Sox play the Tigers!

Evan Moore / August 27, 2012 9:36 AM

@BearsSTH - Thanks for reading. I disagree with you about Sox Park not being accessible. Their are several ways to get to the park. Most of those ways are east of the Red Line.

Evan Moore / August 27, 2012 9:38 AM

FredSox49- Thanks for reading. Try or come out with Gapers Block.I would love to see you there.

Evan F. MooreAuthor Profile Page / August 31, 2012 10:45 AM

Thanks for reading.

White Sox / November 9, 2012 4:47 AM

-Their ballpark is not in a good location. It's not dangerous or anything, but there's just nothing to do around there. It's far away from the downtown area and there is NOTHING to do in the area (Wrigleyville is like a town).

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