Bear Weather at White Sox Home Opener
The Sports Minion & Sports Minette headed down to The Cell for the 2011 Chicago White Sox home opener. It was a great time indeed, as temperatures hit near freezing, reminding one of a typical game at the cross town Soldier Field where the Monsters of the Midway do their thing.
We saw a beautiful pitching performance from Edwin Jackson, who struck out a career-high 13 batters, surrendering only 1 run on 4 hits leading to a 5-1 victory over the visiting AL East Champ, Tampa Bay Rays. Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski received the biggest ovations as Sox fans made it clear they appreciate the two leaders sticking around for possibly a few more years.
The jam packed, bundled up crowd were filled with spirit and energy. Aside from one odd fan who fell asleep after devouring a bountiful funnel cake.
Thousands of tailgating Sox Fans arrived hours before game time to celebrate their team’s home opener with many a delicious bratwurst, hot dog, or beef sandwich. All of the main parking lots were completely full two hours before game time.
With no sunlight likely, some additional items/merch were purchased to bare the cold, since the Sports Minion has seemingly adapted to the LA weather. At about the 2nd inning, I checked the weather report, and was delighted to see it was 39 degrees currently. By far, my coldest game.
It was sad to see Mayor Daley there as his last game as Mayor, but a succulent Chicago brat made me forget about these troubles, as we headed to a bar for warmth and yes more beer.