Since I’ve never been to one, this was the winter I’d actually given some thought to going out to the White Sox season opener, April 1, against the Kansas City Royals, but I put it off and put it off some more and recently found out that the game is a sell out. That doesn’t mean a whole lot, other than ordering a ticket via the “regular” means is out of the picture.
If I really and truly wanted to attend, I could do it. Today, there are so many ticket brokerages—some legitimate and some not—that it’s really hard to be “shut out” of attending a game, if one is willing to shell out way too much money for the ticket. I’m not one of those.
Opening Days usually are sold out, and I’m always glad to see the place filled. I’d like to think that everyone there is captivated by the play on the field, the atmosphere within the ballpark, and the memories that might be created throughout the course of the day. I imagine fathers and kids, who have created excuses to miss work and school, chomping hot dogs and soft drinks, all the while thrilling to the sight of the players warming up or finishing batting practice—at long last after a long winter! I actually imagine all of those people staying until the very end—a White Sox win or not—and eagerly planning the next visit to a game!
Alas, silly me, many of the “fans” are simply there for the event and not because of any ardent and rabid devotion to the White Sox. As is usually the case, by the 5th inning of the opening game, many of the “fans” have filtered out and about or are more caught up in the moveable party on the concourse, or they’ve simply left the park completely. How do I know this if I’ve never been to an Opener myself? I have heard countless tales through the years from friends and acquaintances who are these very kinds of “fans.” I know it’s always going to be this way—always has—and I can live with it.
I figure that if I can’t get to the opener (I refuse to pay a broker, scalper, or some other shady “agent” for a ticket), the next best thing would be to wait until Wednesday, April 3 (Tuesday is left open in case of rain on Monday) when there will be so many tickets available at the regular price at the U.S. Cellular ticket windows. I can walk up, plop down my cash or credit card, and go back to the truck and enjoy tailgating until game time that afternoon. No muss, no fuss!
Tailgating is always good, whether it’s at a Sox game, an Illinois football game on a wonderful autumn day, or a NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway a couple of times a summer. And that’s a topic I’ll explore in greater depth in future posts. For now, though, I’ll point out that since the Sox began to allow tailgating in their lots several years ago, the entire experience has been heightened that much more. I would anticipate that the tailgating for this Opening Day will be quite festive. To say the least, there’s always fun to be had before, during, and after a Sox game.
For me, I’ll enjoy another Opening Day game right here, in the comfort of my house and garage, and get on out to the next game. See you at the ballpark.…