Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why did I go to a White Sox Game? Hell-u-lar Field

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Why did I go to a White Sox game last night? It was so disappointing on so many levels. But my son won the seats as a reward for his academic efforts so it was to share his moment that I had to suffer with the White Sox.

It isn't the White Sox players themselves that disappoint me. Any White Sox player can become a Cubs player, some day. The Cubs lose but the Cubs fans go to the ballpark to enjoy the game, win or lose. White Sox fans actually think they are going to win the World Series again. Delusional!

I hate the stadium. It is so commercial and un-intuitive. Who designed that monstrosity of a public hassle? And to name it after a cell phone company only adds insult to injury. The cell phone companies are the biggest  rip-offs in our economy. They charge us an arm and a leg for service but they fail to provide adequate service. Not one of them. All of the services stink and they constantly drop calls. The cell phone industry doesn't work properly. it is plagued with bugs and failure. Co "Cellullar Field." Pathetic!

The parking around the stadium should be the easiest to get to but the fact is that it is easier to park at Wrigley Field -- built when? A few years after the turn of the 19th Century? -- than it is to park at Comiskey Park. There I said it. F-You Cellular Field! The parking there is horrendous. Some moron who flunked out of the Chicago Public schools -- and that is so hard to do, actually -- must have designed the parking lot patterns. And the idiots they hire to manage "security" around the park only make it worse. You turn on 39th Street to par and they immediately wave you away, even though the signs tell you to keep going to park with a ticket or for cash, they make you go around in circles on purpose. The signs are lies at White Sox park. The people hired to direct traffic are not directing traffic at all. They are mocking White Sox commuters.

A smart rat couldn't figure its way around the parking maze at White Sox Park! It's a hassle and an intentional mess. I think it might be a strategy to make life difficult for Sox fans so that they have lowered expectations before they get int he park and consume cases of beer and slosh around the F word like they were at the South Side Irish Parade.

The food at Sox Park is okay. It's not great. It is just okay and that's amazing for a politically connected place to give the food to people who are there only to make a fast buck rather than service the hunger pangs of the fans. What else is new?

The prices of food is not out of line with the prices at Wrigley Field or any other place. But the food at Wrigley is so much better.

Then there are the people. I think it is an anecdotal fact that South Siders are fatter than north siders, and maybe that's why the smartest south siders are also Cub fans and not White Sox fans. A lot of South Siders are heffers. (Who came up with Cows on Parade? A northsider mocking south siders, of course.)

And the souvenir shops had pure junk. At least at Wrigley Field I can buy my son an autographed baseball. Not at White Sox Abomination. Pure worthless junk.

But the drunks who stumble in to the White Sox games and then stumble out -- and are too afraid to walk through the local neighborhood even though many of the public housing units have been demolished to make them feel better -- don't care about the quality of the junk there because many of them  are dressed like slobs.

I actually sat there and watched a White Sox prodigy who was maybe 12 years old sit at his chair and spit constantly on the cement steps next to his aisle seat. His friend did the same. Spitting through the whole game. Fortunately a Cubs fan told them to stop. Who else would step up to the plate to teach them public manners?

Of course, the White Sox lost the game to the Detroit Tigers. But that isn't exclusive to the White Sox. The Cubs lose often. But when I go to a Cubs game, I go in knowing we have no chance in hell of winning anything. And it doesn't bother me because by the time I get to my seat -- which is just as expensive as the seats at the White Sox Rat Maze -- I am happy and hassle free and I am enjoying the food at the park. I'm content at Wrigley Field before the game starts, unlike the nightmare experienced at Hell-u-lar Field.

-- Ray Hanania


  1. Not one thing about the cell is even remotely true...

  2. It would appear that being on the northside of Chicago too long has drastically distorted your ability to see reality. What I call 'Next Year' syndrome.

    First, Wrigley is one of the very first stadiums to have their name represent a corporate sponsor, WRIGLEY. Corporate sponsorship in naming a stadium is the way the sport is trending, but it should make you feel good the the guys up north were some of the first.

    Second, parking at the Cell is rather easy, specifically because there is a designated parking lot. If you can't figure it out, it shines a light on your intelligence more than anything, IQ lower than a smart rat?

    If you think for a second that the food is better at Wrigley, well then there is really no helping you. It is known throughout baseball the horrors that is food in the northside ballpark. Between their sit down restaurants, and several types of food, if you couldn't find food you liked at the Cell, once again, perhaps it is you that is the problem.

    If you couldn't find a autographed baseball for your son, once again, your fault, they are everywhere. Unlike Wrigley there are many different gift shops. The main ones are just apparel, while there are many booths around the stadium, several specifically selling game used and autographed items.

    You seem to somehow think that service at Wrigley is done in fully good graces, just to help out the beleaguered fan. Although I love romanticism in baseball, this is a huge stretch. EVERYTHING in baseball is to make money, period. If you believe otherwise, well then you've fallen for the rouse.

    p.s. what shows your complete ineptitude is that you actually believe Cubs tickets are the same price as Sox tickets. They are not, a simple browse on the internet would have told you that one. But why burst your bubble.