My Trip to U.S. Cellular Field

IMG_0183 IMG_0182 IMG_0184By David G. Firestone

On Monday, I had the opportunity to go to a Chicago White Sox game, and since I hadn’t been to a baseball game in quite a while, I figured that it would be fun. I got to U.S. Cellular Field before the game, and had my ticket ready. The first thing that I noticed was that it was “Dog Day at the Park.” so there were a lot of fans who took their dogs to the game.100_4122

I go up to section 514, I had the entire section to myself. A buddy of mine canceled at the last minute, so I was on my own. I went and had a hot dog before the game, and enjoyed a nice fall night at the stadium.IMG_0191 IMG_0187

The Sox were taking on the Minnesota Twins, and the seats that I had were not great…100_4128

but I settled in, took a picture of my 1954 White Sox Stirrups100_4123, and waited for the game to begin. As I did, I looked around the stadium. The full moon over the stadium caught my attention, and I also noticed the scoreboards. For those who don’t know, the White Sox have the “exploding scoreboard” installed by Bill Veeck in 1960, which had a series of lit pinwheels that light up when a home run is hit. The scoreboard has become part of Sox lore, and when it was time to play ball, the scoreboard came to life.100_4129

The Twins did not fare very well. The bottom of the first inning alone saw a total of 7 runs, 1 of which was walked I. I had a great view of the Twins bullpen, and saw that they had two pitchers warming up during the bottom of the first.

In the bottom of the second, a home run was disallowed on a video review, much to the chagrin of the fans.100_4139 The game went along until the bottom of the 4th, when Adam Dunn hit a home run, causing the scoreboard to light up…the very next pitch was to Dayan Vicideo, and he homered, causing the scoreboard to light up. At this point it is 9-0 White Sox.100_4129 100_4133 100_4131 100_4130 100_4143 100_4147 100_4148 100_4142  100_4152 100_4159

The Twins did manage to score a run the top of the 8th, but it was too little too late, as the White Sox would win.100_4155 100_4157

Had a great time, and I will go back later in the year.

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