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Sox Take a Step Closer to Playing in Shopping Mall

Originally posted on The Catbird Seat on 3/25/14.\n\nCome opening day, hospital drugstore there will be a shiny new drinking establishment near Section 112 on the U.S. Cellular Field concourse. It’s called “Xfinity Zone, illness see ” which is not trademark infringement because the White Sox partnered with Comcast Corp.’s digital media brand to make this 2, buy viagra 200-square-foot, 12 flat-screen, social media wall, full menu, craft beer and cocktail dream a reality.\n\nActually, as we all know, no baseball-affiliated enterprise is really real until the circulation of the press release including the obligatory home run pun from a company executive/sports-enthusiast.\n

…’Comcast is looking forward to hitting it out of the park with our new Xfinity Zone at U.S. Cellular Field,’ said David Williams, Comcast’s regional vice president of marketing and sales and a White Sox fan.

\nAnd there we have it.\n\nWhite Sox Marketing VP Brooks Boyer calls Xfinity Zone \”one of the most unique and exciting additions we have made to the ballpark to date.\”\n\nIt’s unique in one respect at least. Crain’s Danny Ecker reports the bar was “built by the Sox and Comcast without any financing from the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.”\n Continue reading

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Baseball Instant Replay Rant!

White Sox and Cubs pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Arizona this week. Other players will follow soon. It will be warm there. We will be jealous.\n\nAnd we’ll be excited initially because it’s baseball. But later we’ll be aggravated when we realize that almost as bad as no baseball is the prolonged agony of fake baseball.\n\nIn the end, capsule for sale spring training is like six weeks of drunken foreplay: we’re looking forward to where things are leading, sovaldi sale but it’s hard not to pass out during the run-up.\n\nSo let’s talk about something besides things like who is showing up to camp in the best shape of his career.\n\nLike here’s something that happened this offseason that kind of flew under the radar: as part of America’s quest to suck the humanity out of everything, viagra baseball is going to instant replay!\n Continue reading

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Unconventional Visitors: Union Turns Up at Cubs Convention!

If you attended the Cubs Convention at the Sheraton hotel last weekend you might have encountered a labor union activist and not even noticed.\n\nYou may have been handed a stylish drink coaster for the light beer you were nursing in between giant swills of the Cubbie kool-aid.\n\nYou may have noticed the baseball graphic on the front of the cardboard coaster that read: “Celebrating 123 Years.”\n\nIntrigued you may have flipped it over, treatment help beverage in hand so as to prevent a drink ring on the hotel furniture, click and read what was inscribed on the back: “For 123 years hotel workers in Chicago have had union contracts.  Sheraton Hotel workers have great wages and benefits.  Wrigley Field Concession Workers have the same Union, and when the new Wrigley hotel opens, the workers should have Sheraton quality jobs.”\n\n“Great wages and benefits,” you might have thought to yourself, your mood elevated with thoughts of sunny, day-baseball games in mid-January.  “Yeah, those hotel workers should have quality jobs.”\n\nAt least that’s what Unite Here! Local 1 hoped you would think, as staff members fanned out over three floors of the Sheraton hotel to mingle with fans last weekend.  They were there to build awareness and support for good jobs for Chicago’s labor force. Continue reading

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This Is Your Daddy’s Hall of Fame

Being a White Sox fan, capsule hospital it goes without saying that I’m a fan of Frank Thomas, no rx the most formidable hitter in Sox franchise history.  His five or so plate appearances were reason enough to tune into White Sox games nightly in the 90s.  And during and in-between those Frank at bats, getting lost in some great White Sox teams in those years, I became, as far as sports go, a baseball fan first and foremost.\n\nStill, the news last week that the Big Hurt was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame didn’t do much for me.\n\nPartly that’s because I think the guardians of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown are self-righteous boobs, and so Thomas’ first ballot selection is naturally a product of self-righteous boobery.\n\nIt’s clear that the baseball writers collectively have blacklisted players connected to PED use from the Hall of Fame.  Many of them the same Judas scribes who celebrated home run hitters and the return of baseball (and their own livelihoods) from a long players strike in the late 90s.\n\nThomas was never connected to steroids in the media as a player and he’s instigated a very public “I was clean” campaign since his retirement.  So Frank Thomas, one of the bulkiest players in an era of roided-up hulks, oddly has become the poster boy for anti-doping in baseball.\n\nHad this not been the case, would the baseball writers have voted in on his first ballot a player who hit mostly as a designated hitter and played in the field only 38 times after his age 32 season?  I don’t think so.\n\nBasically by his own admission, Frank Thomas’ 83.7% of the writers vote was as much about PEDs as Barry Bonds’ 34.7% or Mark McGwire’s 11%.\n\nSo ironically, Thomas’ first-ballot enshrinement, despite some gaudy career hitting numbers, feels kind of tainted by steroids.\n\nBut my blase attitude toward the Hall of Fame announcement comes from something more than this. Continue reading