Chicago White Sox: Jon Greenberg

Concessions highlight of Chicago baseball?

April, 1, 2014
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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I spent Opening Day at Halas Hall, where the team's PR staff was kind enough to turn on the Pirates game, I mean Cubs game, for me before the Jared Allen press conference.

The night before I was tweeting out the names of some mixed drinks available at Wrigley Field this season for the park's 100th anniversary celebration. "Were those real drinks or were you making them up?" a Bears PR staffer asked.

As if I could come up with something as hilarious as, "1980's Electric Ryno Margarita: a blue margarita ... served with a light-up straw" or "2000's Playoff Punch: A Cosmopolitan-inspired punch."

Hold the playoff punch this year. The Cubs opened up the season with a thrilling 1-0 loss to the Pirates which saw them strike out 11 times and go 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

As for the White Sox, I was told there were long security lines to get into the Cell during their win over the Twins. If marketing kingpin Brooks Boyer was worth his reputation, he would've had his minions selling that new bacon-on-a-stick on the outside and new beer option Revolution Anti-Hero once the fans entered the park.

Do I have to do everyone's job for them?

Here are my predictions for the season: White Sox 78 wins, Cubs 70. Anyone want to take the O/U 148 wins?

Cubs, White Sox pass on raising prices

March, 31, 2014
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Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
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CHICAGO -- After a combined 195 losses and cratering attendance in 2013, there wasn't any reason for Chicago's baseball teams to raise its prices in 2014.

In one of many smart offseason moves for both clubs, neither one did.

The White Sox held prices flat across the board, while the Cubs slightly lowered ticket prices, according to the 2014 Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index, which was released Monday.

The Cubs remain baseball's third most-expensive ticket at $44.16, which is down 0.9 percent from last season. The Cubs haven't raised season-ticket prices since 2010, the Ricketts family's first as owners.

The Cubs have lost 197 games in the past two seasons, and the 100th season at Wrigley Field doesn't look too promising to reverse the trend.

After a miserable 99-loss season, the White Sox's average ticket price of $26.05 remains unchanged. With declining attendance, the Sox cut season ticket prices by a combined 39 percent in the previous two seasons.

The average Major League Baseball ticket is $27.93, a 2 percent increase from last season. The average "premium" ticket, which includes club seats, is $93.41.

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A-Rod circus was a flop in Chicago

August, 6, 2013
8/06/13
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CHICAGO -- As circuses go, this wasn't exactly the Big Top.

Sure, there was a bear on a unicycle, but his question to Joe Girardi was trifling at best. And I never saw that "pink elephant in the room" that Alex Rodriguez keeps mentioning.

We were promised a freak show for "A-Rod Monday" and all I got were a bunch of reporters standing around a clubhouse. Close enough, I guess.

For all the build-up, all the threats of lifetime bans, this is what happened Monday: An unpopular Yankee with a dumb nickname played baseball.

After the official Biogenesis suspensions from Major League Baseball came down Monday afternoon, Rodriguez took some questions, he got booed, he got a hit. I presume he went home and slept in a hotel bed, but this is A-Rod. He might hang from a ceiling in zero gravity under a centaur painting. Who knows?

In the end, a fifth-place team (White Sox) beat a fourth-place team (Yankees), 8-1.

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White Sox benefit from A-Rod saga at gate

August, 5, 2013
8/05/13
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox sold more than 3,200 tickets Monday. Not bad for a team that lost 10 straight coming in, and has spent most of the season in last place.

Of course, the return of Alex Rodriguez helped.

The pro-booing A-Rod crowd was announced at 27,948. The White Sox came into the game averaging 23,121 tickets sold per game, which is the seventh-worst average in baseball.

A White Sox official said the team usually sells a "couple hundred" tickets on game days.

Greenberg: Manto trying to keep up morale

June, 6, 2013
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CHICAGO -- It wasn't that long ago that the White Sox were respectable in terms of record, if not performance.

On May 27, the Sox were newly .500, thanks to a weekend sweep of the Miami Marlins, the pitching was solid and the hitters, well, one could think optimistically.

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Maybe the joke is now the White Sox

May, 30, 2013
5/30/13
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CHICAGO -- The age-old question has been answered. What do you do when you win the Crosstown Cup?

"They drink beer in it," Alfonso Soriano said with a laugh.

Soriano, a man of refined tastes, said he did not partake.

"When we get the real trophy, I'll drink Champagne out of it," he said.

You can't drink beer or champagne out of the Commissioner's Trophy like you do out of the Stanley Cup, but give him a break. He's a Cub now and it's not like a Cub is familiar with the dimensions of baseball's championship trophy.

Winning three in a row in the city series is good enough for a team built for mediocrity and destined for failure.

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The start of something?

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
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CHICAGO -- Before the 2013 season started Monday, second-year manager Robin Ventura said the Chicago White Sox had only one goal.

“I want to get to the playoffs,” he said.

Sounds simple enough. Anything else after you make it? Opening Day is for dreamers and all.

“I'd figure that out when we get there,” Ventura said. “But that's the first thing that needs to happen.”

So, no, the Sox weren’t happy to win 85 games and give Detroit a good scare last season. And no, they’re not completely satisfied with being an “under-the-radar” team this year.

“There’s a little chip,” Ventura said. “You take that hit and then it becomes personal. It’s good for me that it happens to these guys because it’s easy to rally them together and have the motivation come after that. But I think the initial hit to it is it becomes personal.”

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Cubs, White Sox lower ticket prices

April, 1, 2013
4/01/13
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CHICAGO -- For the second straight season, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox have lowered ticket prices.

The move makes sense. Both teams have suffered annual declines in attendance and neither has made the playoffs since 2008.

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Weathering the low expectations

March, 31, 2013
3/31/13
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CHICAGO -- Spring is coming.

Not to get all Eddard Stark on you, but it's time to batten down the hatches, say a prayer to the Baseball Gods, and prepare for another season of anger and apathy, raised hopes and dashed spirits.

Prepare to endure Chicago baseball. Hey, at least we have the weather.

How many days of your precious life have you spent cursing at the Cubs? How many nights wasted smoldering at the Sox?

Furthermore, would you have it any other way?

Well-intentioned baseball people try to change that with witty slogans and bottom-to-top rebuilding plans, and even in one occasion, an actual World Series championship, but if existence is about dealing with disappointment, then Chicago baseball is perfect.

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Winning doesn't add up for Sox

October, 19, 2012
10/19/12
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CHICAGO -- For years, the White Sox's company line has been: Fans will come when we win.

Players have said it; former manager Ozzie Guillen said it, perhaps with a four-letter word included; general manager Kenny Williams has said it with more conviction; and Brooks Boyer, the team's vice president of sales and marketing, practically had to put it on his business card when talking to reporters.

But that piece of conventional wisdom was tested this season as the White Sox drew fewer than 2 million fans for the first time since 2004, despite leading the A.L. Central for most of the season.

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Second place seems about right for Sox

September, 28, 2012
9/28/12
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CHICAGO -- This isn't an obituary, because you don't publish those when the subject is still technically alive.

No, this is more like the call you make to family and friends when an elderly relative is sick. "You might want to come say goodbye. They don't have long."

The end is near and everyone knows it. After the Chicago White Sox's eighth loss in nine games, 3-2 to Tampa Bay on Thursday, their postgame clubhouse felt defeated and funereal. For a team that has spent 117 days in first place, this feels like a second-place team.

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Momentum swings with Dunn's bat

September, 25, 2012
9/25/12
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CHICAGO -- At the tail end of his 12th season in the major leagues, Adam Dunn has piled up a lot of individual statistics, but not a lot of wins.

In his career, Dunn's picked up 1,417 hits, 2,014 strikeouts, 1,165 walks, enough swings to be considered the largest producer of wind-powered energy in the United States, enough clubhouse steaks eaten to feed the carnivores at Gibson's for a decade.

But perhaps for all the swings he's taken, none was bigger than the one that resulted in Career Home Run No. 404 Monday night. It was a game-winner and just maybe, a season-saver.

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White Sox try to purge September woes

September, 11, 2012
9/11/12
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CHICAGO -- On a seasonably pleasant half-price Monday, U.S. Cellular Field was buzzing, and not just on Big Hurt Beer.

It felt like a real big city ballgame with more than 30,000 tickets sold for the first time since Aug. 6, and more media one team employee surmised, than Opening Day.

Yes, it's pennant race time in a football town where, for once, the best offense might be wearing blue and orange. It's a weird feeling when the Bears have more pop than the Sox and Cubs.

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Element of surprise gone for Sox

July, 9, 2012
7/09/12
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CHICAGO -- Back in 1930, the first daytime radio soap opera, "Painted Dreams", aired in Chicago. Eighty-one years later, the city was treated to an even juicier baseball reality show on the South Side of Chicago.

"The Kenny and Ozzie Show" was canceled last fall and in its place, "Leave it to Robin" has debuted if not to boffo ratings, then at least to some measure of critical acclaim.

When examining the early success of Robin Ventura's White Sox, it's easy, and not altogether wrong, to dramatize the end of the Ozzie Guillen/Kenny Williams feud as a reason for a first-place first half, or to attribute the success to their new manager and his quieter, no-drama clubhouse culture.

But winning baseball, like most things in life, isn't scripted. It's organic. Does a good environment beget winning, or is the other way around? It's a good question, but one that the Sox players have no interest in deciphering.

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Greenberg: Edge to White Sox

June, 24, 2012
6/24/12
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CHICAGO -- It's perfectly conceivable Kevin Youkilis could be another Manny Ramirez, another Ken Griffey Jr., another Orlando Hudson -- lusted-after veterans Kenny Williams finally landed past their expiration date. Maybe he's a Nick Swisher, a vet who doesn't fit in and can't perform to his reputation.

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BA LEADER
Conor Gillaspie
BA HR RBI R
.306 5 46 46
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 32
RBIJ. Abreu 90
RJ. Abreu 66
OPSJ. Abreu .955
WC. Sale 10
ERAC. Sale 2.12
SOC. Sale 158