SoxFest fireworks set to fly early

CHICAGO -- The White Sox announced a preliminary schedule for the Jan 27-29 SoxFest at the Palmer House Hilton and the fireworks are expected to come early.

Confirmed for the opening night of the annual winter event is a seminar featuring general manager Kenny Williams and new manager Robin Ventura.

Williams’ opening night session has been known to feature a tense back-and-forth with fans, especially when expectations aren’t high for the upcoming season. That appears to be the case for the 2012 season as the White Sox shifted into a quasi rebuilding mode.

Also confirmed for the opening night is a seminar called “State of the Game” with commissioner Bud Selig and broadcaster Hawk Harrelson.

Ventura has seminars all three days, including those with his coaching staff on Saturday and Sunday. Members of the 2005 World Series club have seminars both Saturday and Sunday.

Current players scheduled to appear at SoxFest are Gordon Beckham, John Danks, A.J. Pierzynski, Paul Konerko Dayan Viciedo, Adam Dunn, Brent Morel, Alexei Ramirez, Chris Sale and Jake Peavy, among others.

Also scheduled to appear are members of the 2005 World Series champions including: Joe Crede, Neal Cotts, Frank Thomas, Pablo Ozuna and Cliff Politte.

For more SoxFest information, and a complete list of players who will be in attendance, visit whitesox.com/soxfest.