Connect with us

White Sox

Spring Training is a Blast, You Should Go

The turn of the calendar from one year to the next means one thing to me… baseball is quickly approaching!!! Before we get into the dog-days of summer, we have to pay our dues and get through Spring Training.

I’ve been going to Spring Training games for as long as I can remember. I’m lucky enough to have grown up with relatives that live in Scottsdale, Arizona. This always made for a solid spring trip every year to get some sun and see family (until high school baseball took over, then that shit turned into Saturday morning doubleheaders in near-freezing weather). While these trips never revolved around baseball, I’d still catch a game or two while I was out there. Over the years, I attended games at many different stadiums and saw players on a more up-close and personal basis than you could during the regular season. Understandably so, players are MUCH more fan friendly during Spring Training. I was able to accrue all sorts of autographs over the years from countless teams which is basically every young baseball fan’s dream. These dudes were larger than life at the time, and just having their John Hancock on a cheap ball from Sports Authority meant the world to me.

Fast forward multiple years and a dad bod later. I’m in my junior year of college, just living it up and being a weekend warrior. The only thing on my mind was a 24-pack of Bud Light and imagining how I wanted to ring in my 21st birthday. This particular year, my birthday fell on midnight of the Friday that Spring Break started. The opportunities were absolutely endless and my imagination was running at 100 miles-per-hour. After quite a bit of internal debate, I decided that I was going back to Spring Training and my White Sox partner-in-crime was coming with me. It’d be like a throwback to the memories I had of vacations as a kid, just with beer this time. We got our flights booked and bought ourselves some good seats for 5 games in a 4 day period. Mercy….

Let’s just say that I don’t think either of us expected the trip to be as kick-ass as it was. I can honestly say that the short 4 days we spent out there were 4 of the best days I had that year. Being able to see Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez and a handful of other young players in a White Sox uniform before anyone else was nothing short of incredible. We caught a first glimpse of what this team will look like in the future, all while getting on a first name basis with our favorite beer vendor and enjoying pain-free, low-pressure White Sox baseball in 75 degree dry heat. I like to think the pain-free aspect of White Sox Spring Training baseball makes it that much enjoyable. I’m there to watch young talent grow and get tan (more like red) instead of wondering why the hell J.B. Shuck is hitting 5th.

Long story short, we had an absolute blast and we’ve gone every year since. Each additional year has brought more hope and promise for our beloved White Sox. Finally being able to see some of these young studs play after hearing so much about them really makes this whole rebuild worth it.

While work and family matters may wind up getting in the way, this is something I plan to do as many years as possible. If I were you, I’d jump on the bandwagon as quickly as possible too. Tickets are reasonably priced and not many people are at the White Sox home games. This allows you to virtually pick any seat you want and have the chance to meet the future stars of the Sox up close and personal. My best guess is that this’ll be the last year of things being this way, so book your flight today. It really is fun for all ages!

I’ll be waiting at the hot tub with some postgame tallboys on ice!

BS-Broadcast Journalism - University of Illinois 2016 | Engagement Director for SoxOn35th.com | Editor-in-Chief at OnTapSportsNet.com | Panelist on Four Feathers Podcast and Sox On Tap

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

More in White Sox