To complete the ballpark tour of Chicago I went to U.S. Cellular Field with my friends Ryan and Sarah last Friday. The White Sox played the Angels. It was Elvis Night.
Philip Humber started for the Sox, opposed by new Angel Zack Greinke.
In the first inning Paul Konerko grounded into a fielder’s choice at the plate with the bases loaded. The catcher tried to throw to first to get Konerko, who ran inside the baseline to obstruct the throw, resulting in a wide throw. Manager Mike Scioscia came out to vigorously argue the call. He stayed on the field a long time, and instigated a long conference between the umpires. The game would be resumed with the Angels playing under protest–tonight (Monday) MLB ruled that the call would be upheld and the game considered final.
The scoreboard at U.S. Cellular Field has a row of colorful peppermint candy-like disks on top of it, which is a tribute to a famous scoreboard feature from Comiskey Park.
U.S. Cellular Field was the first ballpark I have attended that has first class and second class tickets. If you buy an upper deck ticket you are not allowed in the lower level of the park. Thankfully I could still see the statue of Frank Thomas on the outfield concourse from my seat.
I was happy to see Albert Pujols play. He is one of the best. He hit a home run in the 6th inning.
U.S. Cellular Field is one of the loudest ballparks I have been to. The PA system is always producing some sort of noise, and the volume is cranked to 11. It ranks low on my ballpark scale due to this and the upper and lower level segregation.
The game was close. After 9 innings the score was tied. In the bottom of the 10th Alex Rios it his second home run of the game, a 2-run shot to left, to win the game in dramatic fashion. It was the first MLB walk-off home run I have seen in person.
Soon after the game ended the lights went out. And Elvi parachuted into the park. Not only is Elvis alive, there are now three of them (I think he was cloned).
After hearing four abbreviated Elvis songs performed by an impersonator and seeing Vegas-style showgirls dance behind home plate, even more lights went off. Then a fireworks show took place.
After the show as we walked out of the park I took this picture of the Chicago skyline. I think it is more impressive than the Elvi or fireworks.
I’m glad I was able to see the other Chicago ballpark. I enjoyed Wrigley much more, but baseball is good all the time.