Day 2 of SoxFest: Making the Rounds
Day 2 of SoxFest was a little bit easier for me — and I was able to accomplish much more. After traveling to Chicago on Friday and getting into town just in time for things to get going at SoxFest, it was nice to wake up on Saturday morning already at the Hilton for the day’s festivities. After a delicious breakfast buffet — too much bacon though — and the first of the Knight Fever blogs written — it was time to make my way down to the Sox Social Lounge.
The #SoxSocial Lounge was the place to be seen on social media all weekend. There were a number of things to do for kids in the area, and it was a good chance for me to do some tweeting. Check out my official Twitter feed for some of my many tweets from the #SoxSocial Lounge!
Once in the lounge, the Chicago White Sox version of the Charlotte Knights “Royalty Racers” were there to greet fans. Of course, the Knights have the very lovable Jerry the Jester, King Meck, and Queen Charlotte. So, who do the White Sox have?
Well, with this being the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 Championship winning team, the White Sox have four familiar faces from that magnificent team: Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand, and Paul Konerko. Of course, I didn’t want to make our Royalty Racers upset, but I had to at least take a photo with them.
After walking around the #SoxSocial Lounge for much of the day, I made my way into the “Garage Sale”, where the White Sox put some game-used items, giveaways, and other cool stuff on sale to benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.
I walked through and saw a ton of former Charlotte Knights represented in jersey form. Former Knights such as Dylan Axelrod, Blake Tekotte, Brian Omogrosso, Brent Morel, Josh Phegley, Charlie Leesman, Tommy Hanson, Jordan Danks, and many others were there in jersey form. Seeing their game-worn jerseys there hanging up gave me a great idea — what about bringing some of them back with me to display at BB&T Ballpark? Then I realized that I probably wouldn’t be able to fit anything else in my suitcase, so maybe another day….
Still, I think a “Knights to the Majors” wall or “Knights in Lights” or something like that is needed at BB&T Ballpark. A wall to commemorate some of the achievements of some former Knights is overdue and a chance to display some of these game-worn jerseys makes a ton of sense. Stay tuned on that.
I did do some shopping at SoxFest and came across a few items that I could fit into my suitcase. In fact, I came across some items of Richard Dotson and Joel Skinner. I had to buy those! I think I probably bought everything they had of “Dot” and “Skins”. I can’t wait to display some of these items in the Charlotte Knights press box.
There were a ton of events on my calendar that I wanted to attend on Saturday. I was eager to attend the seminar titled “Developing Sox”, which featured Buddy Bell, Nick Capra, Nick Hostetler, and Jeremy Haber.
During this seminar, they spoke to fans about some of the development of future Sox. A number of Knights came up in the conversation and they gave fans an in-depth look at the system. Fans had questions about Carlos Rodon, Matt Davidson, Erik Johnson, Brian Anderson, Jose Abreu, and many others.
The group did a fantastic job of describing the players to the eager fans. Many fans were curious to learn of the team’s farm system. Behind the group there were headshots of some of the notable prospects in the system. Photos of Tyler Saladino, Carlos Rodon, Jake Petricka, Andy Wilkins, and Carlos Sanchez were prominently featured. It was nice to see so many familiar faces to Knights fans.
After the seminar, I continued to make my way around the Hilton. I stopped in to see some players signing autographs for fans. I made sure to stop in to the #SoxSocial Lounge too. This time, I saw Southpaw — the White Sox version of Homer the Dragon. I made sure to tell Southpaw that Homer hopes to see him on April 3rd for the Exhibition Game.
All and all, it was a great day.
Before the day was done, I headed over to hear White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Minnie Minoso, and Steve Stone, talk about Ernie Banks, who passed away at the age of 83 on Friday. You can view that blog post here.
Stay tuned for lots more from SoxFest on day 3 — my final day in Chicago!