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kaufsox
06-09-2009, 02:20 PM
The thread about throwing the ball back got me wondering about what is appropriate to wear to a baseball game. My views are as follows: Jerseys of the home team, absolutely. Jerseys of the opposing team, ok, but don't whine if you get a little ribbing etc. Jerseys of teams not even playing, uh no. I just find it supremely anonying when people wander around in Cubs gear at USCF. And no, I don't wear Sox stuff to Wrigley, though it has been years since I've gone. Also, baseball pants, under the age of 16 yes, over, no. A grown man completely decked out in a baseball uniform at a game just looks silly. Speaking of which, there was a guy at Saturday's game in a DeRosa shirt, pinstriped pants, glove and cubs cap. If I wasn't with my daughter I would have shared my thoughts with him.

doublem23
06-09-2009, 02:23 PM
Unless it is an emergency, please don't get up from your seat unless there is a break in the action. I cannot think of how many times I've had to stare at someone's fat ass because he couldn't wait to drop another $30 at the concession stand while the game is going on in front of us.

fox23
06-09-2009, 02:23 PM
I don't have a problem with people wearing another team's jersey that isn't playing as long as they are not a rival. If someone feels like wearing a Brewers jersey to a Sox game or something, I say why not?

I do agree with the no Cubs stuff at a Sox game or Sox stuff at a Cubs game. The people that do that always seem to be the sort of people looking for a fight anyway.

JohnTucker0814
06-09-2009, 02:30 PM
I don't have a problem with other teams jerseys! Maybe that person is a fan of that team and just a fan of baseball. He is paying money to see the Sox and therefor is helping our team.

I'm against the obnoxious people that are there to get drunk and make a scene. It's not a bar where the people there are all over 21, there are young kids there that you are making an impression on. Cheer loudly for whatever team you want and quit the obnoxious behavior!

I too hate when people keep coming in and out of the isles during the game. I wish there was some kind of rule where the ushers do not let people up the stairs or down the stairs while the game is going on, instead they have to wait in the tunnel or concourse until the 3rd out, then you may go back to your seat. JMO

DSpivack
06-09-2009, 02:32 PM
I don't own any jerseys, but I usually wear my Sox hat at Nats games. Or if I drive up to Balmer.

akingamongstmen
06-09-2009, 02:37 PM
This has been covered before (I think), but if you catch a foul ball, immediately find the nearest kid and hand it to them. I'm 26, have never caught a ball at any game in my life, and I would definitely hand one over if I caught one. The game of baseball has always revolved around the passing down of traditions, and getting a kid excited about the game is always a good thing.

Home runs are a different story (especially if they are of any significance). I might be inclined to hang onto a crucial home run ball as a keepsake.

doublem23
06-09-2009, 02:38 PM
This has been covered before (I think), but if you catch a foul ball, immediately find the nearest kid and hand it to them. I'm 26, have never caught a ball at any game in my life, and I would definitely hand one over if I caught one. The game of baseball has always revolved around the passing down of traditions, and getting a kid excited about the game is always a good thing.

Home runs are a different story (especially if they are of any significance). I might be inclined to hang onto a crucial home run ball as a keepsake.

Screw that, I've never caught a ball either, and you'd better believe if I ever do I'm pocketing that sucker.

Now, if you're thinking of throwing the ball back on the field, save yourself an ejection and make a kid's day.

SSrep
06-09-2009, 02:39 PM
I don't care what people wear as long as it's not a sombrero blocking my view of the game. The baseball etiquette comes into play when people are standing up in the middle of an inning or being obnoxious drunks around people who are trying to enjoy the game.

RedHeadPaleHoser
06-09-2009, 02:43 PM
I also don't mind someone else's jerseys; the Cubs/Sox thing I think is done intentionally to get under the skin of the opposite team(especially when they're not playing each other).

I was at 2 of the Sox/Yankees series last year at the Cell, and had an absolute blast watching and talking baseball with Yankee fans. One guy had the Yankee "Got Championships" T shirt on comparing NY & Boston...that was fun.

Getting up in the middle of a batter's count to get $ out of your pocket, etc always annoys me. Wait one freaking second, will you?

And I'd never throw a ball back. But my biggest fear is handing the ball to a kid, and watching him do it. Then, I'd hope they throw the little punk out.

I don't mind the wave, but don't look down your nose at me if I'm not doing it. I paid $ to watch baseball, not look cool on TV.

BleacherBandit
06-09-2009, 02:44 PM
I get real pissed (and this happens all the time) when everybody in the park is standing up in anticipation of a strikeout or big hit, and somebody behind you starts complaining to you that you're blocking their view. I was at the game on Sunday, and during the bases-loaded situation in the 8th inning, some idiot kept yelling at me because I was blocking his view while standing up. Stand up like the rest of us, you *******!

fox23
06-09-2009, 02:55 PM
I get real pissed (and this happens all the time) when everybody in the park is standing up in anticipation of a strikeout or big hit, and somebody behind you starts complaining to you that you're blocking their view. I was at the game on Sunday, and during the bases-loaded situation in the 8th inning, some idiot kept yelling at me because I was blocking his view while standing up. Stand up like the rest of us, you *******!

Agreed, and that happens to me a lot (I swear I always end up being the last row of standers!) If most of your section is standing, maybe you should stand too. Until you can get whoever is blocking my view to sit down, then just stand up and shut up.

Of course it also works the other way. If you are the only person who is standing, then maybe you should take a cue from the rest of the crowd and sit down.

DumpJerry
06-09-2009, 03:08 PM
Unless it is an emergency, please don't get up from your seat unless there is a break in the action. I cannot think of how many times I've had to stare at someone's fat ass because he couldn't wait to drop another $30 at the concession stand while the game is going on in front of us.
Bingo! I love how some oblivious people sit in their seat, sit, sit and then the inning starts and suddenly they need a hot dog from the grill!:angry: Oh yeah, they get up, ask their friends what they also want, wait five minutes as the choices are contemplated and then slowly walk up the stairs.

One night during the A's series, some high school kid insisted on standing the whole time while the Sox were at bat. We kept yelling at him to sit down. After two innings of this, security escorted him out.:D:

Then there are drunks who throw beers at you when you politely ask them to sit down......

Big D
06-09-2009, 03:13 PM
I hate "fans" who insist on constantly dropping the F-bomb as loudly as possible when there are little kids around. This has been a common occurrence at every Sox-Cubs game I've been to. That language doesn't bother me personally, but it's just uncomfortable to hear some guy dropping MF's when there's a 5-year old kid a few rows down. Then they act surprised when the parent complains to security.

DSpivack
06-09-2009, 03:32 PM
Bingo! I love how some oblivious people sit in their seat, sit, sit and then the inning starts and suddenly they need a hot dog from the grill!:angry: Oh yeah, they get up, ask their friends what they also want, wait five minutes as the choices are contemplated and then slowly walk up the stairs.

One night during the A's series, some high school kid insisted on standing the whole time while the Sox were at bat. We kept yelling at him to sit down. After two innings of this, security escorted him out.:D:

Then there are drunks who throw beers at you when you politely ask them to sit down......

It'll be weird coming back to USCF from Nats Park. I'm used to having a row to myself!

Viva Medias B's
06-09-2009, 04:13 PM
My rule is that if you wear baseball apparel to a White Sox game, you should only wear White Sox apparel if you are a White Sox fan. I have no problem wearing apparel of other non-baseball teams to Sox games. If I go to a game at Wrigley Field, I'll only wear Sox gear to Wrigley if we are playing them there. If I go to a game at Busch Stadium or Miller Park, I'll wear something Cardinal or Brewer respectively unless we are playing them ourselves in which case I'd wear the Sox gear. In fact, one year we were playing the Cardinals at Busch, I wore red White Sox gear to blend within Cardinal Nation.

PKalltheway
06-09-2009, 04:30 PM
I think it's ok to wear a different team's jersey to the ballpark, as long as they aren't a rival. I wear my Sox stuff to Reds games every now and then, and nobody says anything to me.

I also think it's ok to wear the opposing team's gear, but as a previous poster alluded to, don't get upset if you get a little ribbing. Here in Cincinnati, as long as you aren't a fan of the Cardinals or the Cubs, you're in good shape. When I saw the Sox here in 2006, nobody said a single word, even as the Sox took it to the Reds in a three game sweep.:D:

If you're going to stand, do it when there's a big moment in the game (i.e. everybody is standing). Otherwise, wait for a break in the action.

kaufsox
06-09-2009, 04:46 PM
I don't own any jerseys, but I usually wear my Sox hat at Nats games. Or if I drive up to Balmer.

Hats are ok, they are an essential part of the ball park wardrobe and not nearly as obnoxious as wearing a non-playing teams jersey.

DSpivack
06-09-2009, 04:48 PM
Hats are ok, they are an essential part of the ball park wardrobe and not nearly as obnoxious as wearing a non-playing teams jersey.

As long as it's not a rival [i.e. Cubs Jerseys at USCF, Sox jerseys at Wrigley outside of the Crosstown Classic], why is that obnoxious?

chisoxfanatic
06-09-2009, 04:49 PM
I saw an entire family at yesterday afternoon's game in the lower deck wearing Cubs gear. I just rolled my eyes. That's the big-time no-no in my book. I'm ok if Cubs fans want to take in a ball game at Comiskey. If you don't want to wear Sox gear, wear Blackhawks or Bears gear or something like that; but, do not come into the ballaprk with Cubs gear on. You're just asking for it!

Woofer
06-09-2009, 04:51 PM
-Vendors constantly block the game action. There are times when it is just one beer, peanut, cotton candy or hotdog vendor after another. I find it annoying, and they block my view of the game.
-Also, people who can't stay in their seats for more than one inning. Up and down, up and down. Watch the game!
-People who swear loudly at the game while kids are around. Get some manners.

kaufsox
06-09-2009, 04:51 PM
If you're going to stand, do it when there's a big moment in the game (i.e. everybody is standing). Otherwise, wait for a break in the action.

completely agree. I have to say it seems like people have been less inclined to stand at crucial moments. There have been a few times this season where I've wanted to stand, but no one else did so I sat and clapped.

chisoxfanatic
06-09-2009, 04:55 PM
-Vendors constantly block the game action. There are times when it is just one beer, peanut, cotton candy or hotdog vendor after another. I find it annoying, and they block my view of the game.
Preach on, Woofer! I think there are too many vendors in the seating area, and it causes airheads to "have" to stand up in the middle of play to rummage through their wallets.

TDog
06-09-2009, 05:43 PM
... Jerseys of the home team, absolutely. Jerseys of the opposing team, ok, but don't whine if you get a little ribbing etc. Jerseys of teams not even playing, uh no. I just find it supremely anonying when people wander around in Cubs gear at USCF. ...

Last summer when the Sox came to San Francisco, I saw people in Cubs jerseys. My thought was, what kind of a troublemaker do you have to be to wear a Cubs jersey to a game between the Giants and White Sox?

My girlfriend suggested that if you're from Chicago, 2,000 miles from home, you might wear a Cubs jersey to go see the other Chicago team play. The whole you-can't-be-a-fan-of-both-teams thing notwithstanding, I understood her point. Not everyone who goes to the game is that in to baseball. And you can have Cubs paraphernalia if you're not that in to baseball. Or Yankee paraphernalia or Red Sox paraphernalia -- whatever.

When I was a season ticket holder for Brewers games in Wisconsin, I used to wear my Sox hat to games until I got a Brewers cap on bat day. (I was more likely to give my tickets away and drive down to Chicago if it were a weekend when the Sox were in town, but I digress.) As Elaine Benes once famously, though fictitiously said, and I paraphrase, there is nothing wrong with wearing a baseball hat to a baseball game. And Julia Louis-Dreyfus was in attendance at Game 6 before her character on Seinfeld went out with Keith Hernandez.

Since the 1970s, except for 2000-2003, almost all of my Sox games have been road games. I wear a Sox cap. (I believe I even wore a Sox cap to a game between the Giants and Reds in San Francisco, but I didn't sit in the owner's box.) I live in A's country, and I wore a Sox gap while hitting yard sales Saturday morning. Even when the Sox are playing, no one has ever hassled me. In fact, fans of other teams ask me serious questions about what pitchers feature and about how players are hitting. The jerks leave me alone.

Where the team paraphernalia is annoying is when people in visiting or rival-not-playing today garb are acting like jerks. But I don't want to be around Sox fans at Sox games who are acting like jerks.

october23sp
06-09-2009, 06:04 PM
High-Fiving your fellow fans after a home run. I high fived a large Sox fan with a Harley Davidson coat on the last time I was there like 5 times. I was pissed I had to sit by him right away (I was in 8th grade) but the high fives made that guy seem like the man to me.:D:

Boondock Saint
06-09-2009, 06:10 PM
High-Fiving your fellow fans after a home run. I high fived a large Sox fan with a Harley Davidson coat on the last time I was there like 5 times. I was pissed I had to sit by him right away (I was in 8th grade) but the high fives made that guy seem like the man to me.:D:

Definitely. The rest of the game, I leave the people seated around me alone, unless they first engage me in conversation. But when we hit a bomb, I'm looking all around me for people to celebrate with.

MarySwiss
06-09-2009, 06:19 PM
I get real pissed (and this happens all the time) when everybody in the park is standing up in anticipation of a strikeout or big hit, and somebody behind you starts complaining to you that you're blocking their view. I was at the game on Sunday, and during the bases-loaded situation in the 8th inning, some idiot kept yelling at me because I was blocking his view while standing up. Stand up like the rest of us, you *******!

Agreed, and that happens to me a lot (I swear I always end up being the last row of standers!) If most of your section is standing, maybe you should stand too. Until you can get whoever is blocking my view to sit down, then just stand up and shut up.

Of course it also works the other way. If you are the only person who is standing, then maybe you should take a cue from the rest of the crowd and sit down.

Flip side. I was at a game last year with my 82-year-old aunt who had a stroke a few years ago. There were a couple of rows of idiots in front of us--we were in the patio party seats--who thought it was okay to stand for entire innings, to constantly mill around going for beers, etc. I did yell "Sit Down" a couple of times, but then I gave up.

I think it's natural and fine for fans to stand if/when a big play is a possibility, but far too often, people don't consider that not everyone is able to stand for long periods of time. And if you're blocking the view of such a person--who also paid for his/her ticket--that's not right, either.

Jerko
06-09-2009, 06:52 PM
Don't get up 300000 times during the game. Don't kick the back of the seat in front of you. Don't sit next to someone and do the "bounce the leg up and down 1000 times per second because you can't sit still" leg shake. Don't put your bare ****in flip flop feet over the back of the chairs in front of you, people don't need your feet in their face. I just stand on the concourse now. Haven't sat at that park since 05 unless I had scout seats.

rdwj
06-09-2009, 07:08 PM
Don't get up or go back to your seat until there is a break in the action. I've heard that in Boston, the ushers won't allow you back to your seat except for between innings. I wish we had that policy.

Cubs jerseys are annoying, but you're not going to keep idiots from being idiots.

ChiSoxFan81
06-09-2009, 07:29 PM
-People who get up in the middle of the action. My cousin gave us his season tickets to a game last year, lower bowl, 2 rows from the top. Half the game we were craning our necks around the people going up and down.
-Drunk morons yelling stupid stuff. Especially the ones in the upper deck around the booth, since you can hear them on the broadcast.
-People who hold loud conversations the entire game that have no relation to the action on the field. Earlier this year, a bunch of college girls were discussing their exploits and drunken binges in the row behind us. I can only assume they were Scrubs fans, since they were rooting for the opponent (and they weren't Twins fans).
-The Wave
-Luckily, we don't have to deal with this at Sox games, but my God are those air horns in Oakland annoying as hell.

BleacherBandit
06-09-2009, 08:52 PM
Flip side. I was at a game last year with my 82-year-old aunt who had a stroke a few years ago. There were a couple of rows of idiots in front of us--we were in the patio party seats--who thought it was okay to stand for entire innings, to constantly mill around going for beers, etc. I did yell "Sit Down" a couple of times, but then I gave up.

I think it's natural and fine for fans to stand if/when a big play is a possibility, but far too often, people don't consider that not everyone is able to stand for long periods of time. And if you're blocking the view of such a person--who also paid for his/her ticket--that's not right, either.

Oh, I can totally understand your frustration, Mary. I understand that if you go to a game with somebody who can't stand up frequently or for long periods of time, it gets irritating. But I was talking about some lazy idiot who just wanted to continue sitting. It's irritating to me because everybody else was standing up, and he was yelling at me. What am I supposed to do? Sit down and not have a view like him? Some people fail to use logic.

I'm okay with standing up in anticipation of a play, but I agree--don't do it for a whole inning, that's just stupid.

soxpride724
06-09-2009, 08:52 PM
I can't stand Cubs fans comming to Comiskey all decked out in Cubs gear either. Hats are fine, after all it is a baseball game. If your team is not playing though, there should be no need to dress like they are.

Someone else mentioned the wave, I ****in hate that also.

MarySwiss
06-09-2009, 09:09 PM
Oh, I can totally understand your frustration, Mary. I understand that if you go to a game with somebody who can't stand up frequently or for long periods of time, it gets irritating. But I was talking about some lazy idiot who just wanted to continue sitting. It's irritating to me because everybody else was standing up, and he was yelling at me. What am I supposed to do? Sit down and not have a view like him? Some people fail to use logic.

I'm okay with standing up in anticipation of a play, but I agree--don't do it for a whole inning, that's just stupid.

I understand, BleacherBandit, and I agree. My aunt--the 82-year-old--grew up as I did in Bridgeport. She's a lifelong Sox fan, as all my family are.

My point is that some folks are just lazy, but others might have legitimate reasons for sitting. So unless and until you know for sure, don't assume that the persons sitting down are just doing it to be annoying.

InKennyWeTrust
06-09-2009, 09:49 PM
Hats are fine, after all it is a baseball game. If your team is not playing though, there should be no need to dress like they are.

What's wrong with, say, their jerseys then? As you say, after all it is a baseball game.

MHOUSE
06-09-2009, 11:09 PM
I recently had a debate with a friend(s) of mine about what is appropriate to wear to a baseball game when "your team" is not playing in the game.

Some back story: I am from the far north suburbs, Grayslake to be exact, but attended the University of Missouri and now live and work in St. Louis. I have always been a White Sox fan first and a Brewers fan second since I grew up almost equidistant between the two parks, they are in the NL, and we both hate the Cubs (and it was generally cheaper and easy to go up to Miller Park for a ballgame when I was in high school).

So, that said, I am living in St. Louis where I can go to a great ballpark to watch baseball, but unless the Brew Crew are in town, I don't get to see a team I would usually root for. I got free tickets when the Royals were in town a few weeks ago so I wore my Quentin t-shirt to the game. My logic was that I would be rooting against the Royals for the Sox sake and Cardinal fans tend to like Sox fans seeing as we both hate the Cubs, but the friends I went with gave me grief for being "that guy" in a random outfit for a team not on the field. Then last weekend a friend was in town who wanted to see a game so we went to see Cards-Rockies, two teams I don't root for, and I wore my Brewers hat and got all kinds of grief again. My logic that time was that I would wear a cap to a ballgame anyhow and would have probably worn that or my Sox hat on a Saturday out anyways, so what's the difference?

Do I have ay case, or should I just wear shorts and a polo to any game where the White Sox or Brewers are not playing on the field? I feel like baseball jerseys or t-shirts and baseball caps should be worn at ballparks, regardless of which teams are on the field.

Nellie_Fox
06-10-2009, 12:30 AM
I recently had a debate with a friend(s) of mine about what is appropriate to wear to a baseball game when "your team" is not playing in the game.

Some back story: I am from the far north suburbs, Grayslake to be exact, but attended the University of Missouri and now live and work in St. Louis. I have always been a White Sox fan first and a Brewers fan second since I grew up almost equidistant between the two parks, they are in the NL, and we both hate the Cubs (and it was generally cheaper and easy to go up to Miller Park for a ballgame when I was in high school).

So, that said, I am living in St. Louis where I can go to a great ballpark to watch baseball, but unless the Brew Crew are in town, I don't get to see a team I would usually root for. I got free tickets when the Royals were in town a few weeks ago so I wore my Quentin t-shirt to the game. My logic was that I would be rooting against the Royals for the Sox sake and Cardinal fans tend to like Sox fans seeing as we both hate the Cubs, but the friends I went with gave me grief for being "that guy" in a random outfit for a team not on the field. Then last weekend a friend was in town who wanted to see a game so we went to see Cards-Rockies, two teams I don't root for, and I wore my Brewers hat and got all kinds of grief again. My logic that time was that I would wear a cap to a ballgame anyhow and would have probably worn that or my Sox hat on a Saturday out anyways, so what's the difference?

Do I have ay case, or should I just wear shorts and a polo to any game where the White Sox or Brewers are not playing on the field? I feel like baseball jerseys or t-shirts and baseball caps should be worn at ballparks, regardless of which teams are on the field.Already being discussed at great length. Threads merged.

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 12:38 AM
I recently had a debate with a friend(s) of mine about what is appropriate to wear to a baseball game when "your team" is not playing in the game.

Some back story: I am from the far north suburbs, Grayslake to be exact, but attended the University of Missouri and now live and work in St. Louis. I have always been a White Sox fan first and a Brewers fan second since I grew up almost equidistant between the two parks, they are in the NL, and we both hate the Cubs (and it was generally cheaper and easy to go up to Miller Park for a ballgame when I was in high school).

So, that said, I am living in St. Louis where I can go to a great ballpark to watch baseball, but unless the Brew Crew are in town, I don't get to see a team I would usually root for. I got free tickets when the Royals were in town a few weeks ago so I wore my Quentin t-shirt to the game. My logic was that I would be rooting against the Royals for the Sox sake and Cardinal fans tend to like Sox fans seeing as we both hate the Cubs, but the friends I went with gave me grief for being "that guy" in a random outfit for a team not on the field. Then last weekend a friend was in town who wanted to see a game so we went to see Cards-Rockies, two teams I don't root for, and I wore my Brewers hat and got all kinds of grief again. My logic that time was that I would wear a cap to a ballgame anyhow and would have probably worn that or my Sox hat on a Saturday out anyways, so what's the difference?

Do I have ay case, or should I just wear shorts and a polo to any game where the White Sox or Brewers are not playing on the field? I feel like baseball jerseys or t-shirts and baseball caps should be worn at ballparks, regardless of which teams are on the field.
When I went to a Cardinals game last year, I still wore a Sox hat, but I also wore my Albert Pujols player t-shirt.

roylestillman
06-10-2009, 09:10 AM
Some repeated from previous posts, but all in a nice compact spot:

No throwing of opposing HR balls or any objects on to the field of play (there are no hat tricks in baseball.)

Do not stand while ordering a beer from a vendor.

It may be funny the first time you yell it, but about the 17th time trust me it aint.

Do not arrive at the game in the fourth inning, cluelesss as to what those section and row numbers mean on your tickets and stand in the aisle (or in the middle of the row) for ten minutes while you figure it out.

The use of the F-bomb does not make any statement automatically hilarious.

Just because you're "in the City" doesn't give you a license to be a jerk in or around the ballpark or on public transportation to the game.

Why wear an anti-Cub shirt to a non-Cub game?

The cellphone wave across the ballpark must stop. Considering how loud you are talking into that cell phone, they should be able to hear where you are.

I am softening on the wave, but only after the 7th with the Sox winning by at least 5.

Loud discussions about "where we going after this" are prohibited until after beer sales have ended.

Placing of feet on seat back in front of you is allowed if one full seat is between you and the nearest head. In case of bare feet, allow two.

Harrassing of $7 an hour "ushers" is prohibited. Pick on somebody in your own socio-economic class.

Recite the official rule to yourself before uttering the word "Balk!"

You may choose not to make noise when the scoreboard tells you to "Make Some Noise!"

Hats off gentlemen during the National Anthem. (this has been slipping in recent years.)

Chez
06-10-2009, 09:17 AM
Some repeated from previous posts, but all in a nice compact spot:

No throwing of opposing HR balls or any objects on to the field of play (there are no hat tricks in baseball.)

Do not stand while ordering a beer from a vendor.

It may be funny the first time you yell it, but about the 17th time trust me it aint.

Do not arrive at the game in the fourth inning, cluelesss as to what those section and row numbers mean on your tickets and stand in the aisle (or in the middle of the row) for ten minutes while you figure it out.

The use of the F-bomb does not make any statement automatically hilarious.

Just because you're "in the City" doesn't give you a license to be a jerk in or around the ballpark or on public transportation to the game.

Why wear an anti-Cub shirt to a non-Cub game?

The cellphone wave across the ballpark must stop. Considering how loud you are talking into that cell phone, they should be able to hear where you are.

I am softening on the wave, but only after the 7th with the Sox winning by at least 5.

Loud discussions about "where we going after this" are prohibited until after beer sales have ended.

Placing of feet on seat back in front of you is allowed if one full seat is between you and the nearest head. In case of bare feet, allow two.

Harrassing of $7 an hour "ushers" is prohibited. Pick on somebody in your own socio-economic class.

Recite the official rule to yourself before uttering the word "Balk!"

You may choose not to make noise when the scoreboard tells you to "Make Some Noise!"

Hats off gentlemen during the National Anthem. (this has been slipping in recent years.)

Well done. This post should be handed to all fans upon entering the ballpark. Perhaps make it part of the coupon package they hand you! :D:

soxpride724
06-10-2009, 09:20 AM
What's wrong with, say, their jerseys then? As you say, after all it is a baseball game.

Beacause there is doing it, then there is OVER doing it. Your team is not playing, why would you get all decked out for?:scratch:

Marqhead
06-10-2009, 09:38 AM
Beacause there is doing it, then there is OVER doing it. Your team is not playing, why would you get all decked out for?:scratch:

I wear my Sox jersey no matter what stadium I'm at. I'm a White Sox fan first, a baseball fan second. It's much better than wearing nothing and being assumed as a fan of the opposing team. This is especially true in Chicago/Milwaukee where I attend most games.

ChiSoxFan81
06-10-2009, 09:44 AM
I wear my Sox gear when I visit other stadiums. I wore it in St. Louis when they played the Brewers in '06. Didn't hear a thing. I wore my stuff to the Scrubs game this year (rooftop seats), and didn't hear anything. I wore my stuff to the Dump Dome for a Twinks-Rangers game in '03, and got some good ribbing, but I can handle it. I just think if your teams stuff to a game they're not involved in, be ready for some comments. If you can't handle it, don't do it. Most people aren't *******s.

Woofer
06-10-2009, 10:06 AM
I wear my Sox gear when I visit other stadiums. I wore it in St. Louis when they played the Brewers in '06. Didn't hear a thing. I wore my stuff to the Scrubs game this year (rooftop seats), and didn't hear anything. I wore my stuff to the Dump Dome for a Twinks-Rangers game in '03, and got some good ribbing, but I can handle it. I just think if your teams stuff to a game they're not involved in, be ready for some comments. If you can't handle it, don't do it. Most people aren't *******s.

I agree. Wear whatever you want to wear, just don't be an ass.

twentywontowin
06-10-2009, 10:17 AM
Not taking your hat off during the National Anthem makes me want to threaten and induce violence on that person. Could be the most disrespectful thing in any sport.

Do not boo the Canadian anthem as well.

soxpride724
06-10-2009, 10:21 AM
I wear my Sox jersey no matter what stadium I'm at. I'm a White Sox fan first, a baseball fan second. It's much better than wearing nothing and being assumed as a fan of the opposing team. This is especially true in Chicago/Milwaukee where I attend most games.

I am more annoyed by Cub fans comming to Comiskey that are looking to start ****, or are looking for a reaction. I honestly could care less, if someone showed up in Giants or Brewers gear or whatever other MLB team, and are there just trying to show support for their favorite team.

Marqhead
06-10-2009, 10:58 AM
I am more annoyed by Cub fans comming to Comiskey that are looking to start ****, or are looking for a reaction. I honestly could care less, if someone showed up in Giants or Brewers gear or whatever other MLB team, and are there just trying to show support for their favorite team.

Well, that's the other thing. When I wear my Sox jersey to Cubs game etc... I don't speak about the sox unless I'm provoked. I'm there to watch a baseball game, not get into a fight.

Of course many fans are less level headed than I like to think I am.

Huisj
06-10-2009, 11:01 AM
I go to Tigers games now and then, sometimes against the Sox, sometimes not. I usually wear my Sox hat (it's the only hat I have), and I've found that how you act has a lot more to do with how the fans treat you than what you wear.

While I've seen people in Sox gear get ribbed a lot by Tigers fans when they act up a bit, I've never had a bad experience at all. I've found that sitting there with a scorecard and keeping score usually earns a ton of respect of opposing fans--I've even had it where people start asking me questions about players on the Sox because they assume I must be smart if I'm keeping score and have a Sox hat on.

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 01:11 PM
Do not boo the Canadian anthem as well.
Thank you! This should be part of the etiquette in any sport. Do not yell "**** Canada!" or "Canada Sucks!" either. Canada is a wonderful country very similar to ours with awesome people!

SaltyPretzel
06-10-2009, 01:18 PM
Not taking your hat off during the National Anthem makes me want to threaten and induce violence on that person. Could be the most disrespectful thing in any sport.

Do not boo the Canadian anthem as well.

There was some frat boy sitting behind me in 326 who kept yelling "Canada sucks" throughout a game against Edmonton. I told him the majority of Hawks players were from Canada and not to be such an ignoramus.

He called me a deuchebag. Yup, I'm the deuchebag. :rolleyes:

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 01:48 PM
There was some frat boy sitting behind me in 326 who kept yelling "Canada sucks" throughout a game against Edmonton. I told him the majority of Hawks players were from Canada and not to be such an ignoramus.

He called me a deuchebag. Yup, I'm the deuchebag. :rolleyes:
The guy next to me at the first Hawks' playoff game against Calgary modified the entire Canadian national anthem in a very rude, obscene manner. The guy was wearing a Jonathan Toews Winter Classic sweater. I informed him that Toews is Canadian and he didn't know how to respond.

I was sitting on the "other end" of the arena (in 311).

doublem23
06-10-2009, 02:11 PM
He called me a deuchebag. Yup, I'm the deuchebag. :rolleyes:

Lucky for you, he didn't call you a douchebag, otherwise that would have been really rude.

MHOUSE
06-10-2009, 02:31 PM
The cellphone wave across the ballpark must stop. Considering how loud you are talking into that cell phone, they should be able to hear where you are.



I didn't even think of this one, but boy does it tick me off. If you're that great of friends, wouldn't you have discussed being at the game together and planned on getting a beer beforehand or afterward or getting together somehow? I don't understand how knowing exactly where your friends are sitting enhances the ballpark atmosphere in any way.

bnlfanmatt
06-10-2009, 02:43 PM
I don't have a problem with other teams apparel other than doing something like Cubs gear at a White Sox/non-Cubs game, personally I wouldn't do a Sox jersey but would do a hat. I think people like to go to games in cities they visit, and I encourage it.

I believe that getting up in the middle of an inning is alright, I just try to do it quickly, someone moving quickly will be blocking you for a second or two? Now those that take their time, or can't figure out where they're sitting, they're the ones that make it difficult.

I'm 27 and if I catch a foul ball, I'm keeping it. Technically, I've got around 15-20 years on the kids at the game, and I'm getting scared I won't get one myself in my lifetime. :redneck They have plenty of time to wait!

One thing I haven't seen mentioned is sitting in the seats you hold tickets for until, say, 5th or 6th inning? I'm a fan of moving up at times, but I've seen too many people that sit in better seats, people show up in 1st or 2nd inning, and much confusion and moving around result in the game being blocked from view.

SOXSINCE'70
06-10-2009, 03:14 PM
Unless it is an emergency, please don't get up from your seat unless there is a break in the action.

AMEN!!!!!!

I can't tell you how many times people leave to go to the restroom,concession stands,etc.at a crucial time in the game.

Wait 2 freakin' seconds!! At least until the pitcher makes his next pitch.

This is why I do my best to get aisle seats whenever I go to a Sox game.

TommyJohn
06-10-2009, 03:38 PM
There was some frat boy sitting behind me in 326 who kept yelling "Canada sucks" throughout a game against Edmonton. I told him the majority of Hawks players were from Canada and not to be such an ignoramus.

He called me a deuchebag. Yup, I'm the deuchebag. :rolleyes:

Lucky for you, he didn't call you a douchebag, otherwise that would have been really rude.
I think a deuchebag is a German douchebag.

doublem23
06-10-2009, 04:08 PM
I think a deuchebag is a German douchebag.

Yeah, well, Germany sucks.

/checks to make sure no one on the Sox roster is from Germany.

InKennyWeTrust
06-10-2009, 08:42 PM
Beacause there is doing it, then there is OVER doing it. Your team is not playing, why would you get all decked out for?:scratch:
I don't consider wearing a baseball jersey at a baseball game to be "OVER doing it." Facepaint, gimmick attire, stupid props (home team fans excluded of course), that is overdoing it.

DSpivack
06-10-2009, 08:51 PM
Yeah, well, Germany sucks.

/checks to make sure no one on the Sox roster is from Germany.

Nope, but Edwin Jackson and Ron Gardenhire were both born there.

I assume they were Army brats.

BleacherBandit
06-10-2009, 09:02 PM
Yeah, well, Germany sucks.

/checks to make sure no one on the Sox roster is from Germany.

Getz is a German name, isn't it?

Huisj
06-10-2009, 09:18 PM
Getz is a German name, isn't it?

No, Getz is how cool people say gets, as in "I Getz me lotsa money."

Rohan
06-10-2009, 10:37 PM
Don't get up or go back to your seat until there is a break in the action. I've heard that in Boston, the ushers won't allow you back to your seat except for between innings. I wish we had that policy.

Cubs jerseys are annoying, but you're not going to keep idiots from being idiots.

That sounds like a fantastic policy.

DSpivack
06-10-2009, 10:47 PM
That sounds like a fantastic policy.

They also do that in San Francisco, or at least did when I was there 6 or 7 years ago. I thought it was a smart policy.

Then, on the other hand, you have the Yankees, who apparently kick out any fans who attempt to go to the concourse during the 7th inning stretch [when they play God Bless America].

Rohan
06-10-2009, 10:50 PM
They also do that in San Francisco, or at least did when I was there 6 or 7 years ago. I thought it was a smart policy.

Then, on the other hand, you have the Yankees, who apparently kick out any fans who attempt to go to the concourse during the 7th inning stretch [when they play God Bless America].

Well those fans obviously just need to learn to Rise Above.

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 10:52 PM
They also do that in San Francisco, or at least did when I was there 6 or 7 years ago. I thought it was a smart policy.

Then, on the other hand, you have the Yankees, who apparently kick out any fans who attempt to go to the concourse during the 7th inning stretch [when they play God Bless America].
Is that for the entire 7th inning stretch, or just during GBA? Like, can they go to the concourse during Take Me Out to the Ballgame?

DSpivack
06-10-2009, 10:58 PM
Is that for the entire 7th inning stretch, or just during GBA? Like, can they go to the concourse during Take Me Out to the Ballgame?

Not sure, ask this guy:

http://deadspin.com/5042588/so-yankee-stadium-takes-this-no-moving-during-god-bless-america+thing-rather-seriously

BleacherBandit
06-10-2009, 11:07 PM
Not sure, ask this guy:

http://deadspin.com/5042588/so-yankee-stadium-takes-this-no-moving-during-god-bless-america+thing-rather-seriously

This makes me hate the Yankees and New York even more than I did before.

You need to let people get up between innings. That's the most appropriate time to do so.

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 11:31 PM
This makes me hate the Yankees and New York even more than I did before.

You need to let people get up between innings. That's the most appropriate time to do so.
I can see why they would want to keep the reverence of the singing God Bless America though, since 9/11 does hit closer to home for them. It's not like they're not allowing people to get up at all. It's not really much to ask for people to wait a couple minutes until that song is done. People can go any other time!

BleacherBandit
06-10-2009, 11:33 PM
I can see why they would want to keep the reverence of the singing God Bless America though, since 9/11 does hit closer to home for them. It's not like they're not allowing people to get up at all. It's not really much to ask for people to wait a couple minutes until that song is done. People can go any other time!

It's not just that, read the link. That's what makes me mad.

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 11:43 PM
It's not just that, read the link. That's what makes me mad.
I did read it. And, although I do think they went too far in how they physically handled him, the whole idea of not allowing people to leave the seating areas until after the song was completed does not bother me.

DSpivack
06-10-2009, 11:58 PM
I did read it. And, although I do think they went too far in how they physically handled him, the whole idea of not allowing people to leave the seating areas until after the song was completed does not bother me.

I think it's a bit ridiculous to not let people leave the concourse, let alone kicking someone out for going to the bathroom. GBA is not the national anthem, either, and they don't treat the anthem that way.

BleacherBandit
06-11-2009, 12:12 AM
I think it's a bit ridiculous to not let people leave the concourse, let alone kicking someone out for going to the bathroom. GBA is not the national anthem, either, and they don't treat the anthem that way.

Yeah, I'm as patriotic as the next, but God Bless America isn't even the National Anthem. If there was ever to be a law enforcing observance of one of those hymns, you'd assume it would be the The Star Spangled Banner. But whatever, I guess I'm glad I don't have to encounter stuff like that at USCF.

Nellie_Fox
06-11-2009, 01:50 AM
I think a deuchebag is a German douchebag.Pronounced DOYTSH-bahg.

WhiteSoxFTW
06-11-2009, 10:04 AM
Lucky for you, he didn't call you a douchebag, otherwise that would have been really rude.

I literally just spit out what I was drinking all over my desk when I read that.

SaltyPretzel
06-11-2009, 10:24 AM
Lucky for you, he didn't call you a douchebag, otherwise that would have been really rude.

I'm Czech, so I guess he was close. :redface:

KenBerryGrab
06-11-2009, 12:19 PM
I wish more people would realize it's possible to order from a vendor and get your money out sitting down.

RedHeadPaleHoser
06-11-2009, 01:12 PM
I wish more people would realize it's possible to order from a vendor and get your money out sitting down.

Baseball etiquette and motor skill abilities are two different threads, Ken. :cool:

Nellie_Fox
06-12-2009, 01:53 AM
I wish more people would realize it's possible to order from a vendor and get your money out sitting down.I can't. My knees are already jammed against the seat in front of me, so I have no room to slide forward and access my wallet.

Woofer
06-12-2009, 10:42 AM
I can't. My knees are already jammed against the seat in front of me, so I have no room to slide forward and access my wallet.

It is pretty tight, isn't it? It's even tough to get into a front pocket to grab money out of there without some major effort.

WhiteSoxJunkie
06-12-2009, 11:45 PM
When it comes to wearing the apparel of a team that is not playing, a cap is fine, but a shirt or jersey is a little too much.

Southsider101
06-20-2009, 10:34 AM
Don't get up or go back to your seat until there is a break in the action. I've heard that in Boston, the ushers won't allow you back to your seat except for between innings. I wish we had that policy.

Cubs jerseys are annoying, but you're not going to keep idiots from being idiots.

A very wise and civilized policy.

This is something that started at hockey games. If you attend a Minnesota Wild game at Xcel Center or a U of M Golden Gopher game at Mariucci Arena you will find fans of both teams enforcing this policy. Only when there is a whistle or break in the action do fans leave their seats or return.

chisoxfanatic
06-20-2009, 02:21 PM
A very wise and civilized policy.

This is something that started at hockey games. If you attend a Minnesota Wild game at Xcel Center or a U of M Golden Gopher game at Mariucci Arena you will find fans of both teams enforcing this policy. Only when there is a whistle or break in the action do fans leave their seats or return.
When I'm at Hawks games, I make sure I get to the front of the tunnel so that I can personally block the *******s from going back up to their seats before the whistle.

pearso66
06-20-2009, 11:33 PM
I go to Tigers games now and then, sometimes against the Sox, sometimes not. I usually wear my Sox hat (it's the only hat I have), and I've found that how you act has a lot more to do with how the fans treat you than what you wear.

While I've seen people in Sox gear get ribbed a lot by Tigers fans when they act up a bit, I've never had a bad experience at all. I've found that sitting there with a scorecard and keeping score usually earns a ton of respect of opposing fans--I've even had it where people start asking me questions about players on the Sox because they assume I must be smart if I'm keeping score and have a Sox hat on.

I've been to a few games where my team was the visiting team, and have never had any problems, and I always went with a jersey and hat on. In Detroit I went to Ford Field to see the Bears, and the fans were very nice to me, same thing in Arlington to see the Sox play the Rangers. As long as you don't act out, they won't care much.


I went to Miller Park on the Saturday the Sox were there, I have never seen so many people get up and down during action in my life, and I held season tickets for 2 years for the Sox. I think during the first 6 innings I saw a total of maybe 20 pitches, and that was with a 6 run 2nd by the Sox. There was even one point during maybe the 8th inning where 2 people came from another section, and stood in the aisle about 7-8 rows in front of me and were talking and taking pictures with the people sitting in their seats. They completely blocked the view of many people including myself, and didn't even care. Stuff like that has to stop at games, it ruins the enjoyment of many people. I came to watch the game, not people walking around, if I wanted to do that I can go to the mall.

Red Barchetta
06-21-2009, 10:00 AM
I too hate when people keep coming in and out of the isles during the game. I wish there was some kind of rule where the ushers do not let people up the stairs or down the stairs while the game is going on, instead they have to wait in the tunnel or concourse until the 3rd out, then you may go back to your seat. JMO

This is my pet peeve as well. I moved to the Sarasota, FL area a few years ago and attend all of the SOX-Rays games. Earlier this year, I went to one of the games alone and bought a great single seat about five rows behind home plate. The game had just started and obvioulsy being a SOX fan I was into the game and their ABs.

During a SOX player AB, four season ticket Rays fans walked to their four seats in front of me. Instead of sitting down, they stood up looking away from the field and were waiving at their friends and literally holding conversations. :angry:

I politely asked them to sit down as I was watching the game, not expecting too much support from the home town fans. One of the ladies looked at me like I was from Mars. Right afterwards about five other fans yelled out for them to sit down. :cool:

I really think the ballpark security/ushers should crack down on this. Or at least post some reminders to the fans that should wait until at least there is a break in the action to move around.

kitekrazy
06-21-2009, 12:39 PM
I can't. My knees are already jammed against the seat in front of me, so I have no room to slide forward and access my wallet.

That's why I don't go to games anymore. Personal space is small and I hate when people invade mine. I can't stand the people who have to spread their legs when they sit. Did they ask if I mind their knees touching me. Then there are certain over weight people who are on the wide side where their blubber is touching me. Some over weight people have that kind of build.

The last games I've attended are Jackhammer games. From now one it's general admission for me. Sitting in a stadium just doesn't match the comforts of home.

chisoxfanatic
06-21-2009, 06:01 PM
Here's another one I thought of...When a group of people go to a game and are getting to their seats when play is going on. I've seen the entire group wait until everyone is in their row and in front of their seat before anyone in the group sits down, and then they all sit down at pretty much the same time. Why do you have to wait until the last person in your group is in the row before you sit down? Get to your seat and sit down immediately!

PatK
06-21-2009, 07:30 PM
Great thread. Most of what I'd say has already been mentioned.

One thing that really honks my cheese is people talking on cell phones. Even though people talking in public is a pet peeve of mine in general, there's reasons why you shouldn't do it at a Sox game.

1) You're there to watch baseball. Talking on the phone distracts you from that. If you want to babble incessantly during the game, stay home and watch on TV.

2) Most people really don't care about you or what is going on in your life. Inevitably, people talking on their phones have a hard time hearing the person they are talking to, which usually leads to them talking louder for some reason. You're annoying the people you are sitting around.

Funny, I remember earlier this decade when talking on your cell phone at a Sox game got you jeers of "This ain't a Cubs game" or "You're not 8 miles north".

Bucky F. Dent
06-21-2009, 08:43 PM
A very wise and civilized policy.

This is something that started at hockey games. If you attend a Minnesota Wild game at Xcel Center or a U of M Golden Gopher game at Mariucci Arena you will find fans of both teams enforcing this policy. Only when there is a whistle or break in the action do fans leave their seats or return.


I would mandate that policy at any sporting event. Really, how many orders of nachos do you need to eat in two and a half hours???????

I agree w/ Barchetta - this is an issue that stadium security can do a substantial amount to improve!

LongLiveFisk
06-23-2009, 10:42 PM
I politely asked them to sit down as I was watching the game, not expecting too much support from the home town fans. One of the ladies looked at me like I was from Mars. Right afterwards about five other fans yelled out for them to sit down. :cool:

I really think the ballpark security/ushers should crack down on this. Or at least post some reminders to the fans that should wait until at least there is a break in the action to move around.

When I went to a game in Pittsburgh, this usher (who appeared to be 80-something-years-old) insisted on showing us to our seats even though we knew where they were. As he was staring back and forth between the ticket and the seats to find them, these people behind us were getting really mad (I think the game had just started) but we didn't want to be rude and tell the guy to leave us alone because we knew where our seats were. So what the heck do you do?

Another situation of not wanting to be rude to someone got me yelled at in the left field bleachers at the Cell a couple of years ago. I was returning to my seat and this guy stops me and starts asking me all these questions about where I got my shirt (btw, it was a WSI shirt) and wouldn't leave me alone as the inning was starting. So I'm standing there not because I want to but because I'm trying not to be rude and just ignore the guy and I'm getting yelled at to sit down. So that ticked me off. Again, what do you do? Maybe next time I will be rude so I don't get yelled at! :mad: