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insp
05-19-2013, 03:12 AM
During last afternoon's Sox game in the 8th inning with 1 out and 2 men on base and the Sox down 10-5, the manager at Napoli's Pizza in Woodstock IL abruptly changed he TV to the Speed Channel where there was a race that was not going to start for over half an hour. When I asked why he did this, he claimed that the game was "over" and that if I didn't like it, I could leave. So, what I did was have the remaining food put in a doggie box and got home in time to see the last bit of a game that had been declared "over."

The bad thing is that I missed seeing the Sox score 4 runs in a comeback attempt that fell just short.

Have anyone else here ever had something like this happen to them?

Mr. Jinx
05-19-2013, 08:25 AM
During last afternoon's Sox game in the 8th inning with 1 out and 2 men on base and the Sox down 10-5, the manager at Napoli's Pizza in Woodstock IL abruptly changed he TV to the Speed Channel where there was a race that was not going to start for over half an hour. When I asked why he did this, he claimed that the game was "over" and that if I didn't like it, I could leave. So, what I did was have the remaining food put in a doggie box and got home in time to see the last bit of a game that had been declared "over."

The bad thing is that I missed seeing the Sox score 4 runs in a comeback attempt that fell just short.

Have anyone else here ever had something like this happen to them?

Prior to 2006 getting a TV with the Sox game on in the LP/Lakeview area was like pulling teeth. Not quite the same problem as yours but still annoying.

Railsplitter
05-19-2013, 08:48 AM
During last afternoon's Sox game in the 8th inning with 1 out and 2 men on base and the Sox down 10-5, the manager at Napoli's Pizza in Woodstock IL abruptly changed he TV to the Speed Channel where there was a race that was not going to start for over half an hour. When I asked why he did this, he claimed that the game was "over" and that if I didn't like it, I could leave. So, what I did was have the remaining food put in a doggie box and got home in time to see the last bit of a game that had been declared "over."

The bad thing is that I missed seeing the Sox score 4 runs in a comeback attempt that fell just short.

Have anyone else here ever had something like this happen to them?

Haven't had anything like that happen to me, but I get the impression Napoli's Pizza has lost a customer.

chicagowhitesox1
05-19-2013, 09:39 AM
I remember going to a bar in Aurora area in 2004 and I asked the bartender to put the Sox game on and both the bartender and manager told me that this is a Cubs bar and that nobody wants to watch trash. The next year the Sox of course win the World Series and in the local newspaper I see this manger promoting his bar as a Sox bar.

WLL1855
05-19-2013, 12:24 PM
I've had problems like this before here in Peoria (Sox fans are really in the minority here). If I get any crap about wanting to watch the Sox play I frankly tell the manager/owner that I go out four to five times a week to watch the game and it is his decision if he wants me to consider his establishment as one of my stops. Most places have learned it is worth it to have a loyal regular customer. Those that aren't willing to cater to my needs I won't visit again.

Winningugly23
05-21-2013, 06:59 PM
I've had problems like this before here in Peoria (Sox fans are really in the minority here). If I get any crap about wanting to watch the Sox play I frankly tell the manager/owner that I go out four to five times a week to watch the game and it is his decision if he wants me to consider his establishment as one of my stops. Most places have learned it is worth it to have a loyal regular customer. Those that aren't willing to cater to my needs I won't visit again.
I lived in ptown for awhile you never see Sox stuff but I never had an issue getting the Sox games on..what's places do you go and watch the Sox at?

KRS1
05-21-2013, 08:19 PM
If I was treated with the "you don't like it, leave", line. I would walk out without paying the bill. Crass begets crass.

RKMeibalane
05-21-2013, 09:16 PM
If I was treated with the "you don't like it, leave", line. I would walk out without paying the bill. Crass begets crass.

As would I. It's one thing if there's a large group watching another sporting event, but most bars and restaurants have multiple TVs, so it shouldn't be too hard to ensure that everyone gets to watch what he or she wants. I've never had the problem the OP faced, but I did get a strange look from a waitress this past fall when I asked if I could watch the CBS broadcast of an Indianapolis Colts-Houston Texans game.

DumpJerry
05-21-2013, 09:51 PM
If I was treated with the "you don't like it, leave", line. I would walk out without paying the bill. Crass begets crass.

As would I.
Hope you guys know a criminal defense lawyer or two.

RKMeibalane
05-21-2013, 10:31 PM
Hope you guys know a criminal defense lawyer or two.

:cool:

RadioheadRocks
05-21-2013, 11:42 PM
During last afternoon's Sox game in the 8th inning with 1 out and 2 men on base and the Sox down 10-5, the manager at Napoli's Pizza in Woodstock IL abruptly changed he TV to the Speed Channel where there was a race that was not going to start for over half an hour. When I asked why he did this, he claimed that the game was "over" and that if I didn't like it, I could leave. So, what I did was have the remaining food put in a doggie box and got home in time to see the last bit of a game that had been declared "over."

The bad thing is that I missed seeing the Sox score 4 runs in a comeback attempt that fell just short.

Have anyone else here ever had something like this happen to them?


Hell I wouln't even take the rest of the food in a doggy bag. I would have told him to stick the rest of the meal up his ass, walked out and left him with the bill.

DumpJerry
05-22-2013, 08:17 AM
I did not realize so many Sox fans are willing to go to jail for the cause of being able to watch a Sox game.

Bobby Thigpen
05-22-2013, 09:35 AM
I did not realize so many Sox fans are willing to go to jail for the cause of being able to watch a Sox game.
It's their Constitutional right!

:D:

pythons007
05-22-2013, 10:13 AM
I don't understand why a business owner would say something like that to a customer. Most places nowadays have multiple tvs to accommodate such requests.
I would be extremely pissed if I was that customer when NASCAR was put on! Driving in a circle is not a sport (Yes I am the person to say that). He's calling Sox trash!?! look at 9/10 of NASCAR fans!

Bobby Thigpen
05-22-2013, 10:21 AM
He's calling Sox trash!?! look at 9/10 of NASCAR fans!
Where did the owner ever call the Sox trash?

pythons007
05-22-2013, 11:14 AM
Where did the owner ever call the Sox trash?

I read it somewhere...I don't think I made it up.:scratch:

ktssox
05-22-2013, 11:20 AM
I work in River North, and when the Sox play during the day, I go to different bars/restaurants to watch the game. I almost always have to ask them to put on the game, even at places where there are many, many TVs. They often have nearly every different game/ESPN-style program imaginable going, but no Sox. Most of the time, I'm done eating before they get around to changing the channel on one of these TVs, and sometimes they forget altogether (even after asking more than once). I now have a nice list going of places I won't go for game-day lunches.

Bobby Thigpen
05-22-2013, 02:05 PM
I remember going to a bar in Aurora area in 2004 and I asked the bartender to put the Sox game on and both the bartender and manager told me that this is a Cubs bar and that nobody wants to watch trash. The next year the Sox of course win the World Series and in the local newspaper I see this manger promoting his bar as a Sox bar.

I read it somewhere...I don't think I made it up.:scratch:
Different stories.

shes
05-22-2013, 04:25 PM
If I plan on watching a game that isn't at a "Sox bar" I generally tip heavy on the first drink or two. Take care of them and they'll generally take care of you.

RKMeibalane
05-22-2013, 05:07 PM
i did not realize so many sox fans are willing to go to jail for the cause of being able to watch a sox game.

The Will to Suffer?

doublem23
05-22-2013, 06:55 PM
This thread is crazy, I traverse the North Side and I don't think I've ever had a problem with someone putting the Sox on...

DSpivack
05-22-2013, 07:15 PM
This thread is crazy, I traverse the North Side and I don't think I've ever had a problem with someone putting the Sox on...

Being proud about theft is even crazier.

kittle42
05-22-2013, 07:44 PM
Being proud about theft is even crazier.

Theft rules. By the way, I just took your TV.

DSpivack
05-22-2013, 10:11 PM
Theft rules. By the way, I just took your TV.

It must be the imaginary one, pretty sure I'm still watching the Sox lose tonight... :redneck

Foulke You
06-04-2013, 05:32 PM
This thread is crazy, I traverse the North Side and I don't think I've ever had a problem with someone putting the Sox on...
I'm stunned that you haven't encountered it yet. It's happened to me on more than one occasion. Northwest suburbs too.

Bob Roarman
06-04-2013, 07:43 PM
If I was treated with the "you don't like it, leave", line. I would walk out without paying the bill. Crass begets crass.

What did they steal from you?

doublem23
06-05-2013, 12:34 AM
I'm stunned that you haven't encountered it yet. It's happened to me on more than one occasion. Northwest suburbs too.

Yeah, I don't know. I can't comment much on the burbs, I pretty much try to avoid going west of Cicero or north of Peterson almost at any cost, but I have noticed in my days that while there's definitely a North/South divide between Cubs and Sox fans, there's a very strong city/suburbs divide, as well, in that I've found a lot of North Side city Sox fans and a lot of South suburban Cub fans. So when I duck in the little hole in the wall tavern that maybe has 10 seats, I usually don't get much of a hassle when I ask to put the Sox on. Maybe some of the bigger bars that try and attract the transplants from the burbs are more hostile to the Sox, but the small corner bars that I generally prefer are usually pretty welcoming, especially when they figure out I'm probably going to get blackout drunk in their establishment.

Whitesox029
06-05-2013, 12:43 PM
This isn't Sox-related, but it's the same story basically: I was at Murphy's in Champaign during the 2010 NBA/NHL playoffs with a table of about 10 people. The Hawks were playing Vancouver, and the Bulls were also on at the time, and each game was on approximately half of the TVs in the bar. When the 1st intermission for the Hawks came, the manager turned all the TVs to the basketball game. OK, fine, whatever. No big deal. When the 2nd period was about to start, I politely asked to have half the TVs turned back to the hockey game. The manager actually said "oh, hockey's a sport now?" and wouldn't change them back. So in response I took my big group and went to another bar, where we ended up spending the rest of the evening (and a lot of money on beer). Some people just don't know how to run a business.