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SouthSide_HitMen
04-26-2006, 10:09 PM
My two nieces are being raised by Cub fans (though they parents do not hate the White Sox). Anyway, I try to get them to like the White Sox and one of them was very excited when the White Sox won the World Series (the other being 16 months when John Rooney gave the winning call - but she could say "He Gone" which was very cute).

During the offseason someone from White Sox Army posted a link about the White Sox Kid Fan Club. I went to the site and immediately signed both nieces up. To be fair to my brother and his wife, I went to the Cubs site and would have signed them up there if they had a child program but there is no Child Program or Kid Fan Club ("If they can't guzzle beer, they are not wanted here").

In fact of the 29 Major League Clubs + the Marlins, 26 of the 30 have a Child Fan Club or Program.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/kids/mlb_kids_team_links.jsp

The four teams not offering this are the Mets :angry: (they are my second favorite team and the Yankees have one so they are really behind the eight ball on this one), Toronto, the Toons and of course the Cubs.

Needless to say when my nieces received their White Sox Fan Club package, they were very excited and the one who somewhat knows what is going on (nearly 5 at this point) wrote me a card thanking me for signing here up and letting me know today that the White Sox are her favoritel, Southpaw is awesome and she is now a White Sox fan. I explained to the parents I would have signed them up for the Cubs as well (though this may or may not have been true :redface: ) but they do not offer such a program.

I don't know if the White Sox offer the Straight A / Perfect Attendance programs but I hope they do and I am glad they offer parents and children a chance to get them interested in White Sox baseball. White Sox charities has spent over a million on improving baseball fields throughout Chicago and I hope the pro children policy of the White Sox (and of course World Championships) create an overwhelming majority of White Sox fans in the next generation of Chicagoans while the Cubs fan base drifts toward WGN demographics - mid 80s and too weak to turn the dial.

White Sox and Chicago Children - YES!!!

SOecks
04-26-2006, 10:57 PM
Great post. Thanks and can't wait to hear how they enjoy being new Sox fans in the coming year(s).

mrs. hendu
04-26-2006, 11:22 PM
Your nieces will thank you one day. :D:

itsnotrequired
04-26-2006, 11:24 PM
My 8-month old son's Kids Club package showed up in the mail today.:cool:

peeonwrigley
04-27-2006, 01:29 AM
I don't know if the White Sox offer the Straight A / Perfect Attendance programs but I hope they do and I am glad they offer parents and children a chance to get them interested in White Sox baseball.
FWIW, the partner on the client I worked with last summer was a lifelong northside resident but Sox fan. She said her school had a program (perfect attendance/straight A's... something) that allowed her to get free tickets to Sox games. So that's what she went to growing up, even though she lived way closer to Wrigley. Now she owns a house in Wrigleyville, but is still loyal to the Sox (she passively cheers for the Cubs, too).

So that kind of stuff can pay off in the future.

C-Dawg
04-27-2006, 05:35 AM
I don't know if the White Sox offer the Straight A / Perfect Attendance programs ....

I don't have kids so I don't really know if they still have the program - but I do remember that the perfect attendance program was just about the ONLY reason I was able to go to the old ballpark in the late 70s. My parents were too cheap to ever BUY tickets for the four of us.

RedHeadPaleHoser
04-27-2006, 07:13 AM
I don't know if the White Sox offer the Straight A / Perfect Attendance programs but I hope they do and I am glad they offer parents and children a chance to get them interested in White Sox baseball.


They do offer it; both my kids received one. My concern was it is for two tix only, and I wanted my whole family to go. So, I called the World Champion Chicago White Sox ticket office, and not only are they going to put the 4 of us together, they will also send me some handicapped accessible passes for my wife. One phone call, and it's done.

Screw the Cubs. Always.

The Critic
04-27-2006, 07:50 AM
I don't have kids so I don't really know if they still have the program - but I do remember that the perfect attendance program was just about the ONLY reason I was able to go to the old ballpark in the late 70s. My parents were too cheap to ever BUY tickets for the four of us.

The Straight A/Perfect Attendance plan in the 70s was instrumental in my becoming a Sox fan. My family didn't have a ton of money (5 kids, 1 income) so those free tix were the only way I could see a game or two. My Dad was a Cub fan, so HE wasn't going to take me to "that boneyard" as he called it.
So my brother and I got our free tickets every summer and hopped on the bus to Comiskey. Fond, fond memories, those are....I always wanted to go to that mesh screened area in the left-field fence and watch the game from field level. That was the coolest thing in the world to me then.

Cat Thief
04-27-2006, 07:51 AM
The Straight A / Perfect Attendance was how I became a Sox fan. Didn't Union 76 have their logo on those vouchers? Man, so many memories because of those free tickets.

Hitmen77
04-27-2006, 09:23 AM
Great topic. I have long felt that the White Sox were much more fan friendly than the Cubs. It's much, much easier for me to envision bringing kids to the Cell than to Wrigley.

Good to hear about the Kids club. I hope this is helping build the Sox build a new generation of fans.

LongLiveFisk
04-27-2006, 09:29 AM
I don't have kids so I don't really know if they still have the program - but I do remember that the perfect attendance program was just about the ONLY reason I was able to go to the old ballpark in the late 70s. My parents were too cheap to ever BUY tickets for the four of us.

Ditto that for me. If it wasn't for that program I wouldn't have seen Comiskey Park as a kid. And that was even when the cheap seats were $3 and less.

spiffie
04-27-2006, 09:43 AM
Chalk up another person who was made a fan through the Straight A/Attendance program. My folks were Sox fans but let me make my choice, and for a while the Cubbies sure seemed like a good idea, but once I started going to live baseball at Comiskey my fate was sealed...Thank God!

viagracat
04-27-2006, 11:21 AM
The Straight A / Perfect Attendance was how I became a Sox fan. Didn't Union 76 have their logo on those vouchers? Man, so many memories because of those free tickets.

Went to some Sox games in the '70s under the program due to perfect attendance. Sure as hell wasn't my grades. :rolleyes:

C-Dawg
04-27-2006, 11:42 AM
..... for a while the Cubbies sure seemed like a good idea, but once I started going to live baseball at Comiskey my fate was sealed...Thank God!

It was seeing my first night game that did it for me - I had been to Wrigley but it was too boring since it was so drab there in the daytime. Old Comiskey was electric under the lights!

johnr1note
04-27-2006, 02:09 PM
For the record, I do not know if the Sox still have the straight A/perfect attendance promotions, but they do offer discounted ticket prices to certain games for school teachers and to public library employees and officers. As an attorney who represents both of these kinds of entities, I can tell you that if the Cubs had programs for such things, the clients would be using them too. But only the White Sox offer these kinds of packages, as far as I know.

JohnBasedowYoda
04-27-2006, 06:15 PM
i was in the fan club for a while when i was a kiddy

TDog
04-28-2006, 12:48 AM
For the record, I do not know if the Sox still have the straight A/perfect attendance promotions ...


I work with a Cubs fan who got Sox tickets as a kid for perfect attendance. He said he brought them home and his father tore them up. He is proud of the fact that his family never allowed him to go to a Sox game. the Cubs thing goes back generations in his family. My grandfather liked the Cubs more than the Sox, but fortunately I learned to think for myself.

When I was a kid, I recall, the Straight A/Perfect Attendance promotion was sponsored by the Chicago Tribune.

SouthSide_HitMen
04-28-2006, 12:53 AM
I work with a Cubs fan who got Sox tickets as a kid for perfect attendance. He said he brought them home and his father tore them up. He is proud of the fact that his family never allowed him to go to a Sox game. the Cubs thing goes back generations in his family. My grandfather liked the Cubs more than the Sox, but fortunately I learned to think for myself.

When I was a kid, I recall, the Straight A/Perfect Attendance promotion was sponsored by the Chicago Tribune.

Well I guess his family will NEVER see a World Series game live in Chicago.

Railsplitter
04-28-2006, 11:02 AM
The Straight A / Perfect Attendance was how I became a Sox fan. Didn't Union 76 have their logo on those vouchers? Man, so many memories because of those free tickets.

The free tix were for outfield grandstands. You could also trade them in for reduced price box seats, which is what my parent did once.

twsoxfan5
04-28-2006, 12:02 PM
I am a little too young for the Straight A program, but I was a card carrying member of the Silver and Black Pack that had that little Fox as its mascot. I remember tyring to wear the shirt every day.

Dancin' Homer
04-29-2006, 11:15 AM
My most cherished Sox memory happened on a "perfect attendance" night, my uncle, my dad, my grandfather and me all there for free because I made it through 3rd grade w/o getting sick!

SOXSINCE'70
04-30-2006, 09:41 AM
SOUTHSIDE,

Join the club.My sister married into a sCrUBS family,
and as a result,I have 3 sCrUBbie raised nieces who are
8,6 and 4.Yet the 8 year old said she would not refuse
if I took her to a Sox game.There may be hope after all.