Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Early Start to the Day
My phone starting ringing around 5 am today. Strong winds in and around Chicago had loosened a panel on the side of the building. The panel started to bang around 1 am, and we called out a welder to repair the piece. The panel itself isn’t structural (more decorative/keep wind and rain off the upper deck concourse) but it needed to be repaired. The images of a welder at work at 4 am were too good to pass up for the early morning news crews. The police shut down 35th street for a time as a precautionary measure as the work was being done. Inspectors are out checking the work and none of this will impact our playing the game at 1 pm.
In an "all publicity is good publicity" side-note, it seems the early morning news coverage reminded people that we are playing a day game today. With Chicago Public Schools on spring break this week, we received several calls for tickets.
(Bring the long underwear)
Pods, LF; Erstad, CF; Thome, DH; Konerko, 1B; Dye, RF; Crede, 3B; AJ, C; Iguchi, 2B; Uribe, SS. Garland pitching.
Sizemore, CF; Nixon, RF; Hafner, DH; Martinez, C; Blake, RF; Dellucci, LF; Peralta, SS; Barfield, 2B; Marte, 3B. Westbrook pitching.
Sox Pride Club
One poster yesterday took some pretty strong swipes at the Sox Pride Club. While I have asked him/her to contact me separately, I do think it’s worth explaining what we believe to be the case with the SPC.
Belonging to the SPC does indeed give you a chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day and the Sox/Cubs series (to come). Each game, a set number of lower deck tickets are set aside only for members of the club.
We also are working on announcing another special offer just for SPC members that would give you access to a limited number of tickets that are not necessarily available for purchase by the general public. Stay tuned for that.
Separate from these offers is the issue of our special pre-sale offer to SPC members in February before tickets went on sale to the general public. Like many concerts, sporting events, etc., we have started to offer special groups (season ticket holders, Sox Pride Club members, registered users, etc) the chance to purchase tickets a few days in advance of them going on-sale to the general public. This was not in place last year, so this year was the first time we offered the pre-sale opportunity to SPC members. Obviously, inventory of tickets for Opening Day and Sox/Cubs is very limited. By the time the pre-sale process reached the SPC (and other groups), OD and Sox/Cubs tickets were all sold out. We were very careful not to guarantee in any of the promotional materials that any of these groups (SPC included) would have access to OD or Sox/Cubs tickets. We just didn’t know exactly how many tickets we would have or how long they would last. Best I can tell, not being guaranteed the chance to purchase OD or Sox/Cubs tickets as part of this pre-sale is the cause for this anger. But we also could have sold out of Boston or Yankees games just the same.
Make sense, or just confuse (or anger) people more?
I’m sure you will let me know (and I appreciate the dialogue).
Oh, By The Way
It didn’t get a lot of attention or notice, but the Associated Press released its annual calculations of Opening Day MLB payrolls for 2007 (I make no claim on the veracity of their figures).
The Top 10:
NY Mets, $117,915,819
White Sox, $109,680,167
Kinda makes you wonder about all those critics who claimed our trading of Freddy Garcia this winter was a payroll cutting move, doesn’t it?