January 30, 2016
Stage 1 – Salon D – sponsored by WGN-TV
9:00 a.m. – Jose Contreras, Carl Everett & Willie Harris – First 175 Autographs
10:30 a.m. – Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson & Steve Stone – First 100 Autographs
11:30 a.m. – Chet Lemon & Mike Squires – First 175 Autographs
1:30 p.m. – Carson Fulmer, Jacob May & Trey Michalczewski – First 175 Autographs
3:00 p.m. – Ron Kittle & Tom Paciorek – First 175 Autographs
Stage 2 – Salon C – sponsored by Comcast SportsNet
9:00 a.m. – Adam Eaton & Avisail Garcia – First 250 Autographs
11:00 a.m. – Dan Jennings & Nate Jones – First 250 Autographs
1:00 p.m. – Alex Avila & Dioner Navarro – First 250 Autographs
Stage 3 – Salon C – sponsored by Miller Lite
9:00 a.m. – Bo Jackson * – First 250 Autographs
*While Bo is not able to sign memorabilia, he will sign SoxFest photos of fans posed with him or a complimentary 8″x10″ action photo provided by the White Sox.
11:00 a.m. – Kirk McCaskill & Robin Ventura – First 250 Autographs
1:00 p.m. – Jose Abreu – First 250 Autographs
Stage 4 – Salon C
9:00 a.m. – Chris Sale – First 250 Autographs
11:00 a.m. – Erik Johnson & Tyler Saladino – First 250 Autographs
1:00 p.m. – Frank Thomas – First 250 Autographs
Stage 5 – Salon B – sponsored by Hilton Chicago
9:00 a.m. – Zach Putnam & Daniel Webb – First 125 Autographs
11:30 a.m. – Eddy Alvarez, Tim Anderson & Adam Engel – First 125 Autographs
1:00 p.m. – Todd Steverson – First 125 Autographs
2:30 p.m. – Melky Cabrera – First 125 Autographs
Photo Stage 1 – Salon D – sponsored by Beggars Pizza
10:00 a.m. – John Danks – First 125 Photos
11:30 a.m. – Melky Cabrera – First 125 Photos
1:00 p.m. – Adam Eaton – First 125 Photos
3:00 p.m. – Chet Lemon & Steve Stone – First 125 Photos
Photo Stage 2 – Salon B
9:30 a.m. – Harold Baines – First 100 Photos
10:30 a.m. – Adam Engel & Carson Fulmer – First 100 Photos
11:30 a.m. – Avisail Garcia & Dioner Navarro – First 100 Photos
1:00 p.m. – Carl Everett with the 2005 World Series Trophy – First 125 Photos
2:30 p.m. – Dan Jennings – First 125 Photos
(Kids Only: ages 3-14)
Autographs – Salon A – sponsored by Comcast SportsNet
9:30 a.m. – John Danks – First 50 Autographs
1:00 p.m. – Ken Harrelson – First 100 Autographs
2:00 p.m. – Harold Baines – First 100 Autographs
Photos – Salon A – sponsored by Comcast SportsNet
12:00 p.m. – Daniel Webb – First 100 Photos
Little Sluggers Field – Salon A
10:00 a.m. – Fielding Clinic with Eddy Alvarez & Tyler Saladino
12:00 p.m. – Hitting Clinic with Todd Steverson
12:45 p.m. – Mazda Pride Crew Kids Relay Race with Alex Avila
1:30 p.m. – Clinic with Nick Capra & Nick Hostetler
Kids Only Press Conference – Continental Ballroom
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Zoraida Sambolin with Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton & Chris Sale
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Your 2016 White Sox – Ken Harrelson with Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Kids Only Press Conference – Zoraida Sambolin with Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton & Chris Sale
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. – 2005 World Series Memories – Gene Honda with Jose Contreras, Carl Everett & Willie Harris
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Old School vs. New School Family Feud – Pat McGann with Avisail Garcia, Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam & Pat Tomasulo vs. Darrin Jackson, Ron Kittle, Tom Paciorek & Mike Squires
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – A Look Back: ’93 Memories – Rich King with Bo Jackson & Kirk McCaskill
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Beat Writers’ Banter – Darrin Jackson with Scot Gregor, Dan Hayes, Colleen Kane, Scott Merkin & Daryl Van Schouwen
Waldorf Room – 3rd Level
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – A Conversation with Hall of Famer Frank Thomas – Ken Harrelson with Frank Thomas – PRIVATE SESSION PREMIUM UPGRADE
Day 1 Review
Sox public address announcer Gene Honda served as the MC, Southpaw kicked off the festivities with a dramatic run up the runway to the stage and 40 members of the Sox were introduced to an estimated 1100 tried and true White Sox fans in the Opening Ceremonies at SoxFest yesterday afternoon in the International Ballroom at the Hilton Chicago.
Sox past, present and future were center stage and were introduced and greeted with enthusiastic applause. The group included former Sox stars Ron Kittle, Chet Lemon, Kirk McCaskill, Harold Baines, Bo Jackson, Jose Contreras, Carl Everett, Willie Harris and Carlton Fisk, GM Rick Hahn, amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler, radio broadcasters Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson, new TV voice Jason Benetti, TV broadcasters Steve Stone and Hawk Harrelson, pitching coach Don Cooper, hitting coach Todd Steverson, manager Robin Ventura, top Sox prospects Tim Anderson, Eddy Alvarez, Adam Engel, Carson Fulmer, Jacob May and Trey Michalczewski plus 2016 White Sox Alex Avila, Melky Cabrera, John Danks, Adam Eaton, Avi Garcia, Dan Jennings, Erik Johnson, Nate Jones, Dioner Navarro, Zach Putnam, Tyler Saladino, Daniel Webb, Todd Frazier, Jose Abreu and Chris Sale.
Jose received a framing commemorating his accomplishment in 2015 of being only the second player in big-league history (Albert Pujols) to hit 30 homers and drive in 100 runs in his first two seasons. Sale was presented with a ring in honor of setting the franchise’s all-time single-season strikeout mark.
More O.C. highlights…
The Sox will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ballpark this season and during the opening ceremonies a video was shown of highlights through the years, leading up to 2016.
This season’s retro racers were also revealed, representing four of the finest Sox players who have performed during this era–Ozzie Guillen, Jack McDowell, Magglio Ordonez and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.
The club also paid tribute to two Sox legends who passed away in 2015–Minnie Minoso and Billy Pierce–and acknowledged the deaths of former Sox Jim McAnany, Walt “No Neck” Williams and Jim O’Toole.
Closing the out the ceremonies was the introduction of adorable five-year-old Sox fan Drew Duszynski (shown below with Saladino and Garcia) who recently had a kidney transplant from of all people, a Cubs fan.
There were certainly myriad photo ops yesterday among the media availability, opening ceremonies photo and autograph sessions and othe activities. Here are a few below, in order: Frazier enjoying his time with a young fan, Sale chatting with the media, a group of Sox assembling for a short break after meeting with reporters, prospects Anderson, May and Michalczewski hamming it up for the camera, Lemon talking about his days with the White Sox, the retro racers guarding the memorabilia case and a nice tribute to Minoso and Pierce.
SoxFest Day 1 Quotes of the Day
–Hahn on the ’16 Sox:
“We are pleased with where the team sits. A year ago there was a fair amount of optimism and frankly we’re a stronger team…and we’re not done. We’ve been extremely aggressive and creative and doing everything we can to win.”
–Ventura on avoiding another slow start by perhaps making some changes in Spring Training:
“Maybe you can have guys play longer in games, having them play six innings instead of three and have the lineup play together more.”
–Lemon on beginning his career with the Sox:
“I had the opportunity to play in the big leagues at 20-years-old with the Sox, playing with vets like Ralph Garr and Richie Zisk. I realized I’d have to work really hard to play in the majors.”
–Fisk, when asked to compare Sale to pitchers in his era and to predict the lefty’s future:
“Back in the day, nobody threw like Chris Sale with that angle–he just shoots the ball up there. He’s not going to have better stuff, but his experience should allow him to learn more about himself and the process of what it takes to get someone out.”
–Frazier on batting in the same lineup as Abreu:
“I’m looking forward to protecting the big guy.”
Photo of the Day
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