In Case You Need Another Reason to Get Excited About 2011 Baseball

You don’t have to be a White Sox fan to let this badass commercial affect you:

Of course, if you are a White Sox fan, you probably feel a little more charged than those who aren’t but still, the theatrics of it all are pretty universal.  Baseball is coming.

And it’s gonna rock our worlds.

In the second grade, I was asked by my teacher where I wanted to live when I grow up.  While most most kids in the class answered with a city name, or, next to their parents’ house, I calmly replied: “anywhere that is walking distance to a ballpark.”

Well, I certainly made that dream come true.  It may not be St. Louis’ Soulard, but Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood (where I make my home) is definitely a great place to live, especially in the summer time.  There really is nothing like coming home for work, changing into comfortable shoes and walking down to New Comiskey to scalp some tickets to take in a game on a whim. 

And ya never know… ‘cuz in any given game, anything could happen. 


Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right. 





  1. southernbelle

    I just found out that I’m going to miss Opening Day…It’s an afternoon game on a Thursday. I was planning on catching the encore, but I have a night field trip so I’m going to miss it. Bummer. Sadly, where I’m going isn’t within walking distance of Yankee Stadium…I better watch the other 161 games!

  2. Michael David

    Jeff, having a ballpark in your neighborhood is like a dream come true. It must be so great to be able to walk to games. There must be some great sports bars in the area, too, with great fans if you can’t get a ticket. Looks like a great summer ahead.

  3. redstatebluestate

    Virginia — You better or your boy Cervelli will be upset 😉
    Mike — It is nice. I agree. And yes, can’t wait! Summers in the Chi are the best.
    Prince — Not familiar with them but I do know the M’s have some good ones too.

  4. blithescribe

    Walking distance to the ballpark? That’s living the good life! I envy you. I have a hard time getting to the ballpark before the second inning during the week, which is galling but better than not going. Enjoy yourself this season.

  5. redstatebluestate

    Jane — Yeah, the movie trailer idea… that’s niiiiiiiiiice.
    Jeremy — I like it! He does look like him!
    Kristen — As long as ya get to the game, that’s what’s important!

  6. theheirloom

    Jeff, if I had the money, I’d get a place in the North Loop neighborhood in Minneapolis. Why? Because I could walk to Target Field. That would be my dream, too! Though, I’m content with leaving a car behind and bussing it to the ballpark (I’m too north of the light rail and too south from the Northstar train).

    Though, a killer relocation to another MLB (or minor league) city with a cool neighborhood within walking distance (or direct transit link) to the ballpark doing what my soon-to-be degree would be used for would be absolutely amazing (Except Boystown).

    – Randy

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