Hey Chicago, lets attend the SoxFest Family Party….
Friday, January 22 – 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 23 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
A mix of new additions and old standards will be on display at the Palmer House Hilton for this weekend’s annual SoxFest. And this particular statement applies to not only the players on hand, but also the events planned for the fans. The biggest change centers on the move from sales of single-day passes to solely two-day passes for the attendees not staying at the hotel.
According to White Sox senior director of community relations Christine O’Reilly, the switch was made primarily to recognize the people who purchase the entire weekend hotel package. “We wanted to do something special,” said O’Reilly, who mentioned Friday night’s events would be open solely to the hotel guests. “We weren’t going to sell Friday, so we looked at that and what was purchased last year, and decided to combine the two days together.”
A photograph booth has been added, where fans can take a picture with one of their favorite players and not slow down the massive lines for autographs. The “Your 2008 White Sox” town hall meeting, a source of fan passion over the years, has been tentatively scheduled for once per day with general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen on the dais. Energetic new third-base coach Jeff Cox also will be part of the session. SoxFest will continue to feature our most popular attractions, including autograph stages, photo stages.
Current team members scheduled to appear throughout SoxFest weekend include Ken Williams, Ozzie Guillen, Harold Baines, Gordon Beckham, Mark Buehrle, Don Cooper, Jeff Cox, John Danks, Freddy Garcia, Kevin Hickey, Bobby Jenks, Paul Konerko, Mark Kotsay, Scott Linebrink, Juan Nieves, Jayson Nix, Jake Peavy, Juan Pierre, A.J. Pierzynski, J.J. Putz, Carlos Quentin, Alexei Ramirez, Mark Salas, Mark Teahen, Matt Thornton, and Greg Walker.
Our radio and television broadcast teams of Ed Farmer & Darrin Jackson and Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone are scheduled to attend SoxFest. SoxFest will feature former White Sox greats and special guests including Floyd Bannister, Roland Hemond, Joel Horlen, Lance Johnson, Gary Peters. Also attending Ron Kittle, Doug Laumann, Bill Melton, Minnie Minoso and Moose Skowron.
SoxFest are working to put on the best show possible,” O’Reilly added. “They are turning themselves inside-out to produce a great event for the fans.”