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Cheap Tickets, Plus Milestones at US Cellular Field

1 July 2008 No Comment

As expected, I arrived at US Cellular Field and bought an upper deck ticket from the box office for $8.50. I talked to one scalper who wanted $15 for a “better” upper deck ticket but I declined. The surprising part was that my seat was “Limited View” – meaning I was behind one of the poles atop the stadium. Obviously, other fans agreed with my thoughts that it was better to watch the Indians and White Sox play for an $8.50 upper deck seat than the Cubs and White Sox for $100 for the same seat. Every seat was sold for last night’s game. The White Sox ended up selling Standing Room Only tickets.

There were actually a few milestones achieved in last night’s game. Most were achieved by the White Sox’s Nick Swisher. Swisher hit a grand slam in last night’s game. I was also at the White Sox game on Friday vs. the Cubs, in which Swisher also hit a grand slam. That made him the first player since Carlos Beltran in 2006 to hit two grand slams in 4 games.

Also, Swisher became the first White Sox’s player ever to hit a home run from both sides of the plate twice in the same season. He hit home runs from both side of the plate last night and on June 9 vs. the Minnesota Twins. I had planned to attend the game on June 9th but decided not to at the last minute. Too bad, I could have seen a White Sox first.

In another rare occurrence, Jhonny Peralta went 5-for-5. Alfonso Soriano batted 5-for-5 vs. the Pirates on May 17, 2008 in a game I was at. However, Scott Rolen was the only player I saw hit safely 5 times in one game in 2007. He went 5-for-6 on April 22, 2007 vs. the Cubs.

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