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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Daily Herald: Sprint Field for White Sox? Unlikely for now

I nominate The Pin Drop.

Sprint Field? It’s unlikely, at least not for the near future, as the naming rights of the home of the beloved White Sox took center stage Wednesday after U.S. Cellular Corp. announced it would sell its spectrum in the Chicago market to Sprint Nextel Corp. and cut hundreds of jobs.

Sprint is acquiring spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular in Chicago and other markets, and is not purchasing or involved in its marketing rights or initiatives, said Sprint spokesman Scott M. Sloat.

I Fought Vance Law and Vance Law Won Posted: November 08, 2012 at 09:36 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:31 AM (#4297896)
Sprint already sponsors a baseball team.
   2. TerpNats Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4297922)
If the ballpark is renamed Sprint Field, can we also expect a revival of the "Go-Go Sox," with lots more base-stealing?
   3. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4297951)
"The Cell" is a pretty good nickname for a ballpark. It'd be a shame to see that go.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:10 AM (#4297965)
"The Cell" is a pretty good nickname for a ballpark. It'd be a shame to see that go.


If it's still named for a cell phone company, there's no reason for it to go.

Of course, there's no reason baseball fans should feel obligated to call the team by the sponsor name anyway, but I seem to be alone in that position.

   5. SteveM. Posted: November 08, 2012 at 12:09 PM (#4298028)
I know, they could call it Comiskey Park. That is kinda catchy.
   6. kaline Posted: November 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4298104)
I thought it was called Sox Park
   7. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: November 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM (#4298126)
I would switch to a cell company named Veeck or Comiskey. Probably Einhorn too.
   8. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: November 08, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4298128)
Comiskey Park was demolished to make way for this monstrosity.
   9. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: November 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4298223)
Call it Union Base-Ball Grounds, and put a statue of this man out front.
   10. Eddo Posted: November 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4298243)
Comiskey Park was demolished to make way for this monstrosity.

It's really not bad any more. I actually think it's quite comparable to - probably just a tad better than - Comerica Park.
   11. madvillain Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:08 PM (#4298470)

Comiskey Park was demolished to make way for this monstrosity.


Ever go to old comiskey? Place was a #### hole. The current incarnation of US Cellular is a fine place to take in a game. As Eddo said, it has much better sightlines that it's much more praised neighbor, Comerica.
   12. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM (#4298482)
Ever go to old comiskey? Place was a #### hole.

It was no such thing. Pee in one urinal trough and all of the sudden folks think they are in a homeless shelter.

It was a hell of a place to watch a game, the atmosphere could get extremely intense and also had a metric ton of history.
   13. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM (#4298487)
U.S. Comiskular is okay. Perfectly serviceable, but probably not better than 20th out of the current 30 parks.
   14. SuperGrover Posted: November 08, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4298514)
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Cell. Compares favorably to the new Busch and Safeco IMO. Certainly better than Comiskey unless you like old #### for the sake of being old.

The Cell sucked initially but now it is a very nice place to watch a game.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM (#4298608)
Of course, there's no reason baseball fans should feel obligated to call the team by the sponsor name anyway, but I seem to be alone in that position.

Playing it straight down the middle, I still call it Pac Bell. That and PNC might be the only new corporate names I've adopted. (Busch and Wrigley are grandfathered in of course.) I generally skip/can't remember/can't keep straight the corp entities for Seattle, Cincy, Detroit, Texas. I don't think I know San Diego's. But Pac Bell just sounded right, it being a "classic" corporate name anyway. I wish a more stately sounding corporation had sponsored Pittsburgh. I guess the BOB was OK but are they still the BOB?

But then I still make a point of calling them the Devil Rays from time to time.
   16. TerpNats Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:52 PM (#4298623)
Ever go to old comiskey? Place was a #### hole.
But it had charm and atmosphere -- my favorite of the parks no longer with us that I saw a game in, with the possible exception of the original (1923-1973) Yankee Stadium.
   17. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM (#4298641)
I know, they could call it Comiskey Park. That is kinda catchy.


Or, as half the people called it when I was growing up, Cominskey. Sounds more Polish.
   18. zachtoma Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM (#4298654)
Hey everyone, have I got a non-story for you: it seems a local baseball team might, just might, be changing the name of their stadium! I know! No, it probably won't happen, but can you imagine?
   19. McCoy Posted: November 08, 2012 at 11:59 PM (#4298658)
The Cell sucked initially but now it is a very nice place to watch a game.

As long as it isn't crowded thus forcing you into crappy seats. The Cell is like the Vet in that if 18,000 people show up you can get great seats and relatively cheap but if everybody shows up and you were late in purchasing tickets you're going to sit in some crappy seats.
   20. Eraser-X is emphatically dominating teh site!!! Posted: November 09, 2012 at 07:55 AM (#4298717)
I think White Sox fans should get extra credit in the anti-corporate contest as we have successfully taken corporate naming rights that someone paid a ton of cash for and turned it into a term of endearment that literally means "a place they hold you after you have committed a crime".

That's pretty cool.

But then again, I also like the upper deck cause I like the walk-up crowd, and it's so fricking cheap.
   21. SuperGrover Posted: November 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4299159)
As long as it isn't crowded thus forcing you into crappy seats. The Cell is like the Vet in that if 18,000 people show up you can get great seats and relatively cheap but if everybody shows up and you were late in purchasing tickets you're going to sit in some crappy seats.


That is try in the majority of ball parks IMO. Watching a game in sold out Camden is no fun.

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