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Monday, November 19, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - White Sox voting thread

All right, we’ve got three ballparks remaining, and I want to get this finished in the slim chance the lights go off.

We’ve got five choices for the home of the White Sox. None is Guaranteed Rate Field.

Choose 1)
A) Bill Veeck Field
B) Comiskey Park
C) South Side Yard
D) South Side Stadium
E) Sox Park

Next up: What do you call a ballpark that has no virtually no past in a place with very little history?

SoSH U at work Posted: November 19, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SoSH U at work Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:02 AM (#5789154)
Voting is now open (sure, I'm attempting to Hot Topicsize the thread).
   2. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:05 AM (#5789156)
Meh.

C.
   3. QLE Posted: November 19, 2018 at 12:17 PM (#5789177)
A) Bill Veeck Field
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 19, 2018 at 01:45 PM (#5789220)
B) Comiskey
   5. Rusty Priske Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:29 PM (#5789240)
A
   6. JJ1986 Posted: November 19, 2018 at 02:49 PM (#5789245)
C
   7. villageidiom Posted: November 19, 2018 at 08:14 PM (#5789391)
A
   8. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: November 19, 2018 at 08:49 PM (#5789409)
E. Sox Park

Anything else is out of town stupid.
   9. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: November 19, 2018 at 09:10 PM (#5789418)
E. Agree with Dag
   10. Greg Pope Posted: November 19, 2018 at 09:12 PM (#5789419)
I'm from the northern suburbs and growing up, nobody I knew called it anything but Comiskey. However, as an adult I've had the chance to meet many people from the city and at least on the South Side, they all call it Sox Park.

So even though* it wouldn't be my choice, I vote E.

Dag is correct.

*Actually, as a Cubs fan, I'm perfectly fine with a boring moniker. :)
   11. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: November 19, 2018 at 11:56 PM (#5789464)
I mean, the whole point of this exercise it to take ballpark names away from corporations & give it to the fans -- well, the fans have already given this one a name.

Sox Park.

EDITED to add: While Bill Veeck is a widely admired owner, there is a danger in making the park's name too generational by naming it after him. He's been dead for decades now & last owned the team 40 years ago. A lot of current Sox fans only know him from stories, that are themselves getting hazier. Way back in the Dodgers Stadium renaming thread someone said he didn't want to name it after Koufax because unless you're a Baby Boomer, there isn't much connection to him. In general, we've steered clear of naming parks after players, because their popularity is so tied to the specific generation that saw him player. Bill Veeck falls into that category. Yeah, other places are named for owners, even in this exercise, but the notion of naming it for Veeck is because he's a fan favorite, which is different than any other owner argument, and closer to a Koufax argument. As owner, he only had the team for two really brief stints.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:33 AM (#5789471)
I mean, the whole point of this exercise it to take ballpark names away from corporations & give it to the fans -- well, the fans have already given this one a name.


On the one hand, I agree with this. As mentioned in the original thread, I've got a father-in-law who I've never heard call either this place or the old ballyard anything but Sox Park.

OTOH, giving it one name AND having much of Sox fandom refer to it as Sox Park is kind of an original Chisox fan tradition, and I'm not sure it should be messed with.

So, I'm kind of torn.
   13. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 20, 2018 at 09:42 AM (#5789528)
E) Sox Park

I think this is one where it's best to defer to the locals. In general, I've preferred the candidates that had a touch of whimsy or referenced historical neighborhoods (something more specific than "south side"). Given the lack of those alternatives here and the strong local consensus, Sox Park is fine.
   14. Nasty Nate Posted: November 20, 2018 at 12:22 PM (#5789660)
E) Sox Park
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: November 26, 2018 at 01:20 PM (#5791138)
We'll keep voting open through tomorrow night.

   16. WKRP in Cincinnatus Posted: November 27, 2018 at 07:50 AM (#5791318)
B.
   17. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 27, 2018 at 09:07 AM (#5791329)
A) Bill Veeck Field, though I'd scratch the "Bill" part. But either Sox Park or Comiskey Park would also be fine.
   18. SoSH U at work Posted: November 27, 2018 at 10:13 PM (#5791695)
I'll go with E just to push the margin a little higher as voting closes.

We've determined the new name for the White Sox home diamond is the name fans have been using all along - Sox Park.

Two more parks to go.
   19. Andere Richtingen Posted: November 29, 2018 at 12:32 PM (#5792211)
I mostly heard people in Chicago call the old park "Comiskey," but then again, my Chicago connection is 100% Cubs and North Side, in college, so what do I know. I did hear "Sox Park" but not often.

In Anaheim when I was a kid, everyone I knew called Anaheim Stadium "Angel Stadium" (maybe it was "Angels Stadium" from some people -- hard to tell). Over time I heard "Anaheim Stadium" more and more. And now it's officially Angel Stadium of Anaheim: a compromise worse than either alternative.

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