Everyone is giddy for the brand new White Sox ballpark within the South Loop, even with out the crew or the town saying any particulars about their plans.
Kudos to the Sox for getting followers excited for opening day, even when it’s Opening Day 2030, and to Mayor Brandon Johnson, who figures to be lengthy gone earlier than the primary shovel hits the bottom on the ballpark building.
If we’re dashing towards an settlement to make Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s new pet mission come to fruition, we’d as effectively begin desirous about the naming rights.
Guaranteed Rate Field, the identify of the present ballpark, by no means has caught on since changing U.S. Cellular Field, which was broadly generally known as “the Cell.” U.S. Cellular Field changed “new Comiskey Park,” the unique identify in 1991 which honored the demolished ballpark throughout the road. Former proprietor Charles Comiskey named the ballpark after himself, an concept that Reinsdorf assuredly gained’t copy.
No matter what identify it glided by, many followers nonetheless referred to the Sox’s dwelling as “Sox Park,” an simply remembered identify that spans generations.
While we anxiously await Reinsdorf and Johnson’s plan, listed here are 10 options for the identify of the brand new South Loop ballpark:
1. Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen Stadium
The South Loop’s most beloved restaurant deserves dibs for the brand new stadium identify.
The basic Jewish deli is barely a three-minute drive down Roosevelt Road from the proposed stadium web site, and figures to be as widespread for pregame eating as McCuddy’s as soon as was for pregame consuming.
2. Rat Hole Park
The Rat Hole Preservation Society, our nickname for these nameless do-gooders in Roscoe Village who helped save the town’s newest vacationer attraction from vandalism, must arrange a GoFundMe web page for the naming rights.
The Rat Hole is a rodent-shaped crater in a sidewalk that someway turned as well-known because the Bean. The Sox might even get artistic and design a park with the identical imprint. Rat Hole Park could be an ideal vacation spot for a ballgame in Chicago and would honor each our favourite rodents and our historical past of corrupt politicians.
The solely downside is perhaps that some Sox followers already discuss with Wrigley Field as “the rat hole.”
3. The 78
The space round Clark Street and Roosevelt Road is already known as “the 78″ based mostly on somebody’s concept that it will definitely would change into the 78th neighborhood in Chicago.
“The 78″ may be seen as an homage to the 1978 White Sox, a crew that had the misfortune of following the favored ‘77 group known as the “South Side Hit Men.” Without “rent-a-players” Richie Zisk and Oscar Gamble, the stars of the Hit Men, the Sox plunged to a 90-loss season. They did however manage to acquire Claudell Washington in a trade for Bobby Bonds, and the outfielder’s incapacity to play exhausting impressed the well-known banner in proper subject: “Washington Slept Here.”
4. Obama Yards
The world’s most well-known Sox fan is former President Barack Obama, although he as soon as known as Comiskey Park “Comiskey Field” in an interview with Bob Costas.
Obama’s presidential library presently is below building in Jackson Park and will use a bookend a couple of miles north. One Sox fan publicly pleaded with Reinsdorf in a Chicago Tribune op-ed to promote the crew to Obama, however first issues first. Naming the stadium after Obama may even persuade him to attend some video games.
5. Loop Park
Getting individuals to return to the Loop once more is perhaps simpler if it meant going to a ballpark by the identical identify, and the previous basic rock radio station known as “the Loop” could be an applicable tie-in for nostalgic Sox followers.
A statue of Steve Dahl blowing up disco albums would look good in middle, commemorating one of the crucial celebrated moments in Sox historical past.
6. Second City Stadium
The Second City improv theater consists of a few of the most acknowledged names in comedy over time, from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd to Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.
In the mid ‘90s I asked Second City alum George Wendt, a South Side Sox fan who played Norm on “Cheers,” to give his theory on the team’s attendance points within the new Comiskey Park.
“Maybe you could’ve put it on the free TV versus cable TV thing a few years back,” Wendt replied. “But now they’re on WGN sometimes, so I don’t know. It seems like emigres to Chicago, the postgraduates who settle here in the suburbs, north or south, become Cubs fans. It seems like to be a Sox fan, you have to be born and raised on the South Side.”
That may nonetheless be true immediately.
7. This Space for Rent Field
A brief answer whereas the Sox attempt to discover a sponsor from the cryptocurrency world.
8. Ozzie Guillen Field
The supervisor of the one Sox crew to win a championship since 1917 doesn’t have a statue in Guaranteed Rate Field. To make amends, the Sox might identify the brand new ballpark after Guillen, who presently works as an analyst for NBC Sports Chicago and gives unfiltered commentary on the crew’s points.
“Meet you at ‘the Oz’” seems like a great way to start out a day.
9. Taylor Swift Stadium
Being related to the world’s greatest pop star appeared to work effectively for the NFL. The Sox might use the increase in attendance, even when Reinsdorf has to pay Swift for using her identify.
10. Sox Park
Well, that is what it can finally be known as it doesn’t matter what it’s named, so why not simply reduce to the chase?