Thursday, May 26, 2011

Juan for the Home Team

I think one of my favorite aspects of blogging is thinking of creative titles. Puns flow like water in our household. Both John and I have been pun-ished with the gift of "Midwestern Dad humor." Think of family-friendly jokes full of corn and cheese.

the kings of cheese
Our most recent barrage of puns occurred at a White Sox game:
John: Juan Pierre, lead off man and outfielder for the White Sox, joined the South Siders and was welcomed immediately. Unfortunately, his English needed improvement. Whenever he couldn't communicate, he'd just say the same thing over and over again.

Friend: Huh...didn't realize that. How did that work?

John: His first day, Ozzie Guillen and him had the following interaction:
Ozzie: Hey buddy! What's your name?
Juan: Juan
Ozzie: Alright...what number do you want to wear?
Juan: Juan
Ozzie: Okay...what order of the line up do you want to bat?
Juan: Juan
Ozzie: Didn't you play for the 2003 Marlins who went to the World Series? Did you guys win or lose?
Juan: We Juan!
And so the evening went. My personal favorite was when the White Sox were charged with an error: "Wahh Juaaan!"
We attended the White Sox game on the cheap thanks to some fiscally chic thinking by our friend Anne. Turns out, the White Sox have "Value Mondays" throughout the season when tickets are half-priced. That meant our upper reserved tickets were a whopping $12 each. Anne is also quick to point out that registered designated drivers can get a free soft drink. Not a bad deal if you're looking for a quiet weeknight at the ballpark.

What are some other discounts throughout the MLB?
  • Search for "ticket specials", "value", "ticket pack", or "promotions" on your favorite team's website.
  • Many teams have value packs, which bundle tickets with a hot dog, chips, and/or soft drink.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals just rolled out "dynamic pricing" that's based on the market value (demand). Supposedly tickets can be as low as $5. Though I'm sure prices will increase if they're playing the Cubs or are on a winning streak.
  • The Cleveland Indians have Sugardale Dollar Dog Nights throughout the season. The Indians also have Student ID nights where tickets are half-priced.
  • Many stadiums allow you to bring in outside food and drinks. Though alcohol, bottles, cans, thermoses, hard-sided coolers, hard plastic cups/mugs are not permitted. Non-alcoholic beverages including water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than 2 liters are allowed.
  • And of course you can tailgate before the game :)
Any other grand slam ideas to share?
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