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South Siders Brave Cold Temps, Kick Off Another Baseball Season

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White Sox fans at the 2013 home opener at U.S. Cellular Field. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

White Sox fans at the 2013 home opener at U.S. Cellular Field. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – It may feel like football season, but fans are all about baseball on the South Side.

“It’s the best day ever,” said Sandra Bustamonte.

For Mark Hernandez and his crew, the opener is about food, family, bags and tradition.

“We’ve got steak tacos, bratwurst, sausage and burgers. Been coming to opening day, only missed about five in the last 30 years. This is what we live for,” said Hernandez.

And even though temperatures hovered in the 30′s, hearts warm with hopes of a clean slate and dreams of a winning season.


“We’re from Chicago, we’ve got polar bear skin. It’s alright,” said Gonzo Gonzalez.

“It’s not as bad as I thought. At least it’s not snowing or raining,” said Jim Philpot.

A band entertains fans outside U.S. Cellular Field at the White Sox home opener

A band entertains fans outside U.S. Cellular Field at the White Sox home opener

Chicago Firefighter Barry “Bagadonuts” has been coming to see the Sox all his life.

“I’ve been counting down the days, the minutes and the seconds. I come here, I tailgate and go to the game. It could be pouring rain, it could be a tornado, I’d still be at a ballgame.”

The coldest ever Sox opener was 38 degrees on April 18th of 1907 when the Sox hosted the St. Louis Browns.

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