Alderman says White Sox interested in working with area youth baseball programs

2013-04-30T00:00:00Z Alderman says White Sox interested in working with area youth baseball programsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CALUMET CITY | Thaddeus Jones, the alderman who often has access to tickets for Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs baseball games to distribute to area residents, said he was told the White Sox are interested in visiting Calumet City this summer to work with youth baseball programs.

Jones, alderman of the 3rd Ward and a state representative for the south suburbs, said that in the course of getting tickets this season from the White Sox for redistribution, he was told the ballclub would like to send representatives to Calumet City to work with local kids.

Jones could not say when this would occur, or who exactly would represent the ballclub. But the White Sox do have several programs aimed at getting youths interested in baseball. Representatives from the White Sox said Friday no programs have been scheduled yet for Calumet City.

“They want to work with our kids and try to get them interested in going to games at their stadium,” Jones said.

The alderman often gets tickets to ballgames and gives them away to constituents for various reasons. He said this season alone he already has given away 300 tickets to White Sox games and 450 tickets to Cubs games.

“If you’re upset that you couldn’t get a White Sox ticket, maybe you should be a Cubs fan,” said Jones, admitting he personally prefers the baby blue bears to the rough-and-tumble Sox of the South Side.

Although he said he’s willing to work with both ballclubs to help the community. “I’m not a Sox fan, but I love baseball,” he said.

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