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Here's an e-mail from a happy, bargain-hunting baseball fan

Posted by: Michael Rand Updated July 16th at 10:38am 266457231

We got an e-mail last night from reader Joe, which isn’t unusual. We get all manners of e-mails, still, even as social media and the comments section of stories often provides more instant feedback.

What was interesting about this e-mail is that Joe really just wanted to tell us about a good, inexpensive time he had at a ballgame in Chicago. Much of what we get is anger — something we wrote, something negative about a local team — and so we wanted to share Joe’s baseball tale (and yes, he couldn’t resist a dig at the Twins at the end, but still). One could argue that the Twins offer giveaways and other such things, but we’re just going to let Joe have the floor.

So here we go with Joe’s e-mail, with some minor spelling/grammar cleanup:

Hi,

I enjoy reading your articles in the StarTrib.  I wanted to tell you about my 1st-time experience at US Cellular Field.  I hope you will write about it.

I went to see my first game at US Cellular Field on July 4th.

 At noon, I went to the Sox ticket office & purchased the least expensive ticket — $7.00.

At the stadium they had special hot dogs — $1.00.

They had a Sox/Miller Light flag game giveaway (flags seem to be very popular in Chicago!). 

After the game, there was a spectacular firework show that lasted about half hour.

 Chris Sale pitched a complete game & won 7-1 over Seattle.

Because there was a Sox HR in the 4th inning (only this inning qualified), fans with a ticket received a free small Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee.

Since the Sox won, all the fans received a free McDonald’s medium fries coupon.

Finally, at the Sox Pro Shop, I purchased two Sox Majestic Dunn jerseys (home & away jerseys) with the Sox logo, letter & number sewn in, on sale (he switched his uniform number to 44 from 32). They were originally $99.99, but I got them for $10.93 each (tax included).

Also, there were some guy name Jesse Crain 2012 All-Star Majestic jerseys for $10.93 (tax included).  I passed on it; not a Crain fan.  I asked about A.J. Pierzynski jerseys; they sold out quickly!  There were many other great deals at the Sox Pro Shop!

I had a blast (no pun intended) at US Cellular Field on July 4th!  What a great place to see a ball game.  After the game, I headed to Chinatown for a delicious, inexpensive dinner!

I hear the Sox have $5.00 tickets on Sundays & family of four for $44.00 (4 tickets, 4 sodas & 4 hot dogs)!   What does a losing team like the Twins do — they have premium prices on the weekend or special days like the 4th of July!

[Note: In fairness, the Twins have promotions such as Our Family Section, U.S. Bank Value Pack and dollar dog night].

Baseball fans should head out to US Cellular Field or Wrigley Field for a great time & an affordable, fun time too!  Lastly, Chicago is a great place to visit, there is a lot fun things to do!!!

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