January 21st-23rd at the Palmer House Hilton, the Sox will be holding their annual fan convention. Names have started to come out on the attendees. Guests will have the chance to meet, listen to and receive autographs from Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, Edwin Jackson, Brent Lillibridge, Juan Pierre, Chris Sale and Manager Ozzie Guillen. Former players Ron Kittle, Harold Baines, Bill Melton, Minnie Minoso, Roberto Hernandez and Jose Valentin are scheduled to appear as well.
SoxFest is my personal favorite time of the winter. It allows me to escape from the winter and reality for 3 days to hang out with my dad, brother, many Sox fans and the ability to have access to the players that you don't get during the regular season. One of my favorite aspects of the event is the seminar session with Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen. Prior to SoxFest 2006, this used to get really heated between Williams and the fans asking questions on just what in the hell Kenny has been doing during the offseason. I, for one, gave him a piece of my mind in 2005 about the Carlos Lee/ Scott Podsednik deal. The last few years have been kind of easy on the brass, with most of the fans still giving a pass due to the World Series win. However, I have a feeling things will change this year if Kenny doesn't make some kind of a decent impact and loses Sox heroes like Konerko and Pierzynski.
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I also enjoy the opportunity of meeting past favorites of mine. Ron Kittle and Harold Baines are always there, but usually they bring in a few guys from years past that don't usually come around. I am really excited about Roberto Hernandez and Jose Valentin coming in. I really enjoyed watching them play throughout their White Sox tenures. Valentin did not get the credit he deserved for how good of a player he was around here. Last season, Lance Johnson made an appearance which was great. He even signed my 8X10 "1-Dogg". Who are some guys that you would like to see come back for a special appearance?
Come on out to SoxFest! Maybe I'll even let you buy me a drink!!