If you know me or follow this website, you know that the White Sox are my Chicago baseball team of choice after moving here in 2007. U.S. Cellular Field is nicer and more comfortable stadium than Wrigley. The food and beer options are better too. So over the years, Nik and I have met their mascot Southpaw a few times. (Here, here and here.) He’s easily one of my favorite mascots in all of sports.
Generally, Nik and I don’t do anything special for Valentine’s Day. If we want a nice dinner, we’ll go to one, no matter the time of year. Ditto chocolates or flowers. He’s always buying a small bouquet for the house. Needless to say, I was completely caught off guard and ridiculously surprised when Southpaw and his assistant showed up at my office yesterday. Apparently the White Sox offer a Southpaw Valentine’s Delivery to your home or office. Nik arranged for this several weeks ago and I had no idea. He had to have the help of a co-worker or two to facilitate getting Southpaw up to my office. My co-worker Chris was the one who helped out and captured Southpaw’s arrival and my great reaction:
One-by-one, Southpaw gave me Valentine’s gifts:
- 2 White Sox ticket certificates each good for one lower box ticket to a 2016 White Sox home game
- Scoreboard message during the game
- Photo re-print of the scoreboard message
- Southpaw February “Bobble of the Month” – See picture below.
- Autographed photo of a 2016 White Sox team member – I got Adam Eaton
- White Sox baseball cap
- Southpaw t-shirt
- Personalized White Sox Valentine’s Day card
- Heart shaped box of candy
The text of the card reads:
Due to the the recent signing of Cespedes we regret to inform you that our Mascot Travel Budget has once again been cut. We were able to call in favor, we hope this will suffice.
New York Mets
CC: Sterling Equities
Southpaw even tweeted about his visit!
This Valentine’s gift and the surprise of it all is easily one of the best in my life. Thank you so much Nik for this. It’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.