The home opener for the White Sox was a chilly one as the temperature topped out at 43 degrees.
However, it could have been colder. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the coldest home openers for the White Sox were on April 5, 1974, against the Angels and April 4, 2003, against the Tigers. Both games had a recorded temperature of 37 degrees.
33,318 fans attended yesterday’s game, but the crowd weakened significantly after the snow started falling. By the ninth inning, the temperature dropped to 35 degrees.
Chicago’s moody and frigid weather is no stranger to White Sox fans and management. Rick Hahn told the Chicago Sun-Times:
"“It’s tough, you don’t like seeing some of the games, whether they’re here or throughout the league, being played in sub-optimal conditions. But at the same time, you know it’s part of baseball.”"
"“You kind of get used to it. It’s definitely more fun to hit during the summer. But if you could kind of battle it out, put yourself in good position when the weather warms up, that’s kind of the goal.”"
The White Sox didn’t let the cold weather bother them in the beginning of the game. As they started off strong, Yolmer Sanchez scored a two-run triple in the first, giving the White Sox an early lead.
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Moving onto the third, left fielder Leury García singled to center allowing Davidson to add a notch to the scoreboard putting the White Sox ahead by three.
The fifth inning was an exciting one, Davidson doubled to deep right center which allowed Avisail Garcia to score. Then, Sanchez tripled to right center giving Davidson the last run of the game.
Davidson played an outstanding game. He went two for three with two walks, an RBI, and four runs. However, he didn’t let all of his success go to his head, he told the Chicago Tribune that he tries to be a good teammate no matter what and no matter the weather:
"“If they want some hot coffee, I’ll be the guy running in and out.”"
Coffee may have helped the White Sox up until the tenth inning, but then they froze. The Tigers scored three two-out runs to tie the game, then added two more resulting in a 9-7 win for the Tigers.