The Chicago White Sox are no strangers to pop culture. In fact, they are so popular in a movie that Major League Baseball had them host the New York Yankees at the sight of the film. Now, on Monday, they were brought into the television game thanks to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon!
The Tonight Show has a segment called “Screen Grabs” where people send in pictures to react to. Someone sent a picture of a White Sox fan that kind of looked like Jimmy Fallon. He had a beer helmet, a mustache, and a White Sox sweatshirt in the photo.
Jimmy Fallon put on the exact same outfit and did a side-by-side with it. It was a glorious moment of television if you ask any White Sox fan. Seeing our team in the spotlight like that, sports show or not, is always great. The Tonight Show has been one of the most popular late-night shows in the history of television so this was big.
Of course, Fallon himself is no stranger to baseball. Before taking over for Jay Leno as the permanent host of The Tonight Show, he was a movie actor as well as a comedian (Saturday Night Live). He co-starred in “Fever Pitch”, a romantic comedy centered around the 2004 Boston Red Sox.
It was a great story that showed just how powerful baseball can be in life and in love. He plays a die-hard Red Sox fan named Ben Wrightman who falls in love which causes conflict as he tries to balance his baseball with his life. If you haven’t seen it by now, you should.
Seeing the Chicago White Sox on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was so fun.
We later found out that Fallon is actually a Yankees fan in real life which is a bummer but it is what it is. Now, sports teams usually only appear on The Tonight Show if they won something or are involved in something important. For the White Sox, it was just because it looked fun to be a part of in this instance.
Every White Sox fan appreciated the spotlight. Even the main White Sox Twitter account engaged with it, thanking Jimmy for hanging out with them. With something as big as The Tonight Show, this is a really fun way to help grow the team’s brand and the game of baseball in general. Who wouldn’t want to drink beers from a helmet while taking in some White Sox baseball?
Hopefully, Major League Baseball is able to end the lockout soon so we can create more baseball-related content like this. We all want to enjoy the game and the company that it brings. Seeing this segment was just a small smile given to fans during the cold hard winter.