Laura is a White Sox superfan who, when I visited her on June 17, was attending her 789th White Sox game. When she began her streak, on August 12, 2008, she had no idea what she’d embarked on, she was just a Southsider who’d enjoyed baseball since she was 10. As time has gone on, she’s become known around the park as one of the team’s most dedicated fans. Read on for more:
HOW DID THIS STREAK GET STARTED?
I didn’t get into it until I was like 10. The White Sox weren’t on TV too much when I was a kid. We actually got world series tickets [in 2005] but it was for games 6 and 7, which never happened. In 2009 we made it through the whole year and so we kept it going.
HOW HAVE YOU MANAGED TO ATTEND SO MANY GAMES?
I work in the VA hospital in the lab as a medical laboratory scientist. We don’t play a lot of day games during the week which is nice, so if we have a day game I’ll take off and work during the weekend. My boss is a Sox fan too so that’s helpful, they understand.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BASEBALL?
The sights and the sounds and you smell all the good food and it’s just a good time. You get to see the new players come up and develop so that’s always fun. You get to see a lot of veteran players as well.
WHO’S BEEN FUN TO SEE COME UP OVER THE LAST DECADE?
Aaron Judge, Yolmér Sanchez – I love that he hits triples. Palka coming up he’s been amazing with the bat too.
WHO DO YOU BRING WITH YOU MOST OFTEN FOR THE GAME?
My mom. And it’s something fun for us to do together it’s not far from the house. Yknow some people go on vacations – people spend all their money on vacations and we come here, that’s what we do.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE FOOD AT THE PARK?
We just devoured Lemon Chills cuz it’s so hot. That’s the one thing about the ballpark is that they have all kinds of food here. It’s just fun being here, I know we don’t have the best record but we have our moments. The food is amazing, there’s plenty of parking.
DO YOU PLAN TO CONTINUE THIS INDEFINITELY?
Oh yeah, I’m a lifer. They’re rebuilding right now, but I like coming to the games anyway, so we’ll see. I have a chance at my 1000th being a playoff game.