CHICAGO — Get ready for Sunday fun days at the ballpark, retro style.
The White Sox will pay homage to the 1983 team that captured the American League West division crown with throwback uniforms and the “Winning Ugly Retro Race,” not unlike the famous Milwaukee Brewers sausage races.
For the Sox, though, mascot versions of Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk and Ron Kittle will be running the bases.
During the team's 13 Sunday home games this season, players will wear the 1983 club’s uniforms with the red, navy blue and white pullover jerseys and popular block-letter Sox logo caps. The uniforms will feature a patch honoring the 80th anniversary of the All-Star Game, first played at Comiskey Park in 1933.
Sox skipper Robin Ventura told WSCR-AM Friday that he's in support of the occasional uniform switch — with one condition.
"The pants, I'm hoping that they have belts on them and they're not the 'Sansabelt' kind because that might be a little rough for some of our guys," he said.
The promotional schedule for the 2013 season includes five game dates commemorating the 1983 team, including:
April 6: 1983 White Sox Knit Bomber Hat giveaway
April 27: Harold Baines bobblehead
May 25: 1983 White Sox cap
June 8: 1983 White Sox T-shirt presented by U.S. Cellular
June 9: 1983 White Sox (XL) Kids Jersey
Aug. 10: Ron Kittle bobblehead
Shortly before the team's annual SoxFest fan convention got under way Friday, the team announced a new partnership with University of Chicago Medicine, which will sponsor “Family Sundays" featuring reduced ticket prices and parking fares outside U.S. Cellular Field.
Upper deck tickets will start at $5 with parking cut from the regular $20 to $10 per car. Kids will also be able to run bases and get autographs after the game. the team said.