White Sox fans cheer on team during home opener

Even though winter weather was in the forecast – one of the sure signs of spring being here is the home opener for the Chicago White Sox.

Sox fans braved the cool temperatures for a party on 35th street.

The Sox took on the Detroit Tigers. The game started at 3 p.m., but the opening day festivities started much earlier.

It was a party in the parking lot on the South Side as  fans celebrated the home opener and the return of baseball to Chicago.

Fans played games and cooked up food during their tailgates.

Lifelong Sox fan Mike Coleman wasn’t worried about snow in the forecast.

“Doesn’t make a difference, baseball’s played outdoors, if there’s a little snow on the ground,” Mike Coleman said.

Sox fans started filling the parking lots outside of the ballpark four hours before the first pitch celebrating the start of the season in way they can’t do on the North Side.

“You can’t tailgate at Wrigley – you don’t get this there,” Michelle Secor said.

Man fans say they treat the Sox Home Opener as a holiday.

“She got the bus, she hooked us up, mimosas in the morning, food, amazing time. That’s how the South Side does it,” Jennifer Gardner said.

As the grills sizzled fans were optimistic about the young team could contend.

And baseball is a thread that ties the community together before the game, the Sox honored the service of fallen Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer. The team presented a game ball to his family.

The team will be on the South Side through next Wednesday.