CHICAGO — Baseball is back this week with the Chicago White Sox traveling to Detroit for the season opener against the Tigers on Thursday.

On the South Side Tuesday, the Sox showed some unique new offerings for fans who visit Guaranteed Rate Field this season.

“There’s nothing wrong with fun at the ballpark,” Chief Marketing Officer Brook Boyer said.

The season was postponed by two weeks following the 99-day lockout. But once the owners and players reached a new collective bargaining agreement, Sox fans breathed a collective sigh of relief knowing the team is a serious World Series contender.

“This team certainly looks like it’s going to have a lot more highs than it is lows,” Boyer said. “They play a fast, aggressive style and we are unapologetically authentic, which I think connects with the Sox fan base.”

The Sox want the fan experience at the stadium worthy of a championship, too. Chef Bret Donaldson of Delaware North Sports Service is part of a team behind the players working to make the fan experience championship-level.

“The team on the field might not win every single game, but we have to win every day,” Donaldson said. “Every day has to be a win in food and beverage. We have to execute. We have to impress our guests.”

This year, the team brings back a fan favorite on the menu for a few seasons: The Heater.

It’s a quarter-pound bratwurst, getting that produced locally here in Chicago for its return. It’s a natural hog casing, stuffed with all pork, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese. We’re going to top that with pickled jalapenos and a sriracha mayonnaise so nice spice, big, bold flavors.”

Inside the newly renovated 5,000 square-foot Wintrust Scout Lounge, there’s a lounge, bard and private dining room. Behind the upscale bar is a fan favorite returning to the ballpark this year — Miller Lite.

Some of the new food offerings include sliders with beer cheese, potato cheese pierogis, Italian hoagies and a South Side staple – the Vienna corned beef. Rainbow Cones will also be available in addition to brats wrapped in pretzels and Blue Moon beer.

There will also be a number of fan giveaways.

The Sox are a legitimate World Series contender with a roster of fun young players. The team’s home opener is scheduled for one week from Tuesday, which is April 12, against the Seattle Mariners.