CHICAGO - Although he's now officially an enemy, Chris Getz will always have a special place amongst the hearts of the loyal fans on the south side. Sunday afternoon the White Sox allowed the Chris Getz Fan Club to gather in the upper deck, offering discounted group tickets.
"In a way, yes, it is unusual, but Chris isn't the usual player," said White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. "His 2009 season is still talked about here. His flirtation with .270, his 2 home runs, the way his face lights up when he smiles."
According to Kevin Slowczk, the President of the Aurora branch of the Getz Fan Club, Sunday's game was bittersweet. "The closest parallel, I suppose, is that of Menelaus upon seeing Helen again. How could I but love?"
Prior to the game, Getz was remembered with a stirring speech delivered the Kansas City Star's Lee Judge. Judge told the assembled throng to always cherish Getz.
"His greatness inspires us, his grace amazes us, his versatility shames us," Judge said, "of his abilities, we can only finally say that we are witnessing perfection."
Ned Yost rewarded Getz's fans by repeatedly having Getz lean over the edge of the dugout guardrail.