The book tour may be done with, but there are still going to be events at which you'll have plenty of opportunities to mingle with some of your favorite BP contributors. This coming Thursday night, March 31, is one such occasion. Through my volunteer work as a director on the board of Equality Illinois, we've partnered up with Sluggers in Chicago on 3540 N. Clark Street to create a casual evening's fun to celebrate the first night of the season, from 6-9 pm on March 31.

Even though the venue is a 12-hopper away from home home plate in Wrigley Field, with an eye towards Friday's openers for the Cubs and Sox I hope that it's clear that fans of both teams aren't just welcome, they're encouraged to attend. Nothing wrong with mixing it up a bit, considering both teams are expected to contend in tight Central Division races in their respective leagues.

Beyond celebrating the simple fact that we've got baseball, in attendance will be a lineup that we think you'll enjoy. Come meet White Sox great Minnie Minoso, Kevin Goldstein, myself, and others, and enjoy cocktails and the chance to win door prizes, including ticket packages to both Cubs and Sox games, memorabilia, copies of the new edition of Baseball Prospectus, and more.

It isn't a freebie, but tickets are $10 apiece at the door. The ticket includes two (2) complimentary cocktails, and a drawing ticket. Proceeds will go towards supporting Equality Illinois. If you're looking to score cheap tickets via luck of the draw, and/or hang out and talk about baseball with fans of every stripe, and/or just want to enjoy the tail end of the Pads/Cards game before the on-field action turns to the Giants/Dodgers season opener, we hope you'll come by.

Come meet some new friends, bring the old ones along, and let's celebrate the beginning of the 2011 baseball season!

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I will be at the Dodgers - Giants opener that night. As a Cubs fan I won't care too much about the outcome, but it will be my first opening day game seen live. And it's not an afternoon game like I believe all other LA Dodger openers have been for my more than 40 years in the LA area. It's still hard to believe the Giants are defending world champs. Am I wrong to think the 2005 Sox and 2010 Giants are the least likely champs when viewed at the beginning of their respective seasons?
This sounds awesome. I'll be enjoying the cold NJ air though. Christina, you owe us a visit to the East Coast. You used to do all the events out here.
Would that the tour's schedule hadn't run directly against my plans to go to Arizona. :(
Minnie Minoso! Alas, I will be in St. Louis that evening, but it sounds like a great kickoff to the season.
Considering how much positive response we've gotten from the teams and from people who've heard about the event, I wouldn't be surprised at all if it becomes an annual event. I mean, c'mon, Chicago, the best American city, two-team town, two great sets of fans... why not?
Why not indeed especially since I couldn't got this year.