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SoxFest: We dare ya, we double dog dare ya



Bud Selig: Say wha?
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The White Sox seem determined to challenge their fans to enjoy 2012 right from the get-go. As if it weren't daring enough for Adam Dunn to attend SoxFest this weekend at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, the Sox will kick things off Friday evening with a "State of the Game" seminar featuring Commissioner Bud Selig, not exactly a popular figure in any realm.

This, of course, comes in the wake of Ozzie Guillen's departure as manager for the warmer climes of Miami, where he intends to launch "My Boat" with a newly restocked Marlins roster, including Mark Buehrle. Also gone: Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos. The popular Robin Ventura will enjoy a honeymoon as the new manager, but that only means the onus of the Sox rebuilding on the fly to compete right away—or at least be respectable—falls squarely on general manager Kenny Williams.

The Sox clearly aren't trying to sugarcoat where they are. Dunn and Selig should go down as smoothly as a couple tablespoons of castor oil—or Old Style in a plastic Cubs cup, where Sox fans are concerned. Still, you have to admire the Sox' brass balls. Dunn is coming in to take his lumps and test whatever new attitude he's developed during the offseason under the acid test of potential fan scorn, and the same treatment figures to apply to Selig, even as he remains one of the oldest and most loyal baseball allies of Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. The reception they receive will set the early keynote for the Sox season—for better or worse.

Tickets remain available—it should be noted that the Cubs Convention is sold out. For more on the Sox' winter check out our story in this week's issue.