The opening day of the latest Major League Baseball season is set for March 29, despite the fact that team owners have locked out MLB players from team facilities as they attempt to hash out a new collective bargaining agreement between the players' union and the league. Spring training seems to be delayed and the two sides don't appear to be closing in on a new agreement, according to the latest report from ESPN. But that hasn't stopped the White Sox (and the Cubs) from trying to sell tickets to games during the upcoming season as its currently scheduled.
Today, the White Sox unveiled the team's initial lineup of promotional items, which are typically given away to the first 10,000 to 20,000 fans who come through the gates (the Chicago Cubs also give away promo items, but the team hasn't announced its array of free swag yet). Highlights of the initial lineup include a hockey jersey styled after the Nike MLB City Connect Series "Southside" uniforms that the team wore during the 2021 season and a Hawaiian shirt that depicts slices of Beggars Pizza, baseballs, the Sox logo and six-pointed stars.
The items will be given away throughout the 2022 White Sox season, which is currently scheduled to kick off on March 31 at Guaranteed Rate Field, facing off against the Minnesota Twins. The end of the regular reason arrives on September 25, when the White Sox face the Detroit Lions.
Check out the initial lineup of White Sox promotional items below, along with the dates on which they'll be given away to fans—single game tickets are on sale now via the White Sox website. And cross your fingers that the MLB owners can come to an agreement with the players' union so the 2022 season begins on schedule.