Soldier Field Super Bowl would work, per mayor

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Soldier Field Super Bowl would work, per mayor

If Bears critics think its a longshot getting Chicago to a Super Bowl, what would the chances of getting a Super Bowl to Chicago be?

Armed with a reasonably trouble-free hosting of the recent NATO conference, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a play to bring a Super Bowl to Chicago, according to a report by longtime Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman.

Anything is possible. This one would take some doing, however.

Soldier Field has been there in its revamped form since the 2003 season without getting much more consideration than the city of Chicago did for the 2016 Olympics.

Emanuel met with Roger Goodell during the NFL commissioners visit to Chicago on Thursday to present an award to Soldier Field for its environmental-friendly operations. Goodell didnt rule Chicago out, although Soldier Fields smallish (63,500) capacity makes it an unlikely selection without modifications.

The NFL isnt eliminating cold-weather venues without domes. New YorkNew Jersey will have the 2014 Super Bowl in that newly constructed stadium. Arizona has the 2015 game.

Minnesota and Detroit have had Super Bowls; so has Pontiac, Mich., giving the Lions two in their buildings. But those were domes.

One problem that Soldier Field will have is accommodating the crush of media from around the globe. Auxiliary seating is provided in cordoned-off sections in the stadium, but that doesnt work well if theres surly weather, and computers dont function well in severe cold. The Soldier Field press box is nowhere near the size of New Yorks, by comparison.

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

Yoan Moncada 'relieved' to get first White Sox hit out of way

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yoan Moncada can’t complain much about his first hit with the White Sox.

Given all the elements, it rates about a 9 1/ 2 out of 10. Only a homer would have been better.

Baseball’s top prospect continues to look comfortable at the plate and in the field. Two days after he made his team debut, Moncada earned his first hit when he ripped a two-out, bases-loaded triple early in Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Moncada finished 1-for-4 with four RBIs.

“Once I got that first hit, I felt relieved,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “First, because it was the first one. And second because of the situation. It was a three RBIs triple. It was a very big moment of the game. I think that from now on I’m going to feel more relaxed and comfortable.”

Moncada has put together a series of good plate appearances in his first two games. He’s looked at ease while in the box and hasn’t panicked even when he gets behind in the count. Moncada said he felt even more comfortable when he stepped in to face Royals starter Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Not only was it his second time facing Kennedy, but Moncada sat in the on-deck circle as Matt Davidson drew a 10-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs.

Hitting left-handed, Moncada fell behind 0-2 in the count but Kennedy hung a 78-mph knuckle curve and the rookie lined it deep into the left-center field gap to clear the bases. Moncada not only showed his power, he also showed off his wheels: his 11.24 seconds from home to third was the fastest time by a White Sox player this season, according to MLB Statcast.

“He's seeing the ball,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He seems pretty calm, composed out there. It's just a couple of days, but in terms of how he's carrying himself, his body language, he seems to be transitioning pretty well up to this point, first couple of days.”

Moncada said Friday was much calmer than his Wednesday debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he drew a walk and went 0-for-2. The switch-hitting second baseman had an RBI groundout in his first at-bat Friday to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Then he stood in and tracked Kennedy with Davidson at the plate.

All in all, Moncada’s happy with how he’s executed his plan at the plate thus far. He said he choked up on the 0-2 pitch and put a good swing on it.

“That at-bat gave me more time to see in real life his pitches,” Moncada said. “I’ve been feeling very comfortable. In Chicago, that first game, it was a little bit nervous. But overall I feel very comfortable hitting and with my defense.”

Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez rings NASDAQ closing bell

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Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez rings NASDAQ closing bell

As part of the hype for the MLS All-Star Game, Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and a handful of Major League Soccer cohorts made a trip to New York on Friday.

Rodriguez rang NASDAQ's closing bell. The MLS All-Star Game will take place at Soldier Field on Aug. 2.

Check out the photos from the occasion.