112-year-old fan attends first White Sox game
At 112 years old, CP Crawford obviously has seen a lot in his century-plus time alive, but he has never seen his beloved Chicago White Sox play in person.
That changed on Thursday, as Crawford was at Guaranteed Rate Field to watch the White Sox host the Kansas City Royals.
There was no mistaking 112-year-old CP Crawford's delight when he was honored by the White Sox. In all his years, today's was the first game he ever attended. https://t.co/LYgK1eB6xX— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) September 12, 2019
Before the game, the centenarian was presented a “112 Crawford” White Sox jersey by franchise legend Harold Baines, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past summer.
“How you doing, sir?” Baines asked Crawford, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I feel pretty good,” he replied. The exchange between the two also elicited Crawford dispatching some truly sage wisdom.
Oldest living Sox fan, 112-year-old CP Crawford. Harold Baines asked CP his secret to a long life. “Minding your own business,” he replied. pic.twitter.com/pjHdoQ01v2— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) September 12, 2019
At 112 years and 18 days, Crawford is the oldest living man in the United States and third-oldest in the world.
"THE WHITE SOX IS MY FAVORITE TEAM": According to Wikipedia, at 112 years and 18 days, CP Crawford is the oldest living man in the United States and the third oldest man in the world. https://t.co/7DMxITi03K @dsplacko reports @whitesox— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) September 13, 2019
Crawford’s visit was arranged in a coordination between the White Sox and Chicago community activist Andrew Holmes.
We are having a great day at the ballpark with 112-year-old @whitesox fan CP Crawford! Happy birthday, CP! pic.twitter.com/vz1WRl51lZ— White Sox Charities (@soxcharities) September 12, 2019
“See, I told you I was going to take you to see the White Sox. Guess what? You’re here at the White Sox,” Holmes told Crawford as the 112-year-old was about to enter Guaranteed Rate Field.
While the ChiSox could not deliver a victory over the Royals, losing 6-3, it goes without saying that Crawford still had a grand time at the ballpark.