Natalia Lopez, along with her husband Ricky and sons Santiago and Isaac, were selected as NBC Sports Chicago's "Authentic Fan of the Game" contest winners.
According to Ricky, the family was given four tickets to the game and were treated to a VIP tour of Guaranteed Rate Field. As part of their exclusive tour, the family got to meet former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén and while touring the broadcast booth, visited with Sox TV announcers Jason Benetti and Steve Stone. Of course, no VIP tour would be complete without a photo session with Southpaw, the official White Sox mascot.
In addition to the special treatment lavished on the family, Natalia was escorted onto the field and given the pregame honor of shouting "Play ball!!" — the traditional baseball phrase used to start the contest. She was also interviewed on-field during the game by NBC Sports Chicago reporter Chuck Garfien.
The entire Lopez family are avid baseball fans. When Santiago and Isaac aren't busy playing baseball for Burbank American Little League, the family often travels to watch out-of-town Sox games. "Our family dreams of seeing the White Sox play at every MLB stadium," Natalia told NBC Sports Chicago.
The Lopezes were featured during the game's television broadcast. The segment featured photos of the family's visits to 10 different Major League ballparks across the country.
Unfortunately, the Sox lost to the Detroit Tigers 10-3 in a rain-plagued game but Santiago and Isaac were happy to get a first look at rookie phenom pitcher Michael Kopech.