CHICAGO -- Sergio Santos will be signing autographs at 1:30 CT on Sunday afternoon at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago during the final stages of SoxFest '11.
Gordon Beckham is scheduled as one of the panelists for a 1 p.m. seminar entitled, "Next Generation 2: Sox 2.0." But even this weekend of glorious White Sox optimism might not be able to stand up to the fervor of the Bears playing for a Super Bowl berth at 2 p.m. at Soldier Field.
"I'll be surprised if a lot of people are there," said Santos with a laugh of his potential autograph line. "I won't take it personally."
"I'm rooting for the Bears," said Beckham, who will get to watch a little bit of the NFC Championship Game against the Packers before flying back to Atlanta. "Hopefully, they can pull out a win."
Other White Sox players, such as A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko, will also be in attendance Sunday. White Sox players and staff alike are picking the Bears, with home-field advantage being a big factor. But they also realize a win for the Bears is good for the Chicago sports landscape.
"When the Bears are good, it's great for the city," Pierzynski said. "There's one team in this city everyone gets behind. When the Bears are good, there's a vibe in this city.
"You kind of become a Bears fan living here. I want them to win and want them to do well."