(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The White Sox home opener is Monday, but one high-profile fan won't be in his usual perch right behind home plate.
George Jacobs -- also known as the “M&M’s jacket guy” -- is a fan favorite at Guaranteed Rate Field. And rain or shine, he's wearing his signature jacket, which was a gift from his wife.
“I’ll get stopped a hundred times, and people say ‘Oh, my god, can I take a picture with you?’”
From 2005 to 2019, his season tickets included the seats right behind home plate. That meant a lot of TV time.
“I've had young people come up to me and say, ‘I grew up watching you,’” Jacobs said.
On opening day, he'll be in his current seats, within the first row behind the Sox dugout.
In case you're wondering, yes, there have been times he's wanted to take his famous jacket off. There was a blisteringly hot White Sox road game in Texas.
“It was like the air in your lung came from a frying pan. Breathing was difficult.”
But of course he kept it on.
Across town, the Chicago Cubs have their own uniquely attired fan in a highly visible spot. That would be Jim Anixter, better known as "the Pink Hat Guy,” who has sat behind home plate.