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CHICAGO -- Converting Chicago fans into Marlins' supporters isn't an easy assignment. But team president David Samson gave it his best shot Monday morning.

 

Pounding the pavement on the South Side, Samson literally reached out to fans attending Monday's Marlins' home game against the Expos at U.S. Cellular Field of all places.

 

The threat of Hurricane Ivan to Florida caused Major League Baseball to reschedule at least part of the series in Chicago. So for Monday and Tuesday, the Marlins are the home team in the home stadium for the White Sox.

 

Marlins management is trying to maximize the situation.

 

So less than two hours before Monday's afternoon start, Samson was outside the park, shaking hands and talking with the fans waiting for the gates to open.

 

"Everyone is just excited," Samson said. "They're happy to be here."

 

As expected, a contingent of Cubs fans attended to cheer on the Expos because the Marlins are closing in on Chicago in the Wild Card race.

 

One Cubs fan went as far as buying an Expos jersey and cap to wear, throwing as much support as he could.

 

"I don't know if that was a wise investment," said Samson, who handed out Marlins hats to several fans.

 

One Cubs fan in line told Samson, "We have to root on the Expos. The Cubs can't do it themselves."

 

Several Marlins fans made it up from South Florida to attend the weekend series with the Cubs. They stayed over to see a bit of bizarre history -- two National League teams playing in an American League park.

 

"We came to see the Cubs series," said Elvis Gonzalez of Miami Beach. "This is a bonus for us."

 

Michael Becker of Chicago, an avid fan, came for the love of the game. He was set to work at 7 p.m. ET, so he figured he'd catch a day game.

 

"This is part of history," Becker said. "Plus, I'm happy to give to the hurricane relief. I got up at 5:30 a.m. and had two [bratwursts] on my way to the game."

 

Tickets were $15, with $5 goes to the hurricane relief efforts. All seating was general admission, and the Cubs fans huddled over the Expos dugout. The Expos were roundly cheered when they got done with warmups.

 

Still, the Marlins had their share of support, from White Sox fans pulling against the Cubs' playoff chances.

 

"This is a once in a lifetime thing," said Sean Ferguson of West Palm Beach, who was vacationing in Chicago.

 

Ferguson sheltered up his home a few days back, and was without power for five days because of Hurricane Frances.

 

"It's been crazy," Ferguson said.

 

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First post, and it is cool to be here. I think the Marlins are the best National League team, they have great loyal fans, and they love to have fun!

 

I have to say that I am a diehard White Sox fan, but every baseball fan gets to root for two teams and last year you guys won my heart (beating the Cubs).

 

Anyway, I will be at tomorrow's game and will be rooting for the Marlins.

 

On local TV they were surprised that more than 1,000 fans showed up, and might actually be expecting more (5,000) Tuesday.

 

They did a segment that Cubs fans are cheering for the 'spos (which your owner commented on) and Sox fans for the Fish.

 

Anyway, I will post as often as I can because most of my time is dedicated to whitesoxinteractive.com.

 

You guys are awesome and I look forward to a Championship Team finally playing a home game at US Cellular Field

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First post, and it is cool to be here. I think the Marlins are the best National League team, they have great loyal fans, and they love to have fun!

 

I have to say that I am a diehard White Sox fan, but every baseball fan gets to root for two teams and last year you guys won my heart (beating the Cubs).

 

Anyway, I will be at tomorrow's game and will be rooting for the Marlins.

 

On local TV they were surprised that more than 1,000 fans showed up, and might actually be expecting more (5,000) Tuesday.

 

They did a segment that Cubs fans are cheering for the 'spos (which your owner commented on) and Sox fans for the Fish.

 

Anyway, I will post as often as I can because most of my time is dedicated to whitesoxinteractive.com.

 

You guys are awesome and I look forward to a Championship Team finally playing a home game at US Cellular Field

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Have fun tomorrow :thumbup

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First post, and it is cool to be here. I think the Marlins are the best National League team, they have great loyal fans, and they love to have fun!

 

I have to say that I am a diehard White Sox fan, but every baseball fan gets to root for two teams and last year you guys won my heart (beating the Cubs).

 

Anyway, I will be at tomorrow's game and will be rooting for the Marlins.

 

On local TV they were surprised that more than 1,000 fans showed up, and might actually be expecting more (5,000) Tuesday.

 

They did a segment that Cubs fans are cheering for the 'spos (which your owner commented on) and Sox fans for the Fish.

 

Anyway, I will post as often as I can because most of my time is dedicated to whitesoxinteractive.com.

 

You guys are awesome and I look forward to a Championship Team finally playing a home game at US Cellular Field

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Welcome to the board

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First post, and it is cool to be here. I think the Marlins are the best National League team, they have great loyal fans, and they love to have fun!

 

I have to say that I am a diehard White Sox fan, but every baseball fan gets to root for two teams and last year you guys won my heart (beating the Cubs).

 

Anyway, I will be at tomorrow's game and will be rooting for the Marlins.

 

On local TV they were surprised that more than 1,000 fans showed up, and might actually be expecting more (5,000) Tuesday.

 

They did a segment that Cubs fans are cheering for the 'spos (which your owner commented on) and Sox fans for the Fish.

 

Anyway, I will post as often as I can because most of my time is dedicated to whitesoxinteractive.com.

 

You guys are awesome and I look forward to a Championship Team finally playing a home game at US Cellular Field

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Welcome! :party

 

Could you please tell me where you saw this so I can try and find some video of it?

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