The family of former Chicago White Sox groundskeepers outraged after the lounge named after her was renamed in honor of Tony La Russa.
The food space, now called La Russa’s Lounge, is a change from Loretta’s Lounge in honor of Loretta Micele, who has been selling beer and hot dogs for over six decades.
Michel’s great-grandson Lou Soto discusses the name change. “To keep them from informing us, you know, it’s a shame.”
The White team said the change came after the 2019 season, long before La Russa returned for a second stint as manager. The team said no one noticed last year because fans were unable to attend the game.
“Before Tony La Roussa was the manager. The area was named after the donkey. For several seasons Russa has been relocated to its current level of 100 during the 2020 season,” a team statement said. “Loretta Misele has always been a valuable member of the White Sox family. And a plaque remains in space to honor her memory. even after the name change”
Micele worked at the old Comiskey Park and the current stadium, which opened in 1991. She passed away in 2014.
The White team said they were planning to give the family a replica of the Loretta’s Lounge sign.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.