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Rahm Goes To The Ballgame, Lost Four Pounds on "NATO Diet," May Have Snubbed Cubs Again

By Chuck Sudo in News on May 24, 2012 7:15PM

© 2012 City of Chicago, photo by Brooke Collins

Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy were in attendance at last night's White Sox/Twins game, along with scores of police officers who received free tickets to the game as a thank you from Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf for their service during the NATO summit.

Reinsdorf announced Tuesday that all Chicago police would receive two complimentary tickets to 10 select Sox games this season, which will go a long way toward filling the empty seats around U.S. Cellular Field. Emanuel and McCarthy got heroes welcomes during the game and Emanuel told the White Sox Broadcast team of Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone he lost four pounds during the summit. "We're calling it the NATO diet," he said, adding that when he's stressed he tends to not eat. (We're on the same diet, but we call ours the "tied to the Gothamist machine diet.")

Emanuel also allowed that his favorite places to grab a hot dog in town are Hot Doug's and "Weenie Circle." We've never heard of this place.

Reinsdorf made the free ticket for cops announcement at Emanuel's request, which furthers speculation that the freeze is still on between the mayor and the Cubs in the wake of the study allegedly commissioned by Cubs owner Joe Ricketts that planned to attack President Obama's reelection campaign by interjecting race into the debate. Emanuel, who used to represent the congressional district that's home to the Cubs, would only say the Cubs "did their event" to honor police; it's also worth noting the Cubs are in the midst of a hellacious road trip.