5 Questions with...670 The Score's Jason Goff

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5 Questions with...670 The Score's Jason Goff

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Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the city's most popular personalities on the spot with everyone's favorite local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...

On Wednesdays, exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weeks guest ... one of the rising stars in Chicago sports talk radio who has done a standout job as both a producer/on-air host at 670 The Score over the past 12 years ... his passion and deep knowledge for all things Chicago sports, not to mention, sports and entertainment from a global perspective are simply off-the-charts ... bottom line, this guy just keeps on getting better and better ... enough with the intros, lets get to it ... it's 5 Questions with ... JASON GOFF!

BIO: Jason Goff hails from Evanston, attending Evanston Township High School and later, Southern Illinois University. Jason has been employed by The Score since February 2000 and has tackled many tasks including producing for Dan Jiggetts and Doug Buffone, Dan McNeil and Jiggetts, Jonathan Hood (J Hood) and presently The Boers and Bernstein Show. Jason has been producing The Boers and Bernstein Show for the past four years. Jason has extensively the Bulls among other Chicago teams and is a regular substitute host on the Danny Mac show. Jason has also hosted at the station since 2003, as well as covered events such as the Final Four and Championship Boxing. Jason currently resides in the West Loop.

1) CSNChicago.com: Jason, there's no hiding the fact that your status is rising as you continue to become an even bigger on-air presence at The Score. In fact, in a previous 5 Questions with interview with Matt Spiegel a couple years ago, Spiegs said that you were the most underrated on-air talent at the station, praising your fearlessness and edge and that when he does four hours with you on-air, it feels like it lasts 10 minutes. As solid of a producing job you currently are doing for Boers & Bernstein, when can your fans expect you to move on from that role to a more permanent on-air spot at the station?

Goff: Basically, whenever the people in charge feel it is my time. I've let go of thinking if it was going to happen and more when it will happen. So, once the "if" is removed, you can concentrate on getting better. I would doubt myself and wonder if people really understood or got what I was doing. As soon as I let go of that and just was who I was off the air while in front of a microphone, I was pleased with the results and feedback. I'd rather be great at this job than famous. Hopefully, one day I can be great whether it be here or elsewhere. I feel it's our duty to stay relevant. People spend 15 minutes to four hours of their day with you. The least you can do is watch what they watch and make them smile a few times along the way. If you can do that while staying true to what you believe in, you've got a jump on the competition.

2) CSNChicago.com: Growing up, who were the on-air role models that made you want to get into the radio biz and why?

Goff: I listened to Mac & Boers almost every day as a kid. I loved the way Mac controlled a show with his emotion and precise radio mechanics. Terry had (and has) as good a sports mind as I've ever been around, but doesn't waste time trying to be smarter than the room (even though he might be most times). Also, I listened to The Monsters on half days of school or when I got out early. The chemistry of Mike and Dan was evident and made you feel like you just dropped in on two guys talking sports. North's style was fun, and there was something that I respected as a man about the way Jiggs carried himself. I grew up with five uncles, so when I got a chance to work with Jiggs, he imparted some of the wisdom that I had only gotten from the men in my family, along with various other formats I grew up with and admired: Dan Bernstein, Don Wade & Roma, Kathryn Johns, Jay Marvin, etc.

3) CSNChicago.com: Not to play favorites or anything, but who would you say is the most knowledgeable Score personality when it comes to Xs and Os for ALL sports -- and, a follow-up question -- who makes you laugh harder than anyone else at the station?

Goff: Me. On both accounts. Seriously though, Bernsy is as knowledgeable a guy as I've been around. Sometimes, he over-thinks things and then we have spirited debates. The funniest guys at The Score are usually the producers (and most knowledgeable). I'm not just saying that because I'm one of them either. Hosts do a lot of double-talking when they haven't watched or read something and it's up to a producer to have that item ready for them.

Funniest guys at the station to me are behind-the-scenes guys like Brendan McCaffrey, Herb Lawrence, Nick Shepkowski, Ben Finfer, Jay Zawaski, etc. Hosts steal our information and jokes anyway. I'll try not to do the same if I ever get a show (don't hold me to that though).

4) CSNChicago.com: The White Sox have been tearing it up of late as you well know. In particular, the MVP-style of play from Paul Konerko, the stellar comeback of Adam Dunn, along with some real good pitching across the board, especially from AL Pitcher of the Month Chris Sale, and a more relaxed approach to the game under new manager Robin Ventura, has catapulted this team front and center in the eyes of the Chicago sports media. In your opinion, are there any reasons why this team cant win a very winnable AL Central title?

Goff: The Tigers haven't hit their stride yet for whatever reason and this is the White Sox team that everyone was excited about going into last year. I see no reason why they can't win the AL Central. I am worried about Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. Their health is paramount to winning a division. John Danks and Gavin Floyd haven't been reliable as of late due to injury and poor performance. Baseball is a beautifully frustrating game that way. Seasons are just long enough for anything to happen. Whatever it is, I know there will be 29,000 Sox fans at The Cell cheering them on the entire way.

5) CSNChicago.com: As a native Chicagoan like so many of us, there's no doubt you'd agree that we live in THE best summer city in the country. Tell us something that you plan on doing in the city this summer that you've never done before (keep it clean Jason, this is a G-rated interview column!).

Goff: This may be boring, but I'm going to read as much as I can this summer. Tired of reading sports stuff. Want to start reading leisurely. I may purchase a bike and ride the lake shore and become more proficient at grilling. It's hard to get out because there's always something to watch on the weekends. I'll try to enjoy myself as much as I possibly can. Never know when things may change.

BONUS QUESTION! CSNChicago.com: Anything you'd like to promote Jason? Tell us ... CSNChicago.com readers want to hear about it.

Goff: I'm involved with the great people over at onestepcamp.org, plus the Jackie Robinson West Little League can always use a plug. I'm also trying to get sports equipment for a community center back in my old neighborhood: Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center in Evanston. Anyone's help and support out there would be truly appreciated.

Goff LINKS:

670 The Score official website

Jason Goff on Facebook

Jason Goff on Twitter

Who is Victor Caratini? Breaking down the Cubs' new catcher

Who is Victor Caratini? Breaking down the Cubs' new catcher

Miguel Montero is out and Victor Caratini is in.

The Cubs made a shakeup at catcher Wednesday and will have to forge the last half of the 2017 season without the presence of veteran Montero, who has 1,149 MLB games under his belt and was hitting .286 with an .805 OPS this year.

But Montero talked his way out of town and Caratini is the immediate choice for a replacement behind starting backstop Willson Contreras.

[Where it all went wrong with Miguel Montero and the Cubs]

Caratini is a 23-year-old switch-hitter whom the Cubs acquired from the Atlanta Braves in 2014 as part of the Emilio Bonifacio/James Russell deadline deal. The Braves initially selected Caratini in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Miami-Dade College.

The Puerto Rican native has mostly played catcher (297 games) in his minor-league career, but has also seen time at first base (76 games) and third base (57 games). 

Caratini got his first taste of big-league spring training action this season, impressing with a .379 average and 1.175 OPS in 16 games (29 at-bats).

He is enjoying the best offensive season of his career in Triple-A Iowa, hitting .343 with a .384 on-base percentage and .923 OPS.

Caratini has already set a career high with eight home runs while clubbing 20 doubles and driving in 54 runs in 68 games. He also has only 40 strikeouts in 245 at-bats.

The Cubs named Caratini the organization's minor league player of the month in May after he drove in 17 runs in 24 games while hitting .366 with a .573 slugging percentage.

Caratini also should help the Cubs running game — an area where Montero was 0-for-31 in throwing out baserunners. Caratini has nabbed 28 percent of would-be basestealers in Iowa, a mark that is directly even with the MLB average.

Contreras is throwing out 34 percent of would-be basestealers in 2017.

Caratini figures to be the short-term answer for the Cubs at catcher given the organzation doesn't have many other options. Kyle Schwarber has not been a viable option behind the plate after recovering from major knee surgery that sapped almost his entire 2016 season. Taylor Davis — a 27-year-old catcher/infielder — is currently on the disabled list and has yet to make his MLB debut.

Where it all went wrong for Cubs and Miguel Montero

Where it all went wrong for Cubs and Miguel Montero

WASHINGTON – The Cubs swiftly reacted to Miguel Montero’s jaw-dropping criticism of Jake Arrieta, dumping the veteran catcher the day after the Washington Nationals ran wild with seven stolen bases and exposed some of the issues within the visiting clubhouse.

You could read the writing on the wall Wednesday morning when Anthony Rizzo’s comments on his weekly WMVP-AM 1000 appearance went viral. An All-Star first baseman who is tight with management and picky about when he decides to speak up called out Montero as a “selfish player.”

In designating Montero for assignment – a source confirmed catcher Victor Caratini will also be promoted from Triple-A Iowa – the Cubs will have to eat roughly half of his $14 million salary in the final year of his contract. 

Montero’s biggest sin is that he no longer produces like the two-time All-Star he had been with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he developed a reputation for blunt honesty and a willingness to mentor young players. The Cubs wanted that edge when they traded for Montero at the 2014 winter meetings, part of a dramatic makeover that included signing ace pitcher Jon Lester to a $155 million megadeal.

Montero’s goofy “#WeAreGood” hashtag on Twitter became a symbol for a rising franchise and a loose team that didn’t care about the weight of history. 

But where Montero could be the spokesman in Arizona and wear the target on his back, a backup catcher can’t torch a Cy Young Award winner and the team’s running-game strategy when he is 0-for-31 and Contreras is throwing guys out 34 percent of the time.     

Montero welcomed Contreras and Kyle Schwarber to the big leagues, generously trying to help with their learning curve, even as they kept taking his playing time. Montero didn’t exactly have the same reaction to David Ross becoming a media darling and a crossover celebrity.

[RELATED: Miguel Montero sends classy goodbye to Cubs players and fans]

Montero already put himself in jeopardy in the immediate World Series aftermath, ripping manager Joe Maddon in a radio interview on the same day as the championship parade and Grant Park rally.  

Montero couldn’t help himself, even after delivering a pinch-hit grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, and driving in what turned out to be the winning run in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians in a World Series Game 7.

Montero wouldn’t bite his tongue late Tuesday night after a sloppy, frustrating 6-1 loss at Nationals Park. With a 39-38 record, several key players on the disabled list and a clubhouse far more complex than Maddon’s Woodstock visions, the Cubs are in crisis mode.   

“It really sucks because the stolen bases go on me,” Montero said. “When you really look at it, the pitcher doesn’t give me any time. It’s just like: ‘Yeah, OK, Miggy can’t throw nobody out.’ Yeah, but my pitchers don’t hold anybody on. It’s tough, because it doesn’t matter how much work I put in.

“If I don’t get a chance to throw, that’s the reason why they were running left and right today, because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It’s a shame that it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anybody out.”