CSN to air 'Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams' baseball game featuring Frank Thomas

CSN to air 'Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams' baseball game featuring Frank Thomas

Comcast SportsNet to air Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Baseball Game, featuring White Sox legend Frank Thomas, on
Sunday, May 20 at 5:00 PM

Game also features MLB legends Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, Wade Boggs, Edgar Martinez and more!

Chicago, IL (May 14, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will air the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Game featuring White Sox legendfuture Baseball Hall of Famercurrent Comcast SportsNet White Sox analyst FRANK THOMAS on Sunday, May 20 at 5:00 PM, or immediately following Cubs Post Game Live presented by Horseshoe Casino, after CSNs Cubs-White Sox BP Crosstown Cup telecast.

The Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Game took place this past Saturday, May 12 at Huntington Park in Columbus, OH, featuring a dream team of MLB legends playing six innings against the winner of the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams contest: Columbus resident Tim Wisecup and his ten friends.

Last fall, fans had the chance to visit mlb.compepsimax to vote for which of four finalists they wanted to host the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team, and now Wisecup will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play ball against the starting Dream Team comprised of:

Catcher Johnny Bench
First Baseman Frank Thomas
Second Baseman Edgar Martinez
Third Baseman Wade Boggs
Shortstop Ozzie Smith
Outfielders Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield
Pitcher Pedro Martinez
Relief Pitcher Dennis Eckersley

Appearances were also made by Joe Charboneau, Lenny Barker and Kent Mercker.

Comcast SportsNets telecast on Sunday, May 20 will be a one-hour version of the game. George Grande called play-by-play with David Maezhold and Natalie Taylor serving as dugout reporters, along with interviewing MLB legends and Wisecup. In addition to the May 20 debut telecast of this game, replays will air on the following datestimes: Tue, May 29 at 11pm - Sat, June 2 at 9pm - Sun, June 10 at 4:30pm - & Fri, June 15 at 7pm.

American Cancer Society is putting together a virtual 5K


American Cancer Society is putting together a virtual 5K

The DetermiNation program of the American Cancer Society is putting together a virtual 5K to raise money.

Participants are encouraged to run the 3.1-mile distance on June 5, which is National Cancer Survivor day. The 5K is one of many events that the DetermiNation program is putting on to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. 

A virtual 5K means that participants do not necessarily have to run the distance, but can walk if it is desired. This is done in an effort to increase participation in order to maximize awareness and donations.

To sign up for the 5K, or to find out more information about the DetermiNation program of the American Cancer Society, go here:  acsdetermination.org

Robin Ventura: You 'always' review tough White Sox losses


Robin Ventura: You 'always' review tough White Sox losses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He’s ready to move forward Saturday, but Robin Ventura spent part of Friday night replaying a tough White Sox loss, his role included.

In great position to make a strong statement at the start of a three-city road trip, the White Sox coughed up a four-run lead on Friday night and lost to the Kansas City Royals 7-5. It was another blow for a team in the midst of a long slump, their 12th loss in 16 games.

The bullpen was the real culprit as it combined with starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to yield four runs in the bottom of the seventh and allow the Royals to go ahead for good. But Ventura’s bullpen management in the seventh inning — when he used four relievers — left him open for scrutiny, too.

Should Ventura have turned to his bullpen to start the seventh inning clean instead of bringing back Gonzalez, who allowed a one-out double? Did he consider intentionally walking the Royals’ best hitter, Eric Hosmer, with first base open and two outs? How would they have handled it had the game gone to extras with so much of the bullpen used?

“There are plenty of games when you do that, especially when it doesn’t go the way you want it to,” Ventura said. “You always do that. You talk it through. (Don Cooper) and I will talk it through. Rick (Hahn) and I will do the same thing. And when you get back here, you’re back at it getting ready to go for that day.”

The White Sox bullpen was outstanding in April. The group posted a 1.69 ERA that month and the team was 20-0 when leading after seven innings.

But this isn’t April.

The bullpen has struggled mightily since Texas and Friday was no different. White Sox relievers have a 4.05 ERA in May. With a man on second and one out, Dan Jennings immediately fell behind Jarrod Dyson and walked him, bringing the tying run to the plate. Matt Albers took over and Alcides Escobar reached on an infield single to load the bases. Whit Merrifield found a hole against Albers for a two-run single to make it a one-run game. Albers struck out Lorenzo Cain but not before a wild pitch moved Escobar and Merrifield into scoring position.

“You can’t go to Nate every single time in the seventh inning and have him throw the seventh and eighth, or (David Robertson) in the middle of the eighth and ninth,” Ventura said. “We have to get some guys that can get outs and those are the guys you use in that situation.”

At that point, Ventura opted for Duke to face Hosmer with Nate Jones warming in the bullpen.

The numbers favored his choice -- Hosmer had a .580 OPS against lefties while on-deck hitter Salvador Perez had an .862 OPS against righties. But, Hosmer was in the midst of a good game at the plate with an RBI groundout in the first and an opposite-field homer off Gonzalez in the sixth.

“You consider it,” Ventura said. “I mean you load it up, you don’t give (Jones) much to work with there. (Duke) has had some good numbers against Hosmer.”

Duke got ahead of Hosmer with a first-pitch fastball inside for a strike. Though Duke’s next offering, a slider, was outside, Hosmer got enough of it to flip the ball into left field for a two-run, go-ahead single. Kansas City’s bullpen took over from there and the White Sox suffered a cruel defeat.

“When it doesn’t work you’re bringing a guy in and immediately it might not work,” Ventura said. “But it is a long year and you’ve seen what they can do and you want to get back to that. We also went through a stretch where we were using them a lot. Then they get a little rest, and you look at a game like last night where it doesn’t work and doesn’t fit and it always looks different. You can second guess anything at that point.”

Discussing the Bulls' potential offseason plan


Discussing the Bulls' potential offseason plan

The Bulls are in the middle of a tumultuous time for the franchise and things aren't going to get any easier this offseason.

On SportsTalk Live, CSN Chicago's Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill came on and discussed what the Bulls can do to get the team in the right direction.

Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are both free agents. Do they want to come back? Should the Bulls want them back? The STL panel gives their view on the future of those two big men.

Speaking of Noah, is he clashing with Jimmy Butler? After old rumors of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler clashing, rumor is getting out that it might be Noah and Butler that don't get along. Does that mean Noah won't stick around even if the Bulls make him an offer?

Butler and Rose are working out together this offseason. Can they develop some chemistry to come back stronger next season?

Also, the panel debates whether it is better to acquire talent in the offseason or during the season.

Watch the video above for the full discussion.