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.

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Morning Update: Bears beat 49ers; Blackhawks' offense struggles in loss to Jets

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Bulls pass out Christmas gifts to Chicago youth on Sunday

Bulls pass out Christmas gifts to Chicago youth on Sunday

It was hard to tell who was more excited Sunday afternoon: the Bulls players or the 400 kids who stopped by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry as the team passed out Christmas gifts for kids who reside in the Chicago family housing development.

Robin Lopez was carrying about Benny the Bull, much to the surprise and delight of many kids who were in attendance, while Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo took photos and passed out gifts to every child.

Rondo established roots in Chicago long before becoming a Bull, but has become entrenched in the months since signing with the franchise, being a part of the 17th annual holiday party.

“It’s definitely an honor. An honor to be a Bull,” Rondo said. “Since Day 1 when I got here I thought they were the best organization as far as giving back to the community, and it shows. They do it without hesitation.

“Very welcoming. The people have been great. The kids have been here since Day 1 supporting us as well. It’s very exciting.”

Bulls volunteers served lunch provided by Papa John’s, Coca-Cola and Edy’s Ice Cream, as the holiday party is one of the 30 events the Bulls are organizing as part of the team and NBA Cares’ “Season of Giving.”

“It’s no problem for any of us,” Lopez said. “Look at Raj, look at Jimmy, they’re having a blast out there. They’re having as good of a time as the kids out there.”

Being a California native, the newfound snowfall added to the atmosphere for Lopez.

“This really feels like Christmas,” Lopez said. “I can feel the spirit inside with the kids and the looks on their faces when they walk in and see the toys, they see Jimmy Butler and they’re so excited to be a part of it.”

Whether it was Barbie Dreamhouses, or Nerf basketball rims, the kids were ecstatic to see the Bulls and to pick out the toys being distributed by the Bulls’ stars.

“Very humbling. Over 400 kids. And every kid comes through all smiling and excited,” Rondo said. “Some of them don’t get toys all year and this time of year is about giving. I’m very humbled.”

Butler has been around Bulls Charities since being drafted in 2011, so although this is old hat, he hasn’t lost any of the spirit that comes with doing events like this year after year.

He posed with kids for photos and cracked jokes to the younger basketball fans.

“Feels good. I just like being here. It’s what this time of year is all about, seeing these kids smile,” Butler said. “I love kids, I love this city, I want everybody to be happy all the time. However I can make that happen, especially around Christmas and the holidays, I’ll do.”

Lopez is quiet to many who see him on the floor, but his eyes lit up around the kids and made Benny the Bull his personal prop by picking him up and carrying him through the museum.

“Every time I see it, it’s a wonderful feeling. To think I’m a small part of it, I can’t begin to describe it,” Lopez said. “Any opportunity I get to work with kids, that’s always easy yes in my book. I’m a big kid at heart. Any time I can go play, I’m in.

“It’s indescribable. I got so many great gifts as a kid, and blessed in so many ways. Just to be able to give back in any facet, that’s an easy yes.”

Sunday's event leads up to Monday's Chicago Bulls Charities Night at the United Center. The Bulls host the Portland Trailblazers at 7 p.m. on CSN.