'The Batter's Box' to debut Sunday, July 1 on CSN

'The Batter's Box' to debut Sunday, July 1 on CSN

THE BATTERS BOX, COMCAST SPORTSNETS BRAND NEW CHICAGO BASEBALL TRIVIA GAME SHOW, TO DEBUT SUNDAY, JULY 1

16 Chicago-area baseball trivia experts (8 Cubs, 8 White Sox) to test their wits as they vie for the ultimate Game Day Experience of a Lifetime

Fans at home can visit CSNChicago.com to participate in the Midas Trivia Question of the Week for their chance to win a number of great prizes

Chicago, IL (June 18, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, along with StarPilot Productions, is bringing a brand new Chicago baseball trivia game show to the network as The Batters Box presented by Midas will officially debut on Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 PM (time approx. following Cubs Post Game Live). The show is hosted by Comcast SportsNets Luke Stuckmeyer.

Beginning July 1 and, over the course of 15 weeks, 16 Chicago-area contestants, who auditioned for spots on The Batters Box in May, will be competing against one another as eight Cubs trivia experts & eight White Sox trivia experts battle it out to represent their respective, favorite team, which will ultimately lead to a thrilling Cubs vs. White Sox trivia expert finale this fall.

The Batters Box is the first show of its kind in Chicago to pit passionate and knowledgeable White Sox and Cubs fans against each other in a fun, competitive baseball trivia game show, said Greg Bowman, Vice President of Programming for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. This is truly a unique, local, original programming venture for us that definitely caters to both old and new Chicago baseball fans. Plus, viewers at home will also enjoy playing along to see how much they know about these two historic baseball franchises.

The basis of the game in this half-hour weekly show is simple as contestants must answer multiple-choice questions, while applying baseball logic to move runners around the bases and score runs. The level of difficulty of the questions ranges from a Single (for easier questions) to a Home Run (for the most challenging questions). The player with the most runs at the end of three innings wins. When a player wins, they will advance to the next round.

The Batters Box grand prize winner will receive the ultimate Game Day Experience of a Lifetime, which includes a luxury suite for the winner & their guests at either U.S. Cellular Field or Wrigley Field for a to-be-determined game in 2013, along with a visit to the broadcast booth to the meet the announcers, a visit to the CSN production truck, the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and much more.

In addition, viewers at home can also participate for their chance to win some great Batters Box prizes by visiting CSNChicago.com and correctly answering the Midas Trivia Question of the Week. One random winner among all the correct entries will be chosen each week.

Note the following scheduled first run air datestimes for The Batters Box presented by Midas, along with the Chicago-area contestants participating in the first round (PLEASE NOTE: additional replay airings take place throughout the week; visit CSNChicago.com for The Batters Box TV listings information):

FIRST ROUND
Sun, July 1 at 5:00 PM (Cubs round) Brian Bosley vs. Will Cook
Sun, July 8 at 3:30 PM (White Sox round) Mike Medley vs. Ned Mulka
Sun, July 15 at 4:30 PM (Cubs round) Kristin Lee vs. Beau Thalheimer
Sun, July 22 at 3:30 PM (White Sox round) Milo Berrera vs. Patrick OMalley
Sun, July 29 at 9:30 PM (Cubs round) Monty Childs vs. David Sellars
Sun, Aug. 5 at 4:30 PM (White Sox round) Julie Farby vs. Tony Paink
Sun, Aug. 12 at 4:30 PM (Cubs round) John Dooley vs. Anthony Hoffman
Sun, Aug. 19 at 4:30 PM (White Sox round) Antonio Barrentez vs. Tom Pauly

QUARTERFINALS
Sun, Aug. 26 at 4:00 PM (Cubs quarterfinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 2 at 4:00 PM (White Sox quarterfinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 9 at 6:00 PM (Cubs quarterfinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 16 at 4:30 PM (White Sox quarterfinals, contestants TBD)

SEMIFINALS
Sun, Sept. 23 at 7:30 PM (Cubs semifinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 30 at 4:30 PM (White Sox semifinals, contestants TBD)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Sun, Oct. 7 at 7:30 PM (White Sox champion vs. Cubs champion, contestants TBD)

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here