Inside Look: Jerry Reinsdorf to air March 14 on CSN

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Inside Look: Jerry Reinsdorf to air March 14 on CSN

Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf will be the next featured guest on Comcast SportsNet's monthly interview series "Inside Look" with the program debuting Wednesday, March 14 at 7 pm. Comcast SportsNet's Chuck Garfien will host.

The person who brought more championships to the city of Chicago than anyone else will discuss, among other topics, the White Sox World Series championship, the Bulls' six NBA titles in the 1990s, Derrick Rose and Michael Jordan. And there's also a surprise visit from Jim Thome, who has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires.

There's some great stuff in here from Reinsdorf, who says of the 2005 White Sox that the championship really didn't sink in until the parade.

"There were two million people, there wasn't one arrest, there wasn't oneincident. You could see the love coming to the players from those people.Then there were people coming up to me telling me they had gone to the cemeteryand decorated their parents or grandparents graves. You could go to anycemetery in Chicagoand the graves were decorated with White Sox paraphernalia. And then thenext spring a gentleman came up to me in the parking lot and said my fatherdied 15 minutes after the last out, he knew and he died happy. Thosethings will never, ever leave me."

And on landing Derrick Rose:

"Two monthsbefore (the NBA Draft Lottery), John Paxson and I were talking and Paxson said,'Where are we going to get a point guard? We've got to get a pointguard. I said, 'I don't know, we'll win the lottery, we'll take DerrickRose. Iknew he was going to be a very good player. I can'tsay I expected him to be an MVP in his third year. What's really good isthat he's grounded. He really hasn't changed since he got here. Hecomes from a solid background. He was protected when he was growingup. He is a lot like Michael in that he just wants to win basketballgames."

Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Jerry Reinsdorf on thefollowing datestimes: Wednesday, March 14 at 11:30pm - Friday, April 6 at 4:30pm - Wednesday,April 11 at 2:30pm - Friday, April 13 at 4:30pm - Sunday, April 15 at 8pm - Wednesday, April 18at 11pm - Thursday, April 19 at 4:30pm - Sunday, April 22 at 2pm and 8:30pm - Wednesday,April 25 at 9pm.

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.