CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ON-AIRONLINE ASSOCIATION
WITH WHITE SOX PITCHER JAKE PEAVY

Network producing exclusive, behind-the-scenes, weekly webisodes entitled Jakes Take shown on both CSNChicago.com

and Comcast SportsNets SportsNet Central & White Sox PrePost Game Live;

Peavy to also provide a weekly CSNChicago.com journal on the current season and life in the big leagues

Chicago, IL (September 1, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and their stretch-drive quest for an AL Central Division title, has announced an on-aironline association with three-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winning pitcher, JAKE PEAVY from the Chicago White Sox, one of the most entertaining personalities in all of Major League Baseball.

Effective immediately, the network will work exclusively with Peavy to produce weekly webisodes (to be showcased on the networks 247 website CSNChicago.com and over the air on Comcast SportsNet) entitled Jakes Take, which will be a video diary featuring Peavy interviewing White Sox teammatescoachesstaff, along with many other players from opposing teams. In addition, Peavy will provide candid discussion on the current MLB season as it progresses, along insightful and entertaining commentary on life in the big leagues focusing on his personal work and his community-related activities off the field.

I enjoy working with the folks at Comcast SportsNet and being able to offer our fans a glimpse into the inner workings of baseball from how we prepare for a game, the personalities on this team, how determined we are to bring another championship to the southside of Chicago and, of course, - well talk some country music, said Peavy. I do hope people will ask me questions and send in their suggestions on what theyd like to see on the next Jakes Take to my Twitter @JakePeavy_44. Were doing some cool things with social media too, so stay tuned.

Without question, Jake Peavy is one of baseballs most popular players and continues to grow a massive fan base in the Chicago area each day, added T.K. Gore, Director of Digital Media for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. We want to showcase Jake at his very best off the field with engaging, exclusive, behind-the-scenes content that will only perpetuate the adoration that fans have for him already.

The weekly Jakes Take webisodes can be found on CSNChicago.com at the following link: (http:www.csnchicago.compagesjake_peavy). The special Peavy page on CSNChicago.com also includes his up-to-the-minute Tweets via @JakePeavy_44, plus links to Peavys Facebook page and the Jake Peavy Foundation (www.jakepeavy44.com). In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also air Jakes Take at various points throughout the week on SportsNet Central and on White Sox PrePost Game Live.

Note the following additional highlights as part of Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.coms agreement with Peavy:

Weekly Journal: Peavy will also write a weekly journal exclusively for CSNChicago.com, which will include his thoughts on his starting performances, a break-down of specific match-ups, series previews, behind-the-scenes happenings and more.

Social Media: Peavy and Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.com will collaborate around social media utilizing his @JakePeavy_44 Twitter account and via Facebook (facebook.comJakePeavy44) to solicit fan questions for a special Q&A mailbag as part of his weekly journal, along with promoting the networks on-aironline content.

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Now what? Jon Lester driven to deliver more World Series titles to Chicago

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MESA, Ariz. — Now what? Ryan Dempster believes these Cubs are young enough, hungry enough and talented enough to become the first group to win back-to-back World Series since the three-peat New York Yankees built a dynasty with titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

But Dempster already understands the expectations at Wrigley Field this season, especially after pitching on disappointing Cubs teams that got swept out of the playoffs and working as a special assistant in Theo Epstein's front office.

"Nothing can top it," Dempster said. "You can win 162 games and sweep everybody in the playoffs and it won't be as exciting for people, other than maybe the guys playing it."

That's why Jon Lester isn't putting up the "Mission Accomplished" banner at his locker, even though the Cubs had the parade down Michigan Avenue in mind when they gave him the biggest contract in franchise history at the time. Dempster — who also earned a World Series ring with the 2013 Boston Red Sox — had given Lester a scouting report as the Cubs went all-out in their pursuit of the big-game lefty.

There are still four years left on Lester's $155 million megadeal. It has been less than five months since the Cubs finally won the World Series and unleashed an epic celebration.

"Now the hard part is you don't get complacent," Lester said Wednesday after throwing six innings against an Oakland A's minor-league squad at the Sloan Park complex. "I talk about these young guys — that's where that helps. Even though you've accomplished things personally, you still want these guys to accomplish things.

"That's where that drive still gets you. You don't want to let your teammates down. You still want to be accountable for what you do. And that means showing up and doing your work in between starts and in the offseason."

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Lester believed so much in Epstein's vision, the pipeline of talent about to burst and the lure of Chicago that he signed with a last-place team. The Cubs needed a symbol to show they were serious about winning, a clubhouse tone-setter and an anchor for their rotation.

A new comfort level in Year 2 of that contract helped explain how Lester performed as an All Star, a Cy Young Award finalist and the National League Championship Series co-MVP. But Lester wants to make sure that the Cubs don't get too comfortable — or feel like they're playing with house money.

"You enjoy that, you learn from it," Lester said. "The biggest thing is not getting complacent with yourself and with your teammates. That's what drives me, making sure I'm prepared to pitch.

"I'm called upon every five days, and I have to be there. That's where that goal of 30 starts and 200 innings comes into play. I feel like if I do that, then I've done my job, for my teammates and this organization.

"The championships and the World Series — that's stuff you can't predict. It's stuff you strive to do every single year. So that's all we're going to focus on again. Our team goal again is to win a World Series."