Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com to air LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage on Friday, January 25 at 4:00 PM -- hosted by Chuck Garfien
Garfien to also provide complete SoxFest coverage throughout the weekend on SportsNet Central and WhiteSoxTalk;
CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes and WhiteSoxTalk blogger J.J. Stankevitz to provide playercoachesfront office interviews, features, live Tweets & more
Chicago, IL (January 22, 2013) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox, is ready to start up the 2013 White Sox season in a big way with exclusive, LIVE Opening Ceremonies coverage from the 2013 SoxFest convention, which is being held downtown this weekend (January 25-27) at the Palmer House Hilton.
On Friday, January 25 beginning at 4:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with every thrill-packed moment of the annual conventions opening ceremonies featuring introductions of current and former White Sox playerscoachesfront office executives, plus - live interviews with White Sox players following the opening ceremonies, video montages and much more. Comcast SportsNets 2013 SoxFest coverage will be hosted by White Sox PrePost Game Live host Chuck Garfien. Former White Sox slugger and current CSN White Sox studio analyst Bill Melton will also join Garfien in the live telecast.
In addition, Garfien will file reports for SportsNet Central (10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight) and for CSNChicago.coms WhiteSoxTalk section throughout the weekend featuring interviews with White Sox players, coaches and fans. Plus, CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider Dan Hayes and WhiteSoxTalk blogger J.J. Stankevitz will also provide viewers with comprehensive, real-time online coverage featuring numerous playerscoachesfront office executive interviews, stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more. Fans can follow Hayes SoxFest updates all weekend long via Twitter @DanHayesCSN, along with Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), and StankevitzWhiteSoxTalk (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN).
Jimmy Butler is headed to Minnesota to reunite with Tom Thibodeau.
And as the former face of the Bulls packs his bags to join the Timberwolves, Butler took to social media to say goodbye to Chicago and thank the fans for all they've done over the last six years:
Here's Butler's complete message:
What can I say?! I truly struggle with the words because you've been so much more than just my home for the last 6 years, you've been my life! You've embraced me like a son and pushed me to get better every day, every season.
I can honestly say that I have always been incredibly motivated to succeed; it's just the way I'm built. But I know I owe so much to the person I am now, and to the player that I've become, to you.
You always pushed me to never give anything less than my absolute best night in, night out. That's what you expected. That's what you deserved. And, I hope you know that's what I dedicated my life to every time I walked into the facility or stepped on the floor of the United Center.
Thank you to the entire Bulls organization and Reinsdorf Family for taking a chance on me in 2011 and for giving me the opportunity to play the sport I love for such a great franchise. I'll never forget the feeling I had when I was drafted and when I played my first minutes. It's an experience that I wouldn't have wanted with any other team and I'm so thankful to you for giving me that opportunity.
Chicago, I love you. Thanks for embracing a kid from Tomball like one of your own. On to a new home and a new organization. Thankfully, with some familiar faces! PS... AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANT! THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY BEHIND THE ORGANIZATION THAT DO NOT GET THE SHINE THAT THEY DESERVE!! YALL ARE THE REAL ALL-STARS!! - Jimmy G. Buckets
A classy message from Butler that exudes the exact opposite tone of his personal trainer immediately following the Thursday night trade.
Absolutely love that he signed it "Jimmy G. Buckets" at the end, shouting out Stacey King with one of the most unique nicknames in Chicago sports history.
A few years ago, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said on CSN's SportsTalk Live that Mark Buehrle had a beer -- or a few beers -- before saving Game 3 of the 2005 World Series. Cooper, with a bit of a grin, told David Kaplan that "there's no telling how many beers he had before that save."
Buehrle, in a story for the Players' Tribune, cleared that up:
The thing a lot of people talk about with that one is this rumor that I drank a few beers before I got the save in our Game 3 victory.
There’s been some stuff that’s come out on that topic, but I feel like you all should really hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. So, here goes….
In short: Yeah, sure, O.K. fine, so I had a few. I can admit to that.
Buehrle explained in his first-person article that he only had three beers, max, which wasn't unusual given he had just started the second game of the series against the Houston Astros. More from Buehrle:
First off, no one on the planet would’ve ever guessed that I was going to see the field in Game 3. I had started the previous game of the series and threw 100 pitches in that one. I would’ve bet my house that I wasn’t going to pitch a day and a half later. Anyone would have.
So, that being the case, you better believe that I was gonna do what came natural to me — grab a few beers during the early innings, kick back and enjoy the game like everyone else.
How can you blame him? Cooper told him there was no way the White Sox would be using him that night in Houston unless the game went to 13 or 14 innings. Every time Buehrle went for another cold one, he checked in with his coaches -- hey, you still don't need me, right?
Of course, the White Sox unexpectedly needed Buehrle after Brad Ausmus reached on an error on what was Damaso Marte's 39th pitch of the game. With the winning run at the plate and Marte over his season high in pitches (35) the call went to Buehrle.
Buehrle retired Adam Everett to end the game, recording the only save of his career. That he had a few beers earlier that night only added No. 56's legendary status on the South Side.
More: Chris Kamka's 56 reasons why White Sox fans love Mark Buehrle