David DeJesus named new CSN Cubs studio analyst

dejesus_cubs.jpg

David DeJesus named new CSN Cubs studio analyst

Former Cubs standout to also make regular appearances on "SportsTalk Live," "In the Loop," and CSNChicago.com’' "Cubs Talk" podcasts throughout the upcoming MLB season

Chicago, IL (March 22, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, has announced former Cubs/MLB standout and fan favorite David DeJesus has been named the new Cubs studio analyst for CSN's Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group and Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois beginning with the 2017 MLB regular season. DeJesus will be paired with veteran CSN Cubs Pre/Postgame Live host David Kaplan to provide expert analysis for CSN's slate of 81 scheduled Cubs games beginning in April. In addition to his Cubs studio analyst duties, DeJesus will also make regular appearances on CSN's weeknight sports discussion program, SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, along with select appearances on the early edition of In the Loop presented by Comcast Business and on CSNChicago.com’s "Cubs Talk" podcasts. The announcement was made by Kevin Cross, Senior Director of News & Original Content for CSN Chicago. 

"I'm thankful to CSN for giving me this opportunity to once again be a part of the best organization in baseball," said DeJesus. "I loved my time with the Cubs and I am excited to be able to bring my insight to the viewers and enjoy the ride to another championship."

"During his time spent in Chicago, David quickly became a fan favorite for his dedication and hard-working approach not only on the field, but also in the community," added Cross. "David’s contagious enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the game will definitely be major assets to our Cubs studio shows beginning this season and we can’t wait to get David & 'Kap' together to bring Cubs fans the expert coverage and analysis they have come to expect from our network."

DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3), a standout defensive outfielder who played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues, including two for the Cubs in 2012 & 2013, made his Major League debut in September of 2003 with the Kansas City Royals. In his first full season with the Royals in 2004, DeJesus finished sixth in American League “Rookie of the Year” voting when he hit .287 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in just 96 games. DeJesus enjoyed his finest offensive season during the 2008 campaign with the Royals hitting .307 with 12 homers, 73 RBI and 11 steals. In his 13-year MLB career, which included stints with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels, DeJesus compiled a .275 career batting average with 99 home runs and 573 RBI. 

CSN announces 2017 White Sox season coverage details

white_sox_opening_day.jpg

CSN announces 2017 White Sox season coverage details

106 Regular Season Games, including the Home/Season Opener on Monday, April 3 vs. Detroit!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER -- Live streaming coverage of EVERY White Sox telecast – including all Pre/Postgame Shows – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to feature 24/7 reporting from White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes; website to also feature live video of Postgame Press Conferences, weekly White Sox podcasts featuring Chuck Garfien, Daily Player/Coaches Interview, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more!

“White Sox Season Preview” special, featuring a complete analysis of this year’s roster and the roster of the future, to air Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (March 21, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN) -- the home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the up-and-coming Chicago White Sox has announced its 2017 White Sox game telecast & surrounding coverage details, along with numerous digital coverage specifics on CSNChicago.com. 

The 2017 White Sox season on CSN includes 106 live regular season games, including the HOME/SEASON OPENER against the AL Central division rival Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 3 at 3:00 PM, featuring the always-entertaining White Sox announcing tandem of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone on the call.  Coverage begins at 2:00 PM CT with an expanded, LIVE REMOTE Opening Day edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships from Guaranteed Rate Field hosted by CSN’s White Sox studio tandem of Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton, along with CSN’s White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos and CSNChicago.com White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes providing additional Opening Day reports. The game will be immediately followed by an expanded edition of Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, also taking place live from Guaranteed Rate Field, featuring new White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and much more.

In addition -- beginning THIS season -- EVERY White Sox telecast on CSN, including surrounding White Sox Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers.  The live stream of CSN’s White Sox telecasts is presented by State Farm.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  

For the second-straight season, southside Chicago-area native and Homewood-Flossmoor H.S. graduate Jason Benetti will provide the play-by-play call for every White Sox home game this season (with the exception of the home opener and the Cubs “Crosstown” series games being played at Guaranteed Rate Field), along with two road games in Toronto (June 16 &17).  Legendary White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson will once again handle play-by-play duties for all road games this season, but, as previously mentioned, “Hawk” will be on the call for the 2017 Home Opener on April 3, along with the  “Crosstown” series match-ups at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Among the 2017 White Sox regular season schedule highlights on CSN include 48 match-ups in the always-competitive AL Central Division featuring a total of 11 match-ups against the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians, along with 12 games apiece against the Detroit Tigers & Kansas City Royals, and 13 against the Minnesota Twins.  In addition, viewers can look forward to five games against the defending AL East champ Boston Red Sox, five games against the New York Yankees, five games against the AL West champion Texas Rangers, plus – an expanded interleague schedule including a pair of games against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, a pair of games against NL Wild Card champion San Francisco Giants, along with additional NL West battles vs. Colorado, Arizona, and San Diego.  ALSO -- CSN will carry all four White Sox-Cubs “Crosstown Cup” interleague games this year.  (NOTE: the July 24 & 26 “Crosstown” games will be “White Sox” telecasts on Comcast SportsNet, while the July 25 & 27 games will be “Cubs” telecasts).

PROGRAMMING NOTE: CSN will also air a White Sox Season Preview special (presented by GMC) on Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 PM.  Hosted by Chuck Garfien and featuring special guests, the White Sox Season Preview special will provide a complete breakdown of all of the off-season transactions, a deep look at this year’s roster, along with numerous players and coaches interviews.  This special will also re-air on Friday, Mar. 31 at 4:30 PM and Sat, April 1 at 12:30 PM.

In addition to its live stream of every White Sox regular season telecast, CSNChicago.com also delivers comprehensive 24/7 White Sox coverage all season long, including the following highlights: 

  • Live stream of White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every home game.
  • White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes returns for his sixth season on the beatFollow him on Twitter @CSNHayes for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7.  Hayes will also file daily stories/video reports and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships, SportsTalk Live, In the Loop and in select CSN White Sox home games.  All Dan Hayes content on CSNChicago.com is sponsored by The Great Escape.
  • Chuck Garfien will once again offer on-going reports and insight via his popular “Sox Drawer” posts, which will include exclusive video content.  Garfien can also be followed on Twitter 24/7 @ChuckGarfien, for up-to-the-second White Sox news.  In addition, fans are urged to follow CSN White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) for additional White Sox news, interviews, and insight all season long.
  • CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) and Paul Roumeliotis (@PaulRoumel) will also be providing White Sox game day reports, analysis and features throughout the season.
  • “White Sox Talk PODCAST” (presented by Wintrust) – Featuring White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien and an array of special guests, CSN’s “White Sox Talk” podcast features in-depth White Sox discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news all season long. Fans can download all of CSN’s podcasts at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • WhiteSoxTalk (CSNChicago.com/white-sox) - CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #WhiteSoxTalk podcast.
  • @CSNWhiteSox on Twitter provides 24/7 full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from Guaranteed Rate Field and across the country.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver White Sox push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • White Sox coverage on CSNChicago.com/white-sox is presented by Wintrust
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, and Xfinity.com.

For the tenth-straight season, CSN will produce every White Sox regular season home and road game in a high-definition (HD) format.   In addition, nine White Sox games are currently scheduled to be telecast on CSN Plus (see attached schedule).  CSN Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to CSN affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV. 

Before a number of White Sox games on CSN (including all weekend telecasts), fans can tune to White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships featuring a half-hour of pre-game analysis, interviews and the very latest White Sox news (NOTE: for weeknight 7:00 PM game start times or earlier, pre-game coverage can be found on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan or on In the Loop presented by Comcast Business).  Following the majority of all games, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Subaru White Sox Postgame Live featuring live coverage of White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s post-game press conferences and live locker room interviews with White Sox players.  Following primetime editions of White Sox Postgame Live, CSN will air In the Loop Prime presented by GMC at 10:00 PM and/or In the Loop Prime presented by State Farm at 10:30 PM for a complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news, along with the most popular topics, videos, posts and more in the social media universe. 

CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports app

2017 Chicago White Sox Schedule

Regular Season: (every game available in HD)

 

  1. Mon, Apr 3               3:00 pm              vs Detroit                                        (Home/Season Opener!)
  2. Wed, Apr 5               1:00 pm              vs Detroit
  3. Fri, Apr 7                  7:00 pm              vs Minnesota                                  CSN+
  4. Sun, Apr 9                1:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  5. Tue, Apr 11              3:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  6. Wed, Apr 12             5:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  7. Fri, Apr 14                7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  8. Sun, Apr 16              3:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  9. Tue, Apr 18              6:00 pm              @ New York Yankees
  10. Wed, Apr 19             6:00 pm              @ New York Yankees
  11. Fri, Apr 21                7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  12. Sat, Apr 22               6:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  13. Mon, Apr 24             7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  14. Tue, Apr 25              7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  15. Sat, Apr 29               12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  16. Mon, May 1              7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  17. Wed, May 3              7:00 pm              @ Kansas City                                CSN+
  18. Thu, May 4               1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  19. Fri, May 5                 6:00 pm              @ Baltimore
  20. Sun, May 7               12:30 pm            @ Baltimore
  21. Tue, May 9               7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  22. Thu, May 11             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  23. Fri, May 12               7:00 pm              vs San Diego                                  CSN+
  24. Sun, May 14             1:00 pm              vs San Diego
  25. Mon, May 15            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Angels
  26. Wed, May 17            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Angels
  27. Thu, May 18             9:00 pm              @ Seattle
  28. Sat, May 20              9:00 pm              @ Seattle
  29. Sun, May 21             3:00 pm              @ Seattle
  30. Mon, May 22            8:30 pm              @ Arizona
  31. Wed, May 24            2:30 pm              @ Arizona
  32. Fri, May 26               7:00 pm              vs Detroit
  33. Sat, May 27              1:00 pm              vs Detroit
  34. Tue, May 30             7:00 pm              vs Boston
  35. Wed, May 31            7:00 pm              vs Boston
  36. Sat, June 3               3:00 pm              @ Detroit
  37. Sun, June 4              12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  38. Wed, June 7             6:00 pm              @ Tampa Bay
  39. Thu, June 8              6:00 pm              @ Tampa Bay
  40. Sun, June 11            12:00 pm            @ Cleveland
  41. Tue, June 13            7:00 pm              vs Baltimore
  42. Wed, June 14           7:00 pm              vs Baltimore                                    CSN+
  43. Thu, June 15            1:00 pm              vs Baltimore
  44. Fri, June 16              6:00 pm              @ Toronto
  45. Sat, June 17             12:00 pm            @ Toronto
  46. Wed, June 21           7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  47. Thu, June 22            12:00 pm            @ Minnesota
  48. Fri, June 23              7:00 pm              vs Oakland
  49. Sat, June 24             1:00 pm              vs Oakland
  50. Tue, June 27            7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees
  51. Wed, June 28           7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees                    CSN+
  52. Thu June 29             7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees
  53. Fri, June 30              7:00 pm              vs Texas
  54. Sun, July 2               1:00 pm              vs Texas
  55. Mon, July 3               8:00 pm              @ Oakland
  56. Tue, July 4               3:00 pm              @ Oakland
  57. Fri, July 7                 7:30 pm              @ Colorado
  58. Sun, July 9               2:00 pm              @ Colorado
  59. Fri, July 14               7:00 pm              vs Seattle                                        CSN+
  60. Sun, July 16             1:00 pm              vs Seattle
  61. Wed, July 19            7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  62. Fri, July 21               7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  63. Sun, July 23             1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  64. Mon, July 24             1:20 pm              @ CUBS
  65. Wed, July 26            7:00 pm              vs CUBS                                        
  66. Fri, July 28               7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  67. Sat, July 29              6:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  68. Mon, July 31             7:00 pm              vs Toronto
  69. Wed, Aug 2              1:00 pm              vs Toronto
  70. Thu, Aug 3               6:00 pm              @ Boston
  71. Fri, Aug 4                 6:00 pm              @ Boston
  72. Sat, Aug 5                6:00 pm              @ Boston
  73. Wed, Aug 9              7:00 pm              vs Houston
  74. Thu, Aug 10             7:00 pm              vs Houston
  75. Sat, Aug 12              6:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  76. Wed, Aug 16            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Dodgers
  77. Thu, Aug 17             7:00 pm              @ Texas
  78. Fri, Aug 18               7:00 pm              @ Texas
  79. Sun, Aug 20             2:00 pm              @ Texas
  80. Mon, Aug 21             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  81. Tue, Aug 22             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  82. Wed, Aug 23            7:00 pm              vs Minnesota                                  CSN+
  83. Fri, Aug 25               7:00 pm              vs Detroit
  84. Sat, Aug 26              6:00 pm              vs Detroit
  85. Tue, Aug 29             7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  86. Thu, Aug 31             12:00 pm            @ Minnesota
  87. Fri, Sept 1                7:00 pm              vs Tampa Bay
  88. Sat, Sept 2               6:00 pm              vs Tampa Bay
  89. Tue, Sept 5              7:00 pm              vs Cleveland                                   CSN+
  90. Wed, Sept 6             7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  91. Fri, Sept 8                7:00 pm              vs San Francisco
  92. Sun, Sept 10            1:00 pm              vs San Francisco
  93. Mon, Sept 11            7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  94. Wed, Sept 13           1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  95. Thu, Sept 14            12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  96. Fri, Sept 15              6:00 pm              @ Detroit
  97. Sat, Sept 16             5:00 pm              @ Detroit
  98. Wed, Sept 20           7:00 pm              @ Houston
  99. Thu, Sept 21            7:00 pm              @ Houston
  100. Fri, Sept 22           7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  101. Sun, Sept 24         1:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  102. Mon, Sept 25         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels                   CSN+
  103. Tue, Sept 26         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels
  104. Thu, Sept 28         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels
  105. Fri, Sept 29           6:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  106. Sun, Oct 1             2:00 pm              @ Cleveland

106 Regular Season Games – 53 home, 53 away

Schedule Subject to Change

All Times Central Time

 

CSN to air an unprecedented Chicago Cubs World Series documentary chronicling one of the greatest Game 7s in professional sports history

CSN to air an unprecedented Chicago Cubs World Series documentary chronicling one of the greatest Game 7s in professional sports history

"Reign Men: The Story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series," presented by Binny's Beverage Depot

Premieres Monday, March 27 at 9:30 PM CT -- Exclusively on CSN Chicago

Narrated by country music sensation/Illinois native & lifelong Cubs fan Brett Eldredge

Chicago, IL (March 14, 2017) – In what many have called the greatest Game 7 in professional sports history, CSN Chicago proudly announces its next landmark documentary, Reign Men: The Story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, presented by Binny's Beverage Depot.  This one-hour CSN Original Production chronicles and unveils new tales of the unforgettable, stunning, and overwhelmingly-emotional journey that was Game 7 of the 2016 World Series…a game that saw the Chicago Cubs ending "the curse" and finally winning their first title in 108 years.  Narrated by Academy of Country Music "Male Vocalist of the Year" nominee/Illinois native & lifelong Cubs fan Brett Eldredge, Reign Men: The Story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series premieres Monday, March 27 at 9:30 PM CT exclusively on CSN. 

Produced, written and edited by CSN Chicago’s Emmy-award winning tandem of Executive Producer of Original Content - Sarah Lauch & Senior Producer of Original Content - Ryan McGuffey, creators of CSN Chicago’s Emmy-nominated documentary “5 Outs…” (2013) and "Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox" (2015), Reign Men focuses solely on Game 7, taking audiences inside every critical aspect of this historic game, which will unveil new stories that shine a brighter light on a championship that was 108 years in the making. 

With over 15 hours of exclusive interview footage, Reign Men captures some of the most revealing stories from numerous Cubs players/coaches/front office execs who discuss every high and low that this historic game produced from that glorious early November evening in Cleveland, OH.  In addition, viewers will also experience numerous, critical game moment highlights, along with exclusive, behind-the-scenes, celebratory footage that took place at Progressive Field and throughout the city of Chicago.

"Cubs fans will always remember exactly where they were when the Cubs won Game 7 of the World Series," said Kevin Cross, Senior Director of News and Original Content for CSN Chicago.  "What is truly special about our presentation of Reign Men is that it takes all of us into the minds of those in the Cubs organization who lived every high and low moment of one of the greatest games in baseball history.  I couldn’t be prouder of the amazing storytelling and high production values on display by Sarah, Ryan, and our entire production team."

Following 103 wins during the regular season, the National League Central first-place Cubs entered the 2016 MLB Postseason as the favorites to win it all, but it certainly wasn’t easy.  They defeated the NL Wild Card champion San Francisco Giants three games to one in the National League Division Series, and then faced the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.  A determined Cubs team, down two games to one in the NLCS, stormed back with three-straight, hard-earned victories over the Dodgers, including a euphoric Game 6 series-clinching win at Wrigley Field, earning the team their first NL pennant in 71 years.  

On October 25th and, for the first time since 1945, the Cubs were back in the World Series facing a young and hungry American League Champion Cleveland Indians squad, a team that earned home field advantage thanks to the American League winning the All-Star Game earlier in the summer. 

Game 1 saw the Indians not only shock, but shutout the Cubs 6-0, but the Cubs were able to battle back and tie the series at a game a piece with a solid 5-1 performance in Game 2, leaving Cubs fans feeling confident with the next three games being held at "The Friendly Confines."  However, the good feelings about playing at Wrigley Field were short-lived as the Indians shutout the Cubs - again - this time 1-0 in Game 3.  To make matters worse, the Indians then went on to pound the Cubs in Game 4 the very next night by a score of 7-2.  Now down 3-1 in the series, the Cubs had to dig deep and find a way to prove to themselves and the entire sports universe that they were for real…and that any "curse" that may have existed over the course of time would soon be broken.

With season-ending elimination staring them in the face in Game 5, the Cubs scored all the runs they needed in the fourth inning, which was just enough for 3-2 victory giving the raucous fans at Wrigley a reason to celebrate, along with the ability to live another day with hope as the series shifted back to Cleveland for Game 6.

The hopes and prayers of Cubs fans were indeed answered as the winning vibe continued in Cleveland for Game 6 which saw the Cubs bust out three runs in first inning and four more in the third en route to a 9-3 blowout…setting up the moment of all moments in the history of both franchises -- Game 7 of the World Series.

In a script too unbelievable for Hollywood, Game 7 was more than epic; the game simply had it all.  In a back-and-forth battle between two clubs who had not won a title in a combined 176 years, the Cubs built up a solid 6-3 lead by the eighth inning, but it was short-lived as a demoralizing, two-run homer from Indians outfielder Rajai Davis eventually tied it up at 6-6.  However, Game 7's most defining moment came during a brief, 17-minute rain delay that took place after nine completed innings…a moment that Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo called "the most important thing to happen to the Chicago Cubs in 100 years."

That historically-significant 17-minute rain delay -- the source of the Reign Men title -- allowed Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward to call a “players only” meeting that not only lit a fire under every player, but refocused the team to get out there in the 10th inning and do what they, and the entire sports world for that matter, expected them to accomplish in a season that was destined for glory.

Reign Men: The Story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series not only captures the exhilarating moments and overwhelming emotions shared by those who were directly involved in what many have called the greatest moment in Chicago sports history, but one of the great monumental achievements history of athletic competition.

In addition to the documentary narration by Eldredge, among the numerous players/coaches/front office exec interviews in this documentary include candid and honest Game 7 recollections from the following individuals:

  • Tom Ricketts (Cubs Chairman)
  • Theo Epstein (Cubs President, Baseball Operations)
  • Jed Hoyer (Cubs EVP, General Manager)
  • Joe Maddon (Cubs manager)
  • Anthony Rizzo (Cubs first baseman)
  • Kris Bryant (Cubs third baseman)
  • Kyle Schwarber (Cubs outfielder)
  • Jon Lester (Cubs pitcher)
  • Jason Heyward (Cubs outfielder)
  • Kyle Hendricks (Cubs pitcher)
  • Ben Zobrist (Cubs second baseman/outfielder)
  • David Ross (Cubs catcher)
  • Miguel Montero (Cubs catcher)
  • Rajai Davis (Indians outfielder)

Note the following quotes from the CSN Original Production of Reign Men: The Story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, debuting Monday, March 27 at 9:30 PM CT:

TOM RICKETTS on the thought of losing Game 7: "The thought that we would get all the way to that game and then have it go against us…it was just unthinkable.  I mean, to have to go back to Chicago and say "okay, we got this close, but next year we’re going to pull it over the line."  You spent all this time leading up to the game and during the game, thinking about just how hard it is to get to that moment…you don’t want to see that moment get away from you."

ANTHONY RIZZO on how he felt leading up to Game 7: "You close your eyes and you just start thinking of the parade.  You just start thinking of 'What if you mess up?'…and you start thinking 'What if you're the reason?'  You start thinking of the good things...okay, you (might) hit the game-winning home run, the game-winning hit, you got all these thoughts, and you close your eyes, and they start coming (hand gesture) 'boom, boom, boom' and it's like ‘whoa, okay..."

KYLE SCHWARBER on being called a Cubs ‘legend’ after his improbable return to the World Series line-up & going 3-5 in Game 7: "I don't read into the headlines.  I just know I'm me and I love playing baseball.  If I keep doing my job and I keep having fun with the game, I feel like everyone's going to respond well to me.  My teammates, my manager, my coaching staff, the front office, the fans, I think they all have respect for the way I play the game.  The legend thing?...I got a long way to go for that (laughs), I really do.  I don't want people to get too hyped up on it, but you know, it's definitely an honor.  It's an honor to be called that because these Cubs fans have seen a lot of history.  For that to be said, it's super cool."

JON LESTER on his reaction to warming up in the bullpen before entering the game with two outs in the bottom of the 5th inning: "The scenario changed three times that inning.  It was first, I'm facing (Carlos) Santana no matter what.  They wanted him to hit from the right side, not the left side…actually that was before the inning even started, I was going to face Santana.  We scored four runs, five, whatever it was at that point, then it's 'You get the sixth.'  Then, (Maddon) goes back out and it goes back to 'You get Santana no matter what.'  Then, as soon as the phone hung up, they called back down, 'You have (Jason) Kipnis no matter what.'  So, that's when you start switching, and the phone didn't ring again.  Now, (Hendricks) gets two quick outs.  I'm kind of like, 'Okay, I'm not getting in this inning.'  All of a sudden…ball 1…ball 2…I think he ended up going full count and ended up walking him.  Now you're like 'Oh man, I'm actually getting in this game.'  Now you try to chuck a few more and then now it's more of 'Okay?...is he going to make the move?’  And then Joe (Maddon) finally comes out."

JOE MADDON on his plan to go from Kyle Hendricks…to Jon Lester…to Aroldis Chapman: "Kyle (Hendricks) had a tough third, but then he settles down in the fourth and he's looking good in the fifth…but, by also having Jon Lester there, part of the game plan for me was to get to Jon probably in the sixth.  But, I chose to go to him only there because of Kipnis hitting.  But if you could go from Kyle, to Jon, to Aroldis (Chapman), that's exactly where I was at before the game...and that's pretty good.  If you have those three guys…you have two Cy Young candidates and arguably one of the best closers ever to put in the game that day…so, all of that was part of the game plan."

THEO EPSTEIN on the criticism of Cubs manager Joe Maddon: "I was second guessing some of the decisions myself in the stands…that's the nature of it.  I think the bottom line is if people knew Joe, they could understand that everything he does is for a reason.  It might not always be 100% right.  He might not always weigh the reasons or the variables the exact same way a computer would or the way the front office would or the advanced scouts would, but he's always doing it in his mind and he's hired to do that.  He's hired to use all his experience, his understanding of people, his understanding of what winning baseball is all about…to push the right buttons, to win enough games, to get us in the playoffs, and win 11 more games and win the World Series.  No one said you have to win the World Series and do it in a way where the fans agree or your bosses agree with every single move that you make along the way.  The mandate is, let's win a World Series together…and that's exactly what he did, so that's the end of the sentence."

DAVID ROSS on his reaction to the wild pitch that allowed two runs to score after entering the game in the 5th inning: "When I came in and I threw that ball in the crapper…and then that other ball kicked off my mask and I tripped over my own feet and two runs score, I’m thinking to myself ‘Are you kidding me?...I’ve been in the game for five minutes and I just let two runs in."

THEO EPSTEIN on his reaction to Rajai Davis’ game-tying HR in the bottom of the 8th inning: "I don't think I thought the curse was alive, but you're aware of the narrative.  You're like shoot...this...fits the frickin' narrative.  And now it's on us....now we have to come back and show it's not true.  But obviously it fits the narrative…you know, an all-time boner moment, you know in that situation, with four outs to go and putting it on a platter for them to tie the game up like that."

JASON HEYWARD on ‘The Speech’: "I didn't even do it to lead anything, I was just being myself.  I did it because I give a damn.  When I told them I love them…I meant it…because they saw that in me already.  To hear guys appreciate it and respect it and say those things, it's awesome.  It gives me chills every time somebody talks about it, but I just did what I did (for our team)."

BEN ZOBRIST on hitting the go-ahead double in the 10th inning: "The best I could do in the moment was to not hit a home run.  The best I could do in the moment was to hit a hard ground ball down the third base line.  And you know what?  We're not talking about this if the third baseman is standing one foot to his right…we're not talking about it.  But, I believe in a higher power, I believe that for some reason he was one foot to his left and it worked out for our club.  So call it what you want.  If we were cursed before, we were blessed in that moment, right?  I was blessed in that moment…the team was blessed in that moment…Cubs fans everywhere were blessed in that moment."

KRIS BRYANT on if he was smiling while fielding the final out:  "I don't know...I see it every day.  People are sending it to me, but I'm like 'is that a smile?'  I don't remember smiling...it looks like it, but it also looks like I'm trying to concentrate, but I don't know.  We'll go with it either way.  Regardless, it's a cool moment for me to see.  Something cool to be a part of to make the last out of a World Series and (Rizzo) obviously catching it, and just thinking 'this is the coolest story that I've ever been a part of'…and I’m glad it ended the way it did."

CSN will also re-air Reign Men: The Story behind Game 7 of the 2016 World Series on the following dates/times: March 30 at 7:00 PM, April 8 at 9:30 PM, April 13 at 5:00 PM, April 20 at 7:00 PM, and April 23 at 3:30 PM.  In addition, fans on Twitter are urged to follow @CSNOriginal  for the latest Reign Men updates and exclusive preview clips leading up to the March 27 premiere, plus -- fans can also get interactive prior to and during the premiere airing with their Game 7 thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CSNReignMen.  Viewers are also urged to visit a special, dedicated CSNChicago.com Reign Men section at CSNChicago.com/Reign-Men, which will include video footage from the television version of Reign Men and “web-exclusive” video excerpts not shown on TV.  In addition, CSNChicago.com will provide the full documentary trailer, a photo gallery, a social media portal, special “Cubs Talk” podcasts, and original Reign Men commentary write-ups via CSNChicago.com’s Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney.