Word on the Street: Blackhawks get super charged

Word on the Street: Blackhawks get super charged

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
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The Blackhawks get super powers

Meet "The Blackhawk." This character is the latest Stan Lee "Guardian" comic book character released from the NHL in anticipation of the All-Star game. Joining superheroes The King, The Penguin, and The Hurricane, The Blackhawk controls the element of wind. (NHL.com)

CubsSox rivalry goes too far

A suburban Chicago man was sentenced to three years in prison for blinding a man. The argument started when Cubs fan Boguslaw "Bob" Czapla and two of his friends disagreed with another party-goer about which Chicago baseball team was better: the Cubs or the White Sox. Sox fan Robert Steele lost his right eye and suffered a broken nose in the fight, only for defending his team.

Garza deal as good as done?

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times reports that the Chicago Cubs are wrapping up a trade for Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Garza. But CSNChicago.com's David Kaplan has been informed of alternative information. He says three major league sources confirmed that there have been discussions about Garza between Tampa Bay and Chicago, but no deal is imminent. (CSNChicago.com)

Bears playoff tickets on sale

The Chicago Bears playoff tickets went on sale today, but the supplies did not last long. The window to buy was very short. Ticketmaster confirmed that all the tickets were sold within six minutes of the opening. Tickets can also be purchased from NFL Ticket Exchange and StubHub. (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

Too much love for Scalabrine?

Every time this guy steps on the court the crowd at the United Center goes nuts. But David Miller of The Deep Dish says that Brian Scalabrine is one of those players that fans love to love - despite the fact that he's not that good. But fans still cheer for him because he's a hard worker and never complains. (SB Nation)

Is Cutler ready to be playoff leader?

Jay Cutler will be making his first postseason appearance on Jan. 16 when the Chicago Bears take on either Philadelphia, New Orleans, or Seattle depending on the results of the wild-card weekend. Despite it being his first trip to the postseason, he is ready to be the leader in the huddle.

"My confidence really hasn't been shaken since Week One with all of the ups and downs that we went through," Cutler said. (Chicago Tribune)

Cavaliers hire homeless man

A homeless man in Cleveland gets his big break. The Cleveland Cavaliers offered Ted Williams a position to put his rich, velvety smooth voice to work. Team spokesman Tad Carper said that job could include working in the Cavaliers downtown arena, the Quicken Loans Arena. (Tribune News Service)

Preview: Cubs-Marlins Sunday on CSN

Preview: Cubs-Marlins Sunday on CSN

The Cubs take on the Miami Marlins on Sunday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m., followed by first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies on the call. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: Mike Montgomery (1-3, 2.26 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (3-8, 4.19 ERA)

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White Sox upset by the call that led to ejections of Todd Frazier, Rick Renteria

White Sox upset by the call that led to ejections of Todd Frazier, Rick Renteria

Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”