Word on the Street: Noah doubts Jackson's done

Word on the Street: Noah doubts Jackson's done

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010
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Phil Jackson's last trip to Chicago?

Former Bulls head coach and current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson could be making his last visit to the United Center when the Bulls host Los Angeles Friday night. But at least one current Bull isn't holding his breath that the game will serve as Jackson's swan song.

"I feel like he says that a lot," Joakim Noah said, smiling. "Every year, he's always saying he's going to retire. For some reason, he always comes back. I think it's a smart thing to try to get his contract. He's smart with that kind of stuff. You never know." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Brandon Webb is still Cubs' top target

After the Cubs signed Carlos Pena on Wednesday, reports surfaced that they were also attempting to trade for his former Rays teammate, Matt Garza. However, sources are currently indicating that former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb remains their No. 1 target.

Webb hasn't pitched since Opening Day of 2009 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. (nbcsports.com)

Bill Veeck movie remains in limbo

A movie version of Bill Veeck's life remains in limbo after being put into development several years ago. Veeck, considered a baseball maverick, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, five years after his death.

His son, Mike Veeck, along with Chicago-born actor Bill Murray discussed the current issues holding up the movie at the winter meetings this week - which include the fact that Ted Turner owned the original rights and the movie idea was tossed out during the AOL-Time Warner merger.

"When they merged, they threw out any vehicle that wouldn't make its money back overseas," Mike said. "They don't call them movies -- but vehicles. And guess what movies are the only ones that don't make money overseas? Baseball movies."

Will it ever get made?

"I think something will happen, but you just kind of let that stuff percolate," he said. "There's a lot of people that don't know him because of the age difference now. The redeeming thing is that fun is now even more heavily marketable. If I see one more corporation that led us down the primrose path selling fun and customer service, I'm going to throw up." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here