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CSN to debut Inside Look: Steve Stone tonight

CSN to debut Inside Look: Steve Stone tonight

Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet’s David Kaplan hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with former Cy Young award winner/current White Sox game analyst Steve Stone. Regarded as one of the best analysts in all of baseball, Stone, an 11-year MLB starting pitching standout (including three with the White Sox and three with the Cubs) enjoyed his best year in the big leagues in 1980 with the Baltimore Orioles, as he took home the AL Cy Young award for his brilliant 25-7 record and stellar 3.23 ERA in over 250 IP.  In this edition of “Inside Look,” Stone discusses everything from his family and childhood growing up in Ohio, his impressive college career at Kent State, his MLB career and the quick post-playing career transition to broadcasting, his memorable days with the late Harry Caray, to eventually joining the White Sox broadcast booth, and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Steve Stone on the following dates/times: Sat, June 18 at 3:00 p.m. - Mon, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. (on CSN+HD) - Tue, June 21 at 4:00 p.m. - Wed, June 22 at 9:30 p.m. (on CSN+HD) - Sun, June 26 at 12 noon (on CSN+HD) - Mon, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. - Tue, June 28 at 2:00 p.m. - Wed, June 29 at 10:30 p.m. (on CSN+HD) & Thu, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. (Schedule subject to change).

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Steve Stone presented by Cadillac premiering Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet:

Stone on working with the legendary Harry Caray: 

“He had a great idea of the absurdity of a lot of the games. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He knew when to speak for the game and when the game could speak for itself. He was a showman. He realized it has to be fun and when your team was down 7-1, in order to keep them, he was going to come up with some sort of lunacy. I learned that you have to be entertaining. You have to be prepared. To keep an audience, you have to be entertaining. You have to keep people watching you…nobody was better at that than Harry Caray.”

Stone on his departure from the Cubs broadcast booth:

“I went on…there was life after the Cubs. I really thought I was going to be there my whole career. It just didn’t work out that way. It happens to a lot of people.”

Stone on calling games for the White Sox:

“I love the city of Chicago. I love baseball. My two partners - Hawk Harrelson and Jason Benetti - are interesting. Both are completely different in their approach to the game and I adjust to both of them.  I get to do Major League Baseball…can you think of anything better than being paid to come to the ballpark every day…in a city you truly love…and call a game you have lived with your whole life?”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

After last season's personal tragedy, Tim Anderson ready to unleash real self

After last season's personal tragedy, Tim Anderson ready to unleash real self

GLENDALE, AZ --  There’s a different Tim Anderson at White Sox spring training this year.

You can see it on his face  You can hear it in his voice.

“I’m busting out of the shell. I’m talking more,” he said as he sat down for an interview with NBC Sports Chicago (in the video above).

It’s not the new Tim Anderson. It turns out, it’s the real one that’s been there all along.

“This is me. It’s always been me. I never knew how to express myself. I feel like I’m being a lot more open,” Anderson explained. “That’s what I want to give to fans. Let them know the real me. You’re cheering for me. Why not know me? I’m being open and kind of let fans into my life.”

The White Sox shortstop has learned a lot about life in the past year. It all started in May when the White Sox were in Baltimore to play the Orioles. Anderson received a phone call at 4 a.m. It was news from back home.

It was the worst phone call of his life.

His best friend Branden Moss had been murdered in the parking lot of a Tuscaloosa, Ala., bar after helping the victim of a fight.  

The two were like brothers. Anderson is the godfather to Moss’s young daughter. Moss was the godfather to Anderson’s 2-year-old daughter.

“It was heartbreaking,” Anderson said.

While Anderson grieved, playing baseball seemed like it would be a perfect escape for his pain. Only it wasn’t. Far from it.  Baseball might have made things even worse.

In fast-paced sports like football and hockey, players don’t have much time to think. It’s react, react, react. Whatever might be happening off the field feels like a million miles away.

Not in baseball.

The game moves at a much slower speed. There’s plenty of time for your mind to wander. Thoughts kept going back to Anderson’s lost friend, taken from him in an instant.

At 23, he didn’t have the tools to deal with the emotional pain and excel at baseball at the same time.

“The year was rough. I wasn’t having fun in between the lines. I was making the game harder than it was. I was thinking too much. I was feeling sorry for myself and the list can go on. When my friend died it definitely took a lot out of me. I had a dark moment,” Anderson said. “Some days I didn’t feel comfortable coming to the ballpark because I knew it was going to be a bad day.”

Making matters worse, there were many nights when Anderson didn’t sleep. Not a wink. Still, he dragged himself to the ballpark and somehow tried to play.

The results weren’t pretty. On June 22, Anderson already had 16 errors at shortstop, most in the majors. At the plate, he was hitting .256/.284/.374 with six home runs and 19 RBIs.

He knew he was better than that. He also knew something else: He needed help.

In July, Anderson started meeting with a therapist who was able to unlock the pent up thoughts and emotions that he was burying inside him.

The therapist would write down everything that Anderson was feeling on paper and then read it back to him.

“Just going in and talking and pouring everything out of you. It lets you hear what you’ve been going through,“ Anderson said. “When she did it, it was a lot. I took what she read to me, balled it up and threw it away. I got lighter. It was a brightening. Those counseling sessions definitely helped me.”

Soon, Anderson was back to being himself both on and off the field.

In the month of August, he had 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 16 RBI.

“Woof. I was hot,” he said after hearing those stats. “That’s Tim. That’s more Tim that we need to see.”

In September, he batted .327 with 3 home runs and 9 stolen bases.

“We need a lot of that this year. That’s the way I want to go. That’s the way I want to go about it. Get back to what got me here.”

There was still an issue with his plate discipline. He had 32 strikeouts and only 1 walk in September.

“We play a tough sport as it is. They’re going to come,” Anderson said about the walks. “I mean, when I walk more, what are you going to tell me? ‘Start swinging more?’ It’s one of those things. It’s a give and take. We’ll see what happens.”

In 2017, Anderson received a crash course in adversity. What did he learn from all that pain and misery?

“Tough times happen, but they don’t last forever.”

Now that he’s survived the personal storm from last season, he wants “another shot at it. I feel like last year went left. This is new season.”

So, what does he envision for himself in 2018?

“Having fun, smiling a lot, picking up my teammates, hugging on the coaches and players. A lot of love, more so than stats,” Anderson said. “I’m fired up. I’m excited. I feel like I’m ready to lead this pack. We got a great group of guys. We’ve got a chance to do something special.”