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Relive 'Believe: The Story of the 2005 White Sox'

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Relive 'Believe: The Story of the 2005 White Sox'

The 2005 White Sox will always live in the memories of Chicago sports fans.

And now, thanks to "Believe: The Story of the 2005 White Sox," you can relive the march to a world championship all over again.

Even if you missed the airing of the epic Comcast SportsNet documentary, you can catch more than 20 clips from the show and some web exclusives that didn't make the final cut right here on this page.

So binge watch away, White Sox fans, and don't ever stop believin'.

Believe: Why Ozzie was right for the 2005 White Sox

Believe: Preseason predictions from the 2005 White Sox

Believe: Frank Thomas' White Sox career comes to close in 2005

Believe: Bobby Jenks came out of nowhere

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Believe: How 'Don't Stop Believin'' became the theme song of the 2005 White Sox

Believe: White Sox bring in Geoff Blum at trade deadline

Believe: Fending off the Indians in 2005

Believe: Winning the AL Central race in 2005

[MORE BELIEVE: Garfien: Recalling White Sox' unlikeliest 2005 World Series story]

Believe: The El Duque Game

Believe: A.J. takes advantage of dropped third strike

Believe: Ozzie and Freddy Garcia's on-mound exchange in the ALCS

Believe: Paul Konerko's World Series grand slam

[MORE BELIEVE: White Sox fans show off their 2005 World Series memorabilia]

Believe: Scotty Pods' walk-off World Series homer

Believe: Geoff Blum's game-winning homer in Game 3

Believe: The legacy of Geoff Blum's homer

Believe: Geoff Blum's wife missed his game-winning homer

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Believe: Blum talks World Series statue

Believe: Jermaine Dye's World Series winning hit

Believe: The joy of winning the 2005 World Series

Believe: Chicago celebrates White Sox World Series win with epic parade

Believe: What the 2005 White Sox meant to Chicago

[MORE BELIEVE: Photos from the White Sox World Series parade and rally]

Even more interview clips from "Believe," featuring must-see moments from Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen:

Believe: Kenny Williams talks 2005 team bonding

Believe: Kenny Williams on Bobby Jenks' 'second chance'

Believe: Ozzie talks about his managerial philosophies

Believe: 'I had a bunch of clowns'

Believe: Kenny Williams on the moment the Sox won the World Series

Believe: Ozzie on El Duque

[MORE BELIEVE: Videos, tweets and more from "Believe"]

Believe: 'Our starting rotation could compete against anybody'

Believe: 'Don't worry about the Indians'

Believe: Ozzie breaks down the 2005 White Sox bullpen

Believe: 'You play with A.J., you hate him a little less'

Believe: Ozzie talks about the start of the White Sox season

Believe: Ozzie's preparation for the World Series

Believe: Ozzie on Geoff Blum's Game 3 home run

Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

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Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

GLENDALE, Ariz. — On a day when Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada took live batting practice for the first time this spring, off in the distance was a lanky White Sox prospect standing in the outfield grass.

But Alec Hansen was doing more than shagging flies. He was watching both hitters very closely.

“I was looking to see how much pop they had,” Hansen said of Abreu and Moncada. “I kind of look at that to see the difference in power between minor league ball and the major leagues. It’s nice to see it’s not a huge difference. That makes me feel a bit more comfortable.”

At 6-foot-8 — actually 6-foot-8-and-a-half, according to his spring training physical — Hansen is a big man with big plans for his baseball career. He might be quiet on the outside, but he has booming expectations for himself on the inside.

“I want to be the best,” Hansen said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

The best? The very best?

That’s what Hansen aspires to become, though later in our conversation, he did dial back a notch, settling for becoming “one of the best.”

Either is fine with manager Ricky Renteria, who is overseeing these uber-confident White Sox prospects and accepts their lofty expectations.

“I think their mindset is where it’s supposed to be,” Renteria said. “None of these kids are concerned or consumed with the possibility of failure. Much more they’re consuming themselves with the understanding that they might hit some stumbling blocks, but they’re going to have a way to avoid overcoming them and push forward and be the best that they can be.”

In his first full season in the White Sox organization, Hansen led the minor leagues with 191 strikeouts. He’s proud of that accomplishment but admitted something: He’s not that impressed because he didn’t do it where it really matters — in the major leagues.

When you watch Hansen pitch, it’s easy to see that the talent is there. His coaches and teammates rave about his ability. With his enormous size and power arm, he is loaded with strengths.  

Though there is one weakness that Hansen acknowledges he needs to work on.

“Sometimes I have a tendency to think too much and worry. I think worrying is the worst thing that I do just because I want to be perfect,” Hansen said. “I think everyone wants to be perfect, some more than others, and I worry about things getting in the way of achieving perfection.”

To Hansen, that doesn’t mean throwing a perfect game. He actually takes it one step further.

He wants to strikeout every single hitter he faces.

“I love striking people out,” Hansen said. “Not having to rely on anyone else and just getting the job done myself and knowing that the hitter can’t get a hit off me. That’s a great feeling. That they can’t put it in play. Like a line drive out. That’s terrible.”

At some point, Hansen will have to lower these impossible expectations for himself. This is an imperfect game. There’s no place for nine-inning, 27-strikeout performances. Players end up in the Hall of Fame because they learn how to succeed with failure.

In the meantime, Hansen is here in big league camp watching and learning anything and everything.

“I’m a good observer. I listen. I don’t really talk too much. I’m a pretty quiet guy. I like to sit back and observe and see how these guys go about their business. Just trying to be at their level, hopefully one day surpass them.”

Surpass?

“It’s kind of hard to surpass some of these guys. I mean, they’re at the tip-top, like the pinnacle of the sport,” Hansen said. “I guess you could say, to get on that level and then be one of the best in the league.”

He might be on his way.

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

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White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.