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Set for 2017 finale, Jason Benetti discusses Hawk's impact on his career

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Set for 2017 finale, Jason Benetti discusses Hawk's impact on his career

On the eve of his final game as a part-time broadcaster, Jason Benetti can’t help but think of the influence Hawk Harrelson has had on his career.

Benetti, who replaces Harrelson as the full-time White Sox play-by-play man next season, will call his final regular season game of 2017 on Thursday night. The White Sox host the Los Angeles Angels on CSN Chicago at 7 p.m. The White Sox finish the season on the road and Harrelson, who will work a reduced schedule in 2018, is back in the booth for the final three games at Cleveland.

“I used the catchphrases for so long as a kid that when I first sat in a chair anywhere to do baseball I had to stop myself from saying things he said because they were his,” Benetti said. “That was the first person that shaped me doing this. There are moments, I even asked in the middle of a ball flying out last night, I said, ‘Did he get him again?’ about Parker Bridwell. ‘The answer is an emphatic yes.’ I said, Ooh. Can I say yes? It didn’t have the prelude, but yeah. He’s done so much with the vocabulary that you think about it all the time.”

Hired before the 2016 season, Benetti looks forward to working a full slate of games in 2018. He’s expected to call around 140-plus games while Harrelson will be behind the mic for 20. Unlike this season, Benetti will travel on the road full time with the exception of a few series.

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The past two seasons, Benetti has watched along from home or listened whenever the White Sox have been away. He said that has been a bit of a challenge after working as a full-time broadcaster since 2005.

“I’m used to doing them all,” Benetti said. “I watch the games whenever I can. Whenever I’m not on the air I watch the games or listen to the games. Always, no question about it, always fill out my scorebook. My scorebook has the whole season in it regardless. So either I’ll go back on game day and fill it out or I’ll fill it out live, but I’m reading the clips. That’s what I do. It’s a part of my morning.”

Harrelson’s signature calls have always been a big part of Benetti’s life as the Homewood-Flossmoor product grew up a White Sox fan. He’s not at all surprised to see the impact Harrelson has had carry over to social media. Both the sons of Todd Frazier and Yoan Moncada have been recorded mimicking Harrelson’s “Yesssss” home run call.

“That’s thousands upon thousands upon thousands of kids in Chicagoland,” Benetti said. “That’s just what you grow up with in Chicago. Even if you’re a fan of the other team in Chicago, you know Hawk and you know his catchphrases. Even if you say you don’t really like them, you use them. And if you love him, you use them.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.