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Ventura on passing of Emily Beazley: ‘It breaks your heart’

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Ventura on passing of Emily Beazley: ‘It breaks your heart’

Robin Ventura and Emily Beazley formed a close bond shortly after Ventura took over as White Sox manager in 2011. Late Monday night, Beazley, 12, passed away after a long fight with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

One of the first things Ventura did as White Sox manager was appear in a cameo with Beazley at the Goodman Theater’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in December 2011. Beazley, a native of Mount Greenwood, Ill. who had battled her disease since age 8, threw out the first pitch to Ventura prior to the White Sox win over Cincinnati on Sunday, May 10.

“It’s sad. It breaks your heart,” Ventura said. “For me being a parent ... with her passing she was a tough kid going through something unimaginable. Her attitude, being upbeat the way she was through it all, you learn things. You get a perspective on what is important.”

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Over the last three weeks, Beazley received an outpouring of support after doctors ended a last-ditch treatment that wasn’t working, according to the Chicago Tribune. She received a phone call from Taylor Swift, was given the opportunity to attend prom, had a section of Homan Avenue dedicated in her honor and was made an honorary Chicago Police Officer, among other gestures of love and support from the community that had been with her for the last four years.

“Her and the family and everything the community did for her was incredible,” Ventura said. “She jammed a lot in in 12 years, especially the last three to four. Your heart breaks. It’s incredibly sad.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.