We previewed SoxFest, which kicks off at 4:00 p.m. with the opening ceremonies on Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com this afternoon. If you're going to SoxFest, Sunday-only passes are sold out. But you can win a weekend pass by liking us on Facebook and clicking on the "Win SoxFest passes" tab on the page!
Also, we'll announce the winner of the autographed 1972 throwback Bill Melton jersey today on Chicago Tribune Live. If you haven't submitted a memory of the 2005 White Sox season to @WhiteSoxTalkCSN (which you have to follow to win), do so now!
Robin Ventura joined Chicago Tribune Live, and discussed his managerial style (sidebar video), the team's 1972 throwback uniforms, his starting rotation and A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers.
Comcast SportsNet will televise five spring training games. For the full radioTVonline stream schedule for spring training, click here.
In non-Sox news, we looked at how Prince Fielder's contract may pan out, and why the Sox should hit balls to third base a whole lot in the next few years.
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.
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.