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White Sox players enjoy Blackhawks' run, too

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White Sox players enjoy Blackhawks' run, too

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The White Sox have Blackhawks Fever, too.

But just like a number of Chicago fans, they’ve mostly been shut out in their efforts to acquire tickets for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, which is being played 17 miles away in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday night.

The White Sox play at 3:10 p.m. CST, which means it's feasible players could catch at least some of the 7 p.m. contest. Despite their efforts, only catcher Tyler Flowers has been able to secure a ticket to Amalie Arena. Before the series began, the Tampa Bay Lightning restricted ticket sales to Florida fans only, which has prevented a number of Blackhawks fans from attending — White Sox players included.

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“I have one source left, but it probably doesn’t look good,” outfielder Adam Eaton said. “It’s tough to get, especially this close to it. And it probably comes at a pretty hefty price if we get it. We’ll see when it comes.

“It is what it is. Probably, I’ll go home and watch it on TV and hope for a win. We’re excited. You can still feel it. You walk around town, and you can tell people are here for hockey, and we’re excited to be able to watch them (Saturday).”

White Sox players and coaches have enjoyed the third potential Stanley Cup run by the Blackhawks. Several have said they love when the White Sox sound the horn for Blackhawks’ goals during their home games, which always received a roaring ovation from fans in attendance at U.S. Cellular Field.

“One day, hopefully soon, people do that for the White Sox,” White Sox bench coach Mark Parent said. “That gets the city going. Bulls and the Blackhawks, that really gets the city pumping. Doesn’t matter if you’re a Cubs fan or Sox fan, you’re those fans, that’s what's great about it.”

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Eaton said a fair number of players would probably get together to watch the game if they can’t attend. He also loves the energy of Blackhawks fans and Chicago sports fans in general.

“It’s something special to Chicago,” Eaton said. “It’s one of the reasons I signed here long-term is how the city rallies around their sports team.

“Guys will want to go watch it. I would say a good percentage of the team is going to be interested in the game. I’m pretty excited about the team, and we’ll hope for a win.”

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.