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Blackhawks Hall of Famer Tony Esposito to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Blackhawks Hall of Famer Tony Esposito to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Luke Stuckmeyer, featuring Tony Esposito to debut Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 PM CT 

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (May 11, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 PM CT, Comcast SportsNet’s Luke Stuckmeyerhosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador/Hockey Hall of Famer TONY ESPOSITO.  Esposito discusses everything from his youth growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, with his Hockey Hall of Fame brother Phil Esposito, being claimed on waivers by the Blackhawks in 1969, his stellar 1969-70 rookie campaign, in which he won both the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender and the Calder Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year, his mental game preparation throughout his brilliant career, his return to the Blackhawks organization as an Ambassador in 2008, and much more.  

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Tony Esposito on the following dates/times: Sat, May 23 at 8pm - Sun, May 24 at noon - Wed, May 27 at 8pm - Fri, May 29 at 5:30pm on CSN+HD - Sat, May 30 at 2pm - Sun, May 31 at 3pm and Mon, June 1 at 1:30pm.  Schedule subject to change.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Tony Esposito presented by Cadillac premiering Wednesday, May 20 on Comcast SportsNet:

ESPOSITO on being claimed on waivers by the Blackhawks in 1969:

“That was the best day of my life.  I remember it.  I mean I had better times, but at the time I said 'I got to go back to Montreal,’ and I really didn't want to go there.  It wasn't my…it was a different kind of living, it was mainly French culture a lot, and I was a Midwesterner, so I was kind of used to this.  I'd been there (Chicago) before, because my brother (Phil) played for the Hawks for two-and-a-half to three years.  And I came down to visit him when I was at Michigan Tech, and we had said 'geez, what a great place to play hockey,’ and he ends up getting traded to Boston and then the next year, then I come into Chicago. So, the only time I wanted to come to Chicago for another reason was when I played in Montreal against the Chicago Blackhawks.”

ESPOSITO on returning to the Blackhawks organization as an Ambassador:

“As you get older, you reflect more on things that have happened to you, and that was one of the nicest things that ever happened to me, and I'm sure to Bobby (Hull), Stan (Mikita), and Denis (Savard), because all of a sudden, you're old, and your hockey career is pretty much passé as an administrator or whatever.  When you get that phone call and they say they want you back with the hockey team, and it's just... it's just very gratifying and they didn't have to do that.  A lot of teams don't do anything like that.  But again, this is the Chicago Blackhawks, today's Chicago Blackhawks. They're innovative in everything they do, we're emulated all over the league, so they're ahead of the curve all the time here. And they brought us guys in and we try to do the job that they ask us to do, which I think we do well. We're just proud to be here.”

Why Cubs might not lose again and other musings in strange, short season

Why Cubs might not lose again and other musings in strange, short season

As if things weren’t already going well enough for the Cubs during this strange, short season of baseball in a pandemic, now the baseball gods are dropping gifts into their laps.

The Cardinals’ lengthy shutdown because of a coronavirus outbreak has the Cubs’ arch rivals restarting their season Saturday in Chicago with a patched-up roster and eight games over the next five days, including five games against the Cubs.

And although that means the relative hardship of two doubleheaders for the Cubs in three days, all five of those games Monday through Wednesday are against a decimated Cards roster that won’t have the front end of its rotation for any of the games.

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They catch the Cardinals at their weakest point of the early season a week after catching an otherwise formidable Cleveland team at a moment of clubhouse crisis involving protocol perps Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger.

That one resulted in a two-game sweep by a combined score of 14-3.

This one already has resulted in all 10 games against the Cardinals now being scheduled for Wrigley Field.

Combine that with the three road games against the White Sox next month, and it means that the team with baseball’s best record on the field, the perfect record in player COVID-19 testing and no significant injuries to key players so far will play 60 percent of its games within its Chicago bubble if the Cubs and MLB pull off the full 60-game season.

If the Cubs were positioned any better to make the playoffs, they’d already be there.

“You can look at it that way if you want,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We’re just doing our thing.”

No other way to look at it from here. Have you seen the rest of the schedule?

The Cubs have 43 games left, including 29 within a National League Central Division that doesn’t include another .500 team three weeks into a nine-week season. Nine more games are against the Tigers and White Sox.

The best team on the schedule is the Twins, and all three of those games are at home and not until the second-to-last weekend of the season.

With all due respect to Ross and his fear of “bad juju,” the Cubs can’t lose.

“It’s still early on,” the manager said.

Nothing’s early in a 60-game season. And the Cubs already have matched the hot starts of their 2016 and 1908 World Series champions.

“We’ve still got a long ways to go in the season,” Ross said.

The Cubs did have to scratch Tyler Chatwood from his scheduled start Friday night because of back tightness. And Kris Bryant has missed the last two games because of a sore finger after rolling his wrist trying to make a diving catch in left field in Cleveland Wednesday.

But Alec Mills looked good in short-notice replacement duty Friday until a rough four-pitch (and three-run) sequence in the sixth. And Chatwood might be ready for one of Monday’s games — or possibly one of Wednesday’s.

“Things falling in our favor?” Ross said. “We’re playing good baseball, and that should be the focus for me and not the other stuff.”

Granted, they still have to play the games. Granted, Bryant wasn’t available off the bench with the bases loaded in the eighth Friday, and Josh Phegley struck out instead.

And, yes, they actually lost a game to the Brewers Friday night.

But if you still don’t believe the baseball gods are stirring the Cubs’ pot so far this season, you weren’t paying attention in the ninth inning when Craig Kimbrel struck out Avisail Garcia swinging at a 98-mph fastball to start the scoreless inning and Manny Piña swinging at a 96-mph fastball to end it.

What closer problem? Bring on the Cardinals, right?

These guys might not lose another game.

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Cubs' Colin Rea to start on Saturday, Tyler Chatwood possibly Monday

Cubs' Colin Rea to start on Saturday, Tyler Chatwood possibly Monday

The Cubs plan to start swingman Colin Rea on Saturday against the Brewers, manager David Ross said after Friday's game.

Alec Mills was originally slated to pitch Saturday but was bumped up to Friday because Tyler Chatwood was scratched with mid-back tightness. The Cubs will evaluate Chatwood to see if he's an option to pitch on Monday, when they're scheduled to play a doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Rea, 30, has made two appearances this season, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out three in three innings. He was named the 2019 Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year, sporting a 3.95 ERA in 26 starts.

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Rea's last big league start was July 30, 2016 with the Marlins. He allowed one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out four with no walks.

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