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King, Amin vow to bring "fun" to White Sox-Royals call

/ by K.C. Johnson
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The possibilities are endless.

José Abreu is "too big, too strong, too fast."  Give Eloy Jiménez all of the hot sauce. And pass the sriracha if Dallas Keuchel has his good stuff on the mound.

You never know what's going to come out of Stacey King's mouth. But if you tune in to Friday's White Sox-Royals game at 7 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports Chicago, you're guaranteed to hear excitement---and maybe some catchphrases.

That's because King and Adam Amin, who typically team to call Bulls games on the station, get the rare crossover opportunity when they sit in for Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, who have graciously agreed to step away for the night.

"It's really an honor," King said during a taping of the White Sox podcast with pre- and postgame host Chuck Garfien and senior producer Ryan McGuffey.

According to King, the idea has been floated for a couple years now. But with Amin replacing the retired Neil Funk before last season, it moved to its natural conclusion. Amin has extensive experience calling baseball games for national networks, including current responsibilities for Fox Sports.

"This is a team that’s preparing for something very important," Amin said on the podcast. "I’m not making the direct comparison to Pistons-Bulls. But I do feel like last year going to the playoffs in a very odd circumstance, kind of having some failing moments at times against the Athletics, that was a good preparation process for what we’ve seen throughout the entirety of this year. There’s a lot of people who can speak to that. I think Stacey is one of the people who can give you some very unique insight on that."


Amin, who has called some White Sox games this season for Fox and thanked Benetti for filling him in on some "inside things," made it clear that Friday will sound different.

"It’s not going to be the same broadcast," he said. "We’re going to have a good time. Stacey is going to be him."

King always is, which is why Zach LaVine liked the following Tweet.

"I coached my kid's baseball team. But to actually do a game, step outside your comfort zone---and with a hot team?" King said. "I can’t say I’m going to do all calls right. But I’m going to do my damnedest."

King and Funk formed a longtime, close partnership before Amin replaced Funk on Bulls games last season. King and Amin quickly formed a natural chemistry that features a unique energy.

"He had to replace a legend in Neil Funk. Adam has made the smoothest transition," King said. "I was honestly thinking, ‘OK, how many more years do I want to do this?’ I didn’t know if I would have the energy to do it anymore. I was really thinking about stepping away. Working with Adam, during the times Adam would step in for Neil, I knew Adam was the guy. Adam has rejuvenated me."

And, yes, the duo will talk some Bulls during the baseball game.

"I haven’t been this excited since we drafted Derrick Rose," King said. "I think this team has a chance to do very well this season."

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