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Amid slow start, White Sox Adam Eaton gets confidence boost Monday

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Amid slow start, White Sox Adam Eaton gets confidence boost Monday

A rough start means Adam Eaton hasn’t been very easy on himself.

In discussing his slump last week, the White Sox outfielder and leadoff man said anyone who spent a minute inside his head would run for the hills.

Eaton is very critical of his play and often seeks areas of improvement even when he succeeds. He wants to prove he’s worthy of the five-year, $23.5-million contract extension he received from the White Sox last month and that it hasn’t changed his work ethic.

You can only imagine how much Eaton has beaten himself up this season as he carries a .149/.216/.191 slash line into Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians.

Conversely, Eaton believes Monday’s contest, in which he walked twice and singled during a four-run rally in the ninth inning, should give him the boost he’s needed through the season’s first dozen games.

[MORE WHITE SOX: White Sox rally for four runs in final at-bat to top Indians, 4-3]

“It does the world for me, personally,” Eaton said. “But to keep the line moving and be part of a team when (we rally), it goes along way with me. I want to help this team win any way, shape or form. I want to help these guys and I want them to like me up there at the top of the order. I really care what they think and want to continue to please them.”

His latest performance is another sign that Eaton has begun to rediscover his game.

It’s pretty evident Eaton has begun to see the ball better over the last three days.

He drew his first walk of the season on Saturday, a second on Sunday and two more on Monday.

Though he’s mostly felt good at the plate, Eaton thinks pitchers have executed well when he’s up, often leaving him in counts that don’t favor hitters. Eaton has only six strikeouts in 51 plate appearances but only has a .171 average on balls in play. His career BABIP is .324, according to Fangraphs.com.

“My numbers don’t speak for how well I feel up there and how hard I’ve worked in the offseason,” Eaton said. “It’s very frustrating when I bust my tail all offseason and it doesn’t correlate in the first two weeks of the season. I hope everyone knows I’m working my ass off to get better.”

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Perhaps Monday’s easing of the tensions will do Eaton some good. Before the game, manager Robin Ventura cited Eaton’s play on the bases as a sign he has tried to make too much happen instead of letting the game come to him.

Eaton has run into three outs, all as a result of aggressive play. While he’s normally aggressive, Eaton has pushed it in each instance and cost his team an out.

“You need to relax, be calm,” Ventura said. “When a guy struggles, that’s part of what happens in a guy’s brain. They try and make up for it by trying to get an extra base when you don’t need it or stealing a bag when you don’t need to. You have to be patient. Play the game, and understand the situations.”

Eaton demonstrated his ability to slow things down in the ninth inning against Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen. With runners on first and second and one out, Eaton quickly fell behind in the count 0-2. He thought Allen would try to get him to chase his knuckle curveball and watched two balls to even the count.

Then he lined a 94-mph fastball to left field to load the bases for Melky Cabrera, who singled in the winning run.

“Even if I don’t get a hit there, and hopefully I square one up or something happens, I’ve still had a good day at the plate,” Eaton said. “There’s some good thoughts there and I was happy with it overall.”

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO TO DELIVER EXTENSIVE, LIVE, MULTI-PLATFORM “SOXFEST 2020” COVERAGE BEGINNING THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

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NBC SPORTS CHICAGO TO DELIVER EXTENSIVE, LIVE, MULTI-PLATFORM “SOXFEST 2020” COVERAGE BEGINNING THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

Chicago, IL (January 21, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE NEW EXCLUSIVE HOME of the CHICAGO WHITE SOX - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2020 MLB season in a big way with expanded multi-platform coverage of “SoxFest 2020,” which will be held this weekend (January 24-25) at the McCormick Place Convention Center in downtown Chicago.  NBC Sports Chicago will be rolling out its most robust “SoxFest” coverage to date featuring multiple, live on-site shows, massive digital content, entertaining social media offerings, “Authentic Fan” booth giveaways/special appearances, and so much more.  Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s “SoxFest 2020” content coverage details below:

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 --

  • 6:00 PM CT – “SportsTalk Live” special edition from SoxFest - Prior to the official start of “SoxFest 2020,” fans can look forward to a special edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado live from McCormick Place.  Host David Kaplan (@thekapman) will be joined by special guests, White Sox manager Ricky Renteria and NBC Sports Chicago White Sox game analyst Steve Stone (@stevestone), along with a panel of White Sox experts to discuss the upcoming weekend’s festivities and preview what lies ahead for the White Sox in 2020. (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive)

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 --

  • 3:00 PM CT – “SoxFest 2020” Opening Ceremonies - Veteran NBC Sports Chicago White Sox expert/multi-platform host Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) will host network’s always-entertaining “SoxFest” Opening Ceremonies coverage “Live from the Black Carpet” featuring the official weekend kick-off introductions (and interviews) with White Sox players, coaches, front offices execs, broadcasters and legendary White Sox alumni.  NBC Sports Chicago’s “SoxFest 2020” Opening Ceremonies coverage will also be co-hosted by White Sox Pre/Postgame Live & Baseball Night in Chicago host Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) and NBC Sports Chicago multi-platform White Sox reporter Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber) who will provide additional commentary and conduct interviews throughout the ceremonies. (NOTES: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app; fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store…in addition, the Opening Ceremonies will re-air at 6:30 PM on NBC Sports Chicago+)

 

  • 6:00 PM CT – “SportsTalk Live” special edition from SoxFest - NBC Sports Chicago’s live, on-site coverage from “SoxFest 2020” continues with an additional remote edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado as host David Kaplan welcomes White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer and new acquisition/right fielder Nomar Mazara..  In addition, “Kap” will be joined by White Sox players and a panel of Sox experts to discuss all the off-season moves and acquisitions, the shaping of this season’s roster, including the starting line-up and pitching rotation, along with analysis on why 2020 may very well be the year the White Sox make their triumphant return to postseason action. (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

 

  • 7:00 PM CT – “SoxFest @ Night” (airing on NBC Sports Chicago+) - Fans are in for a special primetime treat Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago will deliver its exclusive presentation of SoxFest @ Night, a one-hour talk show hosted by Chuck Garfien and NBC Sports Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti), which will take place LIVE in front of a die-hard White Sox fan convention audience on “SoxFest’s” primary stage.  Featured White Sox guests on SoxFest @ Night will include Rick Hahn (SVP/GM), Rick Renteria (Manager), Tim Anderson (SS), Jose Abreu (1B), Yoan Moncada (3B), Luis Robert (CF), Dallas Keuchel (SP), Lucas Giolito (SP), Yasmani Grandal (C) and Eloy Jimenez (LF).  (NOTE: This program will also stream live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app)

 

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND…

 

NBCSportsChicago.com, “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app and Social Media

  • Fans can look forward to even more comprehensive “SoxFest 2020” coverage all weekend long on NBCSportsChicago.com (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSox) and the MyTeams by NBC Sports app featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more provided by Garfien, Rahimi, Duber, along the NBC Sports Chicago team of behind-the-scenes White Sox experts (@NBCSWhiteSox). 

 

  • From a social media standpoint, NBC Sports Chicago will also deliver a number of additional on-site Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) interviews and special segments throughout the weekend, along with numerous SoxFest “Sights & Sounds” highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories. 

 

“White Sox Talk” Podcasts

  • White Sox fans can look forward to brand new “White Sox Talk” Podcasts presented by Wintrust featuring the hottest SoxFest topics and special guest interviews. The “White Sox Talk” podcast is hosted by NBC Sports Chicago White Sox experts Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey (@RyanMcGuffey), Chris Kamka (@ckamka) and Vinnie Duber.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • In addition, fans attending “SoxFest 2020” this weekend can also stop by the convention’s designated museum area on Saturday afternoon to watch a pair of “White Sox Talk” podcast tapings featuring Garfien, McGuffey and Duber interviewing starting pitchers Dylan Cease (12 NOON) and Michael Kopech (2:00 PM). 

 

“Authentic Fan” booth at SoxFest

  • NBC Sports Chicago’s “Authentic Fan” booth will feature a number of special White Sox-themed giveaways including “Authentic Fan” bobbleheads, mittens, baseball caps and much more (while supplies last).  Plus, fans can are urged to utilize the social media hashtag #AuthenticFan throughout the weekend as several lucky fans will be “authentically surprised” with special White Sox giveaways and experiences. NBC Sports Chicago’s dedicated White Sox Twitter handle (@NBCSWhiteSox) will also provide up-to-the-minute info on NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan” booth activities, which will include specific timing details on White Sox player and broadcaster appearances throughout the weekend.

White Sox 2020 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

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White Sox 2020 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox, NBC Sports Chicago and WGN Radio AM 720 have announced the team’s 2020 spring training television, radio and webcast schedule.

The White Sox will have six Cactus League games televised from Arizona on NBC Sports Chicago, the exclusive television home of White Sox baseball, with 13 additional webcasts streamed on whitesox.com.

The first televised spring training game is Monday, February 24 at 2:05 p.m. CST when the White Sox take on the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. NBC Sports Chicago also will televise the game on Friday, March 13 when the Sox play host to the crosstown rival Cubs in Glendale at 3:05 p.m. CDT. NBC Sports Chicago is scheduled to broadcast the final four games of the spring schedule from March 21-24, including two exhibition contests against Arizona at Chase Field on March 23 (8:40 p.m. CDT) and March 24 (2:40 p.m.).

Jason Benetti and Steve Stone will work all six televised games in their fifth spring training together as the White Sox broadcast team. Benetti is set to begin his fifth season with the Sox, while Stone enters his 13th year with the club.

NBC Sports Chicago also will provide a live stream of its White Sox spring training telecasts to authenticated subscribers via the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app and at NBCSportsChicago.com.

The first spring training webcast occurs Saturday, February 22 at 2:05 p.m. CST when the White Sox open the Cactus League schedule vs. the Los Angeles Angels. Russ Langer returns for his 10th spring as the play-by-play voice and will be joined in the booth by Rich King.

WGN Radio, the club’s flagship radio station, will air the first of its 11 games with the White Sox spring opener on Saturday, February 22 vs. the Angels. WGN Radio also will air both White Sox vs. Cubs matchups on Friday, March 6 at Sloan Park and Friday, March 13 at Camelback Ranch. Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson are scheduled to return as the on-air tandem. Farmer is entering his 29th season in the radio booth, while Jackson will begin his 21st year as a Sox broadcaster.

Additional information regarding spring training broadcasts and tickets at CR-G can be found at whitesox.com/spring.