Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011Posted: 1:15 p.m.
By Tony Andracki
Owning an NBA and MLB team is just not enough for Jerry Reinsdorf.
He's reportedly looking to expand to the NHL again, this time with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Reinsdorf's spokesman told the Arizona Republic Thursday that the current White Sox and Bulls owner is back in the picture for the new Coyotes owner.
The NHL set a Dec. 31 deadline for someone to buy the Coyotes from the league and keep the team in Glendale. If that doesn't happen, the league will open up the organzaition to buyers looking to move the team to another city.
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Had this been the scripted outcome, it would've sounded a little too cheesy.
But in reality, it was a moment that got White Sox fandom as excited as the dude rounding the bases.
Eloy Jimenez, playing in his first game at Wrigley Field nearly two years after the Cubs traded him to the White Sox, smacked a game-winning homer off Pedro Strop in the ninth inning, breaking a 1-all tie and giving the South Siders a 3-1 victory in the first Crosstown game of the 2019 season.
Jimenez had been asked countless times about what it would be like to play in the park he long assumed would be the one where he played his big league games. And he expressed excitement, though committed to saying it would be like any other game.
Jimenez had a disappointing outcome in his first at-bat of the evening, ending a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the first inning with a double play. He singled and walked in later plate appearances, but nothing was anywhere near as dramatic as his trip to the plate in the ninth. He hit Strop's pitch so hard it sounded like he broke his bat. The ball still ended up in the left-field bleachers.
One ninth-inning blast in June 2019 won't rip the rebuilding White Sox contention window open immediately, but what an image of rebuilding progress it was, with Jimenez, the middle-of-the-order centerpiece for the next decade, blasting a game-winner against the Crosstown-rival Cubs.
Jimenez's permanent smile was indeed present as he rounded the bases, made even bigger by his Tuesday night heroics. The White Sox are hoping they were the first of many.
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Ozzie Guillén and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on a special Crosstown edition of Baseball Night in Chicago.
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