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Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks to be next featured guest on Inside Look

CHICAGO CUBS LEGENDBASEBALL HALL OF FAMER ERNIE BANKS TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan, featuring Ernie Banks to debut Thursday, May 3 at 3:00 PM

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

Chicago, IL (May 1, 2012) 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 Thursday, May 3 at 3:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan hosts Part I of an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer ERNIE BANKS. Mr. Cub discusses everything from playing his entire Hall of Fame career on the northside, to the devastating disappointment of the 1969 season, along his advice to former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Lou Brock, what his reaction will be if the Cubs win a World Series title and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets 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 Ernie Banks: Part I on the following datestimes: Thu, May 10 at 11am - Sun, May 13 at 12 noon - Tue, May 15 at 4pm - Fri, May 18 at 11:30am & 5:00pm & Wed, May 30 at 5pm. Part II air datestime will be announced at a later date.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Ernie Banks presented by Cadillac premiering Thursday, May 3 on Comcast SportsNet:

BANKS on playing his entire Hall of Fame career in a Cubs uniform:

There are 800 players that played here, still living, that I played with and Im going over that list now. And through here, theres been many different managers, many different players, many different coaches, and thats what I enjoyed about being here at Wrigley Field. Every year is a new situationits just a new attitude to it, and I enjoyed that, I really enjoyed it.

BANKS on the devastating finish to the 1969 season:

A lot of people ask me (if that was the biggest disappoint in my career), but I went and looked at next year, I was 41, 42, well, next yearwell get em next year. My thing was always in sports that Ive learned is how to overcome losses. I guess Ive learned a lot of that hereits justtheres always tomorrowand I saw this in death. My mother died, my brother, my sister & all that, and I just got over it from playing here with the losses, thats what Ive learned, Im just telling you that, a secret of minethe lossesovercoming losses.

BANKS on his advice to fellow teammate and future Hall of Famer Lou Brock:

Lou once said, Ernie, what does it take to be a major league player?I said Lou, you gotta relaxyou gotta learn how to relax. He said you can do that, I cant do itI dont wanna go back to Louisiana chopping no cotton. He was just really tense just relax. So, my relaxation came with thinking about different situationswith people. Just different situations with people I know, friends, and all of thatand then go into the batters boxand then go to the field. The pressure of playing professional sports is just unbelievable today.

BANKS on what he would do if the Cubs win the World Series at Wrigley Field:

Ill wait til everybody leaves the ballparkand go walk right out there on that mound. Everybodys gone nowand justIll just thinkabout all the things through the years, over 100 years that this team didnt win, and now theyve won, andits amazing.

Buckle up, White Sox, here come the best two teams in baseball

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Buckle up, White Sox, here come the best two teams in baseball

Things are about to get tougher for the White Sox. Much tougher.

The upcoming road trip features seven straight games against first-place teams, the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins. Those two teams are, by their winning percentages as of this writing, the two best teams in baseball.

The much-bemoaned makeup of this season’s American League means seeing top-shelf competition is a rarity for any team playing outside the AL East. The Astros are a mile ahead of the rest of the AL West. The Twins have appeared, so far, as the only team capable of winning an aggressively weak AL Central. The New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays — three teams the White Sox have already seen one time apiece — will battle it out for the AL East crown all season long, but let’s be honest, they all seem safe bets to make the postseason.

The fact that the five teams likely to make the playoffs have already put themselves ahead of the competition and it’s not even Memorial Day is its own discussion topic as the rebuilding trend sweeps through the Junior Circuit. But for the 2019 edition of the Chicago White Sox, specifically, it just means that this week is not likely to be a good one.

In the 10 games they played against the Rays, Yankees and Red Sox, the White Sox went 3-7. They were pasted by the Rays and Red Sox, who combined to outscore them 58-18 in seven games on the South Side, and they took two of three from the Yankees in The Bronx.

Of course, any expectations can be dashed in a small portion of a 162-game season. Cast your mind back to 2017, when the White Sox swept a three-game series from the soon-to-be world-champion Astros. The South Siders finished with 95 losses that season, but for three games in August, they had the champs’ number.

Will this week go similarly? Maybe. But it doesn’t seem likely.

The Astros are on fire, or at least they were before the Red Sox snapped their 10-game winning streak Sunday. That doesn’t change the fact that the Astros boast a plus-92 run differential that counts as the best in the game. Or their 3.43 team ERA (second in the AL). Or their .279 team batting average and jaw-dropping .353 team on-base percentage, both marks the best in baseball.

The Twins, the division rivals the White Sox will see for the first time in 2019 beginning Friday, aren’t far behind. That offense has been sensational, too, through the season’s first two months, owning baseball’s second best run differential (plus-77) and its second best team batting average (.270). No team in either league has hit more homers than the Twins, who have launched 87 of them in 45 games.

The White Sox, meanwhile, have a fragile, injury-affected starting rotation — after Sunday’s game, manager Rick Renteria did not share who’s starting Monday’s game — and a pitching staff with a 5.09 ERA that’s given up 68 homers this season. Sunday, Reynaldo Lopez made it through six innings of one-run ball, only for the White Sox bullpen to cough up a pair of two-run homers to the Toronto Blue Jays (one of baseball’s worst offenses) in the game’s final two innings. It was the sixth time this season the White Sox bullpen has allowed multiple home runs in a single game.

“Gulp” might be an appropriate reaction to hearing the White Sox have to go up against the Houston and Minnesota offenses seven times in the next seven days.

This isn’t to say the White Sox are merely a punching bag for these two giants of the American League right now. Certainly most of the teams the Astros and Twins have faced have suffered less than desirable fates. But the gaps between the rebuilding White Sox and this pair of contenders are not small.

The White Sox are trying to accomplish the same thing the Astros did, spending several frustrating years being patient during a rebuilding process only to come out the other side a perennial contender and World Series champion. These same Astros who are now bullying the rest of the AL lost a total of 416 games in the four seasons prior to their first playoff season in a decade in 2015. By the end of the 2017 campaign, they were world champions. That’s the template the White Sox are trying to follow.

But the White Sox aren’t to the mountaintop yet, and that might end up being painfully clear by the end of the upcoming road trip. It doesn’t mean their climb won’t get them to that same point, but don’t try to compare the 2019 White Sox to the 2019 Astros this week. That’s not the comparison that counts.

The Twins are a little different, having revamped their lineup over the offseason with free-agent acquisitions who have paid huge dividends. C.J. Cron, Jonathan Schoop, Marwin Gonzalez and Nelson Cruz (currently on the IL) have combined for 31 homers in 45 games. But homegrown guys like Jorge Polanco, Mitch Garver, Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler are all playing well, too. That quintet has accounted for 43 of the Twins’ 87 homers this season. That’s a strong core of homegrown young hitters, the kind of thing the White Sox hope to have real soon, the kind of thing that’s taking shape with Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson off to good starts and Eloy Jimenez at the major league level (and likely to come off the injured list Monday).

The White Sox have obviously had their positives this season, and they’re clearly in a better place now than they were at this point last year (a 21-24 record after Sunday’s game compared to 14-31 through the first 45 games of 2018). But their rebuilding process hasn’t yet reached the point where they’re going to be trading blows with the two best teams in baseball.

There could be some surprises on this road trip. But they don’t figure to be easy to come by. Buckle up, here come the two best teams in baseball.

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Carlos Zambrano gets four clean outs in Chicago Dogs debut

Carlos Zambrano gets four clean outs in Chicago Dogs debut

Carlos Zambrano hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 (and the minors since 2013), but he is back pitching in Chicagoland.

The former Cubs ace made his debut with the Chicago Dogs of the American Association on Saturday. Zambrano didn't register any strikeouts, but retired all four batters he faced.

The 37-year-old got three groundouts and a flyout in 13 pitches.

The Dogs play at Impact Field in Rosemont and the day before Zambrano's debut they set a world record for the most wieners in one location. So this is a bit different than the major leagues.