From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP)Regular-season NFL ratings on Fox were the networks highestin 16 years.Games averaged a 12.0 rating and 24 share, up 2 percent from last years11.824, according to Nielsen Media Research. Fox said Wednesday it was its bestNFL rating since a 12.529 in 1995 and it marked the first time since the 1970NFL-AFL merger that the NFC package had an increase in ratings in three straightyears. Fox averaged 20.1 million viewers, tying 2010 as its most-viewed NFL season.
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.
Ozzie Guillén and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on a special Crosstown edition of Baseball Night in Chicago.
Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: