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The best Bill Walton lines and moments from his White Sox broadcast

The best Bill Walton lines and moments from his White Sox broadcast

Bill Walton’s baseball broadcasting career got off to an unusual start in the pregame show and he didn’t stop the weird fun once the game started.

For starters, he freaked out over the first swing of the game.

Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of Grateful Dead and Woodstock references on the broadcast. There was also a lot of ‘What did he just say?’ moments.

White Sox catcher Welington Castillo ripped a double to lead off the fourth inning and Walton referred to him as Usain Bolt. Yes, the White Sox catcher, not known for his speed, got compared to the multi-time Olympic champion sprinter.

“Look at him run, that is the epitome of Usain Bolt right there,” Walton said.

“Welington Castillo reminds you of Usain Bolt?” Benetti questioned his partner.

“The way he was flying down that basepath,” Walton said.

Later in the inning Yolmer Sanchez laid down a squeeze bunt to score Castillo and Walton had the excitement of a kid on Christmas morning.

“What offense! Brilliant,” Walton said. “This is a strategic victory.”

He made sure to sneak in another Castillo-Bolt reference.

“Usain Bolt crosses the plate and there’s nothing anyone can do about it,” Walton said as Castillo scored.

In the bottom half of the inning Lucas Giolito struck out the side. Walton excitedly asked what the record for most strikeouts in an inning was.

Mike Trout took Giolito deep in the fifth and Walton compared him to a fish.

“That’s Trout? Swimming upstream, avoiding all the flies and sending one ricocheting through the universe,” Walton said.

Then there’s this stream of words that really has no explanation.

He was screaming at routine fly balls and tried to add importance to every play.

“The fate of the known world is at balance here,” Walton said after an attempted White Sox double play turned into a fielder’s choice.

He also had some fun with Eloy Jimenez’s name.

“Is that a knock off of alloy? Putting all the powers together of the rare earth minerals to just come up with this incredible computer-generated stud for the future,” Walton said.

James McCann had a heck of a night. The catcher hit a grand slam in the eighth inning that was his third hit of the night. Walton wanted him in the Hall of Fame after that one.

Like it or hate it, this broadcast is one of a kind.

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What will Steve Cishek's role be with White Sox? 'Get three outs, any inning'

What will Steve Cishek's role be with White Sox? 'Get three outs, any inning'

It's safe to say the White Sox wanted to add Steve Cishek to their bullpen.

"According to my agent, within five minutes after the World Series, the White Sox called and expressed some interest," Cishek said Wednesday. "So when you get a call that soon, you know the team is up to something. Then of course with what they did this offseason, it made signing here very intriguing."

So what will Cishek's role be at the back end of that bullpen? For the newest member of the South Side relief corps, it's really not that difficult.

"I would assume it would be the same as it was with the Cubs," he said. "Get three outs, any inning."

Cishek is aboard to bolster that back end, one that heads into 2020 with some concrete names but some mystery, as well. Alex Colome will be the team's closer after racking up 126 saves over the past four seasons, and Aaron Bummer figures to be a frequent presence in the eighth inning of games after posting a 2.13 ERA last season.

Cishek was extraordinarily reliable for Joe Maddon and the Cubs in his two seasons on the North Side, with a 2.55 ERA in a whopping 150 appearances, many of them coming in high-leverage situations.

While Evan Marshall and Jimmy Cordero will start the season as options for Rick Renteria in high-leverage situations, too, that pair doesn't have quite the track record of Cishek. With Rick Hahn quick to remind about the volatility of relief pitching from one year to the next, adding a dependable arm in Cishek is an important complement to what the White Sox already had in the 'pen.

"I am fortunate enough now that we have guys that have all been at the back end of a ballgame and have had success in that particular role," Renteria said Wednesday. "I've got flexibility now and strength and hopefully having guys being able to take advantage of high-leverage situations. I use a guy two, three, four days (in a row), it's nice to have another guy I can probably slot in there to be able to do things like that. I have a little bit more flexibility right now."

Cishek's contributions on the pitcher's mound will obviously be of great import, but like every other veteran addition the White Sox have made this winter, he's also expected to do plenty in the clubhouse. While the Cubs teams he was a part of played in just one postseason game the past two seasons, he's no stranger to dealing with big expectations. The White Sox have those now after years of rebuilding, and Cishek should be able to help guide the players new to such an environment.

"With expectations, as long as we stay together as a team we can accomplish a lot," Cishek said. "A lot of the guys we've brought in have been through the fire. As a matter of fact, most of the guys have played in the playoffs the last four or five seasons even. So they have the playoff experience. They know what it takes to win and get to that level, and I think that's going to bode well for these young guys to see how they work, how us older veteran guys get after it and hopefully follow suit.

"I think we can teach these guys how to win."

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The person making the boldest White Sox predictions


White Sox Talk Podcast: The person making the boldest White Sox predictions

Chuck Garfien is joined by the man who predicted a White Sox division title for the 2020 season before the Sox made any moves, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. Castrovince also discusses his other bold White Sox predictions and why he's making them.

(2:48) - Why Castrovince selected the Sox to win the AL central

(7:03) - Why Castrovine selected Rick Renteria as AL Manager of the Year

(9:56) - Yoan Moncada will challenge Mike Trout for AL MVP

(12:43) - Will Luis Robert win Rookie of the Year

(13:54) - Why the Padres missed and the White Sox won last winter on Manny Machado

(18:57) - Was the Astro punishment enough?

(23:30) - For the love of Bruce Springsteen

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast