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NBC Sports Chicago to honor retiring behind-the-scenes broadcasting legend Jim Angio

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NBC Sports Chicago to honor retiring behind-the-scenes broadcasting legend Jim Angio

Chicago, IL (September 24, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago – THE home of the #AuthenticFan – will be honoring the illustrious 40-year career of 13-time Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award winner & Emmy ‘Silver Circle’ inductee JIM ANGIO, who will be officially retiring at the end of the season, during its White Sox telecast tomorrow night (Tue, Sept. 25) vs. the Cleveland Indians (coverage begins at 7:00 PM CT).  

Among the in-game highlights honoring Angio during Tuesday night’s White Sox telecast on NBC Sports Chicago include numerous video montages featuring classic Chicago sports moments Angio has directed over the years, along with interview clips showcasing a number of front-facing and behind-the-scenes individuals who worked with Angio over his career.  IN ADDITION – NBC Sports Chicago will dedicate the entire third inning of tomorrow night’s game to Angio, as fans will hear first-hand how he calls the game from inside the production truck.

“Jim Angio is a true Chicago sports legend who will go down as one of the very best directors in sports broadcasting history,” said Greg Bowman, VP of Programming for NBC Sports Chicago.  “We are grateful for Jim’s artful direction on so many of our city’s most memorable sports moments and we couldn’t be more honored than to dedicate Tuesday night’s game to Jimmy, along with providing our audience with a glimpse of his expert efforts.”

Angio, 66, a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, began his White Sox broadcasting career back in 1978 with WSNS-TV 44 in Chicago working with the late Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall.  During his distinguished career, Angio was at the helm of directing numerous no-hitters, which include Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter and perfect game, along with Tom Seaver’s 300th career win, Jim Thome’s 500th career HR, division-clinching games in 1983, 1993, and 2005, and many more.  

In addition, Angio was in the director’s chair for numerous Chicago Bulls seasons and Michael Jordan career-highlight moments, including the all-time NBA record 70th regular season win back in 1996, Jordan’s fresh out of retirement 55-point game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in 1995, along with Jordan career-high 69-point game back in 1990, among many others.

Among Angio’s numerous career honors include 13 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award wins, 56 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award nominations, three Illinois Silver Dome Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, a national CableACE Award, along with the prestigious induction earlier this year into the Chicago/Midwest Emmys “Silver Circle,” recognizing 25 years or more of excellence and significant contributions to the Chicago broadcasting industry.
 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

Eloy Jimenez has arrived.

His rookie season has become special with big games and big moments, the latest being his two-homer, six RBI game against the Yankees. Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the magic of Eloy (1:30). Chuck interviews Jimenez after the game (6:20), Lucas Giolito is the first 10-game winner in baseball. Let that sink in (8:00). Die-hard White Sox fan Frank Kaminsky rips Cubs fans (13:00) and more.

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Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito star again: Are the faces of the franchise emerging?

Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito star again: Are the faces of the franchise emerging?

Maybe the future hasn't quite yet arrived at a South Side stadium near you. But it’s getting some heavy play in the coming attractions.

The first two games of this four-game weekend series against the New York Yankees have provided the clearest glimpse yet of the White Sox incredibly bright future. After Tim Anderson blasted a three-run homer in a comeback win Thursday night, Eloy Jimenez led the charge with two three-run homers in a 10-2 blowout Friday night. Lucas Giolito starred again with six innings of one-run ball to become the first pitcher in the majors to reach 10 wins. The guy who was, statistically, the worst pitcher in baseball last season has a 0.94 ERA over his last nine starts, with just six runs allowed in his last eight.

With their second win over the first-place Yankees in as many nights, the White Sox got back to .500, the first time they’ve been there this late in the season since the start of Rick Hahn’s rebuilding project.

“We've been climbing. We've been playing better baseball, more consistent baseball. We're playing really well at home, which is huge,” Giolito said. “I'm happy. I'm happy we're at .500. It's kind of like a turning point and we just keep going from there.”

The turning point would figure to be more gradual, not a handbrake-puller following that beatdown these White Sox received in Minnesota over Memorial Day Weekend. But there’s no doubt that the future gets brighter almost every day. Certainly with every Giolito start and every Jimenez home run, things look better and better for 2020, when the franchise’s contention window could start to open.

Guaranteed Rate Field was rocking Friday night — literally, with Rock N Roll Night in full swing — with 31,000-plus in the stands and more fans expected over the series’ final two days. Then comes next week’s two-game trip north on Lake Shore Drive for the first half of this year’s Crosstown series.

Giolito dealing, Jimenez launching homers, electric atmospheres and a White Sox team on a hot streak: Are we sure we didn’t all tumble backward into a time machine a la Philip J. Fry?

No, it’s still 2019. And though Jimenez spoke Friday about these White Sox chasing a playoff spot in a top-heavy American League, it might take Dylan Cease and Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal arriving before talk of the postseason really gets serious. That shouldn’t prevent the excitement over what White Sox fans are seeing on the field right now, however.

Any winning stretch would be welcome after the White Sox lost a combined 195 games in 2017 and 2018. But this one feels special because of who’s powering it: young players who are part of this team’s core, players who will be fueling the planned championship contenders in years to come.

“I think we can be one of the best teams in the league,” Giolito said. “We 100 percent have the talent. We have more talent on the way developing in the minor leagues. The sky’s the limit for us.

“If we continue to play the way we’re playing — starting pitching getting more consistent, that’s a big thing that I’ve been saying is a huge part of our success — then we can continue to win games and put ourselves in a good spot at the end of the year.”

Jimenez and Giolito taking star turns could provide more than just two pieces of a core. As their stars continue to rise, maybe we’re looking at faces of the franchise in the making.

Certainly Giolito has captured national attention and single-handedly shone a spotlight on the South Side with his continued success. He was voted the AL Pitcher of the Month in May and has been even better in June, with a 0.43 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his three starts this month.

After owning the highest ERA and WHIP among the sport’s qualified starting pitchers last season, Giolito is in the running to start the All-Star Game for the American League. There’s a lot of season left, but as of right now, he’s as good a candidate for the Cy Young Award as you’ll find.

It’s been a remarkable transformation from a guy many fans jettisoned from their future rotation projections after last season to a guy who fans might have at the top of those projections.

“In terms of performances, they speak for themselves,” manager Rick Renteria said. “You've got to give that kid a ton of credit for everything he's done to make adjustments to put him in the position he's in at this particular moment and they way he's performing.

“We're all amazed. I think everybody in baseball should be amazed at what this young man is doing and everybody should be extremely proud of him.”

And then there’s the slugger.

For the bulk of the season to this point, Jimenez looked like a 22-year-old rookie getting his first taste of the big leagues. And a campaign full of growing pains would have been perfectly understandable. But lately we’ve seen why this kid was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball, why he’s been receiving so much hype since the day the White Sox acquired him two summers ago.

In his last 13 games, Jimenez is slashing .348/.412/.761 with five homers and 14 RBIs. That’s the type of middle-of-the-order superstar folks dreamed about when they talked about Jimenez prior to his major league debut. Jimenez’s mere presence was the main positive. Now, he’s starting to show what kind of impact bat he can swing at the major league level. And that cranks the brightness to 11 for 2020 and beyond.

“Yes, of course,” Jimenez said after Friday’s game, almost incredulous that he was asked if he’s been feeling better at the plate lately. “I feel more patient at the plate. I’m seeing the ball better because I don’t rush anything. I just go into the game and if it happens, it happens.”

“Man, he's a beast,” Giolito said of his left fielder. “He's coming into his own a little bit. They've been pitching him like a 10-year vet ever since he got into the league but I think he's starting to dial in on his approach and he's showing the power a little bit.”

It’s all part of what’s going extremely right for the White Sox right now, positive signs coming from the right players that bode so well for the future.

There’s still a way to go until that future arrives. But don’t be surprised if you start seeing a lot more No. 27 and No. 74 jerseys and shirseys on the South Side as the summer moves along. These might be faces of the franchise in the making.

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