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Rick Hahn referred to himself as a 'jackass' as Fernando Tatis Jr. came up again at SoxFest

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Rick Hahn referred to himself as a 'jackass' as Fernando Tatis Jr. came up again at SoxFest

The White Sox farm system is undoubtedly loaded.

Rick Hahn pulled off three big trades in 2016 and 2017 to import Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease, Reynaldo Lopez, Yoan Moncada, Dane Dunning, Luis Basabe and Lucas Giolito into the organization. Add the other talent acquired through the draft or international signings, and there are few better systems in the game.

So why did the White Sox general manager refer to himself as a "jackass" on Saturday?

In what seems to be an annual tradition now at SoxFest, there was mention of Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the highest-rated prospects in baseball and a one-time White Sox signee who was traded to the San Diego Padres in the deal for James Shields just months before the start of the rebuild.

It's arguably the lone mistake Hahn & Co. have made during this rebuilding process (and it technically took place before the process started), with Tatis closing in on the majors and widely regarded as one of the best young talents around. Tatis was just 17 years old when the White Sox made the deal and had yet to play a minor league game. But that hasn't been much of an excuse in the minds of White Sox fans, who in an alternate reality could've seen Tatis and Eloy Jimenez sharing spots at the top of the prospect rankings.

Last year, a fan lobbed a question toward members of the front office during a panel Hahn wasn't a part of: "How could you whiff on him?" This year, Hahn took the initiative himself.

While praising the organization's success in the international-signing department, Hahn was listing the achievements of the department run by Marco Paddy and eventually got to Tatis, offering up a self-critique in the process.

"Since we’ve hired Marco Paddy and the staff he’s put together internationally, we’ve been as strong as anybody," Hahn said. "Signing Luis Robert, which was an example of us being strong internationally, did put us in the penalty box for a couple years, and we had to use some of that slot money in different ways to add talent. But his first signing was Micker Adolfo, who’s becoming one of the better prospects in the organization.

"He also signed someone that some jackass traded, a pretty good prospect by the name of Tatis."

Ouch. Self burn.

Hahn was likely poking fun at the social-media criticism he receives for making the move as much as he was perhaps admitting any regret at dealing away a guy who turned into a top prospect.

Of course, what shouldn't be lost in all that is that the White Sox have a pair of international signees in the system who figure to one day be a part of the outfield of the future. Nor should it be forgotten that Hahn has made a bevy of moves that have loaded the system and made the future extremely bright.

But if Tatis blossoms into an All-Star shortstop with the Padres, then he'll always be the one who got away.

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White Sox's Tim Anderson: 'You have to show the good, the bad and the ugly'

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White Sox's Tim Anderson: 'You have to show the good, the bad and the ugly'

Tim Anderson has done the talking. Sunday, he needed to do the walking.

“We’re all going through such a tough time right now that I think everyone’s confused,” Anderson said on SportsTalk Live Monday. “Just for me, I wanted to capture those moments. Pictures speak louder than words.”

Back in Chicago anticipating the start of the baseball season, Anderson took time Sunday to step out in the city and tour some of the destruction from the weekend’s peaceful protests that turned violent. He posted poignant photos on social media, including a moving photo of him standing next to George Floyd’s name. As an African American baseball player, the White Sox shortstop has embraced the opportunity to speak out about racial injustice on his platform, but he had never witnessed what he saw over the weekend in Chicago.

“It’s a feeling you can’t really explain,” Anderson said. “You just have to see it for yourself and just kind of be in that moment. But it’s something I’ve never seen before, something I’ve never witnessed before, only things that I’ve heard about.”

That’s why Anderson was so eager to capture the moment. It was important for him to have the pictures to show his kids so they can witness this moment in history – even if some of the language in the pictures is uncomfortable.

“I know some of those pictures may have said some things that we may not have meant in the moment, but sometimes you have to show the good, the bad and the ugly and for me man, I just wanted to capture those moments to have for myself,” Anderson said.

The reigning American League batting champion took time Monday on NBC Sports Chicago to express his feelings on George Floyd’s killing and the widespread reaction over the last week.

“Those people are hurt and they are angry,” he said. “When you’re going through tough situations, you never know what can happen. People are angry and they are fed up and it has gotten to this point. We didn’t want to see it get here, but this is where we’re at with it.”

Four years ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick attempted to protest racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem before games. It was a peaceful protest, but Kaepernick was eventually silenced by losing his job. He hasn’t been in the NFL since.

“I think that was a peaceful way to explain your feelings and explain what your message is, but now we’ve gotten to this point," Anderson said. "Kaepernick gave us that example of what this was, but he was unheard as well. So now we’ve gotten to this point where people aren’t heard and now it’s just, man, anger is coming from all over the place and people just doing whatever to get heard, to send that message, to be understood.”

The sports world appears to be listening this time, as even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement calling for “an urgent need for action.” That statement was understandably criticized for its tardiness and hypocrisy in the wake of how Kaepernick continues to be treated, but perhaps it is a signal of change.

Anderson said he is trying to remain hopeful and positive, as he believes he is capturing history with his photos.

“I think everybody understands when I shoot out content, it has a great meaning behind it and I think that’s one of those that has great meaning,” Anderson said. “That’s history and who knows where it may end up. It may end up in the history books. So if you just remove me from the picture, it’s dope art.”

You can see Tim Anderson's full interview with David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien on SportsTalk Live Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago. 

NBC Sports Chicago to replay select White Sox games

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NBC Sports Chicago to replay select White Sox games

Chicago, IL (June 1, 2020) – NBC Sports Chicago has announced additional pro game replacement programming as the network will be re-airing select Chicago White Sox telecasts covering the years of 1993 to 2019.  Among the featured games include the White Sox 1993 AL Western Division clincher featuring Bo Jackson’s “Moon Shot,”  2005’s World Series Game 4 championship clincher, Jim Thome’s 500th career home run from 2007, Mark Buehrle’s 2007 no-hitter and 2009 perfect game, along with 2019 standout offensive performances from Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu and much more.  NBC Sports Chicago is scheduled to air White Sox “Classics” telecasts weekday afternoons at varied times beginning Monday, June 8 through Tuesday, June 30.  Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also stream select “Classics” match-ups online via NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive. (NOTES: Game replays will only be made available to viewers within NBC Sports Chicago’s designated viewing territory; schedule subject to change.)

Please note NBC Sports Chicago’s “White Sox Classics” game schedule beginning Monday, June 8; complete “Classics” calendar schedule here: NBCSportsChicago.com/Classic:

Monday, June 8 – 3:30 PM
White Sox vs. Seattle (From 9/27/93 -- 4-2 win -- Bo Jackson’s 3-run “Moon Shot” helps Sox clinch AL West title)

Tuesday, June 9 – 2:30 PM
White Sox vs. St. Louis (From 6/10/98 -- 10-8 win -- Down 7-0 in the 5th/8-4 in the 9th, Sox storm back thanks to Albert Belle’s 3-run 9th inning blast and two bombs via Robin Ventura, including a two-run walk-off HR in the 11th)

Wednesday, June 10 – 3:00 PM
White Sox vs. Detroit (From 5/25/03 -- 8-5 win – Joe Crede with a GW 3-run shot in the 12th)

Thursday, June 11 – 3:30 PM
White Sox vs. Cleveland (From 4/28/04 -- 9-8 win -- Sox score 5 in the 9th for the huge victory; Juan Uribe, Timo Perez and Crede with three hits apiece)

Friday, June 12 – 3:00 PM
White Sox at Houston (From 10/26/05 -- 1-0 World Series Championship-clinching win – White Sox win first title in 88 years; Jermaine Dye WS MVP)

Monday, June 15 – 3:00 PM
White Sox vs. St. Louis (From 6/20/06 -- 20-6 win -- The White Sox offense was on fire with 24 total hits, 20 runs, including 11 in the 3rd; Dye & Crede each with four hits; HRs via A.J. Pierzynski, Crede and Uribe)

Tuesday, June 16 – 3:30 PM
White Sox vs. LA Angels (From 9/16/07 -- 9-7 win -- Jim Thome smacks his 500th career HR to win it in the 9th)

Wednesday, June 17 – 4:00 PM
White Sox vs. Texas (From 4/18/07 -- 6-0 win -- Mark Buehrle throws the 16th no-hitter in franchise history with only one walk; Thome with two HRs; Dye w/Grand Slam)

Thursday, June 18 – 3:30 PM
White Sox vs. Cleveland (From 8/8/07 -- 6-5 win -- Back-and-forth Sox victory featured game-tying HRs from Dye in the 8th, Pierzynski in the 12th; Uribe with walk-off two-run HR in the 13th)

Friday, June 19 – 3:30 PM
White Sox vs. Texas (From 7/23/08 -- 10-8 win -- AL home run leader Carlos Quentin powers the Sox with a pair of longshots in this come-from-behind thriller; Thome also goes deep with 3-run shot)

Monday, June 22 – 2:00 PM
White Sox vs. Detroit (From 8/5/08 -- 10-8 win --  9th inning heroics via Alexei Ramirez and a GW three-run shot via Nick Swisher in the 14th seal this sweet White Sox winner)

Tuesday, June 23 – 4:00 PM
White Sox vs. Tampa Bay (From 7/23/09 -- 5-0 win -- Buehrle does it again, this time with a perfect game, just the 18th in MLB history; memorable game-saving catch by Dewayne Wise in the 9th)

Wednesday, June 24 – 3:00 PM
White Sox vs. Houston (From 8/10/17 -- 3-2 win -- Future White Sox cornerstone Yoan Moncada previewed his offensive prowess with a game-tying HR in the 9th and a walk-off GW single in the 11th)

Thursday, June 25 – 3:00 PM
White Sox vs. Cleveland (9/25/18 -- 5-4 win -- Daniel Palka comes through in the clutch with a 9th inning 2-run walk-off single; special telecast honoring the retirement of longtime White Sox producer/director Jim Angio)

Friday, June 26 – 3:00 PM
White Sox vs. Seattle (4/5/19 -- 10-8 win -- 2019 Home Opener highlighted by four RBI from Moncada, along with a HR and three RBI from Anderson)

Monday, June 29 – 2:30 PM
White Sox vs. Detroit (4/26/19 -- 12-11 win -- Down 8-1 in the 4th, the Sox bats came alive finishing with 21 hits thanks to four hits apiece from Abreu and Anderson, not to mention TA’s walk-off HR)

Tuesday, June 30 – 2:30 PM
White Sox vs. Detroit (7/3/19 -- 9-6 win – An AL Central Division thriller that featured some extra-inning power from Moncada in the 10th to tie it up, along with Abreu’s walk-off winner in the 12th)

All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

PROGRAMMING NOTES:
-    NBC Sports Chicago will also re-air its acclaimed Original Production documentary “Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox” on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 PM and on Saturday, June 6 at 3:30 PM.  
-    For the latest news, analysis, team/league updates and team-specific podcasts, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com or download the “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app.  

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