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White Sox Talk Podcast: Mending fences with umpire Joe West

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Mending fences with umpire Joe West

Chuck Garfien sat down with controversial umpire Joe West. They spoke about the time he called two balks on Mark Buehrle and kicked him out of the game, being on the receiving end of so much criticism, the most vicious fans in baseball, how he mended fences and became friends with Hawk Harrelson, filming the baseball scene in "Naked Gun," robotic umps and more.

(1:39) - Umpiring the 2005 World Series

(2:16) - Calling balks on Mark Buehrle

(5:38) - Fan bases that may like him (Joe West)

(7:01) - Relationship with Hawk Harrelson

(10:16) - Appearance on "Naked Gun"

(18:28) - Robot Umpires

(25:19) - A. J. Pierzynski tells the story of getting thrown out by Joe West

Listen to the full episode here or in the embedded player below:

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National Guard, Chicago police use Guaranteed Rate Field as staging area

National Guard, Chicago police use Guaranteed Rate Field as staging area

After protests were followed by separate acts of looting, vandalism and violence Saturday night in Chicago, Governor J.B. Pritzker, at the request of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, called in 375 members of the Illinois National Guard to help Chicago police Sunday.

After arriving in Chicago, the National Guard used Guaranteed Rate Field as a staging area, members and their vehicles spotted in the afternoon before news organizations, including WBBM-TV, reported on the scene in the evening.

RELATED: Lucas Giolito, Tim Anderson share thoughts, images amid nationwide protests

Those parking lots were supposed to be filled with fans, the White Sox originally scheduled to host the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

But the season remains on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, citizens are taking to the streets in cities all over the United States to protest police brutality against Black Americans in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minnesota.

It's made for a very different scene as summer begins at the corner of 35th and Shields.

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Lucas Giolito, Tim Anderson share thoughts, images amid nationwide protests

Lucas Giolito, Tim Anderson share thoughts, images amid nationwide protests

As protestors took to the streets in cities across the United States over the weekend, two of the faces of the White Sox franchise shared thoughts and images on social media.

All-Star pitcher Lucas Giolito spoke out Saturday, joining the chorus of those demanding an end to police brutality against Black Americans in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minnesota.

"I don't know what it is to grow up Black in the U.S.A. because it was not my experience," Giolito wrote on Twitter. "I do know that my parents never had to worry about me being pulled over and maybe never making it home.

"It's time to do better. It's time for true equality and justice for all Americans. In fact, it's way overdue. Stop turning a blind eye, stop refusing to talk about it because it's 'uncomfortable.' Complacency will only allow the scourge of racism to survive. It's been 400 years. Enough is enough.

"Black men and women like Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor will continue to die in the streets and in their homes if we don't stand alongside them., echoing their voices loud and clear and demand real change and accountability. That's why I'm joining @ColorOfChange. Please join me and let your voice be heard. #BlackLivesMatter"

Tim Anderson, the White Sox shortstop, the reigning league batting champ and the lone Black American on the White Sox roster, took a different but no less powerful approach on his Twitter account. He posted pictures of himself Sunday amid the aftermath of one night's protests in Chicago.

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