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Word on the Street: Hester awarded 10th NFC title

Word on the Street: Hester awarded 10th NFC title

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
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Hester named Special Teams Player of the Week

An 11th career punt return touchdown has broken an NFL record and resulted in Bears Devin Hesters 10th Special Teams Player of the Week award. No other returner has earned the NFC award as many times as Hester has, setting yet another record for the league. His totaled 142 return yards helped elevate the Bears to their 34-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers. (ChicagoTribune)

Noah keeps his shooting skills sharp

Just in case there isnt an NBA season, Bulls Joakim Noah is focusing on a new sport to reflect his athletic ability. Noah has been at the University of Florida focusing on his workouts and perfecting his beer pong talents. TMZ reported his off-season fun, adding the centers natural ability to sink a different kind of shot. (ProBasketballTalk)

Cutler makes appearance for Cavallari

All of the back and forth Twitter rumors concerning Bears Jay Cutler and reality star Kristin Cavallari have led fans to believe they are indeed working things out. Those of you who are Dancing with the Stars fans witnessed Cutlers attendance at this weeks performance, which proved to be bad luck as Cavallari was sent to pack her bags. However, the Bears seem perform better when the two are together, so hopefully JayCav will bring some good vibes to Soldier Field. (ChicagoTribune)

Mets clear out coaches

The Mets have announced that bench coach Ken Oberkfell, third base coach Chip Hale, first base coach Mookie Wilson, and bullpen coach Jon Debus wont be with the club for the 2012 season. It has not yet been said if they will be reassigned or gone for good. (HardballTalk)

La Russa fined for unprofessional comments

After making inappropriate in-game remarks about the umpiring in Mondays game, Tony La Russa has accepted the MLBs undisclosed fine without argument. The Cardinals manager stated he crossed the line and deserves his punishment. Although the Game 2 victory may have made accepting the fine easier for La Russa, he is given credit for taking the high road and apologizing. (HardballTalk)

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

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.

It wasn't.

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.

 

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders

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: