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Word on the Street: Trio of Bears leading Pro Bowl ballots

Word on the Street: Trio of Bears leading Pro Bowl ballots

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
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Trio of Bears lead Pro Bowl ballots

Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Devin Hester won the fan voting for their respective positions for the NFC team in the Pro Bowl.

Tom Brady was the leading vote-getter with 1.9 million votes, edging Michael Vick, who netted 1.5 million votes to lead the NFC.

The 43-man rosters will be announced Tuesday. The Pro Bowl game will be played Jan. 30 in Honolulu. (Chicago Tribune)

Illinois Lottery embarks on second annual Blackhawks ticket

The Illinois Lottery launched the second Chicago Blackhawks Cash scratch-off ticket, following up on the huge success the inaugural campaign brought last year, which was also fortunately accompanied by the Hawks' Stanley Cup Championship.

There are six different tickets, each with a separate Hawk on it, including Patrick Kane, Jonathan Towes, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith.

The tickets are 5 each and the prizes range from a Blackhawks jersey to up to 100,000 in cash. (Blackhawks.com)

Favre to Peppers: Beat the Packers

After Julius Peppers and his teammates annihilated Brett Favre's Vikings Monday night (including a sack from Corey Wootton knocking Favre out of the game), the veteran, record-setting QB had a simple message for Peppers: beat the Packers in a couple of weeks. (NBC Sports)

Jets' QB Sanchez has shoulder tear

Mark Sanchez, the second-year quarterback of the New York Jets, has a slight cartilage tear in his right shoulder, but is still fully expecting to play against the Bears on Sunday. Jets head coach, never one to shy away from the media, said he was "99 percent" sure Sanchez will start. (NY Daily News)

Chicago Sky announce '11 schedule

The Chicago Sky have released their 2011 schedule, which will open against the Indiana Fever on the road on June 4. The home opener at Allstate Arena will be June 10 against the Connecticut Sun.

The Sky also host the defending WNBA Champs, the Seattle Storm, in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 on July 19. (Chicago Tribune)

Driver in Adenhart death gets 51 years to life

Andrew Gallo, the man who was drunk driving in the accident that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart last year was sentenced to 51 years to life, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office. In September, Gallo was convicted of three counts of murder, one count of fleeing the scene of a crash and one count of driving under the influence. (The Epoch Times)

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

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Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.