The 2014 Chicago Cubs and the 2014 Chicago White Sox announce their very first commercial telecasts this weekend. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present the Sox spring training game (Saturday, March 15 vs. LA Dodgers from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ – 9:00 PM CST) and Sunday, March 16 Cubs vs. Cleveland from Cubs Park in Mesa, AZ – 3:00 PM CST
In place of ads, CSN will showcase new one-on-one player interviews with new and veteran players from both sides of town, along with in-depth player profiles, numerous feature stories and much more. All of us are over-inundated with advertising in every aspect of our daily lives; so a relief from that is welcomed. I think we've all seen way too many Nissan commercials in our lives, and that STUPID Wendy's ciabatta burger commercial just never stops. It's a novelty that the spot features Ron Zook's daughter, but it doesn't make the Wendy's add any less annoying. How can you boycott a restaurant that you would never go to in the first place?
Moving on, you know and I know that for both baseball teams, it's more about the young nucleus coming up, and the prospects in the pipeline than it is the veterans. What's more intriguing and relevant are the guys who have just arrived on the team/will arrive soon. Not the guys who have been there for awhile. On both sides of town.
“We wanted to start off our coverage of the 2014 Chicago baseball season in a big way by taking the time we would normally air commercials and provide some very unique content for our viewers,” said CSN Chicago GM Phil Bedella.
“These special features and player profiles we have created will continue throughout all 15 of our spring training telecasts and will help viewers get to know and appreciate the emerging new talent that will be building blocks on both sides of town for years to come.”
Some of the few Chicago Cubs features that will air in place of commercials
All-Star starter Travis Wood didn't just have success on the mound in 2013...he was also the best power-hitting pitcher a season ago. Wood takes us in the batter's box to describe why he's had success at the plate and why last year's grand slam against the White Sox is one he will never forget. Plus, how do the Cubs relax after a tough day of prepping for the season? Well, it’s a game of H.O.R.S.E. that works for Anthony Rizzo, top prospect Javier Baez and outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
A couple of the White Sox features
New centerfielder and lead-off hitter Adam Eaton takes CSN Chicago on an unforgettable fishing trip as we learn about Chicago's newest 'grinder.’
Highly-touted rookie first baseman Jose Abreu signed the largest contract in White Sox history this offseason. We get an inside look on how the new slugger trains with strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas in the White Sox weight room, where cameras are not allowed.
-Also, programming note, Sox Pitching Coach Don Cooper will be the subject of the next
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