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Jason Benetti

Growing up watching White Sox games, I loved listening to Hawk. He was a showman, a barker, a seller of the game. He served his purpose.

However, watching Sox home games last year and so far this season, Jason Benetti deserves the keys to the TV booth for the entire season. He is smart, prepared, funny, witty and good. He and Stone have great chemistry.

Hawk has earned the right to not be pushed out, but have him retire on his alarm clock day and let Jason drive the broadcasts from here on out.

Hawk has to know this half-retirement is not doing his reputation nor Jason's development any good.
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    Friday, April 07 2017, 11:05 AM - #permalink
    Benetti does a solid job, but after all of these years of being subjected to Horrible-son practically anything would be an improvement. Even Horrible-son can't come up with enough excuses every game for a team which could lose 100 games this season.
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    Friday, April 07 2017, 12:24 PM - #permalink
    "Grab some bench!"
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    Friday, April 07 2017, 12:59 PM - #permalink
    With all due respect, I wish WLS-AM 890/White Sox Radio Network would utilize Jason Benetti on those games that Ken "Hawk" Harrelson is still scheduled to call away from GR Field. (That's what I'm referring to the White Sox now hideously named ballpark with the red down arrow as its logo & Ty Pennington as its pitchman.) Benetti has the voice and he'd be an upgrade over Ed Farmer & Darrin Jackson on the team's radio broadcasts.

    At the same time, I really believe Harrelson doesn't have the "TWTW" to stomach another season of losing, let alone all the dead air. I think this is it for Harrelson in the White Sox TV booth & Benetti will take over on a full time basis next season.
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    Friday, April 07 2017, 01:56 PM - #permalink
    Couldn't agree more about Benetti! Loved his calls last year and would much rather hear him than Hawk. I can see him calling Sox games for many years to come.
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    Friday, April 07 2017, 09:43 PM - #permalink
    Benetti was a welcome addition when he first came to the Sox...knowledgeable...great voice...well-prepared. However, go over to the White Sox Interactive message board and see how many diehard Sox fans are no longer big Jason Benetti fans.

    He and Steve Stone have turned the Sox broadcasts into an Abbott and Costello routine - Sox Math, lame prize shelf, Sticks and Stones... Neither one of them knows when to stop when they go back and forth with their sophomoric humor.

    I am a big Sox fan, but I can really appreciate the fact that you don't see anything close to this on the Cubs broadcasts. Those are always professional broadcasts that don't insult the intelligence of the listeners. Perhaps Benetti and Stone feel that the team has been so bad in recent years, that they need to present the broadcast like a situation comedy.

    The sad thing is that Benetti has so much potential and does such a great job on ESPN broadcasts. It is just that when he is paired up with Stone, they feel the need to turn the broadcast into a Vegas act (and the Sox radio broadcast are even worse).

    Before Lars says if I don't like, change the channel, I am actually watching the game right now with the sound on mute
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    Friday, April 07 2017, 09:53 PM - #permalink
    With the exception of Indiana, I agree with all of you that Jason is a welcome addition to the White Sox family. Ab, I truly like your suggestion that Jason do the radio when Hawk is doing the TV. He's a pro and not monotone as Ed Farmer is.

    My hat is tipped to Hawk for his hard work and bringing us some great calls. It is time to walk off in the sunset and enjoy the rest of your life.
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    Sunday, April 09 2017, 09:34 PM - #permalink
    I agree about utilizing him in the radio booth on away games. But that is a whole different story. Somewhere, Ed Farmer must have friends in high places to keep getting the radio gig. He is not interesting at all. There are so many former WS that could do the job on the radio other than Farmio and DJ.
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    Monday, April 10 2017, 09:54 AM - #permalink
    When first on the scene I thought Jason was a nice addition to the White Sox booth, but after some time listening, I cannot stomach his attempts at being witty. He needs to stop sounding like he has been practicing in front of a mirror for hours before the game. The guy is a cliche machine that has me turning the volume down at times.
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    Monday, April 10 2017, 12:22 PM - #permalink
    Steve Hr wrote: Ab, I truly like your suggestion that Jason do the radio when Hawk is doing the TV.


    I think the reason why Jason Benetti doesn't call as many White Sox games is because of contractual obligations he still has with ESPN & Westwood One prior to joining the White Sox TV booth last season.

    With all due respect, Benetti has a smooth, professional voice. It's to a point where I think WLS-AM 890/White Sox Radio Network should consider utilizing Benetti on the team's radio broadcasts instead of Ed Farmer & Darrin Jackson. I can just imagine all the silence from "Hawk" if the losses start to mount on this 9 game trip to Cleveland, Minneapolis & The Bronx, NY.

    I think there's a noticeable difference in tone when Harrelson is calling these broadcasts as compared to Benetti. In my opinion, White Sox fans deserve a better broadcast than they have received in recent years.
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    Tuesday, April 11 2017, 09:47 AM - #permalink
    You are so right Andrew! Ever since John Rooney left for the '06 season, it has been a rough go for Sox fans. Farmer was solid as a #2 man, but has become incredibly inconsistent as the lead voice. In his defense, it is not his fault he has to call the entire game. You would think that a market like Chicago would be able to afford radio two play-by-play voices like it was in the old days.

    Yet, the radio has still been better than Horrible-son on the TV side, with Benetti being the best thing that has happened for Sox fans (in terms of broadcasting) in 10 years. It's hard to complain about him (Benetti) when the alternatives are Farmer and Horrible-son.
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    Tuesday, April 11 2017, 03:33 PM - #permalink
    Guest wrote:

    You are so right Andrew! Ever since John Rooney left for the '06 season, it has been a rough go for Sox fans. Farmer was solid as a #2 man, but has become incredibly inconsistent as the lead voice. In his defense, it is not his fault he has to call the entire game. You would think that a market like Chicago would be able to afford radio two play-by-play voices like it was in the old days.

    Yet, the radio has still been better than Horrible-son on the TV side, with Benetti being the best thing that has happened for Sox fans (in terms of broadcasting) in 10 years. It's hard to complain about him (Benetti) when the alternatives are Farmer and Horrible-son.

    Dave, just one quick question. After reading the same post over and over and over again, year after year after year, I am still left asking the same question: do you like legendary White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson's quality broadcasts or not? You have not been very clear on that at all, despite the monotony of your posts.

    :p
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    Monday, April 17 2017, 05:56 AM - #permalink
    I don't consider Benetti being able to recite stats like a fantasy player as being great, insightful play by play... Hawk brings the intangibles of baseball strategy.

    With that said, Benetti instead of Farmer on radio would be much more positive. Farmer's laxed style in describing play by play for the listener is frustrating at times.

    Benetti is serviceable on tv - but as long as Hawk wants and is able to do games... I will keep the telecast on longer with him in the booth.
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