Jason Benetti gets call to majors to replace White Sox legend Hawk Harrelson

While driving around Baltimore Dave Cash Jersey in a rental car in late 2005 as a just-out-of-college, aspiring broadcaster, Jason Benetti received a phone callfrom a number he didn’t recognize.Benetti pulled to the side of the road and heard a familiar voice say to him, “Hi, is this Jason?This is Bob Costas.”Somewhat shocked, Benetti listened asCostas providedfeedbackpositive remarks and some things to think abouton tapes Benetti sent him months before.On Tuesday evening, Benetti received another monumental phone call in his broadcasting career, this time coming from the White Sox, which offered hima multiyear contract to be theplay-by-play announcer for games onWGN-TV.On Wednesday, ChicagoannouncedBenetti willcallall home games this seasonexcept for the home opener on April 8and July 25-26 gamesagainst the Cubs.Aside from his White Sox duties, Benetti will continue to call college sports for ESPN.Benetti will replace legendary White Sox broadcaster and formermajor leaguerKen “Hawk” Harrelson, who is cutting back to a half-season schedule thisseason. Harrelson will call 78 road games this yearand only three at U.S. Cellular Field.MORE:Eight cities that make sense for MLB expansion|Greek national team trying to crowdfund entry fee for European championshipIt’s a rare chance that somebody in this busine sgets to talk about the teamthey grew up watching,” said Benetti, a Chicago native. “I don’t know what’s going to happen when that first game goes down.I don’t know what stories are going to pop into my mind when I walk into the ballpark.I’m really just looking forward to the sense of the ballpark and the sound of the ballpark and everything that comes along with it.”Benettigraduated from Homewood-Flo smoor High School in Chicagoandwas a “huge” Robin Ventura fan.I think Jason was just an exceptional hire for the White Sox, said SteveStone, the White Sox color analyst forWGN-TV. I think number one, Jason isa very smart guy.Number two, he has a good sense of humor, which I certainly appreciate. Number three, he’s got a pa sion for the game that comes out just talking about the game and hehas a good feeling for the game of baseball.”Benetti, 32,graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. Through the years, he formed friendships withBrian Anderson, a Milwaukee Brewers announcer for FSNWisconsin, as well as Syracuse alums Costas,Ian Eagle andSean McDonough all people he said have given him advice throughout his career.In return, Benetti has mentoredmanyaspiring broadcasters, including current Syracuse Chiefs announcers Kevin Brown and Eric https://www.philliesedges.com/philadelphia-phillies/aaron-altherr-jersey Gallanty.Browncalled games with Benetti from 2011-2014.”No two games are alike with Jason, whether his word choice, whether his stories, whether his way of relating with his broadcast partner,” Brown said. “You never knew what a game was going to be like. Because he doesn’t have a signature call, his broadcasts don’t lend themselves to shtick.”Benettiwas born with a mild form of cerebral palsy, and cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers, cheap painkillers. Rhys Hoskins Jersey works with several charities to raise awarene s for people with disabilities, including one with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation called “Just Say Hi.””If you don’t have a conversation starter or you feel awkward talking to somebody with a disability, ‘Hi’ works,” Benetti said. “It’s a really creative campaign, and to me, that’s the kind of quote-unquote barrier that we’re trying to break down, the perception barrier. If there’s any barrier, it’s perceptive … The way to treat someone with a disability is to treat them like any other human being you know who doesn’t have a disability. … Just say hi.”When Benetti calls his first game for the White Sox on April 9, he will say “hi” to a new wave of fans.Chicago will love him,” Stone said. “He’s just a great young man and I think his future is bright. I hope he’s in Chicago for a very long time.