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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

CHICAGO WHITE SOX FAN FAVORITE/MLB SLUGGING LEGEND JIM THOME TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON COMCAST SPORTSNET’S MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, “INSIDE LOOK”

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien, featuring Jim Thome to debut Monday, July 18 at 8:00 PM CT

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (July 12, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Monday, July 18 at 8:00 PM CT, Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with one of the most popular players in White Sox history and one of MLB’s all-time slugging greats JIM THOME.  Thome, currently a Special Assistant to White Sox SVP/GM Rick Hahn, is a 22-year MLB standout, which includes four memorable seasons with the White Sox.  He finished his illustrious career with 612 home runs (ranking him 7th on the all-time list), along with 1,699 RBI, over 1,700+ walks and five All-Star Game appearances. In this edition of “Inside Look,” which takes place in Thome’s hometown of Peoria, IL, Thome discusses everything from how his love of baseball started as a youth, his journey to make it to the big leagues, leaving the Indians to join the Phillies, how baseball helped him cope with the loss of his mother, his 500th career home run as a White Sox (a walk-off no less), his “Blackout Game” solo shot that sent the White Sox to the 2008 MLB Playoffs, to the personal joy of watching his son play baseball today, and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Jim Thome on the following dates/times: Sat, July 23 at 8:30 PM (on CSN+HD) – Fri, July 29 at 1:00 PM (on CSN+HD) – Sun, July 31 at 12 NOON – Sat, Aug. 6 at 2:30 PM (on CSN+HD) – Sun, Aug. 7 at 12 NOON – Fri, Aug. 12 at 1:00 PM & Mon, Aug. 15 at 4:30 PM (on CSN+HD). (Schedule subject to change).

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Jim Thome presented by Cadillac premiering Monday, July 18 at 8:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

Thome on leaving Cleveland for Philadelphia:
“It was tough leaving, it was very tough.  It took a long time for me to sign and leave Cleveland.  That negotiation was hard for me, I did love Cleveland, I did, and I appreciated the fact that I was drafted by them…it hit me that I wasn’t coming back…and I needed to prepare myself for a new journey.”

Thome on how baseball helped him deal with the loss of his mother:
“Being in the grind and being in baseball, we’re built to move forward, you got to play tomorrow, and I think baseball kept me to a degree like, ‘okay, you got to move on’…but you never forget, it never leaves you.  When you lose your mom, it’s one of the most difficult, emotional things you’ll ever go through.  That bond between a mother and son is just; I don’t know it’s hard to explain.  I look at my children and see my mother inside of them.”

Thome on hitting his 500th home run with the White Sox:
“It was just a special moment.  How do you ever envision hitting your 500th as a walk-off? I never did.”

Thome on the “Blackout Game”:
“I get so many people in Chicago bring up the Blackout Game, and it makes me smile.  I know we all played a major role in winning that game.  It wasn’t dominated by one guy; it was everybody that played a part in us winning that going on into the playoffs.”

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