Thursday, December 7, 2023

RUMOR: Jerry Reinsdorf Ousted Jason Benetti From The TV Booth


Yesterday was a shocking day for many White Sox fans. What seems like out of nowhere, it was reported that Jason Benetti would be leaving the White Sox television booth and would take the same position with the Detroit Tigers. Many figured that at some point, Jason was going to leave to do a full-time national gig, but for him to leave and go to the same position with a division rival hurts even more.

Jason and Steve Stone made up one of the best baseball broadcast groups, if not the best. Through the horrible seasons of the last few years, they made it enjoyable. This is a sad day for many Sox fans everywhere. It is unclear who will take over as the play-by-play voice of the Sox, but will likely not be anyone that is as fun as Jason is.

To make matters worse, on 670 The Score, Dan Bernstein was discussing one of the reasons why Jason left the organization. Bernstein said “Jerry (Reinsdorf) doesn’t like his broadcasting … He doesn’t think he’s funny. He’s wrong about that, because he’s objectively hilarious.” Wow. If that is true, that is another mistake in a long line of mistakes for Jerry Reinsdorf.

Bernstein is right, Benetti is a funny guy and was a great addition to the Sox broadcasting booth. He and Steve Stone have a great back and for that is enjoyable for anyone tuning in. Clearly, a majority of the broadcasting world agrees with us, as Benetti has worked with ESPN, CBS, and NBC Sports in addition to the White Sox. He has covered college football, college basketball, and even filled in on Chicago Bulls games. Another thing that Jerry Reinsdorf is just plain wrong about.

Now, there are always rumors when something like this happens. People speculate and some people make up stuff to create a discussion online. But, after getting to Detriot, Jason’s comments seem to back up what Bernstein was saying.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Benetti discussed the move from Chicago to Detroit. He explained how moving from Chicago to Syracuse for college was one of the hardest decisions in his life, but it worked out for him in the end because that was the right place for him. He analogizes the move from Chicago to Detroit in the same way.

Benetti said: when I got to Detroit “I was surrounded by people who want to be so extraordinarily great and forward-thinking, and do this in a smart and analytical way that is just beyond the scope of anything I would have expected in terms of what they also want from their television announcer.”

He continued on:

“They want somebody that is going to think about the game from all facets and they want somebody that is going to have a good time every once in a while, whose dad jokes will be terrible frequently, they want somebody who…, they wanted me, and I wanted them just as much.”

These comments shed even more light on Bernstein’s comments. I believe it. It is always Jerry’s way or the highway. To give more credit, in Benetti’s farewell tweet, he only thanked the White Sox fans, not the organization in any capacity. While he is grateful for the opportunity the White Sox gave him that allowed him to fulfill his dream, clearly he didn’t want to leave the city he loves the most. This is what happens when you have an incompetent owner who doesn’t care about the fans.

He loves Chicago and will miss it deeply. We will miss him too, as he did a fantastic job in the booth for us over eight years. Best of luck in the future, Jason!


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Smoky Burgess
Smoky Burgess
Nov 24, 2023 9:21 pm

When I was a young boy in Indiana, I learned a great deal listening to Bob Elson call a game. I would swing my bat in the garage or outside as Elson described over the radio how a player employed his swing – my obvious favorite was Smoky Burgess and I tried hard to emulate him, starting with hitting the first pitch. I did this without ever seeing Burgess, I just listening to Elson – but that was all anybody needed. Bob Elson, except for a couple years during the war was the Sox voice from 1929 to 1970. What… Read more »

Smoky Burgess
Smoky Burgess
Nov 17, 2023 8:17 am

I muted every game he called and listen to every game Len Kasper called. Matter of taste I suppose, but the silliness was too much for me.

Nov 14, 2023 10:25 pm

Jason is a talent and the combo with Steve Stone makes very bad Sox baseball tolerable for fans. Not an easy task! It’s another example of Reinsdorf being tone deaf and a cheap a$$. He has never cared one whip about the fans. Jerry has always been about Jerry. The LaRussa hire was the final straw. He chose to take his team down to indulge a friendship, and he’s supposedly about ‘business’? Give me a break! Now we’re headed for Round 2 of him threatening to move team unless he rips off the City. Great choice to embrace the ‘Kansas… Read more »

Nov 10, 2023 2:19 pm

I’m a Cubs fan, and I will definitely miss him. I really wish that he would have signed with the Cubs. He’s way better than the two idiots that we have there on TV now. He actually was the best announcer in town. And he’s so versatile, he can look good doing any sport and proved that. Yes anything Jerry Reinsdorf is a total train wreck.! Being improved over and over, year by year with the Bulls and the White Sox. I actually feel bad for White Sox fans.

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