Behind the Ballpark
Even the most loyal White Sox fans (likely) don’t know every corner of U.S. Cellular Field. To help celebrate 25 years in this stadium, we will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at some of the lesser-known and off-limits parts of the park. Check back each week for another look at the home of your White Sox!
You know their names and voices, but have you seen where they sit? This week’s “Behind the Ballpark” takes you into the broadcast booth, which is located behind home plate on the Club (300) level, and is where you’ll find voices of the Sox Steve Stone, Jason Benetti, and Gene Honda during White Sox home games. Here’s a look at where these three get to watch the home team.
Gene Honda has been the White Sox public address announcer since 1985, and has been full-time with the Sox since 1991. He also serves as an announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, DePaul University basketball, the NCAA Final Four, Big Ten Tournament and University of Illinois Illini Football (his alma mater). Occasionally you’ll spot him on the field pre-game interviewing special guests of the park, but most likely he’ll be up here in his seat.
Any fan who watches the Sox on television know the distinctive voices of Steve Stone and Jason Benetti. Stone was an MLB pitcher for five teams (including your Chicago White Sox), winning the American League Cy Young Award in 1980, and in 1983 he became the commentator for WGN’s broadcast of the Chicago Cubs alongside the famous Harry Caray. In 2008, Steve Stone was hired to be the color commentator for the White Sox beginning with their 2009 season, alongside Hawk Harrelson.
Benetti joined the White Sox broadcasting booth just this season and has a long history of sports broadcasting, beginning during his time as a student at Syracuse University. A life-long Southsider, Benetti said it was “truly a dream come true” to get to broadcast for the White Sox.
Here’s a look at the space they share at the ballpark:
Oh, and on a final note…Happy birthday, Steve Stone!
We hope you learned a little something this week – be sure to check back next Thursday for more scenes Behind the Ballpark!