Steve Stone Joins Sox Radio Booth Full Time
By Benjy Lipsman in News on Mar 5, 2008 4:10PM
We're not sure than the 2008 White Sox will be any more tolerable to watch than last year's team, but they'll no doubt be easier to listen to -- at least on the radio. That's because Steve Stone will be replacing Chris Singleton alongside Ed Farmer, the team announced on Tuesday.
Back in December, the Sox had announced that Stone would be joining the WSCR 670 radio booth for Friday home games -- a total of 13 games. But when Singleton asked out of the last year of his deal to pursue a job offer on TV, Stone stepped in. Now, we're not sure how Singleton's performance on the radio earned him a better job, rumored to be with ESPN's Baseball Tonight. But we're certainly looking forward to Stone working in his place.
Stone sat in the Cubs TV broadcast booth for 17 seasons, beginning in 1983. He worked alongside the legendary Harry Caray for most of that time and then alongside Harry's grandson Chip. Both Chip and Stone left the Cubs' booth following the 2004 season.
Now, Stone will take the opposite path Harry Caray did and head from the North Side to the South Side. It's also fitting since Stone pitched for both the Cubs and Sox during his playing days.
Stone will provide the color analysis for play-by-play man Ed Farmer, who announced the games alongside John Rooney from 1992-2005. That pair was the best in baseball, but Rooney left for St. Louis after a contract dispute when the team moved stations. Farmio slid down a chair and was joined by Singleton as the new color guy, but the two never seemed to find a rhythm together. We have high hopes that Stone and Farmer can once again provide White Sox fans the best radio call in the game.
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