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Actor (final credit: murdered by Albert Einstein in "Carnage Hall"), musician (Ethnocentric Republicans), and Nerf hoops champion, Wiffleball aficionado and onetime bilingual kindergarten teacher, Brett Ballantini has written about baseball, basketball and sometimes hockey, for the NBA, MLB, NHL, and Slam, Hoop, Sporting News, the Athletic, Sports Illustrated, South Side Hit Pen, SB Nation and others. He was CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks beat writer when their 49-year Stanley Cup drought ended in 2009-10, and took over the White Sox beat after that. He also wrote a book about Ozzie Guillén but is running out of space, so follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and he'll probably tell you even more about himself than you ever wanted to know. To contact the dude that runs this joint:

It’s Gio Day, baby!

Ali White and Adrian Serrano combine forces to create a keeper T-shirt honoring Lucas Giolito

Tim Anderson and the South Side shhhhhhh

TA silences the boo-birds, delivers a win, lands on another Breaking T-shirt

South Side Sox Podcast 102 — A Sunday sweep, with a side of controversy

Chrystal O’Keefe, Sam Sherman, Joe Resis, Zach Hayes and Jacki Krestel check in with Brett Ballantini to celebrate a doubleheader sweep in the Bronx — and examine the "Jackie" furor

Gamethread: White Sox at Yankees (opener)

A little weird that Tim is just playing in the first game and taking the national broadcast off, but hey, maybe we can still take two from the Donaldson Apologists

White Sox Bird App Recap: “Jackie”

Josh Donaldson steps in it and doubles down on mockingly addressing Tim Anderson, and Yaz has his teammate’s back

Gamethread: White Sox at Yankees

Kid Keuchy tries to continue his NYY-killing ways, in a daunting Bronx afternoon assignment

Wes Helms removed from manager role at Charlotte

Does "indefinite leave" = fired — what do you think?

South Side Sox on the Farm Podcast 27 — The Davis Martin debut

Darren Black brings his extraordinary analysis to the topic of DAM in the bigs, Oscar Colás vs. Yoelqui Céspedes, and the continuing travails of the failing young A-ball arms

South Side Sox Podcast 101 — Diminished expectations

Adrian Serrano, Chrystal O’Keefe, Tommy Barbee, Sam Sherman and Joe Resis check in with Brett Ballantini to discuss a rough first fifth of the season — and how to adjust expectations the rest of the way

White Sox Minor League Update: May 7

DJ Gladney, Raudy Read and Wes Kath mashed, and Tommy Sommer and Steven Moyers spun gems, on a 2-for-4 Saturday night.