Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/7/12

16 Chicago-area baseball trivia experts (8 Chicago Cubs, 8 Chicago White Sox) are testing their wits as they vie for the ultimate “Game Day Experience of a
Lifetime.”

Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games has brought a brand new Chicago baseball trivia game show to the network as The Batter’s
Box, hosted by Luke Stuckmeyer debuted this past Sunday.

Eight “Cubs trivia experts” & eight “White Sox trivia experts” battle it out to represent their respective, favorite team, which will ultimately lead to a thrilling “Cubs vs. White Sox” trivia expert finale this fall.

“I was also amazed by the deep knowledge our contestants had of their respective teams.  You could sense the feeling of accomplishment and disappointment when questions were answered correctly or incorrectly.  There’s no doubt in my mind the viewers at home are enjoying playing along as well.  The game show route is a new one for us and we’re very pleased with the positive viewer reaction to it thus far,” said Greg Bowman, Vice President of Programming for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

It’s based in Chicago, it features Chicago-area contestants, answering Chicago baseball trivia questions.  What also stands out is the strategy involved with the game itself.  It’s more than just answering questions.  The level of question difficulty you choose can either help or hurt you in our game.  The other fun element we have with the show is the “post-game press conference,” as both the winner and loser face the media addressing their performance that day,” Bowman continued.

“The Batter’s Box” grand prize winner will receive the ultimate “Game Day Experience of a Lifetime,” which includes a luxury suite for the winner & their guests at either U.S. Cellular Field or Wrigley Field for a to-be-determined game in 2013, along with a visit to the broadcast booth to the meet the announcers, a visit to the CSN production truck, the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and much more.

Note the following “scheduled” first run air dates/time, along with the Chicago-area contestants participating in the first round (PLEASE NOTE: additional replay airings take place throughout the week;

FIRST ROUND
Sun, July 1 at 5:00 PM (Cubs round)              Brian Bosley vs. Will Cook
Sun, July 8 at 3:30 PM (White Sox round)        Mike Medley vs. Ned Mulka
Sun, July 15 at 4:30 PM (Cubs round)            Kristin Lee vs. Beau Thalheimer
Sun, July 22 at 3:30 PM (White Sox round)      Milo Berrera vs. Patrick O’Malley
Sun, July 29 at 9:30 PM (Cubs round)            Monty Childs vs. David Sellars
Sun, Aug. 5 at 4:30 PM (White Sox round)      Julie Farby vs. Tony Paink
Sun, Aug. 12 at 4:30 PM (Cubs round)            John Dooley vs. Anthony Hoffman
Sun, Aug. 19 at 4:30 PM (White Sox round)    Antonio Barrentez vs. Tom Pauly

QUARTERFINALS
Sun, Aug. 26 at 4:00 PM                                (Cubs
quarterfinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 2 at 4:00 PM                                  (White Sox
quarterfinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 9 at 6:00 PM                                  (Cubs
quarterfinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 16 at 4:30 PM                                (White Sox
quarterfinals, contestants TBD)

SEMIFINALS
Sun, Sept. 23 at 7:30 PM                                (Cubs
semifinals, contestants TBD)
Sun, Sept. 30 at 4:30 PM                                (White Sox
semifinals, contestants TBD)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Sun, Oct. 7 at 7:30 PM                                    (White Sox
champion vs. Cubs champion, contestants TBD)

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