The Bullpen Session is a weekly round-up of my observations surrounding Cubs baseball and much, much more!
–The best news out of Cubs camp this week is Pat Hughes’ five-year extension. Heading into his 16th season on the North Side, the radio play-by-play man is a five-time winner of the Broadcaster of the Year Award in Illinois, and three time recipient in Wisconsin.
Personally, I love Hughes’ call, his professionalism, his preparation and his stories–even those non-baseball related.
I always look forward to Hughes saying “Chicago Cubs baseball is on the air! From beautiful Wrigley Field in Chicago, it’s the Chicago Cubs against the…”.
His intro sounds like old-time baseball, like there’s something extra special about the upcoming game, like the Cubs are sure to win. Five years is a long time, but I hope Pat is on the Cubs’ broadcasts much longer, and I think he will be.
–The names being tossed around for Ron Santo’s replacement are: Mark Grace, Rick Sutcliffe, Dan Plesac, Eric Karros, Gary Matthews and Mitch Williams.
However, I’d like to see Doug Glanville’s name added to the list. He’s bright, well spoken and his calm demeanor would complement Hughes nicely. A decision on all candidates is expected in the next three weeks.
–I had a strong feeling my Colts would rise to the occasion against Jacksonville last Sunday, and they did, winning 34-24.
Despite the many injuries to Indy’s roster, no team, if any, has the luxury of leadership provided by No.18, Jeff Saturday, Dwight Freeney and Gary Brackett.
No chance this veteran group was going to let Jacksonville come to their house and steal the AFC South title. Not with the Colts knowing how to win and the Jags still learning how to rise to the occasion.
But the division crown isn’t a done deal for Indianapolis who remains tied with Jacksonville at (8-6). A much improved Raiders team awaits this weekend before the Colts return home against another division rival in Tennessee.
The Jags’ final two games are at home against Washington and on the road at Houston. Both winnable games. Although the Colts hold the division tie-breaker, a slip by the Colts in the last two games could give the Jags its first division title since 1999.
–Best meal this week: mini pulled pork sliders from Declan’s Irish Pub in Old Town. I ate seven, no problem.
–Best show on television other than sports: Palladia’s two-hour special on John Winston Lennon. Learned a lot about the Beatles, their music and Lennon’s life. Great music then, still great music today.