Okay, so I have to apologize right off the bat for referencing what has been one of the most annoying pop songs in recent memory.
On with the notes which, unsurprisingly, are all about the broadcast booth today...
- Cross Kerry Wood off the list. He gave an emphatic no when speaking to David Kaplan. Wood said he had "no interest" in being a broadcaster, which is what some have suspected all along. I think that partly has to do with his personality and partly with his family. I keep thinking back to his last game when the first thing he did hug his son. It was as if the moment he stopped pitching, that became his priority, and you can't do that in a broadcast booth travelling for half the year. I think he'll take some position here in Chicago with less travel, but where he can still serve some sort of ambassador role. Said Wood, ""I have no interest in the position. I will be at spring training with the Cubs and I will work for the organization but I have no interest in becoming a broadcaster."
- Kaplan's list is similar to ours except that he also adds Ryne Sandberg to the list.
- As for other candidates, Paul Sullivan names three who may have interest: Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville, and Steve Lyons. Glanville needs to be careful what he says because he is still employed by ESPN, but the idea seemed to pique his interest, "“I had a wonderful experience in my time in Chicago, which always included a positive relationship with the fans and the media. I am grateful that the support persists, as seen in all these comments that I would be a good fit for this amazing opportunity. Clearly in this industry, there is a lot of change, a lot of uncertainty. At this time, I am with ESPN, which I am thoroughly enjoying and hopefully I’m representing Chicago well in the process.”
- Rick Sutcliffe's response sent a mixed message, "“They came to me before Joe Carter got it, before Bob got it,” said Sutcliffe, who currently works for ESPN. “They came to (my house in) Kansas City a couple of times. They know the route if they choose to go that way again. I don’t know (if I’d take it)... I will spend the rest of my life trying to repay the Cubs and the fans for everything they did for me. If down the line it ends up I go back to working for them. That would be great.” It sounds to me a bit like Sutcliffe is a little weary of the process but you have to think that beyond that, he does have some genuine interest.
- I was asked my opinion about the Brenly departure on ChicagoSide along with a few other local bloggers. My answer was uncharacteristically short :) but it cuts to the heart of why I believe Brenly will be missed here in Chicago.