Results tagged ‘ Keith Moreland ’

2/26 Cubs baseball is almost on the air …


2/26 Moreland nervous but ready

New Cubs radio analyst Keith Moreland arrived at HoHoKam Park on Saturday to get prepped for his first broadcast on Sunday with partner Pat Hughes. Moreland is taking over for the late Ron Santo.

“There’s excitement, obviously, and sadness, too,” Moreland said. “Ron was a great friend and a major part of this organization for 50 years. I have sadness and excitement all at the same time. You can’t replace Ron and all I can do is be me. It’s nice to have a Hall of Fame type guy sitting beside me because Pat makes you feel so comfortable.”

Moreland remembers when he first met Santo, and Santo told the young third baseman that he liked how he played the game.

“He was self-deprecating,” Moreland said of Santo. “He would pick on himself awful bad. He would pick on himself so much, he made it so much fun to be around him.”

Will it be tough to criticize players?

“The first thing is there is no substitute for hustle,” Moreland said. “Effort is the one thing you can control. The game of baseball is a game you cannot control the outcome. You can hit the ball four times right on the button or make five really good pitches in a row and two could leave the ballpark. You don’t have control sometimes of the outcome but you do have control of your effort. If there is a point that I could be critical of it will be effort.”

Is he nervous?

“Heck, yeah, I’m nervous,” Moreland said. “I just hope people allow me to be me. Again, [Santo] is irreplaceable, and that’s not my intention in any capacity. Because of that, I have some apprehension. I get to turn to my right and look who’s sitting beside me — he’s the best straight man in the world.”

Hughes has said he wants Moreland to shine and be the star.

“All I can do is be me,” Moreland said. “There’s nothing other than that. I can butcher the English language with the best of them and I’m not sure what words mean sometimes. I try my best to get a point across of what’s taking place on the field.”

— Carrie Muskat

2/24 Hughes preps for life without Santo

On Sunday, Pat Hughes will begin his 16th season as the radio play by play voice of the Cubs but for the first time, he’ll have a new partner. Hughes begins his first season without popular color man Ron Santo, who died Dec. 3 at the age of 70. Friday would’ve been Santo’s 71st birthday.

“The reality is hitting me this week,” Hughes said.

Former Cub Keith Moreland takes over for Santo in the WGN Radio booth, and makes his debut on Sunday when the team opens Cactus League play against the Athletics. Hughes has worked with Moreland in the past, including two series last year.

“I said, ‘You be yourself and relax,'” Hughes said Wednesday night of his advice to Moreland, who was broadcasting University of Texas baseball and football. “[I told him] ‘I’ll try to make you a star and make you shine.'”

That’s always been one of Hughes’ strongest characteristics on air. He never tried to top Santo and his passion. He’s been a steady voice, letting the emotional Santo show his displeasure or glee at plays on the field.

Santo played for the Cubs from 1960-73, and joined the WGN Radio team in 1990. The Cubs retired his No. 10 in September 2003, and players this year will wear a No. 10 patch on their uniform sleeve in his honor. The 2011 media guide features a montage of Santo highlights from his days as a player and broadcaster.

Hughes has asked fans to be patient with Moreland. No one can replace Santo.

“I really do think we’ll be OK,” Hughes said.

He joked that the pressure really is on Cubs manager Mike Quade and the players.

“The best [Moreland] and I can hope for is a winning team,” Hughes said. “If we’re winning, people will think we’re doing a better job than we are.”

— Carrie Muskat

2/16 Moreland to join Hughes at WGN Radio

WGN Radio Wednesday announced Keith Moreland is the new analyst for Cubs radio broadcasts, taking over for the late Ron Santo. Moreland replaces Ron Santo, who died in December.

“I’m elated,” Moreland said Wednesday. “That’s the only word I can use. I hate to be sitting in this seat because nobody can replace Ron Santo. He was a great friend and a tremendous Cub fan. I can’t do anything but try to be myself.”

Moreland played for the Cubs from 1982-87, as well as the Phillies, Padres, Tigers and Orioles. A native of Dallas, he was a catcher, third baseman and outfielder. The Cubs are special to him and said his favorite game in 1984 was the “Sandberg Game” when Ryne Sandberg hit two game-tying homers off the Cardinals’ Bruce Sutter.

“When you go back and look at your career, it was such an incredible place to be a part of,” Moreland said.

The first WGN Radio broadcast will be Feb. 27, when the Cubs open Cactus League play.

Moreland is optimistic, just like all Cubs fans.

“Before my lifetime is over, we’re going to win a World Series, I’m a firm believer of that,” Moreland said.

— Carrie Muskat

8/5 Facts & figures

Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Blake DeWitt each hit a three-run homer in the Cubs’ 15-3 win over the Brewers Wednesday. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in 23 years three different Cubs players hve hit a home run of at least three runs in the same game at Wrigley Field. The last time was June 3, 1987, when Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett hit grand slams and Ryne Sandberg added a three-run homer.

The Cubs are the fifth team since 1955 to snap a losing streak of at least seven games with a win of more than 12 runs. The last time the Cubs performed that feat was in 1931.

— Carrie Muskat


7/15 Sing along

Julianne Hough, a two-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion and country music singer, will sing the seventh inning stretch Thursday at Wrigley Field. On Friday, it will be former Cubs outfielder Keith Moreland, who is subbing for Bob Brenly as color analyst.

On Saturday, former Cubs outfielder Todd Hollandsworth will sing, followed on Sunday by Ron Santo, and on Monday, by journlist Bill Kurtis. Tuesday is to be announced and next Wednesday, NFL coach and Chicago native Marv Levy will lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

On July 23, new Bulls guard Kyle Korver will do the honors on, followed by Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly on July 24.

— Carrie Muskat


4/19 Broadcast booth

Ron Santo does not like coming to New York. Too many flashbacks to ’69. So the WGN Radio broadcaster is skipping this four-game trip and will meet up with the Cubs Friday in Milwaukee. Former Cubs third baseman Keith Moreland was subbing for Santo.

— Carrie Muskat