Results tagged ‘ Pat Hughes ’

5/27 Quick hits

Carlos Marmol rejoined the Cubs after going to New York to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. Marmol welcomed baby Caroline into the world on Tuesday.

* Catcher Steve Clevenger was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A on Wednesday.

* Happy birthday to Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes, 54 years young.

– Carrie Muskat

4/13 Opening notes

There was a moment of silence before Monday’s Cubs-Rockies game in honor of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas. Kalas died Monday prior to the Phillies game against the Nationals. WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes was saddened at Kalas’ passing.

“I just loved the guy,” Hughes said. “He was somebody I admired as a young man growing up trying to get into the business. I was struck by his voice and how clear and strong it was. Then I realized beyond that, he was really a great announcer. He knew what he was talking about.

“He could build the drama in a game,” Hughes said. “I loved his call of Mike Schmidt’s 500th home run. I loved hearing him do the voiceovers on NFL Films. It was a voice I never got tired of hearing. Everytime I heard it, it sounded fresh and vibrant and good.”

* Rick Sutcliffe threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former catcher, Jody Davis, who is now a Minor League instructor for the Cubs.

* Milton Bradley, sidelined with a strained right groin, did not take part in the player introductions for the home opener.

– Carrie Muskat

4/6 Quick hits

ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe has tabbed Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano as his pick for MVP this year. Soriano batted .325 with six home runs this spring and is feeling better with his legs. He told Lou Piniella he wants to play 155 games this year. Why not 162? Because Piniella is insisting Soriano take some time off, so the outfielder said he’d miss one day a month. Soriano isn’t thinking MVP.

“I think about being healthy,” he said.

Other notes:

  • Sean Marshall threw five innings on Sunday in Mesa, Ariz., in his last spring tuneup. The Cubs plan on staying in rotation with Rich Harden opening the series in Milwaukee Friday and Marshall making his first start next week against the Cardinals. Marshall said he threw strikes, however he did give up seven runs. It was a 9 a.m. start. “I pitched and got out of there,” Marshall said.
  • A report out of New York said Piniella could be hired as a consultant for the Yankees after his Cubs career is over. “I was there a long time,” Piniella said Monday. “Right now, and as I told [reporter Bill Madden], my only concern is the Chicago Cubs and that’s it.”
  • WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes rejoined the team after being stuck in Chicago for seven hours trying to get to New York for Saturday’s game. Hughes’ luggage, however, showed up at his home at 1 a.m. Monday morning. “I’m wearing my third-string shoes,” he said.
  • Sign of the new season: Carlos Zambrano rubbing clubhouse manager Tom Hellman’s head for good luck. “First one of the year,” Zambrano said.

– Carrie Muskat

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