A little more than a decade ago, Reds radio station, Marty Brennaman, won a place in the hearts of thousands of Cubs fans in the coming years. Well, maybe not exactly their hearts.
He calls it an error now, painting the Cubs fans with a broad and unflattering brush, as in "ostentatious" that night of 2008 in Wrigley Field. He listened to many Cubs fans after he separated from those who threw dozens of baseballs into the field that night, interrupting the game and drawing Marty's Wrath that could be more renowned and loved in Cincinnati than Skyline Chili.
"By far the most detestable baseball fanatics in this league", at that time he called Cubs fans. & # 39; & # 39; The kind of thing. . . that makes you want to see the Chicago Cubs team lose. "
& # 39; & # 39; I heard from many really relentless Cubs fans who said: "We were disappointed by what you said because we are not part of that & # 39; & # 39; Brennaman said during a recent conversation about this last season of His career in historical broadcasting.
"It made me understand that the biggest mistake I made was to group them all." I do not [single out] "The young people who come here and get drunk and raise hell and have a great time."
Brennaman, who turns 77 on July 28, retires after a 46-year career on the Hall of Fame radio. He is one of the last of a dying race of big-name announcers, speaking openly, and the biggest name in a Central National League spot these days when he and the Reds open a three-game series Monday at Wrigley .
You only need to know this while heading into the sunset: you have no problems with (most) fans of the Cubs or Chicago. Hell, your daughter is raising three children with her husband in the suburbs of Chicago.
"I have to be honest with you, friend: that's why I got mad at that damn headline that the guy wrote in the Tribune when I retired," Brennaman said of the citywide X-band newspaper, spearheading the "hateful". Appointment. "That angered me because that shit is over."
It was the only time his anger increased during a long conversation in which, for the rest, he seemed melancholy and relaxed.
Only one more reason to appreciate the voice of baseball will be lost after this season.
Sun-Times: Did you really turn down the opportunity to work on the Cubs transmissions for WGN after the 1989 season when Dewayne Staats left?
Marty Brennaman: "I said:" Thanks to the people who are up there for me, but I have a contract. "I never regretted it, the only work I've seriously thought about. [leaving the Reds for] it was the work of the Red Sox [in the 1980s]. I'm a history buff, and I love it [Boston]. . . . But I do not know, I just could not leave Cincinnati. I rejected the Giants, the Red Sox, the Cubs. [which son Thom eventually got independently]The Yankees, many jobs. "
ST: The White Sox?
MEGABYTE: "Kim Ng called one day and said:" I'm asking [former co-owner and friend Eddie Einhorn] to see if you would be interested in coming to Chicago to participate in the White Sox games. "I thanked him for it and said," Give Eddie the best "and I never chased him.
ST: You've been critical not only to the Cubs' fans and opponents, but also to the iconic players of the Reds like Joey Votto and Ken Griffey Jr.
MEGABYTE: "I do not think I can get a job today in this business if I'm trying to do it, I'm not critical of anyone's style, if you want to be a cheerleader, that's fine, that's not my style, saying" we "and all that crap. That makes people think you're part of that down there, I'm not part of that I've never been That's a closed fraternity … There are too many guys [these days] They have to worry about everything that comes out of their mouth for fear of some kind of reprisal. I've been lucky that way. "
ST: Some association of words: Wrigley Field.
MEGABYTE: & # 39; & # 39; I love this place. I think they have done a good job maintaining the feeling of the old stadium, just as they have done at Fenway Park in Boston. I give them a lot of credit. They could have completely redone this stage to the point where very few people would recognize it for 20, 30, 40, 50 years. "
ST: The former manager of the Cubs and Reds Dusty Baker.
MEGABYTE: "I love Dusty Baker, I had a great relationship with him, I thought he was a great manager, but I thought he was too much of a manager … I think a coach can fall on his sword too many times for the players."
ST: The former manager of the Cubs and Reds Lou Piniella.
MEGABYTE: "That's one of the reasons why I have a lot of respect for Lou Piniella: he would call a player, maybe you can not do that today, I do not know." If there was a level of intimidation that made players respond to him the way they did, so be it. "
ST: modern analytics.
MEGABYTE: "I'm not a big fan, but I'm an old-school kid, I do not look at them, like I think they do if we have something negative to say about the analyzes, and it's time for me to leave. after this year. "
ST: Ryne Sandberg.
MEGABYTE: "I'm not going to take away from the fact that he's a Hall of Famer." And I think he is a great person. But there was an element of home cooking that obtained from the official scores that very few players, if I can remember, obtained from their local scorer. And he would never leave his feet to throw a ball. Never. And I had a problem with that. "
ST: Cardinals of San Luis.
MEGABYTE: "The only two teams I've had problems with were St. Louis and Chicago, I made some bad comments [after a Reds-Cardinals brawl in 2010]. The problem arose from the fact that when it came to [Cardinals manager Tony] La Russa, I never became interested in him, and he never cared for me. I used to refer to him sarcastically as "Mr. Baseball."
ST: La Russa is gone now.
MEGABYTE: "I keep tearing them, I did not stop for a single day."
S T: Maybe you were a perfect fit for that Cubs job, after all.