Hero: Finally, the Demp we know and love. Ryan Dempster, who turned 34 on Tuesday, walked the first two batters he faced on eight straight balls, but bounced back to work seven solid innings. Dempster- who lowered his ERA to 8.05 while not figuring in the decision- allowed one (earned) run on six hits while walking two and striking out five.
"To say this was the best outing of Ryan Dempster's season would be probably the understatement of the year," Len Kasper said during the WGN telecast."He was really good."
"Just a quick little glimpse into what good of a person Vin Scully is," Len Kasper said during Tuesday night's Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers telecast on WGN.
It was one of those nights.
The Cubs trailed 7-0 in the first inning.Thank goodness for the Cubs broadcast crews, who helped ease the pain with their banter.
We're just five games into the new season, but Cubs TV broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, now in their seventh season together, are already in midseason form.
Hero: Starlin Castro produced three more hits, including a pair of triples, and is hitting .615.
The improved play the Cubs demonstrated under interim manager Mike Quade during the season's final weeks (a 24-13 record) was encouraging but it doesn't change the fact that the 2010 season was an unmitigated disaster.
Tyler Colvin was released Wednesday from a Miami hospital and, according to Len Kasper during Wednesday's Cubs-Giants telecast, was driving from South Florida with his grandfather to his home in South Carolina where he will recuperate.
The Cubs announced that Lou Piniella will step down following Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves because of family reasons.
I enjoyed Len Kasper's anecdote during Wednesday's Cubs-Padres telecast on Comcast SportsNet regarding the gum chewing habits of rookie Darwin Barney.
It was great to see Scott Sanderson at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night as the guest conductor for "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
Hero: Randy Wells allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out five over seven solid innings. Wells was not overpowering, but was able to wiggle out of trouble in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.
Thinking about this year's Cubs team too much makes our heads hurt. So we always enjoy when Len Kasper and Bob Brenly can take our minds off the present by sharing a story from the past.
Hero: Randy Wells (4-6) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning en route to his first victory since April 30. Wells surrendered one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out five in 7 2/3 innings.
Hero: Carlos Silva, who failed in his third attempt to win his ninth game, exited after six innings and 109 pitches. The right-hander allowed just two runs - both earned - on three hits.
As if losing a game 12-0 and getting outhit 15-2 isn't bad enough, the commentary of Len Kasper and Bob Brenly during the Angels' three-run ninth Saturday should have caused anyone wearing a Cubs uniform great shame.
Hero: Rookie right fielder Tyler Colvin committed two errors in the seventh inning, but hit his seventh home run of the season en route to a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Colvin is hitting .304.
Hero: A scalding Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .329. Byrd has 16 hits in his last 31 at-bats (.516).
Len Kasper and Bob Brenly called Sunday's WGN telecast of the Cubs-Pirates game from front-row seats in the left field bleachers and Cubs chairman and "bleacher veteran" Tom Ricketts, sporting a white Cubs polo shirt, stopped by to once again demonstrate to the fans that he is a man of the people.
During Tuesday's night's game, the fourth straight in which Alfonso Soriano homered, Len Kasper mentioned his ChicagoNow blog post that purportedly statistically showed that Soriano is demonstrating better patience at the plate so far this season.