Mick in Mesa: Brenly Goes Long and Fun in the Booth

Bob Brenly and his wife watching yesterday's Cubs game at HoHoKam Park. Photo Courtesy: Mick Gillispie

By Mick Gillispie / Smokies Radio Network

Our third game in a row yesterday was fun even though the Cubs had a tough 12-2 loss to the D’Backs. The day began with news that there would be more roster cuts as some seven guys were assigned to Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee. Most notably, former Smokies Josh Vitters, Alberto Cabrera, Jeff Beliveau and John Gaub were assigned to Iowa while Junior Lake and Matt Szczur were assigned to the Smokies.

These assignments are just a part of spring training, but I feel like all of these guys benefitted from wearing that Cubs uniform and participating in big league games.

Yesterday was the first split-squad game of the spring with half of the Cubs playing against the Rockies at Talking Stick in Scottsdale while the other half stayed in Mesa to play the D’Backs, which is the game Len and I had on Cubs.com.  The crowd wasn’t as huge as days before, but still had about 7,000 there which is really good for this time of spring training.

Our home plate microphone attached to the screen at HoHoKam Park. Photo Courtesy: Mick Gillispie

One of the things we take pride in about our broadcast is that fans can listen to us and really feel like they are at the ballgame. Our microphone behind home plate plays a big part of this, and I love how the sounds of the game and crowd resonate on the air with our broadcast.

The nice tribute to Ron Santo in the HoHoKam Park Press Box. Photo Courtesy: Mick Gillispie

At HoHoKam Park there is a picture in the press box that I really like. It’s a baseball card of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Ron Santo, and it serves as a great honor to a Cubs legend. I’m really glad Ronnie is getting into the Hall of Fame this year, and we all miss him around the ballpark.

CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney on the air with Len Kasper. Photo Courtesy: Mick Gillispie

While the Cubs may have lost, I feel like we had a fun broadcast. Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago stopped by and had a great chat with Len about how camp is going and what he thinks the roster will look like on opening day.

Also it was good to see a former Southern League colleague and my friend Wayne Randazzo who stopped by the booth. Wayne spent the last four years as the broadcaster of the Mobile BayBears, and is now headed back to his native Chicago to serve as the voice of the Kane County Cougars. Wayne also works in Chicago doing updates on 670 the Score and does a fantastic job covering Chicago sports. He flew back to Chicago yesterday, but it certainly was fun visiting with him and Len in the booth.

Former Mobile broadcaster and good friend Wayne Randazzo with me. Photo Courtesy: Mick Gillispie

Yesterday was a great thrill for one of our friends as Cubs catcher Michael Brenly hit a solo homer against the D’Backs. Michael is a guy that will probably be with the Smokies this year, he was the catcher for Daytona the past two seasons. He is also the son of Len’s television partner, Bob Brenly, who managed Arizona to a win in the 2001 World Series. Bob has been at nearly every game this spring even if he’s not working, and was in the booth next to us when Michael hit the homer. It was a great moment for us upstairs, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know Michael better when he’s a Smoky.

Now it’s time for me to get set for today’s game, as the Cubs play the Giants at 4:05 p.m. ET / 3:05 p.m. CT. Check the post below for all the listening information and we hope you’ll join us for Cubs baseball!

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Categories: 2012 Cubs Spring Training, Mick in Mesa


The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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