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Mick in Mesa: Minute Maid Park, Hohokam Finale, Recapping Spring Training

Two Wonderful Days at Minute Maid Park Doing games in Arizona was great, but Friday was very special to me because it was the first time I got to broadcast a game in a Major League stadium.  The Cubs faced off against the Astros at Minute Maid Park and I got to fly the charter […]

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Mick in Mesa: The Green Family, Jody Davis, Cubs & Smokies Outlooks

A Recap of Thursday’s Christina-Taylor Green Game Last Thursday, the Dodgers and Cubs hosted a charity game in Tucson for the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation (which we discussed in our last blog).   It turned out to be a wonderful event, and when I got to Tucson, I realized people weren’t at the game just to […]

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Mick in Mesa: A Special Day in Tucson, Javier Baez, & Roger Hoover

A Special Game in Tucson Today I’m making the two-hour trip to Tucson where the Cubs will take on the Dodgers at 4 p.m. EST, in what will be an emotional game for reasons outside of baseball.  The proceeds from today’s game between the two clubs will go towards the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, which […]

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Mick in Mesa: A New Broadcast Duo, Cubs Facilities, Cuisine, and Crowds

Len & Jim Begin Their Journey This past offseason the Cubs had a position to fill in the broadcast booth when Bob Brenley, color commentator with Len Kasper on the television broadcast, left to take the same position in Arizona.  Len and Bob had been a fantastic duo on the television broadcasts for the past […]

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Mick in Mesa: Arizona Rain, Marty Brennaman, Billy Williams, WBC

The Flooded Desert One thing stands out here in Arizona that is different from any other placed that I’ve lived: the weather.  It doesn’t rain here very much in the desert, but when it does it’s a good rain and people here have a tough time dealing with it.  The streets and the irrigation aren’t […]

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Mick in Mesa: Meeting an Inspiration, Seeing Familiar Faces, Cubs Webcasts

The Inspiring Story of Matt Hicks The past couple of days have been exciting here in Arizona as yesterday, the Cubs played in Mesa against the White Sox and Wednesday faced off against the Texas Rangers in Surprise. I met a guy in Surprise that I really have been looking forward to meeting, and his […]

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Mick in Mesa: Spring Excitement, The Writer’s Game, Getting a Routine

One of the best parts of this job is getting to visit the different ballparks, and that’s with any job in broadcasting baseball. I always like getting to see new parks and see the different towns. One of the newest parks in the Cactus League is Talking Stick at the Salt River Fields. It opened […]

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Mick in Mesa: New Beginnings and Lessons Learned at the Lunch Table

Every year I make the trip to Mesa for Cubs spring training, I look forward to making the trip to Hohokam stadium.  But I’m looking forward to next year as the Cubs will be making their way to the new Mesa Riverview stadium located only a couple of miles away from Hohokam.  Rumors have swirled […]

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Cubs Success With Football Players Shows Keen Eye For Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is one game away from leading the San Francisco 49ers to its first Super Bowl appearance since its fifth Super Bowl title in 1995.  However, Kaepernick, once a high school pitching star, could have been gearing up for Major League Spring Training instead. The Cubs selected the 49ers’ quarterback in the 43rd round […]

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