Growing up as an avid Chicago Cubs fan, I had many childhood favorites. One of the main Cub players I enjoyed watching was No. 17, first baseman Mark Grace.
Grace was always a joy to watch on the field and at bat. He hit the most doubles in the majors in the '90s with 364. In the field, he collected four Gold Glove awards with the Northsiders. I really enjoyed his style and his ongoing love for the game.
When the rumor went around the media that Grace could possibly be coming back to the Cubs as a broadcaster, I was ecstatic. Grace is currently a TV analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and worked part-time for Fox during the World Series.
Grace will always "bleed blue" in my mind.
During an interview by the Chicago Tribune, Grace said:
"Honestly, I was very disappointed in what I saw, especially this [last season] year, because they were, in my opinion, by far the best team in the National League. And to get swept out? Honestly, they really should be humiliated."
"As far as [Bob] Brenly goes, he's one of the best in the game, and one of the best color analysts I've ever been around. Whoever they decide to go after, those are pretty big shoes to fill."
A few months ago, Bob Brenly underwent an interview with the Milwaukee Brewers to fulfill their manager needs. Obviously, he did not get the job.
Brenly is signed with the Cubs through 2012.
The 2009 season will be Len Kasper's fifth season with the Cubs. He began his career broadcasting for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1999-2001.
Kasper will remain with the Cubs until 2011.
Both of these guys do a great job with the play-by-play announcements for the Cubs. Maybe in three or four years, Mark Grace will be back with Chicago.