Past and present Cubs remember Ron Santo

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Past and present Cubs remember Ron Santo

Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
6:17 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough said he lost a very good friend when Ron Santo died, and he believes the Cubs great should be in the Hall of Fame.

Santo, whos been the Cubs radio color commentator since 1990, died of complications from bladder cancer late Thursday night; he was 70 years old.

McDonough, who served as Cubs president from 1983 to 2007 when he joined the Blackhawks in the same role, said Santo was really an inspiration to me and millions of people.

Heres a guy who played with diabetes, suffered through cancer, was a double amputee and was probably the most enthusiastic guy who came to the ballpark every day, McDonough said prior to the Blackhawks game on Friday night. I think every day, probably for the last 15 years, was extra innings for him.

If the axiom is true that you only tease the ones you love, I think Ronny would be the guy we loved the most.

McDonough reminisced about Santo, from the pranks he played to his unique style of broadcasting.

We talked about his broadcasting all the time; there was no preparation, McDonough said. In many instances he wasnt sure who was on our roster or the other teams and he would sometimes ask his (broadcast partner) Pat Hughes, How did that guy get on base? Or he would ask When did we acquire him? And it was the guys second year. He was very unique, very charismatic.

Santo was never elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, despite strong numbers. In his 15-year career, the third baseman batted .277 with 2,254 hits, 342 home runs and 1,331 RBI. The Cubs, with whom he played 14 of those seasons, retired his No. 10 jersey in 2003.

McDonough said Santo belongs in Cooperstown.

I wish he wouldve been here when he goes in, and I do believe he will go in, McDonough said. I was proud to be there when we notified him that his jersey would be retired on Sept. 28, 2003. He said that day it was the greatest moment of his life. He said, This is my Hall of Fame. Its sad to me he wont be here when it happens, but I do believe it will happen.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Road Ahead: Cubs look for revenge against Pirates

Road Ahead: Cubs look for revenge against Pirates

CSN's Cubs Pregame and Postgame host David Kaplan and analyst David DeJesus discuss the upcoming matchups in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Cubs' bats are finally coming around. 

On the back of Anthony Rizzo, who hit three homers this weekend, the North Siders took two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds and have been winners of four out of five overall. 

The offense will attempt to stay in their groove against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who swept the Cubs at Wrigley during the teams' last meeting. 

Luckily for Chicago's pitching staff, Starling Marte won't be anchoring the Pirates' order. The outfielder is serving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. 

After Pittsburgh, Joe Maddon's club hits Fenway Park for what should be a wild three-game set against the Red Sox. 

Watch David Kaplan and David DeJesus break down the upcoming matchups in the video above. 

 

John Lackey struggles as Cubs drop series finale to Reds

John Lackey struggles as Cubs drop series finale to Reds

CINCINNATI — With his high leg kick and below-the-radar breaking balls, Bronson Arroyo showed the Cubs a little old-style pitching. Who needs to throw 90 mph to beat the World Series champions?

The 40-year-old righty gave his best performance yet in his long comeback from elbow problems, pitching three-hit ball over six innings on Sunday, and the Cincinnati Reds salvaged a 7-5 victory . Arroyo worked fast, varied the angles of his deliveries, and kept `em guessing with his minimalist pitches.

"I'm happy for him, to see him back up," Chicago catcher Miguel Montero said. "He's a tough pitcher to face. Obviously he's throwing below hitting speed right now."

Arroyo (2-2) needed more than two years to recover from Tommy John surgery. The Reds gave him what amounted to a final chance this spring, and he's back to fooling `em with his unusual repertoire. Jon Jay saw pitches of 67, 74, 83, 75 and 70 mph during one at-bat.

"I don't want to say I had pinpoint control, but I was throwing the breaking ball down and out where it was almost impossible to hit," Arroyo said. "They knew where I was going, but I still had enough late movement to surprise them."

Arroyo allowed Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer - his third of the series - and struck out seven batters for the first time since May 13, 2014.

"This was the first time he looked like the Bronson of his first time through here," manager Bryan Price said, referring to Arroyo's 2006-13 stay in Cincinnati.

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Raisesl Iglesias gave up a pair of runs in the ninth before finishing off the Reds' 3-7 homestand.

Patrick Kivlehan's bases-loaded double highlighted a four-run sixth inning off John Lackey (1-3) and decided a matchup of up-in-years starters. The 38-year-old Lackey and Arroyo have combined for 793 starts in the majors.

Despite the loss, the defending champs took two of three in the series and moved back into first place in the NL Central. No surprise that it happened in Cincinnati - the Cubs have won 17 of their last 22 at Great American Ball Park. They've taken 20 of their last 25 overall against the Reds.

"I have nothing to complain about," manager Joe Maddon said.

Rizzo extended his hitting streak to 12 games - matching his career high - with his two-run homer in the fourth inning. His three-run shot with two outs in the ninth helped the Cubs rally for a 6-5, 11-inning victory in the series opener. He had another three-run homer during a 12-8 win on Saturday.

The Cubs have homered in their last 15 games at Great American. They hit seven in all during the series.