Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cubs sign big-time free agent

It looks like this is about as big as it's going to get this offseason--Ron Santo signed a three-year extension with WGN Radio, and will continue to serve as the color analyst for Cubs games.

I'm not sure what it says if you click that link at this moment, but as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday--the day after the story was originally posted--the subheader said "Former Cubs DH entering 21st season in radio booth."

Huh? DH? Ron Santo did a lot of very impressive things in his career, but serving as the designated hitter for an organization that has never had a designated hitter was not one of them. While Santo did play DH for 47 games with the White Sox in 1974, he is certainly not a former Cubs DH.

It's too bad there aren't broadcasts during the offseason, because I can just hear Santo now:

Pat Hughes: "Jim Hendry still hasn't found a suitor for Milton Bradley."

Santo: "Aww, man!! Come on!!"

Hughes: "One of Hendry's free agent targets, Mike Cameron, signed a deal with the Red Sox."

Santo: "Nooooooo!!!!"

Hopefully by the time his new three-year deal is up, Pat Hughes will be able to introduce his partner as "Hall of Famer Ron Santo."

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