Pat Hughes on Ron Santo, 2020 season
Pat Hughes, the radio voice of Cubs baseball, joined Cole Wright and Bruce Levine on Cubs 360 Daily to discuss his legendary career and his own thoughts on the 2020 season negotiations.
They went down memory lane to 2016 when the Chicago Cubs won the World Series and listened to Hughes’ call of the final out. He was posed a question about his former radio partner in the late Ron Santo.
“Many people have said, ‘were you thinking of Ron Santo during Game 7?’ Well, I think about Ron Santo every day anyway, whether it’s during the season or offseason,” Hughes said. “We were friends. We were partners…He was a very important person in my life…He was a lot of fun.
“It’s just a shame that he couldn’t go into the Hall of Fame before he passed away, because I do believe…there would have been a record-setting attendance figure in Cooperstown if Ron Santo was alive when he went into the Hall of Fame.”
Hughes also gave his thoughts about the ongoing negotiations between the MLB owners and players to start the 2020 season.
“I’m waiting, and I’m optimistic…I want there to be baseball,” Hughes said. “We have this galaxy of star ball players [in] Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras. [These are] not only guys that know how to play the game, they love the game…I think David Ross is going to be an excellent manager once these games get underway…Whatever form this season takes, at the end of the line, I might get another chance to say those magical words: The Chicago Cubs win the World Series. Wouldn’t mind that a bit.”