(WSCR) The day after the Cubs announced Jim Deshaies would be joining Len Kasper in the TV booth, the veteran pitcher and broadcaster joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show.
Deshaies, who spent the last 16 seasons broadcasting with the Houston Astros, characterized the Cubs job as one of the best in baseball.
“I didn’t have (my eyes) on the Cubs booth, but when someone presents you with an opportunity to be a part of the Cubs booth, you’d be nuts not to take it,” Deshaies said. “To me and to everyone else who does my job, it’s probably the best job in baseball.
LISTEN: Jim Deshaies on The McNeil and Spiegel Show
“I think the range is part of it. It has more of a national feel, but the big part for me is just Wrigley Field. It’s the Cubs fans. It’s the fact that every day at Wrigley is a singular event. I haven’t experienced that in any other ballpark that I’ve worked in. I’ve come in here as a player and as a broadcaster. A great example was at the end of this season, two teams out of the race, not a whole lot on the line, but still, the energy in the ballpark is over the top. It’s just a great atmosphere and I really look forward to being a part of it.”
So what can Cubs fans expect from their new color analyst?
“My philosophy is that if people are tuning in to watch the ball game, they’ve got a pretty good idea of where their team is in the standings,” Deshaies said. “They don’t need to be beat over the head with negativity. I like to tell the truth and be honest, but at the end of the day, I also want to entertain people and make it fun. It’s supposed to be a fun endeavor.”