South Bend Cubs broadcaster Brendan King had the experience of a lifetime at Tuesday night’s Cubs-Brewers game. He called all 9 innings in his 1st MLB broadcast, as the Cubs shutout Milwaukee 3-0.
Brendan King just wrapped up his first season in the Cubs Minor League organization, broadcasting games for the South Bend Cubs. It was a memorable season, announcing many exciting moments including a no-hitter, cycle, and walk-offs.
Check out a short interview below with Brendan about his excitement of calling the Cubs win:
What was it like to sit in the booth calling a game for your hometown team the Chicago Cubs?
I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything more special in my life. As a kid who first dreamt this dream of broadcasting from Wrigley years ago, I had an absolute blast. I made sure to take my normal preparation steps for a minor league baseball broadcast and then started diving deeper into storylines, stats, and other big notes from what was a must-win game for the Cubs. Being in the booth for the first time calling Cubs baseball was an experience I’ll never forget as long as I live.
Were you nervous?
There were definitely butterflies! But I think I was more anxious to get there and get on the call more than any big-time nerves. With my preparation, I felt extremely ready to execute a major league quality broadcast.
What was something special that happened before, during or after your broadcast of tonight’s game?
Well before the game, I ate dinner with Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, and Bob Vorwald of WGN. I had met Len before, but getting to pick their brain a little bit pre-broadcast was awesome. During the game, calling the Justin Wilson strikeout of Manny Pina with the bases loaded was a moment I’ll never forget. The crowd noise got so loud in my headset that I barely could hear myself. Finally, after the game, I got to meet Pat Hughes for the first time. He is a hero of mine, and getting to chat for a quick few minutes made for a tremendous end to a very special evening at Wrigley.