I guess one positive (I hate to even use that word) about the ongoing MLB lockout is it’s forcing all of us to look at our teams in very different ways. I mean that in the sense that clubs are out there pretending like anyone on the 40-man doesn’t exist right now – and the Chicago Cubs are no exception.
That’s forcing team’s social media accounts to get awfully creative, digging into the vault for images and videos of former players, iconic moments and the likes. The Cubs’ Marquee Sports Network got in on the fun this weekend, posting an absolutely wild story about Ford C. Frick Award winner and National Radio Hall of Fame member Harry Caray.
To sum it up, Caray had a dead battery – at 4 AM – so he called AAA. Now, what Caray was doing out and above at such an hour, I’ll leave up to you to determine for yourself, but regardless, the bespectacled Cubs broadcaster was stuck on the side of the road, waiting for assistance when a vehicle pulls up behind him.
He assumes it was just a very prompt arrival from AAA. Instead, it’s two men – both toting guns. At this point, it’s a less-than-ideal scenario to be in if you’re Caray. That was, until they recognized him, and were overcome with excitement about meeting him. The men warned him about the neighborhood he was in not being safe, shook his hand and went on their way.
In the day and age where most conversations about Cubs broadcasts center around the complete inability of countless fans to even watch games because of a lack of carriage deals, especially when it comes to streaming services, this is a nice reminder of the stature Caray held in the world at his peak. A simpler time when you knew he’d be on the call on the same channel for every game – no matter what.
WGN was available nationwide and Caray was the voice of the Cubs. We’re entering our 25th season without him since his untimely passing – but stories like these endure – and will continue to do so for years to come. Suffice to say, the legacy of Caray lives on in a major way.