Cubs' Kasper signs five-year extension
Broadcaster Len Kasper has signed a five-year extension to remain as the Cubs' TV play-by-play man through 2016.
The 40-year-old Kasper was in the final year of his current deal, but there was little doubt he'd be staying around for a long time.
Kasper, now in his seventh season with the Cubs, has been a huge hit in Chicago since arriving and teaming with color man Bob Brenly in 2005.
The two have found a terrific rhythm and have the ability to tell the truth about their club even when times are bad, and without beating the Cubs senseless.
Their praise when the Cubs are good and honesty when they're not has endeared the pair to Cubs fans across the Midwest.
"Working with Bob every day makes me sound better, and I'm fortunate to have the best partner in the game,'' Kasper said. "I thought it would be the greatest job in the world when I got here, and it's been beyond my expectations.
"Of course, it's more fun when the Cubs win, but to get to call half the games at Wrigley Field, it never, ever, ever feels routine."
The Michigan native has always felt at home in Chicago, and it comes through on every broadcast.
"From every angle, professionally and personally and from a family standpoint, being back in Midwest (after working in Florida) felt very familiar to me," Kasper said. "Being from the Midwest, I feel like I have a good read on how people view the world here, and I've felt accepted here from Day 1. Cubs fans have been absolutely wonderful to me."
In September 2008, Brenly agreed to a four-year extension, which means he's signed through the end of the 2012 season, and all involved would be wise to get Brenly locked up long-term as well.
• Listen to Barry Rozner from 9 a.m. to noon Sundays on the Score's "Hit and Run" show at WSCR 670-AM.