Prior to Studio 42 with Bob Costas, MLB Network’s block of offseason programming will air, including Intentional Talk at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. ET, Clubhouse Confidential at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. ET, and MLB Network’s offseason show of record, Hot Stove, at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. ET.
Highlights from the conversation with Dawson, Jenkins and Sandberg include:
Sandberg on how a Cubs’ World Series title would matter to him:
I definitely want to be a part of that. I strived for that for 16 seasons with the Cubs, only went to the playoffs twice [out] of those 16 years, played on some other bad teams. But with the fan base there and the following across the United States, it’d be the greatest thing. With that, I think the pressure and the intensity there at Wrigley Field is something that maybe we didn’t even experience. I think it’s really turned up high there to the point where [there is] almost desperation to get it done.
I think the Cubs fans are wearing thin on the “Lovable Losers” title. … I think it’d be the biggest party ever for a winning team and the party would be all over the world.
Dawson on the Cubs’ pursuit of a World Series title:
I don’t believe in a curse. I think things have a way of manifesting itself and, in all honesty, I think it takes baseball people from top to bottom, key personnel to get where you want to be at the end of the season. I would like to really see that organization in a World Series. … It would change this country for a couple weeks because of how many Cubs fans you have around the country.
Jenkins on playing for former manager Billy Martin:
He was tough. He was tougher than a night in jail, and I’ve never been in jail. He just could aggravate people. He could just get on them. … When things weren’t right, he made them right. He was the kind of guy that would just get in your face quick. He hated excuses. … If you got an alibi, he didn’t want to hear it. Own up to it.
Jenkins on the infamous black cat game on September 9, 1969 against the New York Mets:
The grounds crew just got threw scraping the field, cleaning it up. Somebody threw a little kitten [on the field]. It wasn’t a cat. It was a kitten. … Why did it walk towards our dugout? I got no idea why and Ronnie [Santo] is on the on-deck circle, he kind of just looked down at it and then it stopped, for what I thought was ten seconds in front of our dugout. It looked in and then ran off. It could have went the other way towards the Mets’ dugout, but it didn’t. I don’t know why, but it didn’t.
Sandberg on his memory of the late Hall of Fame Cubs announcer Harry Caray:
He was doing a game and I was up, I took a horrible swing at a pitch. … I hit a weak fly ball to right field and it was in 1984. The outfielder and second baseman got out there, [there was] miscommunication, then the sun got in the way, the ball dropped in, and I’m standing on second base and Harry goes, “Holy cow, Sandberg is such a good player, he even uses the sun to his advantage.”
Dawson on playing in Chicago:
Had I not made the change going to a natural playing surface, playing in a media center, playing with the fans that really supported, represented the ball club, I wouldn’t be sitting here today [at the National Baseball Hall of Fame]. I think Chicago definitely catapulted me to that status.