Marty Brennaman's rant against Cubs fans from April has been getting plenty of air play up here with Reds back in town. But Brennaman, who's been up here since Sunday, hadn't heard much from the fans.
"I walked eight blocks to dinner last night," he said. "Nobody said a word."
He spent Tuesday afternoon at the Navy Pier, with his daughter, Dawn, and son, Thom, and their children. That's the first time it came up.
"Thom gave the guy the tickets for the ride," Marty said. "He said, 'Isn't that guy a baseball announcer? Thom. . .' Dawn said, 'Brennaman.' He said, 'yeah, I got a bone to pick with him.' She asked what about. He said, 'I'm Cub fan. He doesn't like Cub fans.'
Marty stepped in.
"I said you got the wrong Brennaman. We ended up talking for 15 minutes. It was great."
Brennaman did not go low profile. He was on the field before the game, wearing a bright red shirt.
"Thom's going to get a shirt that says: I'm not that Brennaman," Marty said.
Brennaman turned down all appearances on local shows.
"I've said all I'm going to say," he said.
The Reds and MLB provided extra security. You have to walk through the stands to get to the radio booth at Wrigley Field.
"I offered to sign 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame,'" Brennaman said. "They turned me down."
By the way this is what Brennaman said (it was right after a couple dozen balls were thrown on the field after an Adam Dunn home run):
"This is what makes you want to see this Chicago Cubs team lose. Among all baseball fans -- I can't attest to the Yankees and Red Sox because we don't see them with any degree of regularity unless it's interleague play -- but far and away the most obnoxious fans in baseball in this league are those who follow this team right here. Throwing 15 or 18 balls on the field, there's absolutely no excuse for that and that is so typical of Chicago Cub fans. It's unbelievable."
"Throwing the ball back, that's great, that's a Chicago Cub tradition that other teams have picked up on, and that's fine."
"It's ridiculous, it really is ... You simply root against them. I've said all winter, people talk about this team winning the division, and my comment is they won't win it because at the end of the day, they're still the Chicago Cubs and they will figure out a way to screw this whole thing up.