Former Cub and Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg joins Luke Stuckmeyer on the latest Cubs Talk Podcast. Luke and Ryno discuss:
00:29 - Ryne talks about looking forward to the 2019 season.
01:29 - Sandberg on what changed for him as a player after his MVP season in 1984.
02:53 - Ryne talks about lineup consistency and how much the game has changed for players on a day-by-day basis since he was a player.
05:21 - Sandberg on being the highest paid player in baseball back in 1992, and how it affected his approach to the game.
07:01 - Ryne talks about Lee Smith being inducted to the Hall of Fame, some favorite memories of playing with Smith, and the importance of the bullpen in today's game.
08:39 - Sandberg on the impact assistant coaches can have on a big league team. Coaches were more hands-off when Ryne played, as opposed to the more involved role they tend to take with current players.
11:15 - Ryne talks about the 1984 team, and what the feeling was like leading up to that historic Cubs season.
13:04 -Sandberg remembers the Sutcliffe trade with the Indians in June of 1984.
14:44 - Ryne remembers "The Sandberg Game" from June 23, 1984. Even down to wind conditions and what type of pitches he saw from Bruce Sutter in the 9th and 10th innings.
17:28 - Sandberg on the impact "The Sandberg Game" had on the 1984 Cubs - and the franchise overall. Ryno also recalls the first time he noticed fans on rooftops across the street from Wrigley Field.
19:01 - Ryne talks about the talent on the current Cubs team, specifically Anthony Rizzo.
20:42 - Sandberg on the "unsung heroes" of the 1984 Cubs. Specifically Gary Matthews. Ryne credits "Sarge" with changing his career more than any other teammate.
21:54 - Ryne recalls the atmosphere and fans around Wrigley Field following the Cubs 13-0, game 1 win in the 1984 NLCS vs. San Diego.
22:34 - Sandberg on the difficulty of losing the NLCS to the Padres in 1984. He says it took him weeks to get over the shock that the '84 Cubs would not play in the World Series.
23:38 - Ryne remembers back to the very first Cubs Convention in 1986. Minus-20 degree wind chill and all.
Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.
Cubs Talk Podcast