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Reflecting on Ron Santo's career, legacy

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Reflecting on Ron Santo's career, legacy

The moment is almost here as the National Baseball Hall of Fame will open its doors to former Cubs third baseman Ron Santo. But before he goes in, some of his former teammates and colleagues shares memories of No. 10 and discussed his legacy.

Here's just a bit of what they had to say, watch the video below for their full comments.

Ernie Banks: "When I hit my 500th home run, Ronnie got the hit to win the game so that's how we got connected. Hitting the 500th home run was one thing, winning the game is another thing. He won the game with the base hit and I was so overjoyed."

Billy Williams: "This is what I'm most proud of: all those numbers he put up on the board, he never did complain 'I feel this, I feel that.' He went out and played the game as it should be played."

Pat Hughes: "The Hall of Fame really is about legacy, so forever more, people are going to realize what a great, great ballplayer Ron was."

Tom Ricketts: "He's one of the greatest people of all-time and everything he did after his career that added to his legacy is really tremendous. It's not only what he did in the booth, but everything he did for juvenile diabetes research, everything he did for the people that had diabetes, all the time he made for all the kids that would call him. He was just a wonderful person."

Banks: "He loved the game of baseball. That's his legacy, a man who loved the game of baseball, which was life to him."

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.

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Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games

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Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games

If you haven't heard, Neil Funk is cutting 20 road games from his 2018-19 Bulls' play-by-play schedule.

Friday, the Bulls announced that Adam Amin, Andy Demetra and Kyle Draper will fill in for Funk for the first five of those games.

Amin, a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, will games on Oct. 22 against the Mavericks and Nov. 14 against the Celtics. He grew up in Addison, resides in Chicago and also does play-by-play for Bears preseason games.

Demetra is from Oak Brook and currently is the play-by-play broadcaster for Georgia Tech basketball and football. He will call games on Oct. 26 against the Hornets and Oct. 27 against the Hawks. He has previous play-by-play experience with the SEC Network, Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports South.

Draper will call the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against the Pelicans. He is the Celtics' pregame and postgame host for NBC Sports Boston and an occasional play-by-play annoucer and sideline reporter for the Celtics.

The Bulls said they will continue providing updates on substitute broadcasters as they are scheduled.