Cubs 2, Indians 1

Ron Santo’s family and Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins and Billy

Williams helped the Chicago Cubs pay tribute to their beloved

former broadcaster before a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians

on Tuesday.

The team unveiled a plaque dedicated to Santo during the pregame

ceremony. It sits right below his spot in the press box and says:

”From this booth, Cubs legend Ron Santo signed thousands of

autographs for Cubs fans from around the world.”

Santo died on Dec. 3 at the age of 70 from complications of

bladder cancer. A nine-time All-Star in his 15-year career, Santo

hit .277 with 2,254 hits, 342 homers and 1,331 RBIs. He had

finished his 21st season broadcasting his former team in


The pregame ceremony before 7,186 fans at HoHoKam Stadium also

included members of team chairman Tom Ricketts’ family, Mesa mayor

Scott Smith and Santo’s son, Jeff.

”There’s mixed emotions,” Jeff Santo said. ”We hurt for our

dad and at the same time, we’re honoring him. We live on for many

generations and it’s an honor to us, but it also gets overwhelming,

too, because we miss him so much.”

Brett Jackson hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth to win the

game for the Cubs, who also got solid pitching performances from

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner.

Wells tossed four innings of one-hit ball, with two strikeouts

and one walk. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in nine spring


”I’m pleased,” said Wells, vying for a spot in the rotation.

”You set goals for yourself, you want to come in and want to

impress obviously, but you also want to get your work in and work

on stuff you need to work on and I’ve been doing that on the side

and it’s been carrying into games.”

Cashner also pitched four innings, holding the Indians to Jayson

Nix’s homer in the sixth inning. He allowed three hits and could be

a starter or reliever with Chicago.

Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson also had a nice day,

striking out five in three perfect innings.

”It’s about making some adjustments and building off that,” he

said. ”It wasn’t always perfect, but we were ahead in counts and

it produced some bad swings. This (outing) was smoother than the

one before and that was smoother than the one before.”

NOTES: The Cubs wore No. 10 hats in pregame workouts and there

was a painted No. 10 behind home plate. Fans received a No. 10

sticker and a baseball card with a black and white photo of Santo

at Rendezvous Park in Mesa from spring training 1965. … Cubs RF

Kosuke Fukudome went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts to drop his

average to .217 and second baseman Blake DeWitt is at .182 after a

0-for-2 effort. … Nix’s home run pushed his average to .105.