First off, Happy Spring Training to all the great Cub fans out there. Yes, I know, you’ve all been champing at the bit for our TV schedule to kick in. Me too! It’s finally here this weekend. And I was especially excited to finally be on the air yesterday with my new partner, Jim Deshaies. He will quickly become “JD” for all of you, that’s what all his baseball friends call him. I won’t get into his background too much in this blog as we will have a “Meet Jim” (or “JD” if you will) theme for Sunday’s telecast against the A’s. But suffice it to say, he has long been one of my favorite analysts in the game. I have to give his Houston broadcast partner of 16 years, Bill Brown, credit as well. Bill is a terrific, very underrated play-by-play man and they always made a great team. If you were unfamiliar with JD’s work prior to Saturday, let me tell you what makes him so good: 1) he knows the game having been in it for 3 decades, 2) he has a very comfortable and breezy delivery on the air and lets the game breathe, 3) he has a wonderful sense of humor and a self-deprecating spin on his place in the world. For all those reasons, you’re gonna love having him in your living room everyday throughout the summer.