This week on the George Ofman “Tell Me A Story I Don’t Know” podcast, the guest is ESPN baseball correspondent Jesse Rogers.
Rogers discusses his current role on ESPN and some highlights from a career that has included covering the Cubs’ World Series title in 2016 and two of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup titles. Among them is calling the Marlins-Cubs playoff series two years ago from a fanless Wrigley Field: “You could hear everyone yelling at umpires, at the other team. … there’s no cheering except from the dugout. To be a sideline reporter in the middle of that is a career highlight and memory.”
He also discusses his role at WSCR The Score, where he worked with Ofman on a Sunday baseball show titled “Hit and Run.” Rogers: “We did a good job on that show. It was a great name. That’s what a baseball show should be called.”
While with WSCR he eventually became the pre and postgame radio host for the Chicago Blackhawks. It was that experience that led him to ESPN: “They we’re looking for someone to cover the Blackhawks both home and road. Those three or four years I did that were the best times of my career.”
Rogers co-authored a book on Joe Maddon entitled, Try Not to Suck and he relishes his current role with ESPN. “Jon Stewart was once asked what’s a career highlight for you in show business and his response was being in it. That’s going to be my answer. People would sometimes ask what do want to do next. I just want to stay in sports media.”