Hoerner, Ross, Kasper pay tribute to their moms

May 10th, 2020

CHICAGO -- On this Mother's Day, Cubs manager David Ross, Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, broadcaster Len Kasper, an assortment of players and others took to social media or chatted with MLB.com to pay tribute to their own moms and all the great moms out there. Here are some of their thoughts and posts.

"Here’s my best baseball memory with my mom. ... A lot of guys get their callup on a bus in the middle of nowhere during the season, but I actually was at home in Oakland after the Minor League season. My mom and I were watching the U.S. Open on TV when I got the call. I hung up and we looked at each other with this memorable combination of disbelief and excitement. This quickly changed to chaos as we tried to get everything ready to get on the next flight to San Diego. It was very fitting to have my mom as the one to send me off, considering all she did to get me to that point." -- infielder Nico Hoerner

"I want to wish all the moms out there a very happy Mother's Day. Two moms in particular. My mom, Sharon, was the rock of our family when I grew up and always would take me to practice and pick me up from games. In fact, she attended most baseball games I played in all the way through high school. And to my wife, Pam. She has been the rock-solid foundation of our family, especially with me being on the road so much covering Major League Baseball for the Marlins and the Cubs for the last two decades. Happy Mother's Day, everybody. -- Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper

"[My mom was there] every step of the way. Definitely from when I was younger, traveling, going to games, being on the road when I was in high school. Specifically, her working in the car, like in between one of those 12-, 13-, 14-year-old summers when we'd be playing in a random spot in Michigan or Virginia. In between games she'd be sitting in the minivan with the A/C on, either writing a dissertation or grading student papers. That's definitely one thing I remember." More > -- outfielder Ian Happ