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Brooks eager to play for Maddon, Cubs

Reliever shares name with Bulls guard, ex-NFL QB
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MESA, Ariz. -- There's Aaron Brooks, the former NFL quarterback who played for the Saints and the Raiders, and there's Aaron Brooks, currently a guard on the Chicago Bulls' NBA team. Don't confuse either of them with Aaron Brooks, a right-hander now with the Cubs. Some have gotten the three mixed up.

"I've talked to [the Bulls' Brooks] on Twitter before because everybody thinks I'm him," said the Cubs' Brooks, whose Twitter handle is @aaronbrooksCHC. "People keep tagging me. ... All they have to do is look at the profile picture and they'll know it's not me."

MESA, Ariz. -- There's Aaron Brooks, the former NFL quarterback who played for the Saints and the Raiders, and there's Aaron Brooks, currently a guard on the Chicago Bulls' NBA team. Don't confuse either of them with Aaron Brooks, a right-hander now with the Cubs. Some have gotten the three mixed up.

"I've talked to [the Bulls' Brooks] on Twitter before because everybody thinks I'm him," said the Cubs' Brooks, whose Twitter handle is @aaronbrooksCHC. "People keep tagging me. ... All they have to do is look at the profile picture and they'll know it's not me."

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Can the Cubs' Brooks shoot as well as the Bulls' Brooks?

"I highly doubt it," he said.

Tweet from @aaronbrooksCHC: This game is all about opportunities. Glad that the @Athletics gave me one, and now onto the @Cubs for more opportunity. #thankyou #blessed

That's OK because that's not why the Cubs traded Chris Coghlan to the Athletics for the 25-year-old right-hander. Brooks came up in the Royals' organization, but was dealt last year to the A's for Ben Zobrist, who is now his teammate on the Cubs. In 13 games last season combined, Brooks was 3-4 with a 6.67 ERA, striking out 38 over 55 1/3 innings.

"Nothing against Oakland, they're doing great things over there, but I'm ready to come and help the team win and I'm glad it's the Cubs," Brooks said Saturday.

He's never been to Wrigley Field, but does know manager Joe Maddon.

"I grew up an Angels fan, and watched him over there with the Angels," said Brooks, who grew up in Montclair, Calif.

Just guessing that neither of the other Aaron Brooks would say that.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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