The voices of Badger sports, Mike Lucas and Matt Lepay bring you the best sports talk weekday mornings from 6am to 8am!
Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Brian Anderson from Fox Sports Wisconsin joined the show on Thursday to talk about the Milwaukee Brewers.
How big of a moment was that walk off hit for Blake Lalli?:
"He was so excited, I had talked to him... two days ago before the game. He had come to Miller Park in the exhibition series with the White Sox, and that was the first time he had taken batting practice at Miller Park. Of course he went back to the Minor Leagues right away, he was in a good battle with Khris Davis for that final roster spot. He wasn't on the roster so Davis got that spot, and Lalli had to go back to Triple-A, and then more injuries occurred. Roenicke really liked him in Spring Training, I know the rest of the coaching staff did as well. He truly earned his way to the big leagues, and for him to have a moment like that, (I'm) very happy for him, he's a great kid. He's persevered, he had his moment in the sun, and he delivered in a big way... Roenicke originally had (Martin) Maldonado in the on deck circle, Maldonado was going to hit there, and for whatever reason, hunch, matchup, or whatever, Roenicke pulled Maldonado back just before the at bat, and he sent Lalli out there."
Was that win against St. Louis on Sunday as a big a win as a team could have in April with the way they were playing?:
"Yeah absolutely. I said that on the air that day, it is April and you have to take it in perspective with a long baseball season, but this was a spiral downward for this team. The fact that they were about to be swept, they weren't hitting, Braun wasn't hitting. Braun still is struggling in a big way. He's having neck problems, he's trying to stay in the lineup, I give him a lot of credit for continuing to play because he is a force even when he is not a 100%. He walked three times last night, and that created traffic. For Braun to hit that home run in St. Louis in the eighth inning, it was such an improbable come back. I think if they do go on...to do something special., if they have a playoff type year... then I think you will be able to look back on (that win)."
Does John Axford talk a lot with Trevor Hoffman?:
"He and Trevor are constantly texting, obviously he got under the wing of Trevor Hoffman in 2009 when he first came to the Big Leagues. They are very close, and I think Trevor's been extremely helpful for him because you can work mechanics, you can talk a lot of things, but very few people have been in that role, and that pressure of that ninth inning. That's what's so impressive about Jim Henderson. This is not an easy thing to do, to pitch in the ninth inning. It's just a totally different animal. And Axford is in constant communication with him, and as he put it, he usually (has) more communication with him when things are going bad than when things are going good. It's usually initiated by Trevor which is still just a great thing for Trevor to do."