06/06/08 11:04 PM ET
Brenly's anxieties quelled
Cubs pick commentator's son in 36th round of Draft
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
The Cubs picked the junior catcher from UNLV in the 36th round on Friday. Bob was headed back to the family's Phoenix-area residence to celebrate -- the party plans got underway as soon as they saw Michael's name appear on the Draft Tracker on MLB.com.
"I didn't want to leave," said former D-backs manager. "They took some breaks after every five rounds. I didn't want to leave and miss it, so I sat there in front of the computer all day."
It was worth it. Michael Brenly was the starting catcher for UNLV, which ended its season in a 7-4 defeat to Utah in an elimination game in the Mountain West Conference Championship, played in Fort Worth, Texas.
The sixth-seeded Rebels finished 22-37. Brenly, named to the preseason All-Mountain West Conference team, batted .307 in 55 games (50 starts), with three homers, 11 doubles and 34 RBIs. He participated in a Cubs tryout camp in Mesa, Ariz., on May 28.
That was all preview for the Draft.
"He was a lot more calm than I was," Bob Brenly said. "It was just like the Little League games we used to go to when I worked myself into a lather and all he cared about was where we're eating after the game.
"He just wanted to get a chance. I drilled into him: It doesn't matter if it's first round, 50th round, or free agent. It just matters what happens this day forward."
Michael is Brenly's only son, so dad won't have to go through another experience like this.
"It was the most stressful thing I've ever done," Bob Brenly said. "It was worse than Game 7 of the World Series. It was worse than my first game in the big leagues. You have no control.
"I was up at 8:30 this morning and watched every name tick off that thing until they rolled 'Michael Brenly' up there. We're very happy, mom and I are both proud of him, and he's very anxious to get started."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.