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Who needs sleep? Not Len Kasper

Despite the fact that he himself plays Wrigley Field 81 times a year, Cubs play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper said he hasn't given die-hard Cubs fan and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder any tips ahead of his show Friday.

"I don't think I could give Eddie any tips about performing at all," Kasper said with a laugh. "He's one of the best who ever lived. I know that this will be a very special weekend for him coming up because he is such a huge Cubs fan."

For as much as he loves his job, the 42-year-old is equally passionate about Chicago's music scene.

"A lot of times I'll plan on going to a show after a day game," Kasper said. "Then we have a day game the next day and all of a sudden it's like 8 o'clock and I can barely keep my eyes open."

Kasper said he's only able to make it to about three to four shows during the season due to his schedule. When he does make it out, he says he largely goes unnoticed.

"Sometimes if I'm at Schuba's or Metro or Double Door occasionally people will say hey," he said. "They're very nice, they say we enjoy what you do or why are you a fan of this band. I've made a lot of friends in the music community here which is really, really cool for me."

Like Cubs president Theo Epstein, Kasper is himself a musician away from Wrigley Field. So who's the better rocker of the two?

"Theo's a pretty good guitar player," Kasper said. "I just doodle around on the bass a little bit, try to pick three-chord songs that are easy. He's good. He knows his stuff, he's a good rock and roll guy."

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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