Cubs Week In Quotations
"We can bond a little bit on this road trip. And you've got a chance to catch up a little on rest with [mostly] night games."
Lou Piniella on the road trip
That's What She Said..
"For me, it's been better when it happens quick, because I don't have time to sit and think about it."
Kerry Wood on closing
Steady, Non-Essential, Low-Leverage Work
"We'll use him behind in the score if we have to. We'll find spots for him to work. We'll get him steady work. That's the important thing, steady work."
- Lou Piniella on Bob Howry's new role
No Such Thing as Taking Too Many Pitches
"I'm not taking too many pitches. If I see a ball I like, I'm going to swing at it, so I really can't tell the difference. But he's doing great in the fifth hole. I don't know if they're going to move him now."
- Aramis Ramirez
Quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
"Good player. Good instincts. Knows how to play baseball. He gives you
a good, professional at-bat. Very adroit in the outfield."
- Lou Piniella on Kosuke Fukudome to the Japanese press
"It's not everything yet. I've still got a few more things I'm working on. It'll be a secret until the end of the season."
- Kosuke Fukudome
- Lou Piniella after an 11-second pause to the question - "Do you wish American ballplayers were as fundamentally sound?"
Solving the South-Paws
"We put 10 runs on the board. You've got to stay with it."
- Lou Piniella on keeping the same lineup versus lefties
"We're looking for offense, obviously. You need to score runs, and the guys who are hitting the ball are the guys who are
going to play. What can I say?"
- Lou's justification for playing Reed Johnson over Felix Pie
He Said Balls...
"Like I said, home runs are just a byproduct of hitting the ball well and getting some air. This year, the ball's going in the air. I didn't change one thing. I don't have an explanation for it.
- Derrek Lee on his hot start
"I've gotten some balls in the air, and they've gone out of the ballpark. Last year it didn't seem like I got balls in the air."
- Derrek Lee
Pitching and Defense Wins; Does That Mean We're in Trouble?
"That's something we've got to correct, and correct quickly. We let them get back into the ballgame on walks and errors."
- Lou Piniella on the early defensive struggles
"I don't think it's anybody doing anything wrong. It's just a matter of
us bearing down. Like I said, this game challenges you every day in
different ways. I haven't figured it out yet."
- Mark DeRosa
"He'll get through this.He's too good a pitcher notto. You can't go out
there and try to reach for velocity. It's going to come when he feels
- Larry Rothschild on Ted Lilly
Carlos Zambrano Sponsored by Starbucks
"Anybody who drinks a cup of coffee in the morning knows the effect it
has on you. That's something we need to figure out a
little bit, too, to get him a quick start coming out of the bullpen and
"I'm ready to put it back in his locker, to tell you the truth."
- Larry Rothschild on Zambrano
Not Small Enough
"This is a smaller outfield. I tried [ Daryle] Ward out there [Friday].
I think the biggest thing is probably the run to the dugout. It's along run."
- Lou Piniella
Michael Barrett Disagrees
"There's nothing wrong with that. He flipped the bubble gum thing over a little bit."
- Lou Piniella on Zambrano's tirade
"I was a water cooler guy. I enjoyed that more
than the gum basket. But, no, I like people that show their emotion. I really do. You either care or you don't care. He shows he cares."
-Lou Piniella's on his weapon of choice
Rizzo in, Zobrist out, Willson in LF, Montero back and Almora batting 9th ... let's score some runs
Time for Mr. Oh to get some save chances.
Rosenthal does it again! Comes in with a 3-1 lead in the 9th -- double, BB, HR...ballgame.
Very nice win last nice -- could have caved in after the bottom of the first. It would be OK if guys stopped getting hurt, and if SF would lose a few.
Awesome. It wasn't long ago that he was kind of the best prospect coming through the system.
Javy's grunge dive into the stands for the popup was awesome - the hitting into the double play not so much
Third time I've tried to post this (forgive me if it winds up appearing three times)
Junior Lake, batting 9th and playing RF for the Blue Jays...
*That was a fun HALF inning.
this game is no longer awesome.
he did...it was awesome.
I'm pretty sure that Len called Bryant's home run a Brexit.
everyone but heyward with a hit and a 3 run lead with coghlan on 3rd through 5 batters. hell yeah.
okay, this is just silly. 19 pitches in, 1 out, 4 runs in, men on 1st and 2nd...hendricks up to bunt.
...and almora contributes the final out. that was a fun inning.
this game is awesome already.
also, there's a lot of cubs fans in the park tonight.
Clearly, Joe Maddon is a Lineup Wizzard.
"Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday."
Maddon shore isn't afraid to bat a rookie 4th in the order.