Cubs Week In Quotations

Male Bonding...

"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

"Next."

- 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
stronger."
- 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
everything."

"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

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Comments

"...the guys who are hitting the ball are the guys who are going to play..."

I thought Pie was effective today in the role of pinch-hitter who never actually gets to the plate.

Sure seems like Lee's wrist injury is finally healed - isn't the time frame about 1 1/2 years for those things?

isn't the time frame about 1 1/2 years for those things?
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up to two years, anything longer and it's probably not coming back.

I'd say his wrist is fine at this point.

Hey Doc -

Related question about broken bones and playing sports (specifically softball), and feel free to ignore me if you're not into giving out free medical advice. 6 weeks ago I broke my hand (middle and 4th fingers in the top of the hand, aligned perfectly, no surgery, no soft tissue damage that I'm aware of). Got the cast off two weeks ago, and am recovering mobility nicely. I saw the physical therapist once and she said I didn't need to come back unless I had a setback or significant pain. My ortho is Dr. Mark Cohen if that name rings a bell (I guess he's the White Sox' arm/shoulder/hand specialist).

Anyway, my question is how long do those types of injuries usually take to recover full strength? It's my right hand (I'm a righty), and am concerned about my upcoming softball season, as well as being able to return to the weight room.

I know you're probably reluctant to give out medical advice, particularly without seeing the x-rays, but getting any info out of my doctor is like pulling teeth and I'm just really curious about how these things usually go and if I can expect to return to normal regarding softball anytime soon. Thanks.

ask yourself, can you throw a towel, yet? If so, you're on the road to recovery.

I'm not running a clinic here unless it's for old Cubs. Guess Dougie Dascenzo qualifies. Jose Macia$ and Neifi Perez better not show up anytime soon with questions though.

I broke my hand (middle and 4th fingers in the top of the hand, aligned perfectly, no surgery, no soft tissue damage that I'm aware of). Got the cast off two weeks ago...
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It sounds like you broke the long and ring finger metacarpals with nondisplaced fxs and are at 6 weeks. If you don't have stiffness issues, and it sounds like you don't, you should have full strength in about 2-3 months from here. If the fractures show reasonable healing on XRay, he probably will let you return to working out with weights any time now.

Cool, thanks for the info. I guess I have to make a donation now...

With the quickness ends up being a problem, Kerry can send me Sarah's number.

Mmm... Sarah Wood.

Click here!

Btw, look at lil' Justin Wood.

Do you have Sarah Wood wood?

from todays Sun-Times, Z's on the Bartolo diet:

Zambrano said he has cut down ''a little bit'' and compared it to when Bartolo Colon told his team he was on a diet. ''When you see him in the clubhouse, he's eating fruit,'' Zambrano said, ''but you walk by his room at the hotel, and there's six pizza boxes.''

Also from today's S-T:
Hill is now the #5 starter, i.e., the first guy to have his turn skipped.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/892918,CST-SPT-cubnt14.article

Ugh... so Hill has one bad start, and has been pitching better than Lilly, but Hill essentially gets demoted.

Rob, the author page is still April's Fooled!

we know...we want our first cease & desist letter so we can frame it.

A nice, and needed, win yesterday to close out the road trip. The team is 7-5, which is good, but it has not been pretty which has to scare you some. If they continue to look as bad, they will very likely not fair as well in the W/L record. Some worrying players thus far and a couple nice spots, but overall not excited yet. This bad division should help, but looking at the big picture, this team, and especially a few players, need to improve.

Ahhh, the half empty glass. Here's the half full one: The team is fortunate to have pulled out so many wins already when they haven't clicked yet. They'll be so much better when they get consistent production from everybody.

Soriano, Rammy and Lilly are performing well below their norms, and all have a large body of work which suggests this will even out. Rammy rarely starts well, and Soriano certainy didn't last year, so better dyas should lie ahead.

Only Dempster is performing much better than expected -- Lee is off to a good start, but it's not like he's hitting .450. Fuku has cooled after his blazing start.

So, to be over .500 after 2 weeks, with performances generally below expectations, is quite lucky -- the Cubs were handed a couple of games on the trip -- the Pirates botched squeeze and the umps call/Phils error yesterday.

Make that "Dempster and Lieber".

That reminds me of another Lou quote that must have been missed in the "week in quotes"...

"I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty."

I agree with the inconsistency regarding Hill vs. Lilly's performance to date - but I'll trust Lou's reasoning on this one.

Has anyone in the mainstream press mentioned that maybe Hill should go back to his earlier wind - up form? Has Rothschild made any mention of it yet?

MINOR LEAGUE NOTE ON A BIG LEAGUE DAY OFF:

The I-Cubs are facing Yovani Gallardo tonight in what is likely his last tuneup start before rejoining the Brewer rotation.
Also, the latest on the Matt Murton 'brownout': In a doubleheader over the weekend Murton drew five walks. Yesterday he collected his ninth and tenth singles of the young season. He still awaits his first extra-base hit and RBI. He is hitting .400 w/ an OBP of .545...

Until further notice I am going to refer to Murton as ,'the pesky redhead'...

Until he does something more than hit singles and take walks?

Murton's so scrappy right now. Pure grit.

Boy it sure would be nice to have that Pesky redhead playing RF and getting on base 40% of the time with the big club. Cmon Uncle Lou, throw a tantrum and make it happen.

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