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
Everytime I recall Szcur's bone marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.