Cubs Week In Quotations

I Bet You Didn't Use the Term Base-Clogging Even Once
"We talk about it. On-base percentage. We've
been doing a better job. What can I say? Two of our new additions,
(Reed) Johnson and Fukudome, have done a nice job in that regard."
- Lou Piniella

"We're second in the league in runs scored to Arizona,
and to me, you score runs, you win. On-base percentage, hitting with
men in scoring position, left on base -- those are all byproducts of
how many runs you score."
- Lou Piniella

Moneyball was So 2003
"That'd be a great thing if that was contagious, because then we'd be
like the Oakland A's. The big thing there is on-base percentage. That
means you have a lot of chances to score a lot of runs and put pressure
on the other team consistently."
- Daryle Ward

Appreciating Our Moment In History
"I remember when we won 5,000. What an emotional day that was. We were so excited -- we realized we still had an uphill climb to 10,000."
- "Ninja" Ryan Dempster

"To be on the verge of that -- I've been here since the first one, and
to get to 10,000, it's a long, hard struggle, and I'm looking forward
to it."
- Ryan Dempster

"It's not about trophies. It's about wins."
- Ryan Dempster

"I stayed at home the other night and watched that "Cubs Forever"
show," he said. "Every once in a while teams should be forced to watch
stuff like that and realize how much it means to the city and to the
ex-players that have been here, and how lucky we are to get a chance to
put on the uniform and play in front of these people.
- Mark DeRosa

"It's cool to be a part of it and to get the win in the Cubs' 10,000th
victory. There's a lot of history in Chicago. It's a lot of games without
winning a championship."
- Kerry Wood

The Art of Winning Baseball
"What do I think?. My observation has been you've got a
bunch of guys who are not talking about what they're doing
individually. It's a pretty fun club to be a part of, obviously,
because we're winning.
- Ted Lilly

"It's contagious. You get a couple runs on the board and
everybody's pulling for each other. It's good to win like that, coming
from behind. It's awesome. We were down, but we never give up. We keep
- Geovany Soto

"When you play the way we're playing, guys pick you up, and instead of
everybody interviewing you about the blown save, they're interviewing
the guy who got the game-winning hit,"
-Kerry Wood

"If chemistry did it, we'd go down to St. Anthony's and get 25
choirboys, and they'd all get along real well. You've got to play on
the field."
- Lou Piniella

Getting Ahead of Ourselves
"We have a good team, and we're expected to win. It's
going to be a big deal [to get 100 wins] but not as big as it would be
for fans. I know Lou, and I know he expects us to play well. Who knows,
we could possibly win 100 this year. That'd be nice."
- Daryle Ward

"Early in the year, you want to win games and win series. I don't look at the standings early in the year."
- Lou Piniella

"It always feels good to be in first place, but now the tough part is to stay there."
- Ryan Dempster

"We have everything this year, believe me. We can go all the way to … where we want."
- Carlos Zambrano

"This is a long season. Let's not get all crazy about
this thing. Let's just stay cautionary and let's just keep playing good
baseball, that's all."
- Lou Piniella

"We're thinking about the World Series. I think we'll be OK if we keep playing like that."
- Ronny Cedeno

"As long as he doesn't talk World Series, I'm happy."
- Lou Piniella responding to Cedeno's hot start

But Does He Have to Carry the Pink Backpack?
"I don't really consider Fukudome a rookie. I didn't consider Ichiro [Suzuki] a rookie when he was in
Seattle either. [Fukudome and Suzuki] are good, seasoned, professional
baseball players."
- Lou Piniella

"Technically, they are [rookies], but it'd be like sending Alex
Rodriguez to play in Japan and having him win Rookie of the Year over
there. That's the way I look at it. You enjoy these kids, because they
come here and play well, but myself, I don't consider them rookies. I
consider them good, professional baseball players."
- Lou Piniella

A .175 Batting Average Says Otherwise
"Hitting is not a problem. My problem is running and doing quick stops in the field."
- Alfonso Soriano

On the Job Training
"Felix is not a prospect anymore. He's got to find a way to survive and put it all together."
- Dave Keller, Cubs Minor League Hitting Coordinator

"I think it's been a week since I've got a hit. It's a good feeling, something in my life I'll never forget."
- Felix Pie after his HR versus the Mets earlier this week.

The Evolution of Z
"I played with one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball,
Greg Maddux, and he told me one time he preferred to throw more
sinkers, more (pitches with) movement, than velocity."
- Carlos Zambrano

That's Cute, Cover Up for Mr. Scrappy
" I don't know whether
it would've been a double play or not. I think Theriot tried to really
hurry the play. Tulowitzki can get down the line fairly good. But I
just can't use my short people every [game]."
- Lou Piniella on Theriot's blunder on Thursday.

Trade Secrets
"I got the green light on both of them. The last one was a no-brainer. You've got to go
right there. The first one, I saw changeup. I saw the grip, and I was
-Ryan Theriot on getting caught at third base on a steal attempt

"Mechanically, if you do everything well, the ball will have more
accuracy to second base. It's just how you work with your
legs. If you stay open, the upper half will stay open, and if you close
up nicely the only way you have to go is straight to second. It's just
a matter of having good mechanics so you can throw it right on the
- Geovany Soto

"A lot of good things are happening that are basically not noticed by
the casual fan, and let me tell you a couple of them. One, the pitchers are slide-stepping against us
a lot more. Two, infielders are holding runners, which are creating
more holes. And catchers are calling more fastballs."
- Lou Piniella

"We expect Fontenot to put the ball in play. What are
they (bench players) there for, to keep them for 14 innings? Try to get
the game over in the eighth inning. We had every chance in the world to
do it. We just didn't get it done."
- Lou Piniella

The Catch
"Unbelievable. It was the best play I've ever seen in person, maybe, the best play ever."
- Ryan Theriot on Johnson's catch

"What a great play," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "It's as nice a
play as you want to see. The way he not only caught the ball and slid
almost headfirst into the wall and when his cap came up -- you're not
going to see a nicer catch than that."
-Lou Piniella

"At Wrigley, they might have had to call time out to find his head in the vines,"-
-Lou Piniella

"[DeRosa] and Kerry were standing there, staring at each
other. [DeRosa] didn't say anything. I wish I would've
hung out a little longer. I was getting up to see if everything was
intact first. He said he saw a white streak coming out of nowhere."
-Reed Johnson

"I knew once I landed, I was going to have to kind of like curl up and
turn away from the wall, and I had time to do that, too. … That's one
of the nicer plays I've made."
-Reed Johnson

Let Me Suggest, for all your Cubs Information Needs

"Last winter I saw my name on the Internet, that they possibly would
trade me. But I went through spring training relaxed,
thinking, 'If they trade me, OK. If they don't, I'll just deal with the
facts.' I'm happy to stay here because it's where I started my career."
- Ronny Cedeno

And the Rest...
"Whatever it is, I guarantee it's better than the old one. I'll probably enjoy it more on Saturday when I get a chance to go look at it and all. I always enjoy going to new parks, too, because they're always nice -- see the little nuances and neat things like that."
- Ryan Dempster on visiting the new Nationals Park

"Killed my average,"
- Bob Howry after a failed bunt attempt earlier this week

"I've never seen a guy strike out eight times in eight at-bats. This is a first."
-Lou Piniella on Geovany Soto's double golden sombrero


Jayson Werth's mom is hot. Very hot. Orestes Destrade can't get enough of her.

"The first one, I saw changeup. I saw the grip, and I was going."

which is the key to his baserunning...the klesko style of stealing...cerebral.

theriot is fast, but not THAT fast.

he's a 20-30sb guy partially because of his speed, but i'd wager a chunk of that was his attention to the guy he's stealing off of.

I'd agree. Cedeno and Pie are both faster, but they don't seem to have any base stealing know-how yet. Theriot displayed some smarts on the paths last year as he stole bases fairly effectively, but he's not fast enough to be a 40-50 SB guy. Then again, he's been caught 5 times already this year, which is not so good.

He is 6 for 11 in stolen bases. Maybe he should pay a little more attention......

that's where the "he's not THAT fast" thing comes in.

he's not got a lot of give/take in his natural skills (speed) department to lose cuz while the cerebral running is nice, you need the legs as a precursor.

honesly, im surprised he's even made 11 attempts...i really dont picture him as the type that can/should attempt 60+ attempts a season.

"And catchers are calling more fastballs."

Well, Lou, maybe not anymore.

Demp's sarcasm amuses me greatly.

the Wall Street Journal reports Mars and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) were close to a pact to acquire Wm. Wrigley Jr. (WWY) for more than $22 bln, according to people familiar with the matter. The transaction was expected to be announced as early as Monday, the people said. Both companies declined to comment. Terms of the deal weren't immediately clear, but Wrigley has a stock market value of about $17.3 bln and it appeared that the buyers were prepared to offer a rich premium. Under one scenario under discussion, Berkshire would likely provide financing to Mars for the deal and become a stakeholder in Wrigley, according to people close to the deal.
Naming rights for the Wrigley Building?

Can the State of Illinios be interested in the Wrigley Building too?

or will Sam Zell now squeeze Warren Buffet (a Cub Hug?) to pay for naming rights for WF?

"It's a beautiful day for Starburst Presents Chicago Cubs Baseball at Mars/Twix Field in Warren Buffett Park."

 I like it.

NPR says they were family owned for 117 years. Sad. Now that they are out of the candy industry, I wonder how they'd feel about owning a baseball franchise? Just sayin'.

Too bad they're not interested in buying back the Cubs from the Zell and the Tribune holdings. I bet a family business with a long, proud history would make a very good owner of the Chicago Cubs.

Esp. one that had such a great track record of spending money on talent with an impressive array of Pennants and World Series titles!

What GREAT owners those Wrigleys were!

Are you criticizing the great baseball minds that brought you the College of Coaches?

Thank you for elaborating on my sarcasm. Anyone else care to extend my dry wit?

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  • He will not pitch another game for Cubs

    /Unless injury in playoffs

    jacos 6 min 8 sec ago view
  • ~fart~

    jacos 6 min 53 sec ago view
  • Today is bullpen day

    jacos 7 min 20 sec ago view
  • 10/450 if they win WS

    jacos 7 min 58 sec ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Even though Hammel is missing start, don't assume he'll not be on #Cubs postseason roster. Maddon says elbow problem isn't that bad

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon on #Cubs postseason rotation: "I don't want to announce anything. We haven't talked to anybody yet"

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon hopes Soler can take BP in Cincy, play in sim game Tue. "All of that should give us some kind of indication of where he's at"

    crunch 24 min 56 sec ago view
  • tarp on the field 40 minutes before gametime...meh.

    crunch 27 min 51 sec ago view
  • travel day + rain in Pittsburgh. Why risk injury?

    Rob G. 31 min 12 sec ago view
  • tim federowicz has been freed to play with his AAA teammates.

    crunch 42 min 7 sec ago view
  • The lineup tonight....what the hell. Unless all the players are completely exhausted, this seems like overkill to me. They have 4 days off after Sunday.

    billybucks 45 min 56 sec ago view
  • Tommy Nance seems like quite an Indy league find

    Koyies Bansaw 52 min 2 sec ago view
  • watching heyward attempt to hit a fastball is alarming. he's doing bad things with stuff he should be nailing...weak popups, grounders, late swing fouls...

    it's going to be next to impossible to do worse than this season, but hopefully he can at least hit a fastball with authority next year.

    crunch 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • He's an incredible defender, base-runner and takes great AB's. A .265 BABIP is highly likely to improve next year. That being said, his power numbers are down too which is certainly concerning so I'd certainly hedge my bets with him next year, but it would be surprising if this is his new normal.

    Rob G. 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • I have no deep level of expertise or analysis here, but I still like Jason Heyward. I truly wish his bat was better, but I love the defense and the feel-good nature of his signing. I might be naive, but I think his offense will improve. I'm glad he's here, and I hope he doesn't make me regret saying that!

    Brick 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Pay the man his money...(MVP Talk)

    Kris Bryant is going to own the Cubs himself in 6 years :)

    Without doing any actual research because this is the Internets, I have a feeling Bryant will break every arbitration record there ever was unless TheJedi can literally use the Force to convince him and Boras to sign a multi-year deal.


    Rob G. 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • Hammel was supposed to pitch Friday, Cubs said it'll be a bullpen day instead.

    Rob G. 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • Tis either a valid excuse for Hammel's recent struggles or a PR game when they try to trade him this offseason. Or possibly both

    #Cubs say Jason Hammel has been pitching through elbow tightness and could have started if the team was still playing meaningful games.

    Rob G. 3 hours 10 min ago view