Cubs Week In Quotations

False Modesty

"I'm not the ace. All five (starters) are the ace."
- Carlos Zambrano

"To me? On the first and 15th when the paycheck comes, that tells you the ace."
- Lou Piniella

We're Scared That You're Under Contract Through 2014

''It's more I'm scared because I was running a lot today and it was a
little cold out. I think I'm OK. I have to play a
little more and feel confident about my leg.''
- Alfonso Soriano

Questions Such As, "How Much Do You Hate Kevin Orie?"

"I've answered more questions about [the 20-K game] in the last three,
four days than the week after it happened."
-Kerry Wood

And Then Came the Diamondbacks...

"We're getting people on base, it's just a question of getting them in
more consistently.We talk about all these numbers, but the
only numbers I enjoy talking about are wins and losses, and lately the
losses are greatly outnumbering the wins, and I'm not too pleased with
that."
- Lou Piniella earlier in the week

Well, We Started Playing Better

"I maintain we're going to play better. But I also maintain two things, that the division has gotten better, and two, teams enjoy beating the Cubs a lot more than they did last year. I see it. I see how excited St. Louis was when they beat us, I saw how excited Milwaukee was when they beat us."
- Lou Piniella

In Case You Haven't Heard, Zambrano Likes to Hit
"The other day when I took him out after eight innings, he wasn't
happy. But he was unhappiest the most because he wasn't getting his at-bat in the bottom of the inning."
- Lou Piniella on Carlos Zambrano

''I've used him to pinch hit and pinch run. The first thing he tells me
when a runner is on base, 'You want me to hit or bunt?' I don't think
he knows the bunt sign.''
- Lou Piniella on Carlos Zambrano

''He's an athlete. You should see him run with a soccer ball. He's fun to watch.''
- Lou Piniella on Carlos Zambrano

"What I've noticed this year in the National League is that the
pitchers in general are swinging the bats better than I've seen in
prior years, last year, for sure. A pitcher can really help himself if
they can put the ball in play or they can bunt a guy over. It's a big
help."
- Lou Piniella

Better to Be Lucky Than Good

"Put it this way: He wouldn't sell many hitting tapes if he were the
instructor. It's choppy at best. I think he's trying a little bit of a
Fukudome swing, running to first base and then swinging. … Lilly better
just keep pitching."
- Lou Piniella

"He had his 'Will Clark' stance going today."
- Derrek Lee on Ted Lilly

"That was fun. I think [Haren] threw it right into my swing."
- Ted Lilly

Not That There's Anything Wrong with That
"I will be wearing pink shoes and pink batting gloves, approved by
MLB. This will be for breast cancer. It is a great thing;
anything I can do for the people."
- Carlos Zambrano

The Club Needs You to Tank Your Start so Hill is Called Back Up

"Whatever the club needs me to do, I'm willing to do it. It's an unfortunate thing to me, because I think Rich Hill is a Major
League pitcher. Right now, it's command issues. He'll be back up here
soon. We need him to be where he needs to be to help us win."

- Jon Lieber before his start Wednesday

"It's just terrible pitching and I put my team in a hole right off the bat."
- Jon Lieber after that start

Must Have Watched Rich Hill and Sean Marshalls' games with a Mirror

"I don't think we have too many choices. That's why I like left-handers in our rotation, because it pitches into the strength of our right-handed bullpen."
- Lou Piniella

Who Else Texts Kasper During A Game?
"Ask [Len] Kasper -- I would text him all the time when he's on TV. I think I've only missed [watching] a couple of games. It's been hard just to watch. I
sat on my bed, just as if I was here. It was hard. I just missed it."
-Scott Eyre

There Was No Joy in Game 2 Last Year
"I don't think at any point I've gotten a fastball by [Young]. Knowing he has good bat speed, it's a little hard-headed of me to try to beat him. We're competing, and that's the joy of it."
- Ted Lilly

And The Rest...

"Any time I have a man on second, I have a special sign for Ronny or
[Mark DeRosa] or [Ryan] Theriot. I'm always paying
attention to the runner at second and first. I like to do the best I
can to get one, two, three out."
- Carlos Zambrano

"I've got 3 1/2 pitches that I can throw."
- Kerry Wood

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"Terry Forster was athletic enough and a good enough hitter that he was often used as a pinch-hitter. He even found himself in right field in the 14th inning of a 1977 game"

Fernando Valenzuela was also considered a good hitting pitcher in his day. His career line isn't that impressive (.200/.205/.262) but he managed 10 HRs so he must have had some power.

I recall one game (think it was extra innings) when he had pinch hit and after several switches the Dodgers had only 7 position players left so they stuck Fernando in the outfield for the last inning. They moved him from right to left based on whether or not a righty or lefty was batting.

Based on bbref, this must have been in 1982 - he's credited with 2/3 of an inning in right and 1/3 in left.

Oops! Posted this in the wrong thread.

Please pretend that this is in the good hitting pitchers thread. ;)

"I've got 3 1/2 pitches that I can throw."
- Kerry Wood

He must have saved those 1/2 pitches for the blown saves.

'He's an athlete. You should see him run with a soccer ball. He's fun to watch.''
- Lou Piniella on Carlos Zambrano

I did a little research and apparently there is a Carlos Zambrano on the roster of the German football club FC Schalke 04...

carlos (we have five aces) ouch jason marquis an ace far from it.

i like that the cubs are lining up pitchers stretching them out for
starters between gallagher,hart ,hill,marshall lets see what they can do.

if 2 work out then lou can do something with marquis i dont think
lou is gonna have a lot of patience with him

This was hinted at in last thread, but Gagne removes HIMSELF from closer role, via Milw. Journal Sentinal. Yeast Infection is going w/"closer by committee" :

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=749512...

These quotations remind me of why I'm a Z-fan. Just seems like a cool, fun guy, and a hell of a competitor and teammate.

Z rules...break all the bats over your knee that you want and corkscrew yourself into the ground on every swing. I don't mind. Baseball is entertainment and people take some stuff far too seriously. Glad we have one of the true characters in the game to root for..

About the only thing that ever irritated me about Z was taking a swing at Barrett at last year.

yeast infection may find himself unemployed before allstar break.

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