Cubs' Quotations of the Week

The Answer To Life, the Universe and Everything?

"That's a good question, really," - Lou Piniella on Milton Bradley not taking his 2-game suspension

A Massage from Chad?

"It feels real good."-  Angel Guzman(on his first win)

Cubs' Fans Have Been Waiting Even Longer for You
"Oh, finally, and the way that we won that game coming back from a
deficit of 4-1 is good for the team, and I think it's going to give us
a chance to start playing better baseball. Since 2006, waiting.
Finally. I've got the ball in my locker. I'm going to give it to my
mom." - Angel Guzman

It's Like Manny Being Manny, Just Not as Good

"Our bullpen situation is our bullpen situation." - Lou Piniella

Wes is Available

"[Saturday] was just ugly. They could've brought in anybody out of the stands to do what I did yesterday. It's one to forget about and move on."- Neal Cotts

There are Four Holes?
"He’s a well built guy and has an extremely muscular lower half. He’s susceptible to some tweaks and pulls. I think he’s OK. We’re being real cautious. I’m sure if it were late in the year he could’ve played this week. I’m certainly counting on him hitting in that four-hole most of the year. - Jim Hendry on Milton Bradley

What Happened to the Walk Everyone and Give Up a Big Hit Plan? 

"I had a game plan. Every team I play on, I try to pay attention to my own hitters because you never know when you're going to face them. So I had an idea definitely of what I wanted to do, and I executed to the best of my ability today" - Jason Marquis after beating the Cubs

Beware of His Torture Techniques

"If I can get some secrets from them, yes, but I'm not giving any to them. I may sucker them into a couple things to say but they ain't getting nothing from me, that's for sure" - Aaron Miles on going out to dinner with former Cardinal teammates.

Feeling Too Good is Now an Excuse

"I think you just take something from the last start. I realize I might have felt too good and tried to do a little too much. I'll try to learn from that, learn to pace myself the next time and slow it down. That's one thing I've worked on the last couple of years." - Rich Harden

The Guy Getting the Rabies Shot Doesn't Agree

''I thought it was kind of funny when the cat bit the guy." - Derrek Lee

Try 2004-2006
''I don't really understand it. I don't know what he did to still be getting booed here.'' - Derrek Lee on the fans booing Dusty Baker

2004 Was a Really Good Team...Just Sayin'

''It wasn't his fault. I mean, nobody could manage that team we had in [2006]. We had guys coming from AA. [Carlos] Marmol was a starter. We had Juan Mateo -- you guys don't even remember him, probably. We just had a bad team, and it's not his fault.
''If you give Dusty a good team, I guarantee, he'll be in the playoffs, too.' - Aramis Ramirez on Dusty Baker

But Let's Be Clear, I'm Kind of Awesome

"You have to look at the sample size. That can fluctuate, go up and down pretty quickly with the few at-bats I have. So I'm not going to start pinching myself until I'm five or six years in, and if something like this is still going on, sure I'll look back and say 'Yeah, I've done a pretty good job.'
"But not right now. I'm trying to stay as humble as possible and just go out and play as hard as I can." - Micah Hoffpauir

Don't Think About Peeing on Your Hands, No Matter the Weather

''I thought about it, but it was too cold.'' - Alfonso Soriano on thinking about throwing a tantrum on the foul ball in the Bartman seat

I Blame Sullivan

''Basically, for me, I talk to people I like. I don't particularly like the media, and the media doesn't like me. So let's not pretend we're buddies or you're trying to do anything for me. If anything, you hurt me more than help. So I don't see any benefit of really talking to the media. That's just how I feel. That's how I've always felt.'' - Milton Bradley

''I can see already I'm going to be that guy that since nothing else is going on in here, 'We're going to harp on Bradley all year and see if we can get him to snap. I'm not going to go for it. You can't get a good story if I don't talk to [the media]. You'll make something up, like you always do.''- Milton Bradley

All Those Problems Created by Making Millions and Millions of Dollars
"I never had a problem in my life until I started playing baseball. All
of a sudden, there are all these things. I just want to be me. I just
want to be that guy who plays baseball and enjoys his teammates and has
a good time. That's what I do." - Milton Bradley 


''We got more infielders than we thought.'' - Lou Piniella on Koyie being the backup at 3b, Soriano at 2b and Fukudome at SS.

How Many of You Are Impressed that Lou Actually Knew it was Modesto?

''It's not easy with what we're asking him to do. ... But you can't walk people in front of Pujols. You might be able to do that in Modesto. But over here, I would suggest not.' - Lou Piniella on Patton's outing on Saturday

Interesting Definition of Try

"We said we'd try it and we did." - Lou Piniella on Soriano batting third for two games


Call me if you need me, Jim! I can do back-to-back walks with no outs and a 1 run lead for a LOT less than $1.1M.

I also have an affinity for pink backpacks and giving up home runs. I'll fit right in!

''I thought it was kind of funny when the cat bit the guy." - Derrek Lee


''I thought about it, but it was too cold.'' - Alfonso Soriano on thinking about throwing a tantrum on the foul ball in the Bartman seat



Serious question: Would D Lee consider waiving his no-trade clause to go "home" to the Giants or A's? And if he would, is it feasible for either team to want his contract? Would Hendry even have the balls to consider it?

Both SF and Oakland need offense at 1B (badly), and the Cubs have Micah, who's a better power hitter than Lee at this point in his career. I think Hoffpauir is nearly as good with the glove at 1B to boot.

That would shake up this team some! It would be nice if Hendry could swing a replacement for Fontenot in exchange, and push Fonty back to bench where he's a much better asset.

I also strongly endorse Phil's plan for dumping Bradley at the earliest possible opportunity. It was a risky idea, it was a bad idea, and it will kill this team unless Hendry can cut the cord.

I'd get Jimmy Ballgame on the horn and make sure he's getting himself into shape. I'm trying to re-build the 2008 team here as best I can. Why the hell did the Cubs feel the need to ruin a good thing? In the interest of being "more left-handed"??

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Yes, lets' bring back Edmonds, and while we're at it why not Clement, Sosa, Alou and Prior?

Teams that try to bring back the same team that had a great run the previous year, almost always fail. You have to recognize when you get 'lightning in a bottle' like Edmonds. Then, you don't do the stupid thing like the Cards did after they won the WS and bring Edmonds back, paying him $9.5 million to slug .400 - you shake his hand and let him go, and realize you got lucky. You do realize that the Cardinals had to pay San Diego to take Edmonds off their hands, right?

DLee update from the sun-times:

Lee said the injury is the result of a bulging disc that occasionally flares up on him, causing him to miss a week two seasons ago and a few days last season.

''It doesn't so much hurt as it just locked up on me again,'' said Lee, who hopes to play tonight. ''I just woke up funny. It's nothing serious.''
damn those StL hotels with crappy pillows...DLee implys that it was bothering him before the game started (I woke up funny...ta-da, boom)

It's nothing serious.

Why is it always a warning flag to me when a guy says "it's nothing serious?"

$100 from me to Cubs charities if we see a Fuki to Sori to Lee DP this year.

Pitching wins games. Based on what we've seen so far in MLB this year, who's ready for that KC v. PIT World Series?

dittoes from me if we see Z playing third base

"Against Lakeland Sunday, Cashner was consistently 92-94 mph and topped out at 95 mph."

2.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB...40 pitch count limit

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  • Awesome report, and good to see Beeler on his way back.

    I'm also very happy to hear about the bi-level bump for Daniel Lewis. In the Name of Theo, he was the Last of the Full-Season Cuts, and There Will Be Blood for those who unnecessarily slow his development. Sure, he might end up in independent ball pitching for Lincoln. But if everything breaks right, he may even have a shot at joining up with the Gangs of Chicago. I wouldn't bet My Left Foot on it, though.

    John Beasley 18 min 33 sec ago view
  • CHARLIE: The Cubs did the same thing with LHSP Eric Jokisch last month, and it has nothing to do with needing the player's 40-man roster slot. 

    The hope is that another MLB club will claim the player, so that you aren't on the hook for any termination pay (which you would be if you release him) AND you pick up $20,000 from the claiming team, all for a guy you don't want going forward anyway.  

    Arizona Phil 21 min ago view
  • Moosetacos, I like it. All I can think of is a bearded lumberjack dude operating a Mexican style taco truck with a Canadian accent.

    Sonicwind75 56 min 26 sec ago view
  • How strange is this for May? Is it insignificant, or does it suggest some sort of trade might be in the works?

    Charlie 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • The Cubs have sent LHRP C. J. Riefenhauser outright to Iowa. 

    Cubs MLB 40-man roster now stands at 37 (three slots open). 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • yow...the a.gordon/m.moustakas collision now makes the schwarb collision look minor in scope.

    gordon broke his wrist, expected to miss 4+ weeks...and today moosetacos has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. fun times in KC.

    crunch 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • dodgers calling up julio urias for tommorow's game. neat.

    fernando-mania might have a new heir...dude is 19 (turns 20 in august) and he's got a legit argument for being MLB-ready.

    crunch 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • jacos 5 hours 29 min ago view
  • Happ was the #9 pick last year, and he moved from OF to 2B in the same offseason that Castro was traded.

    Gleyber also in the picture at second.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 58 min ago view
  • jacos 9 hours 17 min ago view
  • Co-sign

    Ryno 9 hours 18 min ago view
  • Transmission 9 hours 27 min ago view
  • O&B: I think D. J. Wilson is a legit MLB prospect.

    He is a hyperactive dynamo on the field, a protypical lead-off hitter who is looking to get on base any way he can, a triple machine (if there is such a thing) when he does make solid contact, a daring baserunner who goes berserk once he is on base, and a CF who plays a "no fear" crash & burn style of defense.

    Guys like that sometimes get injured more-often than the average player, but if he can stay healthy and continue to progress, I believe he will be an MLB CF, or at worst a 4th OF. 

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 39 min ago view
  • The hot start was nice, but it won't always come easy. It's nice to see them have to work for it every once in a while.

    Ryno 11 hours 46 min ago view
  • Hey, AZ, are you as high on DJ Wilson as your pal John Arguello is?

    Old and Blue 12 hours 3 min ago view
  • Phil, I just wanted to say thank you for diligently tracking the Cubs prospects in extended spring training and sharing your knowledge with us. It's remarkable how you're able to keep box scores for multiple games at once. I, and I'm sure others here, appreciate the data and insight you provide for us.

    K Dub 14 hours 57 min ago view