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
''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 . 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
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.
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.
Moosetacos, I like it. All I can think of is a bearded lumberjack dude operating a Mexican style taco truck with a Canadian accent.
How strange is this for May? Is it insignificant, or does it suggest some sort of trade might be in the works?
The Cubs have sent LHRP C. J. Riefenhauser outright to Iowa.
Cubs MLB 40-man roster now stands at 37 (three slots open).
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.
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.
Tony LaRussa, still an idiot
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.
Losing the right way
Be sure to read this fine article about Yosh and Nobe Kawano.
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.
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.
Hey, AZ, are you as high on DJ Wilson as your pal John Arguello is?
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.