Cubs Week In Quotations

The $18M Set-Up Man

"The bottom line is that at this particular time, it makes us a better club. [Zambrano] didn't throw poorly. [Silva and Gorzelanny], their arsenal isn't conducive to going to the pen. ... There's no agenda at all except it was the best fit at the time. He's capable of doing it." - Jim Hendry

Sunk Costs

"You can't worry about anybody's individual salary. Things change. People adjust. We're going to have an injury or two along the way and we'll adjust to that. ... Nobody ever breaks camp with the 25 in the same role and just run the table, win 100 and goes to the playoffs. To get hung up on what somebody makes or what they used to do or what's going to happen a month from now or who you're going to acquire, that's foolish thinking." - Jim Hendry

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

“I’m not ‘happy’ happy about this decision, but I feel good. I feel good to help my team and to do everything to help us solve whatever the problem is.”- Carlos Zambrano

He Gives Us Headaches

"Zambrano gives us a presence. He gives us experience. He gives us a really good situation. He gives us an opportunity to win baseball games. To me, that's the limelight." - Lou Piniella

Even A Zombie Apocalypse?

"Yeah, I'm ready for everything." - Carlos Zambrano

It's Something to Slap Corporate Advertising On

“Well, it’s…it’s something for the fans.” - Lou Piniella on the BP Crosstown Cup

Like Wait-And-See If They'll Hit Today

"I think our lineup is a little bit of a wait-and-see." - Lou Piniella

Practice? We're Talking About Practice!
''When we get home, we work on a few things [before night games] that we haven't executed all that well." - Lou Piniella

Said the 15-year old Soriano in his Bedroom

'It's the same approach. I just trust my hands more.''- Alfonso Soriano

Tried Sushi?

'I think I did it once in Washington in 2006,'' - Alfonso Soriano after taking 3 walks in a game.

The Baseball Where Having a Runner on Third With Less Than 2 Outs is Good?

"Bunting what? With a left-handed hitter ( Mike Fontenot) up, you want to bunt? What kind of baseball you play?"

"Really, what kind of baseball do you play?"

"How about getting (the runner) in, or getting him over by swinging? How about that?" - Lou Piniella

Blind Luck

"It was all luck. It was one of those last-minute, sun-is-in-your-eyes (situations). I try to get to a position and stick your glove out. - Marlon Byrd

And That's He Still Batting 4th (or 5th)
"The only surprising thing is the number of strikeouts (25 in 97 at-bats)." - Lou Piniella on Aramis Ramirez

Crash Cart

"We just need to stabilize this thing and win some games and get above .500. That's what our job is, and that's what we're going to try to do." - Lou Piniella


"I've got Fukudome that's swinging it, I've got Soriano that's swinging it and I've got Byrd that's swinging it." - Lou Piniella

Or Use Koyie Hill as the Catcher
"He's going to add 3-4 miles per hour to his fastball. Yesterday, what was wrong with Teddy was he got the ball up with the wind blowing out, and that's not good. His velocity will improve, yes. Remember, this was his second major-league start, and he'll get more arm strength." - Lou Piniella

Or Trade for Someone Really Good

"And if you want to put together a good bullpen here this summer that wins you a division, that's exactly what we're going to have to do. Put the brakes on some of these young kids and pitch them, at the right time, give them the necessary experience and let them build some confidence." - Lou Piniella

Simple, Yet Surprising

"The Cubs outplayed us. It's pretty simple." - AJ Hinch

Late Night with President Obama

"It's been nine years since your last title -- which must have felt like eternity for Yankee fans. I think other teams would be just fine with a spell like that. The Cubs, for example."- President Barack Obama

Mediocrity Might Be Shooting a Little High

"What I've learned is that I don't understand the term 'lovable losers.' A century of mediocrity isn't funny and I think the Ricketts family agrees with this. They are giving a sense around the ballpark of a comprehensive engagement in the game, and the amenities in the ballpark and, most of all, in the quality of what is going on on the field. I don't think the Ricketts want to be the owners of lovable losers, and more power to them." - George Will


soriano is back to admiring his shots at the plate and still hopping in the OF.

he could at least pretend for more than 1-5 days he's going to do the thing he's sorry about/going to work on/apologizing for/etc.

at least he's hitting, finally...


If he's going to hit that well he can hold tea party rallies in the outfield for all I care.

I don't like the admiring of the HRs anymore than anyone else, but if it's clearly going 20 rows up in the bleachers, I have less of a problem with it. The one at Citi field wasn't a no-doubter.

And Ramirez does it even more than Soriano.

They should make it a standard policy that anyone that does not run at full speed until the UMPIRE signals home run is fined 10,000 dollars.

If that doesn't work, make it 100,000 dollars.

I don't know if the players union contract would allow it, but if not, then lock the players out after the contract expires until they agree to change it.

Baseball kind of self-polices. If you're too obnoxious about admiring your home runs, you get plunked.

a lot of MLB does it. it's one of those "accepted" things that managers don't feel the need to smack-down for some reason. it's not like it's never happened in the past, but fallout for "lack of hustle" used to be a bit more forthcoming when someone did screw it up.

hanley ramirez in FLA is really bad about it. he practically stands there before jogging/running on many of his shots.

Q: What about trading Soriano? It's easy to talk about when he's not hitting. It usually goes like this: "how much of the contract would the Cubs eat? Probably most of it."

But if you trade him now...

NTC... nevermind.

If you trade him now, you will still have to pay the vast majority of his salary, but do not get the benefit of his offense.

Even if you could get him to waive his no-trade clause.

I don't know about that. I think someone has money that would burn on Soriano if he still has gas in the tank. And "getting the benefit of his offense" is tricky... for the vast majority of last season and for the first two weeks of this season we did not benefit from his offense.

He's a streak hitter, it's just what he does.

I still think we could trade him straight up for Vernon Wells if we wanted to.

Maybe Soriano and Colvin for Wells and Travis Snider?

I haven't personally investigated, but I have seen the occasional remark that Snider is a DH waiting to happen.

Wells has been one of the best players in the AL, I think.

strong arm, okay range for Snider

works the count more than Colvin, power is already there, but K's an extraordinary amount.

it would save the Blue Jays a few bucks I guess, but they'd be giving up a (poor) center fielder for a left fielder and putting Soriano's bad legs on turf. I certainly don't think they'd throw in Snider quite yet who is more widely regarded than Colvin before the year, although that could be changing.

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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 7 hours 47 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 9 hours 3 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 9 hours 46 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 9 hours 47 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 9 hours 48 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 9 hours 52 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 9 hours 52 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 10 hours 20 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 11 hours 24 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 12 hours 30 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 13 hours 19 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 17 hours 49 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view