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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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 24 min 53 sec ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • new one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 2 hours 57 sec ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 7 hours 25 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 7 hours 59 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 9 hours 56 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 12 hours 16 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 13 hours 12 min ago view