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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  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 54 min 36 sec ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 5 hours 18 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 19 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 8 hours 27 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 44 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 45 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 17 hours 19 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 17 hours 49 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 18 hours 11 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 18 hours 44 min ago view

    crunch 18 hours 54 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 19 hours 13 min ago view