When was the last time you remember a Chicago Cubs team having a “closed-door meeting,” and then immediately finding newfound success? Lou Piniella used to have them all the time, and I don’t remember any kind of boost. That said, I also don’t remember the last time the Cubs had a closed-door meeting, and then came out and absolutely GAVE a game away with hilariously awful focus, decisions, and effort. I fear what it says about Mike Quade’s leadership. It’s one thing to play your best and still lose; but when your team comes out and plays like that after you got all pissed off and let them know you weren’t accepting it anymore? It’s just one game, but…
- Of the failed speech, Quade said simply, “The harping was done last night, and I guess Knute Rockne I’m not.”
- Let’s pause for some positivity. Randy Wells had a successful rehab start at Peoria last night. “Success,” of course, is a relative thing – he gave up three runs (one earned) and six hits in just 3.2 innings – but he came out of the start feeling good. That’s truly all that matters. The plan, assuming Wells continues to feel well, is for him to start on Sunday at AAA Iowa. After that, he could be back with the big club.
- Was Jim Hendry sending Mike Quade a message with the Marcos Mateo demotion? After Quade used Mateo in a tight game Monday night (rather than any of the better options in the bullpen) and Mateo predictably imploded, the Cubs immediately sent Mateo to AAA Iowa. Of the move, Hendry said this: “I didn’t think [Mateo] was ready to pitch at the level we needed him to [Monday] night. He’s got to show a little more consistency than he has.” If you think about it – and remember the way Hendry used to have to move players around to prevent Dusty Baker from misusing them – I could see that as a coded message to Quade about how he’s using his players.
- I can’t decide if new legend Tony Campana has the right attitude or wrong attitude with this statement on his promotion: “I think I can be a valuable guy off the bench. I can play defense and I can run.” Clearly he’s a good teammate and is happy to do whatever he can to help. But players want to play, not ride the bench.