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I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but if – IF – the Cubs take two of three from the Yankees this weekend, should I allow myself to get a little excited again? That’s crazy talk, right? At best, they’ll still be around 10 games out and 10 games under .500. But, then again, when you show that you can actually beat good teams in back-to-back series…

  • Mike Quade appreciated Tom Ricketts’ recent vote of confidence. “Always nice to have your people on board. I appreciate everything, and Tom Ricketts is running a hell of an organization, so that’s always nice to hear.”
  • It sounds like Quade might not be thrilled about having to worry about getting DJ LeMahieu in the lineup on a regular basis. “As excited as you might be for a kid like DJ, these other guys have done a good job, too,” Quade said. “He needs to play, period, whether it’s here or wherever, and we’re going to see how this plays out in the next week or so.” LeMahieu had three hits on Wednesday – one of just a couple starts since he’s been up – and was back on the bench on Thursday.
  • Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent pretty much explained why Mark Cuban was never given a real shot to buy the Chicago Cubs two years ago. In an interview with Colin Cowherd, Vincent said, “some of the behavior of owners can be very troublesome for commissioners. I don’t think Mr. Cuban’s been an easy partner or owner for David Stern, and that would put me on my guard if he were to come to baseball…. I think it’s more important for owners to be gentlemen, play by the rules, respect the authorities, do what’s good for the sport, than it is to manage his franchise into total success.” Holy F. You don’t need me to tell you how terrifying that set of beliefs is, if held by Vincent’s successor, Bud Selig. An owner should do what’s good for the sport rather than manage his franchise to success? Please, Tom Ricketts, wherever you are: ignore him. And then ignore him again.
  • Maligned pitching coach Mark Riggins on criticism of his performance and of the pitching staff’s struggles: “I’ve been around long enough, [so] it’s not going to bother me one way or the other. I have confidence in myself. My guys, I think, have confidence in me, and when I come to the park, those are the guys I’m responsible for and care about. The rest of it, outside of this clubhouse, is for somebody else to read.”
  • Joe Girardi on his return to Wrigley Field.
  • Given the annual hopes that the Cubs will move away from a scout-centric approach to a numbers-centric approach, and given various rumors that Billy Beane might be considered for a gig with the Cubs should a spot open up in the near future, I can help but feel that the recently-released trailer for ‘Moneyball’ is appropriate here.
  • jstraw

    Beane getting fired just ahead of the film’s release would be sort of amusing. Whether he is or isn’t, I wonder if this infomercial will boost his market value.

  • MichiganGoat

    My jaw just dropped when I read the Riggins quote, “My guys, I THINK, have confidence in me.” YOU THINK! This is not the speak of a leader or someone who has control of his staff. I read this as “My guys have confidence in me… but I’ve never really talk to them and they don’t talk to me.” Compare that to the quotes I’ve read from Rothchild and I see how important having a quality pitching coach is on a MLB team. If Riggins is still here by the end of the year then the Apocalypse is here.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      I’m not inclined to directly blame the pitching woes on Riggins (or even the lack of Rothschild), but Riggins has certainly not given me much of a reason to stand in his corner should the critics come out.

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