Happy Father’s Day and Other Bullets

No matter how many ways I try, I just can’t get upset about yesterday’s loss. Should Carlos Pena have tried to score? Should the Cubs have bunted in the 9th? Should Mike Quade have gone to Sean Marshal rather than John Grabow? Eh. The Yankees out-hit, out-pitched, out-walked the Cubs all day long.

  • Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade said he wasn’t interested in going for the tie in the bottom of the ninth yesterday with the tying run on first and double play risk Geovany Soto at bat. That’s why he let Soto hit, and, of course, Soto grounded into a double play. Quade pointed to the fact that he had just two arms – Carlos Marmol and Rodrigo Lopez – left in his bullpen (I guess Sean Marshall was unavailable?).
  • Ken Rosenthal was leaning into the Cubs’ dugout yesterday to get quotes from Carlos Zambrano about the trade rumors floating around. *During the game.* I know you’ve got to get your story, but that just strikes me as ridiculous and uncool. Quade was not pleased, but also kind of ambivalent. ”I didn’t even notice,” Quade said. “I guess I’ll have to talk to [Rosenthal] and tell him not to bother my guys. You can bother me [during a game] but not my guys. Whatever. I was somewhere at the other end [of the dugout] with other stuff on my mind.”
  • From Rosenthal’s perspective, it was Z reaching out to him, not the other way around. In the words of Mike Quade: “Whatever.” Rosenthal said Zambrano was trying to clarify that his preference is to stay in Chicago, despite his earlier quote that he would be willing to waive his no-trade rights if the Cubs approached him about a trade. Huge scoop there…
  • Everyone agrees that Pena’s collision with Russell Martin at home plate in the sixth was a clean play.
  • Happy Father’s Day to all you Cubs fathers out there. This is my first Father’s Day as a father, and I can already tell that I will not be able to heed some sage advice: parents, don’t let your kids grow up to be Cubs fans.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

8 responses to “Happy Father’s Day and Other Bullets”

  1. Ian Afterbirth

    Hey congrats, Ace!
    Cubs fandom is in the blood – nothing you can do about it.
    We’re all doomed.

  2. ry

    Congrats Ace, I am enjoying my seventh fathers day and each year gets better and better! Not going for the tie at home huh, yet another example that Q does not belong as a manager. Soto could face Rivera 100 times and never hit a homer off him; although the cubs are the absolute worst at bunting, it is a shame when garcia and burnett lay down better sacriftice bunts than anyone on the cubs!

  3. TWC

    First Fathers’ Day? Congrats, Ace. Way to reproduce!

    I love Fathers’ Day, because my son keeps coming up to me asking if I want to do all of his favorite things to celebrate. Play Legos? Eat popsicles? Go to the park? It’s nice to just say yes to those things, rather than “sorry, kiddo, lemme just finish (fill in the blank) first” or some other lame Dad reason.

  4. Ramy16

    Hey ace any news on the youngsters getting signed this year

  5. Ramy16

    Happy fathers day guys..I collect fitted baseball hats..guess what the wife got me?..yes a brewers fitted hat!

  6. MichiganGoat

    A fun father day story: My 3 year daughter and I are at our minor league game when I see a man in a Pujols jersey and I say to my daughter “If you ever face him, WALK HIM” she repeats “WALK HIM, okay daddy” 10 minutes later that guy walks by again and my daughter points and screams “WALK HIM” with the biggest smile…. Thats my girl.