Fight! Fight! Fight! It’s interesting how this Dempster/Quade thing has been framed. It was kind of an ugly scene, but it’s quickly become not a big deal. Can you imagine the WEEKS worth of stories if Carlos Zambrano had done the same thing?

  • When he was told that he was being pulled from the game in favor of a pinch hitter in the top of the 6th last night (after 87 pitches), Ryan Dempster erupted at Mike Quade. He shouted “no way,” threw his glove and cap down, and stormed off into the clubhouse. After the game – shocker – everyone says it’s no big deal.
  • “I think guys used to do that all the time,” Dempster said. “People called them ‘fiery,’ and they loved it. Now they call them ‘out of control’ or whatever it is…. There’s nothing bad about today. I tried to beat my little brother up, and I love my brother to death. Sometimes you just go through things during the season, and you’ve got to figure out a way to move past them.” Dempster didn’t talk to Quade after the game, though.
  • Quade said it was just a case of a pitcher trying to stay in the game. “That’s what they do. Happens all the time. He was a little more forceful in his attempt to convince me. … The volume, I guess, was probably as irritating, but [Carlos Zambrano has] been pretty good from time to time.”
  • Quade did use the event to reiterate his belief that veterans and younger players should be treated differently. “If it’s happening because a guy is a competitor and is pissed off, even if it’s my decision, I’m OK with that. He’s earned the right, as much as anyone, from a veterans’ standpoint. If a young kid does that, we might have a little different [reaction].”
  • Jeff Samardzija a starter? He said he’s heard rumblings about it, and he’s ready. “I said for a long time that’s what I want to do.” That’s all well and good, but you finally got this kid pitching well after yo-yo’ing him for years. Now you want to do some more yo-yo’ing?
  • Surprise: Aramis Ramirez doesn’t want to be an All-Star. “I’d rather take the three days off.”
  • Darwin “Clutch” Barney.
  • Matt Szczur was finally bumped up to High A Daytona.
  • Augie Ojeda was bumped from the organization.
  • wernert

    Haven’t there been at least two or three games where Quade kept Dempster in one inning too long and he coughed up the lead?

  • die hard

    didnt want to hurt his arm before big trade next week…..Hendry ordered him pulled so would pass physical of new team….thats my guess

  • Ron

    Somebody must have told him, it is very un Quade like.

    “I could say hey Boch…” can someone tell him nicknames are stupid.

  • awesome

    send Dempster to anger management, kidding.

    send Quade to ML management classes, not kidding.

    does that mean the veterans are still running the asylum?

  • Jeff

    I don’t like the development process of the Cubs, but if there was any time to see if Jeff Samardzija has the stuff to be a major league starter, that time is now. If Quade was smart about it and used Samardzija wisely(5-6 innings, lower pitch counts, plenty of rest between starts) I think it is a wise time to consider the option. He certainly has the potential to be as good or better than anyone who’s gone out there this year. If any of the starters get traded, he’s about the only guy I would actually look forward to getting a shot at starting this year. All the young pitchers are too far away, the ones that are older/closer, don’t have the same potential, and like you said Brett, he looks like he’s got some things figured out now that he didn’t in the past.

  • wernert

    I agree with that. I don’t quite understand what the problem is with switching from reliever to starter. Yeah, it’s different but not that different and wouldn’t the most of the pitches be called from the dugout anyway?

  • RoughRiider

    I saw no problem with pulling Dempster. He had a lead, He had his 5 innings to qualify for a win and he was coming off a problem that caused him to miss his last start.

    As for switching Samardzija from reliever to starter, it would probably be best to let him build up his arm strength in the minors than to just let him change from a 1 – 2 inning pitcher to a plus 5 inning pitcher. Relievers usually don’t have more than 2 good pitches and starters usually need at least 3. Samardzija throws a 2-seam fastball, 4-seam fastball, splitter, mixed in with a slider and a changeup. Everybody know he has a fastball but I don’t know how good his splitter, slider and changeup is. Samardzija’s fastball is clocked between 96 mph-99 mph and his changeup resides in the mid 80s and his slider is around the low 80s. So maybe he could be a good starter. The Cubs tried to make Lee Smith a starter for 2 or 3 years. He just didn’t have it he couldn’t get past 2-3 innings.

  • awesome

    the only problem i have with the move is, Quade has been crying about his tired Pen and the need for starters to go longer. Dempster wasn’t tired or being hit hard, why not go another inning with someone warming up and ready in case he gets in trouble.

    in the past he did leave him in an out too long, at the same time quade didn’t have anyone warming up.

    Samardzija, now’s his time.