- Mike Quade knows he and his team will hear it from the fans when they get back home after a 2-8 road trip (which itself followed a miserable homestand), but he’s optimistic: “I hope [the fans] come out and support us. We need it. We haven’t laid down, but people want you to win and we’re struggling right now. People will come out. Ultimately, if you show up at the ball park concerned about [fan opinions] and not about your own game and what you want to accomplish then you really have a problem.” Although some of the boos that are likely to surface this week will be directed at Mike Quade (or a loafing player or two), most will be directed at the Chicago Cubs organization.
- Speaking of which, Cubs owner and Chairman Tom Ricketts remains elusive to the media. We’ve heard nothing from him since his infamous “nothing is wrong but the injuries” comment 11 days ago. I suspect the silence has as much to do with work behind the scenes as it does with not wanting to publicly address the team’s problems, but that isn’t stopping Gordon Wittenmyer. He has (literally) asked fans to shoot him an email if they have a game day conversation with Ricketts, who regularly strolls through the ballpark. I say email me first.
- Alfonso Soriano didn’t get a hit yesterday in his first go-around with Iowa (five innings). He’ll play seven innings today and then nine on Tuesday. He’s expected back with the Cubs on Wednesday, but he says his leg is just 90 percent right now.
- Ozzie Guillen agrees with Peter Gammons that Wrigley Field is a dump, and doesn’t think the Ricketts will pony up the necessary “cake” to renovate.
- Billy Beane for next Cubs’ GM?
- Looking for a new Pitching Machine?
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