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Mike Quade after blown lead, loss: “That was embarrassing”

May 17, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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Cubs manager Mike Quade wasn’t very happy in the clubhouse after his team turned a four-run lead after six innings into a 7-4 loss to the Reds.

Here’s some of what he said:

That was embarrassing.That [stuff] has got to stop. And it’s everybody that was in that room for that meeting. Myself, the players and the coaching staff. It’s just not going to cut it right now. Nothing is [freaking] easy up here. You’ve got a nice 4-0 lead and “Z” is cruising and everything is hunky-dory. I’ve got news for you. It ain’t routine until the freaking thing is over. We’ve got to play that way. We’re not good enough to coast at all.

Anyone who can use the phrase “hunky-dory” in the same quote as the actual words represented by “[stuff]” and “[freaking]” is OK with me and I also appreciate Quade lumping himself and the coaching staff in with the criticism.

Quade went 24-13 after taking over for Lou Piniella last season, but so far this year the Cubs are just 17-22.

  1. spudchukar - May 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Yeah, well maybe a little quicker hook could have saved the game. Once “Z” begins to unravel, experience says his chances of recovery are slim.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    He’s a good manager by all accounts. He says all of the right things to the media and the team my most accounts. None of this will make the Cubs good. This will happen about 40 more times this season, so let’s see if Quade can keep his composure 40 more times.

    • normb11 - May 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      He’s not though. He doesn’t know when to pull a pitcher, he doesn’t know how to use his bullpen, and he doesn’t know how to spread playing time around.

      Marcus Mateo was sent to AAA today, but he was good enough last night to come in for Zambrano in a high leverage situation. He’s got Sean Marshall. He’s got Kerry Wood. He’s got Carlos Marmol, who was brought in later in the game DOWN 7-4 to get some work in.

  3. goldensombrero3000 - May 18, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    The Cubs have the most money. Things need to happen. Embarrassed again by the red legs. Luckily interleage play puts a lot of garbage teams in the NL Central or else people would argue about it….

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