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Cubs Friday Headlines: No News is Good News


Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella stands for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 22, 2010. Piniella announced Sunday that the game would be his last game as manager.   UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom



Because the Cubs are awful and yesterday was an off day, no one is writing anything about them. First we'll turn to Mike Quade, who knows this won't be the only managerial job available, but it's the only one he wants right now.

''I'm not oblivious to the fact there'll be job openings,'' he said. ''There are every year. It's so funny; every year you find yourself saying, 'Well, it's going to be an interesting winter.' Now, because I've been given this opportunity, this may make my winter even a little bit more interesting.

''But like anything else I do, the focus is here and now, on this job, this organization. And the fact that [other teams] get a chance to see me manage, maybe that does open other doors. But the only door I'm interested in walking through right now is this one right here.''


If Quade doesn't end up with the Cubs, do you think he'll get opportunities elsewhere? He's only 53, but doesn't he look much older?

Today's other story has to do with a LOHO favorite former Cub, Felix Pie, who received an attitude adjustment that's paid dividends.

The one-sided conversation, which Scott called a "reality check," took place early last season in the indoor batting cages at Camden Yards. At the time, Pie's ineffectiveness -- he was hitting under .200 and regularly committing defensive and base-running blunders -- had already cost him the starting left fielder's job, and his sulking and ever present scowl had alienated him from a good portion of the Orioles' clubhouse.

Well over a year later, several Orioles point to that unpleasant talk with Scott, along with the countless hours Pie has spent working with hitting coach Terry Crowley, as the impetus behind the outfielder's improvement as a player, and growth as a person.

Even with a recent slump, Pie, 25, is batting .274 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 63 games, and he has been a bright spot in a difficult season for many of the organization's young players.


Pie's even turned into a musician.

The transformation of Pie as a person is visible mostly in the Orioles clubhouse, when the player who walked around much of last year with a dour -- and, at times, angry -- expression on his face is laughing, joking and even dancing. Pie has a rap album coming outing this month called "18 Cents," a reference to his uniform number. He recently gave fans a sneak peak during a scoreboard segment filmed with pitcher Jeremy Guthrie that included the pair engaging in salsa dancing.

Which is the perfect segue into this week's iPod 5 (No Felix Pie, yet):

El Scorcho: Weezer
I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet): The White Stripes
At The Bottom of Everything: Bright Eyes
Be Easy: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now: Johnny Cash

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Doc said:

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5 iPod things you can make fun of me about.

King Of Pain - The Police
Orange Crash - R.E.M.
Kiss Your Ass Goodbye - Styx
Me and Mr. Jones - Amy Winehouse
The Lady is a Tramp - Frank Sinatra

Teebob2000 said:

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Styx!! Yes!!! All is right with the world.

HackWilson09 said:

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The Drum - Bongwater
Jimmy She Wobble - Otha Turner
Impossible Germany - Wilco
In the Morning of the Magicians - The Flaming Lips
Back from Kathmandu - OK Go

Does anyone get the feeling that we need to be saying "Wait 'til two years from now?"

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I have that feeling, too.

flyball said:

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Wait til...um, sometime in the future?

the Cubs are Jillian Michaels "one more set of reps, 4,3,2,1. Ok 4 more 4,3,2,1 and another 4,3,2,1

Cubs Psychologist said:

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IPod 5, in celebration of my wife's b-day

In Tha Club-50 Cent
Celebration-Kool and the Gang
Birthday-Beatles
It's Your Birthday-Luke
Party Up-DMX

Happy Birthday, Babe!! (I know I'm cheesy, but I'm cool with it).

sloan peterson said:

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At work- no IPOD,5 from the radio:

"Even The Losers,"-Tom Petty
"White Wedding,"-Billy Idol
" Lucky Man,"_ELP
"Should I Stay Or Should I Go," The Clash
"Dear God,"-XTC

flyball said:

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I have not heard ELP on the radio in a long time, nice

Teebob2000 said:

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So his 2 years in the Cubs' organization wasn't enough time to his head screwed on straight?? Well, gee, sorry Felix...

Teebob2000 said:

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French Blues - David Doucet
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? - Paula Cole
Dweller on the Threshold - Van Morrison
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Down By the Seaside - Zep

sloan peterson said:

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Aah.. the Monkees! I loved that group when I was little-not as much as my sister, who preferred them to the Beatles, but the Monkees were a great group to start listening to rock music with. Now, tweenies have Bieber....

Teebob2000 said:

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Yeah, Mickey Dolenz had the original "Bieber" cut...

JulieDiCaro said:

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Wrigley Talk Friday kicks off in 5 minutes on Blog Talk Radio.

AndCounting said:

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5 Songs from my afternoon:

Firefly - Grand Drive
You're My Best Friend - Queen
Heart of Soul - Beth Orton
Let the Sun Shine In - frente!
The Untitled Song at the end of Green - R.E.M.
Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

I've not been real good at the math today.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I've had Allison Krauss in my head all day, so here we go:

Let Me Touch You For A While
When You Say Nothing At All
Down To The River To Pray
Baby, Now That I've Found You
The Lucky One

Teebob2000 said:

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Daylight is one of my all-time favorite songs.

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