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Monday Headlines: Cubs Con Sails into Sunset

(Photo Courtesy Chicago Tribune)

The Cubs Convention drew to a close Sunday, just as everyone in Chicago was getting ready to watch the Bears. As witnessed by the boundless enthusiasm of convention attendees in the above photo, Cubs Con 2011 was a smashing success. Today's stories are filled with highlights from the Convention, so we'll take a little from here and there. First up, Mike Quade shares that he'll be benching Starlin Castro for making mistakes again this year.

Manager Mike Quade promised accountability from his players for "performance and effort," while first base coach Bob Dernier said baserunners would "concentrate, have intelligence and be accountable."

Bob Dernier can say that just by virtue of Ryan Theriot being off the roster for a full season. Quade also let us know that we won't see any dugout fireworks this year.

Those waiting for an in-your-face dugout reaction from Quade after a player miscue or perceived lack of hustle can forget about it. Quade admitted he was once that way as a young manager in the minors but realized it's not the right approach to getting someone's attention. "Did I make my point? Yeah," Quade said. "But did I make a jerk of myself? Probably. ... Lose some respect? Absolutely."

Quade prefers an open line of communication between him and his players, and won't treat veterans like Alfonso Soriano exactly the same as the kids. "Are you going to deal with 'Sori' the same way you deal with (Blake) DeWitt?" he said. "No."

Does this mean he gives Soriano the silent treatment and DeWitt spankings?

Speaking of Ryan Theriot not being on the team, his former teammates had some interesting words in response to his comments upon joining the Cardinals.

"I'm not going to lie, I was a little (ticked)," Geovany Soto told fans, drawing applause during a session with Carlos Zambrano, Koyie Hill and Tom Gorzelanny.

Hill said he was trying to be "politically correct" with his remarks after being asked whether Theriot would face any retribution from Cubs pitchers.

"There's probably a decent chance he's going to feel how hard the dirt is around the home-plate batters' box," Hill said. "At least once, maybe once an at-bat. I don't know how long it's going to take. I want to get an apology out of him, and until the whole team, the whole organization kind of feels satisfied ..."

Zambrano then chimed in, adding he had had "only one thing to say" about Theriot: "He's the enemy now."

Yeah, up yours, Theriot! In additional news of people many Cubs fans would love to see gone, the Rickettseses shared that they love Jim Hendry more and more each day.

"We came here a year ago, and I think it would be incredibly unfair and wrong for an organization to judge people without enough information and make big changes," said Tom Ricketts. "Over the past year, I've grown in confidence in Jim. I think he has a great team of people he's put together. The playoff losses, that's a coin flip. I'm going to judge him by how many players we consistently bring up to the major leagues.

"I think Jim's doing a good job. I think we're starting to see some of the fruits of his labors."

At least Tom didn't say he's doing a heck of a job. Jim may have done most of his heavy offseason lifting already, but he's still got Tom Gorzelanny on his hands and teams ready to deal for him.

The Cubs continue to hear from teams interested in left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny

The Washington Nationals are the latest to showing interest, according to a major-league source. The New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles have been said to be interested as well. 




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JulieDiCaro said:


Today is like my FIFTH favorite day of the year. It goes like this:

1) Opening Day
2) Halloween
3) My birthday
4) Talk Like A Pirate Day
5) The Day After the Golden Globes when I get to read all the snark over at http://www.gofugyourself.com) -- That's TODAY!

JulieDiCaro said:


I have to say, I think we were all kind of shocked to see Tom Gorzelanny walk out during Opening Ceremonies. I was kinda hoping he'd get traded AT Cubs Con. . . like right in the middle of an autograph session or something. . and just get up and leave.

Alas. The Cubs never take my sense of comedic timing into consideration.

ChiTownHustler said:


I'm glad you're still here. I wanted to wish you good luck with that sports by girls thing.

JulieDiCaro said:


Awww, thanks!

"sports by girls thing." LOL

ChiTownHustler said:


Hey, the best question I heard last year was from a girl at the Cubs game. She asked me "Why do the players have to stand out there (in the on-deck circle)?" I thought damn I have no idea but I told her some b.s. which is par for my course.

JulieDiCaro said:


I really can't wait until the Cubs face Theriot for the first time this season.

jarowcliffe said:


Its not a question of IF he gets thrown at its just a matter of how many times!

JulieDiCaro said:


And who's on the mound. i'm pulling for Big Z.

jarowcliffe said:


Big Z will def throw at him, I think. Demp is the only one that I dont think would intentionally, he doesnt seem the type.

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