Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade's name appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times reacting to the comments new manager Dale Sveum made about his teams' lackadaisical play last year.
It must have a slow day in the newsroom, so Daryl Van Schouwen from the Times reached out to Quade while he was fishing in his hometown in Florida.
Sveum was quoted previously talking about the effort or lack thereof put out by the team Quade managed last year, saying, "[w]hen you lose that many games, there are obviously problems."
"Not running a ball out isn't OK. It's unacceptable, and that has to be communicated."
Quade's response to hearing that was, "[m]aybe I'm being an idiot, but I thought we gave a pretty damn good effort every night. I don't know, maybe that was [Sveum's] philosophy or a back-handed shot."
If it's me, I'm going with the idiot comment.
Here is proof, again from the horse's mouth: "Did everybody run out every ball? No. That's going to happen with a lot of people [on a lot of teams]."
That's why Quade is fishing in Florida instead of preparing to head to spring training.
If you don't hold people accountable, and you are accepting of it, how can you say the team gave a good effort every night?
Using the reasoning that other teams do it too is no excuse.
Does that make it okay?
Using the old adage mothers like to use on their kids, "if everybody else jumped off a cliff, are you going to do it too?" Quade seems to be saying he would.
It's yet to be seen if Sveum will hold players accountable, but that kind of thinking is the reason Quade doesn't currently have a job in baseball.
As for the guy who gave him the job, former GM Jim Hendry, his name popped up in the news this week when he was hired by Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees.
No matter how poor a job you do, there is always room somewhere in the "good old boys network."
That's great news for Hendry, and he's certainly working for the right team.
Hendry was as good as anybody at handing out money, and now he's with the team with the deepest pockets.
Hopefully for the Steinbrenners, he's not the guy negotiating contracts, or they may be broke before they know it.
Hearing their names brought back some painful memories, but at least they're no longer associated with the Cubs.
That's the good news, along with pitchers and catchers report February 18.
A new era of Chicago Cubs baseball begins.
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