9/14 The record does matter
When Jim Hendry met with Mike Quade to talk about taking over the team, the GM told “Q” not to worry about his record. The Cubs are 12-7 since Aug. 23. Quade does pay attention to that.
“As soon as you put this [uniform] on, yeah, [I want to win],” Quade said Tuesday. “First of all, I love to compete. I honestly mean it when I said [I want to establish] some things from my end and how I want to do things.”
Despite winning Monday, the Cubs were officially eliminated from postseason play on Monday. That’s not going to stop Quade.
“It’s wonderful to play good clubs because that adds to the motivation,” he said. “I’m interested in winning every game but I do believe that you play well and make the opposition be as good as they can be to beat you and whatever happens, happens. I’ve been pretty happy with the way these guys have gone about their business the last two, three weeks.”
So, he’s not looking at his record?
“I’m too honest to say I’m not looking at our record,” Quade said. “I’m proud that the guys have played well enough that we’ve won ballgames, and I’m proud of the progress I’ve seen. Can you make progress and lose? Yeah. But right now, it’s worked out OK and there’s still plenty of work to do and let’s see how we do the next couple nights [against the Cardinals] and then head to Florida.
“So far, I’m happy with the way they’re going about their business and we’re winning as well,” he said.
– Carrie Muskat