9/26 Last home game
Mike Quade used to go to Cubs games as a kid. On Sunday, he was in the dugout for the Cubs’ final home game after taking over for Lou Piniella on Aug. 23. He planned on taking a moment to soak it in.
“Opening Day, closing day, those are all special days, whether your future is known or not known,” he said. “I’m 53, I’ve been doing this 30 years, I’ve had 30 one-year contracts. That’s the norm for us.”
Quade has managed in the Minor Leagues for 17 years and was Piniella’s third base coach since 2007, but never had a multi-year deal. That’s the life of most coaches. Managing is something he had done at Triple-A, most recently as 2006 when he skippered the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team.
“I was given a great opportunity to spend six weeks doing something I’ve wanted to do all my life and will hopefully get to keep doing it,” he said about the Cubs job. “It’s made for a lot different six weeks than if I was coaching third. I will take a moment to appreciate that for sure.”
He is a candidate for the Cubs job next year. What would it mean to get a multi-year deal in the big leagues?
“It would be great,” Quade said. “Hopefully, I wouldn’t become a fat cat with a long-term contract. I would love the opportunity to do that. One-year contracts, five-year contracts, you get an opportunity like this — a six-week contract — this is something I want to do and something I want to do for a long time. I’ve always wanted to get an opportunity at this level. To have a chance to do it in this town, that adds to the special nature of this.”
He complimented the Cubs coaching staff and players but also admitted he was proud of himself.
“I’ve always believed in myself,” he said. “You can believe all you want but you have to get here and do it and then self-evaluate the whole thing. Things went well. I’m proud of all the work I did in 30 years to have me ready to do something like this. I don’t like to talk about it much but yeah, it’s been fun and I’m proud of all the work we’ve done.”
And he’s still got one more week to go.
— Carrie Muskat