3/2 Quade to meet with team Thursday

Mike Quade will have a team meeting prior to Thursday’s game to discuss not only the sloppy play but the skirmish in the dugout between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez.

“You’ve got two [ticked] off people,” Quade said of the brief altercation. “It was a brutal first inning, plenty of blame to go around, and people get frustrated. Maybe that’s what we frickin’ need. Maybe we need to get [ticked] off. It’s day four of Spring Training and I have no business getting fired up after four games. Today was tough to watch. It hasn’t been fun to begin with but today was tough. Guys get upset and we’ll handle it in-house.”

Silva was mad after the Cubs made three errors in the first inning against the Brewers, including one by Ramirez. Silva also gave up two two-run homers in the inning.

“Silva was frustrated and made a general comment defensively, and I think ‘Ramy’ took issue with it,” Quade said. “Ramy had a bad inning and he knew Silva was upset and decided to tell him, ‘Hey, I don’t need to hear that.’ It was an unfortunate deal but it’s not a big deal.”

Quade did address the players in the dugout at the time. He said his comments were not worth printing, but that they needed to wake up and play baseball. It’s only four games into Spring Training and it’s time for a talk, Quade said.

“These are things you don’t like and don’t want,” Quade said. “You want everything to go real smooth and it doesn’t all the time. I’d almost rather that than complacency. … As frustrated as I was watching, you wonder will somebody say something besides me? We’ll try to build on this tomorrow and wake the group up.”

Some may compare this to Carlos Zambrano’s tirade last June after the first inning of the Interleague game against the White Sox.

“That’s ridiculous,” Quade said. “I wouldn’t compare that unless there was something I missed.”

Even if the Silva-Ramirez fracas didn’t happen, Quade said he needed to talk to the team Thursday because of the sloppy play.

“I’ve got to do it for me,” he said. “I can’t sleep if I don’t address this thing.”

It’s a tough test for the first-year manager.

“I’ve been thrilled to death the way camp has gone,” Quade said. “I haven’t been happy with
the way the games have gone. I do like piss and vinegar and I’m glad guys are irritated but we have to channel it in the right direction. The good news is we have 26, 27 days to get it
straightened out. As a club, it hasn’t been good.”

— Carrie Muskat


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