5/16 Team meeting
An angry Mike Quade was embarrassed by Monday’s 7-4 loss to the Reds and called a team meeting to let the Cubs know.
“You struggle, you get it, but that was embarrassing and that [stuff] has to stop,” Quade said. “It was everybody in the room for that meeting — myself, the players, the coaching staff. It’s just not going to cut it right now.”
It wasn’t just blowing a 4-0 lead, but sloppy base running, defensive gaffes and a lack of clutch hitting that prompted Quade to meet with the players.
“First-year manager, full season starting from the beginning, things don’t go right and we’re not playing up to our capabilities,” Marlon Byrd said. “Enough is enough and you can only watch it for so long. We have to start doing better, starting with myself. The veterans have to step up and it needs to start with me.”
There were enough problems to go around.
“Nothing’s [bleeping] easy up here,” Quade said. “You got a nice 4-0 lead and Z’s cruising and everything’s hunky dory — I got news for you, it aint routine until the freaking thing is over. We’ve just got to make [darn] sure we’re looking for every opportunity to add on when we get it and we’re looking for every opportunity to close things out when we get a chance. We’re not good enough to coast at all in any aspect of the game.”
— Carrie Muskat