8/20 Quade focused on what he can control
With Jim Hendry’s departure, the focus now shifts to the status of Cubs manager Mike Quade. Tuesday marks the one year mark since Quade took over the team.
“I just keep doing what I need to do here,” Quade said Saturday. “That’s all that really matters to me. What took place [Friday], you deal with that and whether it’s Jim or some of the adversity we’ve had this year, you move on. I don’t stop and say, ‘Oh my God, why this, why that?’ All I can control is today’s game and getting those guys ready to play and that’s it.”
Hendry was dismissed as the Cubs’ GM on Friday. He had spent 17 years with the organization, taking over the general manager duties in July 2002. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said the search for a successor would begin immediately and that the next GM would pick the manager. Quade did receive a two-year contract and is signed through 2012.
“How can you wonder what will happen when you don’t know who will be the new guy in town?” Quade said. “It’s such a cliche, but why worry about things you have no control over? What I can do is try to get this club to continue to play well.”
Quade was glad to hear Hendry say he was going to spend time with his two children.
“My concerns go to him and not his future,” Quade said. “He’ll be fine. It was great to hear him talk about spending time with his kids. I think that will be good for him.”
– Carrie Muskat