While watching this team, I have to imagine Dale channeling former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay. When asked about his team's "execution", McKay reportedly responded "I'm all for it."
From Comcast SportsNet
- The Cubs are waiting for Starlin Castro to put it all together. Still.
- Dale Sveum is putting more pressure on Castro and Anthony Rizzo to prove they are part of the core.
- The manager also says the same old story is getting old.
- Alfonso Soriano thinks David Ortiz spoke for many when he addressed the Boston Red Sox crowd.
- The team's bad start has Dale Sveum thinking about his own future.
From Cubs Den
- Kevin Gregg is hoping mechanical adjustments can make him effective again.
- Dale Sveum is getting really frustrated. You could say upset, even.
- Ryan Braun knows what Dale Sveum is trying to get out of the Cubs.
- Former Cub Moises Alou might have a future in a front office.
- Pitching coach Chris Bosio is dealing with a LOT.
- Watching the Cub defense you might think their hats should say "Boise Hawks".
- There's no defense for the team's lack of execution.
- Jesse Rogers advocates benchings to get the message across to some players (hi, Starlin) who keep making the same mistakes.
- You can ask Anthony Rizzo a question, if you like.
- Phil Rogers' whispers that the Cubs have zeroed in on college pitchers Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray and will be happy with either one if the Houston Astros make one of those players the draft's first choice.
- If the Cubs are waiting on Ian Stewart, his performance while on a rehab assignment isn't speeding up the process.
- (Video only) Scott Feldman isn't pleased with his performance.
- (Video only) Listen to Dale talk about the team's struggles.
From the Chicago Sun-Times (can read a paragraph, register to read the rest)
- Gordo thinks Matt Garza could be the next "victim" of the free agent compensation process that left Kyle Lohse waiting out the process. Of course, Garza has a say in this. If the Cubs make a qualifying offer, he could just take it to rebuild value.
- Sveum doesn't want Ian Stewart rushing back. I imagine many of you would correct that sentence by just dropping the last two words.
- Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo might be drawing Dale's ire.
From the Daily Herald (registry required for all)
- Dale Sveum says players are going to start losing jobs if they don't perform.
- Sveum is putting the whole team on notice. Not sure how you bench an entire team, though part of me would like to see the comedy of the Cubs playing a man down.
- The Cubs might need to make some deals to help the rebuild, since free agent classes are drying up.
- Len Kaspar says Alfonso Soriano is setting a good example for the younger guys.
Today's food for thought
- Jeannie Moos is good at these kinds of stories. She tracks a man flying at 150 mph through a "bat cave".