Bricks & Ivy: Quade rewarded for sticking with it

Bricks & Ivy: Quade rewarded for sticking with it

Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
9:57 PM

By Luke Stuckmeyer

Who was the first baseball player's career that you remember following closely?

Santo, Williams, Banks, Sandberg, Dawson, Sosa and Wood are common answers. For me, it wasn't that simple. For some reason, I loved the way Ivan DeJesus used to slide head first. I admired hall of famers Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson. But the FIRST player that I really watched closely was Mt. Prospect native Mike Quade.

The Quades' were close friends of the family. I remember their son being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates after starring at my future high school. We'd get weekly updates on his progress as a player in the Pirates minor league system, but he peaked at triple-A and quickly switched to coaching.

Now, after nearly 20 years of managing in the minors he's finally getting his chance. There's something to be said for paying your dues and he's certainly done that: 2,378 games as a minor league manager. Twice he was named Minor League Manager of the Year. He won 2 World World Series. He's been a first base coach for the Oakland A's and third base coach for the Cubs.

No matter what happens this off-season, he will always be the 51st manager in Cubs franchise history. That's called sticking with it.For more on Mike Quade's journey check out the story I did before his Major League Managerial debut in Washington...

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.

That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services. 

Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child. 

With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve. 

"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said. 

Watch the couple's entire story in the video above. 

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Stranger than fiction: Dodgers sweep Cubs as Lester vs. Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations

Miguel Gonzalez throws six perfect innings as White Sox take series against Tigers

Joe Maddon has no choice but to ignore the noise and put his faith in young Cubs lineup: ‘If you want to freak out, freak out’

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Fire midfielder Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster

Jose Abreu relishing opportunity to help mentor Luis Robert, White Sox newest Cuban addition

How patient will Cubs be with Ian Happ and the rookie learning curve?

Takuma Sato holds off Helio Castroneves to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw