Word on the Street: Theriot talks trash about Cubs

Word on the Street: Theriot talks trash about Cubs

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
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Theriot talking some trash
Former Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot has been traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs' most hated rivals. As if that wasn't enough, Theriot, who was a fan favorite when he was here in Chicago, commented that he was "finally on the right side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry." (CSNChicago.com)

Dwight Howard mocks Cardinals QB Derek Anderson

The video of Derek Anderson's meltdown following the team's loss to the 49ers on Monday night has gone viral on the internet and now a fellow pro athlete is mocking the Cardinals QB.

Bears to face third-string QB Sunday

The Detroit Lions, already down starting quarterback Matthew Stafford who is out with a shoulder injury, just got news Tuesday that they will also be without backup QB Shaun Hill for Sunday and possibly even for the remainder of the year. Hill has a broken index finger on his throwing hand, leaving third-string signal-caller Drew Stanton as the de facto starter Sunday against the Bears. It marks the second time in the past three weeks that Chicago will face a third-string QB, after having already shut out Miami and No. 3 QB Tyler Thigpen on Thursday night football two weeks ago. (CSNChicago.com)

Putz declines arbitration from White Sox

Veteran reliever J.J. Putz declined arbitration from the White Sox Tuesday, opting instead to test the free agent market. Putz told CSN's Chuck Garfien that he has eight or nine teams already interested in him to fill voids at either a closer or setup man. However, it's still not impossible for Putz to come back to the South Side. (CSNChicago.com)

Noah bumps into Elway in steam room

Joakim Noah, the Bulls star center, bumped into Hall of Fame Broncos quarterback John Elway in the steam room in a hotel recently, but didn't talk to him. Noah describes the setting as "a little weird" for running into the former Super Bowl winning signal caller. (CSNChicago.com)

Dunn seeking 4-year, 60 million deal

Free agent first baseman Adam Dunn's agent announced Tuesday that bidding for the power hitter's services will start at four years for 60 million. Both the Cubs and Sox currently need a first baseman, and both squads are looking for more pop from the left side of the plate. Unfortunately, both teams are also trying to budget their money, so Dunn's announcement may take Chicago out of the running in the sweepstakes. (Chicago Tribune)

Greinke to the Yankees?

The White Sox would love that, as they wouldn't have to worry about potentially facing Kansas City's ace hurler six times a year. However, it is just a rumor at this point. Though Greinke has a no-trade clause, a source close to the young ace said he would happily pitch for any winning team.

I wouldnt put it past him to go to New York, the source said. I dont think hed rule out anybody. He says he likes New York. Especially because theyre winners. He wants to go to a team that wins." (Yahoo! Sports)

Willson Contreras: King of the bat flip

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Willson Contreras: King of the bat flip

Willson Contreras oozes swag.

The Cubs' fiery catcher has always worn his emotions on his sleeve and Friday was no exception.

Contreras hammered Carlos Martinez's 2-2 offering into the basket in left-center to give the Cubs an early 2-0 lead and his bat flip/reaction was incredible:

Here's a closer look:

It's funny that Contreras even reacted that way given the ball just *barely* got out, but hey, a homer's a homer.

Contreras has been flat-out raking since the All-Star Break, going 10-for-23 with five runs, three doubles, three homers and nine RBI. That's a .435/.480/.957 slash line and 1.437 OPS in the six second-half games he's played in.

That's boosted his season line to .276/.341/.496 (an .837 OPS) with 14 homers. He's on pace to drive in 85 runs, second only to Anthony Rizzo on the Cubs.

Yes, this truly is becoming "Willy's" team.

Jose Quintana admits trade rumors have affected him negatively this season

Jose Quintana admits trade rumors have affected him negatively this season

Jose Quintana emerged from the third-base dugout, taking in Wrigley Field for the first time in a Cubs uniform.

But he quickly snapped back to Earth as he realized he and the other Cubs starting pitchers were to take batting practice and he forgot to bring his bat out.

Ah, the life of an American League pitcher.

It was no big deal, obviously. And minutes later, Quintana's new teammates were marveling at his swing. Even Jake Arrieta — who has five career homers (all during the last three seasons) and sported a .720 OPS last year — was impressed.

Quintana doesn't start until Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, so he has two days to acclimate to Wrigley Field.

Which is good, because Quintana showed up for work today — he took Lake Shore Drive in (better known as LSD to Chicagoans) — and didn't even know where the players' entrance was:

But once he figured that out, he was all smiles, learning the lay of the land from Cubs traveling secretary Vijay Tekchandani.

It's also good for the 28-year-old left-hander to get some consistency in his life.

Everything will be easier from this point on after he admitted the trade rumors had been bouncing around his head all season.

"It was my first time [being mentioned in trades]," Quintana said. "I never heard anything about trades [before]. It was on my mind all the time. 

"[Until I realized] it's because I'm doing something good and teams want me. I just try to do my job in season. It's really hard when you have trade [rumors] around you, but for me, it's over now and I'm excited for that and really happy to be here."

The White Sox organization was all Quintana had known since 2006 and after watching as teammates Chris Sale and Adam Eaton were shipped out of town over the winter, it is easy to see how it would've been tough dealing with the uncertain future. 

Quintana entered this season with a career 3.41 ERA, but that mark sat at 5.60 through the first two months of the season as the trade rumors swirled.

But the veteran southpaw eventually figured it out — just like he said — and has been on fire since then, posting a 2.30 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 47 innings since the start of June.

His first game as a Cub — Sunday against the Orioles in Baltimore, still with a DH — resulted in 12 Ks across seven shutout innings.

Quintana is excited for his first start in a Cubs uniform at Wrigley Sunday night (so much so that he used the word "excited" at least seven times in his five-minute media session) and just recently got a few bats to put that BP prowess into action in a game.

He was pushed back a day, so he will completely miss the Crosstown series next week and will not pitch against his former mates. 

That might be the right move, as he admitted it would've been very difficult with the trade just over a week old by the time Monday's Crosstown opener comes along.

"It was difficult for me because I played there for six seasons," he said. "It wasn't easy when I heard [I was traded]. It was a little hard for me, but I understand it's part of business and this is the best for me, too.

"Trades happen for a reason and I'm really happy to be here with these teammates, this organization; they were champions last year. We have a really good chance this year. I'm excited to be here."

As for the trade rumors, Quintana is content now. Especially since he and his family don't even have to move.

"As my wife said," Quintana stated, "'You can sleep now.'"