After firing his handpicked manager, Theo Epstein talked up the perception of the organization outside the Clark Street bubble.
Carlos Pena remembered a saying free-spirit manager Joe Maddon put up for the Tampa Bay Rays on a big board in the locker room: “Fortune favors the bold.”
The Cubs are searching for their next manager and focusing on ex-catchers – Joe Girardi and Sandy Alomar Jr. – at a time when that might be the organization’s biggest weakness.
One ex-Cub may be the talk of the town right now, but when playoff baseball starts Tuesday night, Joe Girardi will have no impact on what happens in October.
Mike Quade kept talking, insisting his team could get back into the playoff race, so a reporter jokingly asked the manager if the Cubs would become buyers at the trade deadline.