This could get messy for the Cubs. Theo Epstein’s front office is still trying to figure out if they should fire Dale Sveum and pursue Joe Girardi or another free-agent manager.
The Cubs felt pretty, pretty good about their young pitching 10 years ago, when Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano were all pre-prime players in their 20s heading toward 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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates sang along to “Don’t Stop Believin’” late Monday night inside a cramped visiting clubhouse covered in plastic.