Epstein: Welcome back, Bartman?


Epstein: Welcome back, Bartman?

Um, Theo Epstein?

Dan Patrick gives you a big thumb's up on your new job. Especially if you reach out to Steve Bartman.

"It's a great job to have," Patrick said Wednesday on 'The Dan Patrick Show of Epstein's appointment as director of Baseball Operations for the Cubs. "Great city. And there's no downside. All your predecessors, they didn't do it.

"So you go in there, your expectations are, what? 'Let's make the playoffs.' 'Get into the playoffs, maybe win a series.' 'Maybe you happen to get to the NLCS again.'

"And maybe you welcome Bartman back."

Steve Bartman? The guy labeled as the goat for maybe -- or maybe not -- interfering with Moises Alou on a foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, after which the Cubs collapsed against the Marlins?

Theo sounds willing.

"I haven't talked to anyone here at the Cubs about that, but from afar it seems like it would be an important step," Epstein said on Tuesday's 'Pardon The Interruption'. "Maybe a cathartic moment that would allow people to move forward together. I'm all about having an open mind, an open heart, and forgiveness. I think those are good characteristics for an organization to have, as well.

"Look, he's a Cubs fan. That's the most important thing. We need to come together as an organization: The fans, the ownership, the front office, the players, everybody, if we're going to get this thing done.

"So I'm sure it's something that will come up at the right time."

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties


Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:



"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.



* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.



1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.