When the Cubs announced that Lou Piniella’s replacement would be Mike Quade I must admit that the inner geek came out in me. Yes, my first thought was the Arnold classic, Total Recall, with one of my favorite Arnold lines, “I didn’t know you were so kinky.” Hilarious. Then I realized that not only was the spelling different, but so was the pronunciation.
The interim Cubs manager pronounces his name Quad – EE, not Qwade. There was much disappointment when this realization hit me, but even more disappointment when I realized how much more entertaining things would be on the North side with Quaid or Lone Wolf McQuade as manager. No offense to Quade since he’s unbeaten as a Cubs manager, but he has huge shoe’s to fill in Lou Piniella. Piniella was quote machine as manager of the Cubs, and entertained no matter what was going on with the team. Good or bad, he had something entertaining to say, but Chicago has lost that for the last two months of the season. Ozzie Guillen will have to carry the torch for this type of behavior, and I’m sure he’s ready.
Everyone, please humor me for moment and picture Arnold walking out to mound after a Cubs reliever walks the bases loaded screaming, “You lack discipline!” or “I’m going to ask you a series of questions and I want you to answer them?” How about action legend, Chuck Norris, not saying much, but as Aramis Ramirez walks back to the dugout after another olé play Norris just karate kicks him in the face. That would be entertaining. I would go to a Cubs game to see that before the season ends, but that’s me just dreaming. Instead, Chicago gets Quade, a straight-shooter with very little to pontificate.