Hendry: Cubs Won't Quit
Hendry's team 6.5 back of Wild Card
Hendry's team 6.5 back of Wild Card

Posted Aug 15, 2005

The Cubs have dug themselves into a hole from which they have no shot at a National League Central championship, and their chances at a wild-card spot are fading as well.

The Cubs endured their third losing streak of seven games or more when they dropped eight straight from Aug. 3-10.

But manager Dusty Baker said "I believe in miracles," and general manager Jim Hendry believes that team is going to continue to play hard even though some critics during the skid felt that the players may have given up on Baker.

"I know one thing -- the 25 guys in that clubhouse are not going to quit on Dusty Baker," Hendry said. "Hopefully it's just a funk we're going to get out of. Hopefully we can still make a run at it. If we're not in position in the end of August, then we weren't good enough."

Baker, who is in the third year of a four-year, $14 million deal, has received plenty of criticism from fans and media for not having this team in contention.

"He's certainly not going to go down without fighting," Hendry said. "We've had some games we were certainly not proud of at all. The worst part is the timing of the year. Hopefully they will all reach down and pull themselves together and give it 110 percent. The players certainly have to bear some of the responsibility themselves. It's easy to put it on the manager. But the manager has done a pretty good job 13 years in this league and has done some good things here.

"There's not going to be any quitting here from the front office or from the manager. Hopefully we'll play better and pitch better and swing the bat better and start winning some games."

Expectations for the Cubs have been high since 2003, and the backlash has been ugly.

"The bar should have been raised," Hendry said. "We all expect to win, and we all expect to play better than we have. We're all a part of why we're not. The only way out of it is to roll up your sleeves and work a little harder."

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