Pena Becomes Vocal

Carlos Pena had a few pointers for sophomore Tyler Colvin during practice.  Pena told him that each player is responsible for certain areas on the field.  This is good because it might lead to more organization this season and who knows that if Pena wants to take part in mentoring Colvin, maybe they’ll be able to give Pena a day off and put Colvin in at 1st base.

They key to winning championships is depth.  If the player knows their role and doesn’t try to do too much, they will succeed. 

When it comes to pop- ups, there’s nothing more agonizing than seeing a couple of players running into each other over a simple catch. 

It’s also good that Mike Quade is keen on letting his players speak up.  This will build a more comfortable atmosphere.

Hopefully, Pena continues to be a communicator in the locker room.  I think this was a problem last year.  I believe in this team and can’t wait for the season to get going.

—Mark Gauthier

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3 comments

  1. cubbiesfan98 · February 24, 2011

    The fact that Pena feels comfortable talking to the team is great news to me. After he left the Cubs, Mark DeRosa said that the motivation to succeed while playing under Lou is mostly fear. He said that nobody wanted to mess up cause they’d get yelled at.
    Even though Quade will discipline the players, I’m glad that everybody feels comfortable and loose. If that’s what motivated the Cubs in the last stretch of the season, then it’s going to be a very good year for the Cubs.

    There’s Always Next Year

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  2. russelw · February 24, 2011

    Every team needs a leader in the clubhouse. Will Pena be that guy? I don’t know, but a new team member like Pena has got to preform on the field before everyone will follow.
    http://wrigleyregular.mlblogs.com/

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  3. blithescribe · February 24, 2011

    I completely agree about the agony of the botched pop-up. One of the interesting parts of having suvh a young centerfielder for the last two months of the season was watching him grow the confidence to call off guys he probably grew up idolizing. It was a little rough for the first few games and I’m glad he’s over that part of the learning curve. Now we can just enjoy Bourjos’ speed and glove.
    Kristen
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