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Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks to be next featured guest on Inside Look

CHICAGO CUBS LEGENDBASEBALL HALL OF FAMER ERNIE BANKS TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan, featuring Ernie Banks to debut Thursday, May 3 at 3:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (May 1, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Thursday, May 3 at 3:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan hosts Part I of an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Cubs legendBaseball Hall of Famer ERNIE BANKS. Mr. Cub discusses everything from playing his entire Hall of Fame career on the northside, to the devastating disappointment of the 1969 season, along his advice to former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Lou Brock, what his reaction will be if the Cubs win a World Series title and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Ernie Banks: Part I on the following datestimes: Thu, May 10 at 11am - Sun, May 13 at 12 noon - Tue, May 15 at 4pm - Fri, May 18 at 11:30am & 5:00pm & Wed, May 30 at 5pm. Part II air datestime will be announced at a later date.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Ernie Banks presented by Cadillac premiering Thursday, May 3 on Comcast SportsNet:

BANKS on playing his entire Hall of Fame career in a Cubs uniform:

There are 800 players that played here, still living, that I played with and Im going over that list now. And through here, theres been many different managers, many different players, many different coaches, and thats what I enjoyed about being here at Wrigley Field. Every year is a new situationits just a new attitude to it, and I enjoyed that, I really enjoyed it.

BANKS on the devastating finish to the 1969 season:

A lot of people ask me (if that was the biggest disappoint in my career), but I went and looked at next year, I was 41, 42, well, next yearwell get em next year. My thing was always in sports that Ive learned is how to overcome losses. I guess Ive learned a lot of that hereits justtheres always tomorrowand I saw this in death. My mother died, my brother, my sister & all that, and I just got over it from playing here with the losses, thats what Ive learned, Im just telling you that, a secret of minethe lossesovercoming losses.

BANKS on his advice to fellow teammate and future Hall of Famer Lou Brock:

Lou once said, Ernie, what does it take to be a major league player?I said Lou, you gotta relaxyou gotta learn how to relax. He said you can do that, I cant do itI dont wanna go back to Louisiana chopping no cotton. He was just really tense just relax. So, my relaxation came with thinking about different situationswith people. Just different situations with people I know, friends, and all of thatand then go into the batters boxand then go to the field. The pressure of playing professional sports is just unbelievable today.

BANKS on what he would do if the Cubs win the World Series at Wrigley Field:

Ill wait til everybody leaves the ballparkand go walk right out there on that mound. Everybodys gone nowand justIll just thinkabout all the things through the years, over 100 years that this team didnt win, and now theyve won, andits amazing.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Jordan Cornette (The U/ESPN 1000) join Kap on the panel. Justin Turner hits a walk-off 3-run HR off of John Lackey to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the NLCS. So why was Lackey even in the game? How much blame should Joe Maddon get for the loss?

The Bears run the ball over and over and over again to beat the Ravens in overtime, but should they have let Mitch Trubisky throw the ball more?

Dry humping and second-guessing: Joe Maddon defends his Game 2 bullpen decisions

Dry humping and second-guessing: Joe Maddon defends his Game 2 bullpen decisions

Joe Maddon has no easy decisions.

With the way his tattered bullpen has pitched this postseason, there's a very real possibility that any guy he calls on to pitch is the "wrong" guy or the right guy in the "wrong" spot.

For everybody wanting Maddon to ride Wade Davis as a workhorse this fall — something the Cubs skipper has already done just to get to this NLCS — remember how much flak he took for overusing Aroldis Chapman a year ago at this time.

Davis also hasn't been superhuman this postseason, allowing a pair of runs (including a homer) and seven baserunners in 4.1 playoff innings, good for a 4.15 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.

So when Maddon sat in the dugout late Sunday evening watching helplessly as John Lackey served up a walk-off homer to Tormund Giantsbane Justin Turner, the "Madd Scientist" immediately found himself in the crosshairs of Cubs fans and the media.

The first question he fielded in his postgame press conference was about not using Davis and there were several follow-ups. That and the offensive futility is about all anybody wanted to talk about after the Cubs fell down 0-2 in the NLCS.

Maddon explained Davis was available only in a save situation due to workload issues — the Cubs closer was in uncharted territory Thursday night/Friday morning, throwing the most pitches (44) and innings (2.1) he's thrown since Aug. 24, 2013 when he was still working as a starter. That's a span of 1,511 days.

"Wade knew that going into the game, it was going to be with the say," Maddon said. "We caught the lead, he's in the game. So whatever the narrative was, it's really a false narrative. He was not coming into that game until we grabbed the lead. He was not going to pitch more than three outs. That's it."

How does Maddon respond to his second-guessers?

"Doesn't matter," Maddon said. "First of all, social media, the moment I start worrying about that, I really need to retire. Second of all, that was all predetermined [Sunday] night again."

Davis also has a recent history of arm troubles (he was on the disabled list twice in 2016 for a forearm issue) and also saw his workload jump in September just to help the Cubs get to the postseason. In the final month of the regular season, Davis threw 237 pitches, 42 more than he threw in any other month of 2017. The last time he topped 200 pitches in any month was May 2015.

TV cameras showed Davis throwing in the Cubs bullpen alongside Lackey at one point in the ninth inning, leading to surprise by a huge faction of the (*looks around and whispers*) social media fanbase when the game broadcast resumed after commercials and the pitching change was to bring Lackey — not Davis — into the game.

"Wade was not warming up to come in that game," Maddon said. "Wade was probably just testing his arm at that point. We had talked about it before the game — up and in. 

"For those that aren't involved in Major League Baseball and professional baseball in general, when a guy's throwing too much, it's very important to not dry hump him, as the saying goes. Get him up and put him back down and bring him back in later. So I wasn't going to do that."

(Wow, really was not expecting to hear or write the phrase "dry hump" regarding this story.)

Maddon insists health is not the problem with Davis.

"Yes [he's healthy]. Oh yeah," Maddon said. "Listen, this guy just did yeoman kind of work — I love that word — in Washington and was not prepared to go more than three outs. I don't understand why that's difficult to understand.

"And furthermore, you have to also understand it wasn't the last game of the year or the second to last game. It was about winning eight more games. All these things are factors."

Maddon has a point. This isn't a Buck Showalter case where the Baltimore Orioles manager failed to use his best reliever — Zach Britton — in a non-save situation in a winner-take-all American League wild card game because he wanted the closer to be ready for a save.

The Cubs went down in a game that was tied 1-1 with their best reliever failing to get in the game even though he hadn't pitched in the last two days. 

But Davis can't cover every inning in relief, especially when the Cubs' two starters (Jose Quintana and Jon Lester) lasted just 9.2 innings against the Dodgers, leaving the Cubs bullpen to account for the other 8+ innings somehow.

The rest of the Cubs bullpen has to step up, too, which they did before the ninth inning of Game 2.

Still, Maddon couldn't resist getting one more defensive shot in before putting the matter to bed:

"I really hope you all understand that social media doesn't count at all," he said. "Twitter doesn't count at all. And really, as sportswriters, you should do a better job than relying on Twitter to write a story, quite frankly."

Well then.