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WATCH: Inside Look with Ernie Banks

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WATCH: Inside Look with Ernie Banks

Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was the featured guest on CSN's Inside Look series presented by Cadillac.

Click here to watch the full show.

Here is some of what was discussed:

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.

Is Joe Maddon covering for Wade Davis? Where do Cubs go from here?

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Is Joe Maddon covering for Wade Davis? Where do Cubs go from here?

Is Cubs manager Joe Maddon taking the heat and covering for Wade Davis while the All-Star closer deals with atypical soreness in his right arm?

“No, no,” Maddon said Tuesday when asked if Davis felt anything unusual that lingered into the National League Championship Series after last week’s all-out effort eliminated the Washington Nationals from the divisional round.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven bullpen battle without Davis throwing a single pitch, the backlash from Cubs fans, Twitter and the national media again putting Maddon on the defensive, the year after he got second-guessed for pushing Aroldis Chapman so hard during the World Series.

This NLCS truly is a bizarro world, with Maddon comparing the Buster Posey Rule to the Chicago soda tax, getting so little benefit of the doubt – the Cubs really did beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 – and working the baseball term “dry-hump” into one answer during Monday’s Wrigley Field press conference.

Maddon said he would have to check first with Davis – who would have almost five full days in between relief appearances – if the Cubs need a four- or five-out save in Game 3.

“Nevertheless, I always check,” Maddon said. “I can’t just assume that.”

Maddon’s Game 2 calculus on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium – sticking with lefty reliever Brian Duensing in a 1-1 game to start the ninth inning and then bringing in John Lackey to serve up the walk-off, three-run homer to Justin Turner – made you wonder if Davis was still dragging after ending Washington’s season and traveling on the overnight cross-country flight that got diverted to New Mexico for about five hours when Jose Quintana’s wife experienced a panic attack.

“I think he just got mentally exhausted,” Maddon said. “Physically, 44 pitches, he hasn’t done that in a while. But also the seven outs and what it meant and the plane ride itself, sitting on the tarmac, there was a lot of non-rest going on right there, so it was harder to recover.

“So, no, he was fine for the last game, but we set up the parameters before the game.”

Maddon is sticking with his story, that he would only deploy Davis in a save situation and not use him for one out against Turner (1.115 career postseason OPS) or have him totally warm up without the guarantee of getting him into the game.

“To put Wade in that position would be wrong on my part,” Maddon said. “We had already talked about the circumstances, so my loyalty there lies with Wade, or my decision-making lies with Wade, nobody else.

“That was a heavy day for him (in Washington). Going into the last game in L.A., like I talked about, we talked about one inning only, and not to get up and not put him in the game.

“If you get him up and sit him down, then you have no idea what it’s going to look like. My responsibility is to him, also, and to the players, so I told him that before the game, so I had to stick with our decision.”

Before finalizing the Jorge Soler trade at the winter meetings, the Kansas City Royals took the unusual step of allowing the Cubs to meet with Davis at his home in New York’s Hudson Valley and go through a physical exam. The Cubs wanted reassurances after Davis spent parts of last season on the disabled list with a forearm strain and a flexor strain.

The Cubs wondered if “dry-humping” had contributed to those injuries, and tried to stay conservative with Davis during his free-agent year, watching him convert his first 32 save chances and using him for three-plus outs only three times during the regular season, all in mid-to-late September.

“If you look at the numbers this year, I thought going into the playoffs his usage has been really good,” Maddon said. “Minimal, in a sense. We didn’t get him up hardly at all where we didn’t utilize him.

“He just wasn’t set up for it the other day. So honestly, I think he’s in really good shape right now, actually. I don’t think he could have gone those seven outs the other day if he had been overly dried up during the course of the season. He felt good. But that was above and beyond, and that wasn’t part of the game plan the other night.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Ben Zobrist shares his leadoff approach

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Ben Zobrist shares his leadoff approach

Sports Talk Live is on location at the Brickhouse Tavern at Wrigley Field to get you set for Game 3 of the NLCS. David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Jesse Rogers (ESPNChicago.com) and Bob Nightengale (USA Today) join Kap on the panel. 

Plus, Ben Zobrist and Curtis Granderson drop by to talk about the big matchup.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: