There was no implication to the T-shirt he was wearing on Monday after 1-0 victory against the Brewers at Wrigley Field, Ryan Dempster said.
The frontage had a drawing of a cartoon goat with the International “no” sign over it, while at the back it just read, “(Blank) the goat.”
It is already 66 years since the alleged “Curse of the Billy Goat” was put on the Cubs, and they have not been to a World Series since. The Cubs are doubtful to alter that this season, even though Dempster promised that the players are appearing forward, not after.
Dempster said, “It was a good day, and when we’re in the position we’re in, we’re just going to enjoy playing each game that day. And what happened in the past is irrelevant. Who cares? We can’t do anything about it. We can sit there and drag our heads or we can come every day and play as hard as we can, and that’s what we’re going to try and do, and go out there and expect to win every day.”
Dempster and Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf connected in a scoreless contest through seven innings on a cool night at Wrigley. The Cubs ruined through off Kameron Loe in the eighth on a Darwin Barney single, a pinch-strike twice by Carlos Pena and an RBI grounder by Aramis Ramirez. Barney’s pitching slide beat shortstop Rickie Weeks’ throw and Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth to pin down the win for Jeff Samardzija.
Barney said, “It feels good to be home. That’s just one. Feels good to get the ‘W.’ Demp was unbelievable the way he battled tonight. That’s a good club and they’re hot, and Demp held them down. It’s all about Demp tonight.”
Mike Quade, Cubs manager joked: “I’m a hell of a manager when we throw a shutout at ‘em.”
A few have been charging Quade for the Cubs’ free fall, which Jim, Hendry, general manager named “unfortunate,” citing the rash of injuires.
Hendry said, “I don’t know how Mike could’ve managed any differently. Nobody has got eight starting pitchers in the system that has come up. Nobody has got four right-handed hitters to come up and replace the guys you just lost. … It’s unfortunate, but I certainly wouldn’t dump any of that on Mike Quade. He’s certainly going to do a fine job here.”
Some of the fingers pointed at Quade are no different to ones that have been pointed at Hendry, who has been the main aim of disgruntled followers since the Milton Bradley signing in 2009. Hendry got liability for the presentation of the team and said he does not “blame people” naming for his removal.
He said, “I don’t mind that. This is professional baseball in a big market and with a great fan base. We should’ve done better the last year and a half. So that comes with the territory, and that is my responsibility.”