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Everyman Quade rides train to work unnoticed

Posted on: April 1, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 2:39 pm
By Matt Snyder

New Cubs manager Mike Quade might have a high-profile job, but he's content to ride the CTA Red Line -- aka the "El," as it's known in Chicago, short for being an elevated train -- to Wrigley Field for work. He even went without being recognized, though that may have been some of his own doing.

"It's kind of fun to get on the train and walk to the ballpark incognito, with a hat on and stuff, and feel the excitement," Quade said. (via Chicago Tribune ) "I managed to do it for the last two days. I'm pretty good. Hey, look, with a face like this, you could put makeup on, you could do all sorts of stuff. I can put wigs on, anything I want. I can throw a hat and jacket on and sit back in the back of the train and do what I do. Keep my head down."

Even if Quade wasn't trying to hide, the only thing that would likely help people notice him is his bald head. As a related aside, I've noticed some people across the 'net say Quade shaves his head. That isn't true. He was diagnosed with alopecia areata at age three and hasn't had hair for the majority of his life.

Anyway, Quade will eventually settle into his home two blocks from Wrigley, so he'll probably walk to the ballpark from there -- no word on if he'll do so in disguise or just as is. It probably depends upon how the team fares in his first season as skipper.

The Cubs open to lukewarm expectations Friday at home against the Pirates. It will be his first game as a full-time, major-league manager. He started his coaching career in 1985 in the minor leagues and progressively worked all the way up since then. Thus, it's no surprise he's perfectly content riding the train with everyone else. He is everyman.

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Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 9:51 pm

Everyman Quade rides train to work unnoticed

OK.  WHY is this a story?  I take the train, the bus, drive.  Nobody asks me who I am either.  Get over yourselves being fawning blithering followers of iconic recognizable faces.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:36 pm

Everyman Quade rides train to work unnoticed

Hmm this manager and the last rode the train to work unnoticed. What does this mean? The cubs are so cheap their manager can't afford a car? People in Chicago are clueless? The Cubs are so irrelevant that nobody cares? What was the point of this article again?

I used to live near OPACY and Brady Anderson used to rollerblade past my house to go to work. Needless to say he did not go unnoticed as he got closer to the park, but he had usually zipped past them before they realized who it eas. LOL

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:11 pm

Everyman Quade rides train to work unnoticed

This is a touching story since the team is going to stink again.  Maybe he can scout the passengers and find a decent outfielder & leadoff hitter.  Remember when Alfonso Soriano was a big deal??  Time to cut your losses Cubbies.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:14 am

Everyman Quade rides train to work unnoticed

Jim Riggleman would ride the El when has was managing the Cubs, and often went unnoticed as well.

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