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Cubs not quiet about Riot comments

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Among Saturday's highlights from Cubs Convention were reactions by players to former teammate Ryan Theriot's comments on a St. Louis radio show after being traded to the Cardinals in early December.

Theriot, a fan favorite with the Cubs, wasted no time embracing Cardinal Nation with comments that included that he felt he was ``finally on the right side of'' the Cubs-Cards rivalry.

``I'm not going to lie. I was a little pissed,'' catcher Geovany Soto said during a fan Q-and-A session, drawing applause from the crowd.

Added Koyie Hill: ``I'm probably not being as PC as I could, but there's probably a decent chance he's going to feel how hard the dirt is around the batter's box at last once. Maybe once an at-bat, I don't know.''

Manager Mike Quade said he takes Theriot's comments ``with a large grain of salt'' but added, ``Hopefully, we can make him pay.''


COOLER HEADS

The intriguing session of the day promised to be the ``battery talk'' session that included a pair of catchers and a pair of pitchers - including Carlos Zambrano - talking about working together and the pitcher-catcher relationship.

Despite the conspicuous absence of any mention of Zambrano's beatdown of former batterymate Michael Barrett, one fan did ask Zambrano if he had any plans ``to open a rehab center for Gatorade coolers.''

Said Zambrano: ``Maybe. Maybe. I'll think about it.''


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