Mike Quade can handle the heat

Lifetime of dealing with alopecia instilled self-confidence, thick skin in Cubs skipper

Updated: October 24, 2010, 6:08 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

The initial response was not necessarily the kindest.

There were the radio show faithful who called the hiring of Mike Quade as Chicago Cubs manager an insult of the highest order to Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

There were the blogs -- and Quade's mother Gail read all those from Florida, you'd better believe -- that questioned the credentials of this guy they hardly knew.

And as sure as the Cubs have fans, the scrutiny and criticism will only intensify when the season ...

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