Cubs catcher Miguel Montero expected better treatment from team

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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, upset about his lack of playing time in the postseason, said Friday "I expected to be treated a little better."
Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, upset about his lack of playing time in the postseason, said Friday "I expected to be treated a little better."

Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, who had only 12 at-bats in the team's magical postseason run, told a Chicago radio station Friday he expected better treatment from the club.

While obviously happy about the Cubs' historic World Series title, Montero said during an appearance on the "Waddle and Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 WMVP-AM that he was disappointed he didn't play more. He was especially bothered no one told him why he sat most of the postseason.

"I think the toughest part for me is they never communicated with me," Montero told the show. "I'm a veteran guy. They talk about veteran leadership. I have 11 years in the game and two All-Star [appearances]. I expected to be treated a little better. I was expected to get communication.

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"Just let me know. Put me in the loop. That was the toughest part for me because I never understood what my role was going to be."

Montero's comments came the same day the city of Chicago honored the world champions with a parade and celebration. It's not a stretch to say the Cubs might still be talking about the dreaded "Curse of the Billy Goat" if not for Montero's contributions. He had only two hits in those 12 at-bats, but both were big. His grand slam in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers provided the winning margin in an 8-4 win. And in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series, Montero singled to drive in what proved to be the winning run.

Montero, 33, slashed .216/.327/.357 in 242 at-bats in the regular season, but watched as Willson Contreras handled most of the catching duties in the three postseason series. Also, David Ross appeared in eight games and had more at-bats (16) than Montero.

Montero was happy, however, to be behind the plate for the final two innings of Game 7. 

"Catching the last two [innings] of the World Series made it sweet," Montero said. "Otherwise, it would have been nice because I'm part of it but maybe I didn't help as much as I wanted to help. To be more involved ... I would have felt bad to go home with the trophy and not even catch one inning in the World Series. That would be the tough part."

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