If I were Lou Piniella and Jim Hendry, I would have felt pretty nervous when The Boss went on safari while the season went on toilet.
Because when Tom Ricketts & Family came home, they were greeted with tons of empty seats at Wrigley Field and a city that was beginning to reflect the Cubs: lethargic. Not caring.
But Tom didn't do anything, didn't even say much.
For sure Lou and Jim had the conversation I illustrated up there - didn't YOU think a bomb was gonna drop?
When I got the email alert that said "Cubs' Piniella to retire at end of season", I forwarded it to a couple people. Oif responded with this: "This is significant but I'm not sure why."
I laughed out loud.
It is an odd move, coming on the day when Tom backs Jim Hendry with this: "Jim is our general manager full stop and will be our general manager going into next year."
So Jim Hendry is hanging on, and Lou... I guess this is a graceful exit given to a pretty extraordinary baseball man by a rookie owner who still seems to be more about taking stock in, rather than taking action with, his new team.
And really it's not a bad thing to do.
No matter how everyone's been howling, including me, about getting rid of Lou - to me this seems better than dumping him and giving temporary reins to a bench coach simply because that move, if it was gonna do anything to actually wake up the team, should have happened a month and a half ago.
Jim Hendry staying is, well, it can't be about what's on the field, right? Gotta be more about the kids, the minor league system, the scouts and team behind the scenes he's assembled. I don't really know those guys by name, but I always hear it's way better than it was down there.
So let the speculation begin for the Next Guy.
And in the meantime, who freaking knows - some people have been saying this might actually make the team play better.
Giant 14-7 comeback win against the Astros last night, Aramis Ramirez with the hat trick and seven RBIs. I hope Dempster's okay. 7 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings? Not like him at all.
Today it's Terrible Ted, who we should all pay special attention to. Now that the Lou shoe dropped, we should expect the others to come tumbling.
I've been thinking about Ted alot, and if he's gonna go (which I'm almost positive will happen despite the Positive Vibes I'm constantly sending to Ricketts and Hendry), well I hope he goes to the Yanks and gets a win in a World Series and a big shiny ring.
Oh, did I mention that I hate the Astros?