Around the Bend They Come
Or (Why You Can't Believe What The Papers Tell You
Word comes out that Bruce Bochy received permission the other day to interview for other jobs and immediately he moves to the top of the Cubs wish list because Teflon Jim has some sort of supposed baseball crush on him. That certainly sounded reasonable enough until you read that Hendry is not even certain he'll
ask the Padres for permission to speak to Bochy. Then word comes out that Lou Piniella takes himself out of the running of the Giants job and Peter Gammons reports that
the Cubs and Piniella could start negotiations on a new contract as soon as Monday, while the locals already are prepared to name Piniella the 48th manager of the Cubs
by the end of the NLCS.
The story does not end though as this San Diego paper has this doozy:
Cubs GM Jim Hendry said Thursday he was expecting to meet with Bochy soon, but according to Chicago sources, he shifted yesterday after being told by upper management he can't go with Bochy because Piniella and Girardi, a former Cub, resonate more with the team's fan base.
Of course what the hell does a "Chicago source" mean? For all we know it's Mike North just trying to keep up appearances that the Trib must meddle in all baseball affairs. Of course, it also sounds completely reasonable on another level.
If this Piniella rumors are true, Teflon Jim has done it again. He's going to go have one of the shiniest race cars on the lot, and he'll put the most popular drivers in the driver's seat. This will distract the media and fans from realizing that the engine running it is no better than what you'll find in your lawnmower.