On another day in another season, the Cubs' comeback from a 7-1 deficit to defeat the Astros, 14-7, would be big news.
But on this day in this season, the lead story in the Cub kingdom was Lou Piniella's decision to retire, effective at the end of the current campaign.
Barring an entirely un-Cublike miracle between now and October, Piniella's four-year tour with the Cubs will include two division titles but not a single, post-season victory. On the other hand, he was the first Cub manager in 70 years to post winning records in each of his first three seasons on the job.
(Note: I heard that last stat quoted by Len Kasper during tonight's game. Now that I type it and re-read it, I think it's says a lot more about the sad history of the Cubs than it does about Lou Piniella.)
To date, the Cubs' record under Piniella is 308-271 (.532). He has a good chance to hang up his blue pinstripes with the 11th best winning percentage among the 56 men who have managed the team since 1876.
The presumptive managerial candidate lists are bursting out all over. Ryne Sandberg's name was even bandied about by Jim Hendry and reporters during this afternoon's press conference at Wrigley Field.
Personally, I'm fine with the Cubs hiring Sandberg, assuming the organization finds him to be truly the best man after careful consideration of his pluses and minuses by the architect of the team's future.
That architect? Tom Ricketts made it clear in the press conference that that job will belong, as it does now, to Jim Hendry. I believe "Jim will be our GM heading into 2011" was Ricketts's exact quote.
Hendry has hired two managers, Piniella and Dusty Baker. In both cases,