As Joe reported earlier today, this was Lou Pinella’s final game as manager of our beloved Cubs. I’m sure many will put him down because of this pitiful final year, but I loved Lou as the coach of the Cubs and I hope after the dust settles he will be remembered as the one who led the team from last place to first and brought us playoff action (albeit brief) two years in a row. He gave us what we wanted and raised our expectations going forward. Unfortunately, that made his job even harder. His post-game interview broke my heart. I’m sure you’ll see it replayed over and over again. Be well, Lou, you’ll always be a winner in my book.
Today will also mark the end of our BTS game for the season. Not only are the Cubs not winning, they’re not hitting much either and the game has turned into a bunch of 1s and 0s. Let’s quit while we’re ahead and pick it up again next season! A big round of applause for everyone who’s played, and we’ll recap the entire season (with a prize!) sometime within the next few weeks. Final results after today’s game:
Doug S. = 3
Rich Beckman = 1
Oh, speaking of the game, Mike Minor pitched himself a beauty in only his third Major League start, striking out 12 in his six innings. I wanted the Cubs to win this one for their skipper, but Mike Minor had other ideas. Come to think of it, so did the Cubs themselves, playing another really sloppy game defensively with meager offense (though not quite as bad as usual … just inconsequential). The Cubs stayed close until the seventh inning, when four different pitchers (and an error) allowed the the Braves to break it wide open and put the game out of reach. The misery continued as the remaining innings d-r-a-g-g-e-d on ad nauseam. That’s about it in a nutshell. Might as well not suffer through all the gory details. Final Score of Lou’s Final Game: Atlanta 16, Cubs 5. Exactly the same as the score on Opening Day 2010, vs. the Braves. Doesn’t that tell the story of the season?
Mike Quade takes the reins tomorrow in Washington. (He’ll probably be freezing, not having to spend half of every inning in the blazing sun. Where’s that hoodie?) He’ll manage the team for the rest of the season and will be a candidate for the full time coaching position next spring. Alan Trammel will not be a candidate, per Jim Hendry.
I would imagine Lou finished up today’s game, breathed a huge sigh of relief, and turned his attention squarely toward his family. I believe I’ll do the same. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend without thinking anything Cubs-related. :-)