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Cubs With Huge Comeback Win In Honor Of Carl's Birthday

 

I like to call Carl "Mr. President" when we're alone together.

The Cubs celebrated Carl's birthday in a big way: first with Lou announcing his retirement, then with a huge comeback win against the hapless Astros who, for the first time this season, looked hapless against the Cubs.

First, let's talk about Lou:

Piniella officially announced Tuesday he has decided to calls it quits on his managerial career at the end of season.

The news wasn't as surprising as the timing, with the Cubs playing out the string and 68 games remaining. Piniella made the decision last week, but the news leaked out from his agent early Tuesday afternoon before he could get a chance to inform his players and coaching staff.

"I've been extremely appreciative of my four years here with the Chicago Cubs," Piniella said. "It has been a wonderful experience, a wonderful city, wonderful fans. ... But at the end of this year I turn 67 and it's time for me to get on with a new phase of my life."

Piniella said he wanted to spend more time with his family and made the announcement now instead of at the end of the season because he didn't "want to mislead anybody" about his intentions.

 

Lou went on to add:

Look, I heard it's the birthday of that Carl fella over at that computer place that talks about the Cubs, and, well, I guess I figured he deserved to know.

Even if you didn't watch Lou's presser, you may have heard the collective sound of all of Chicago falling out of their chairs simultaneously when Tom Ricketts layed this egg:

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts later confirmed Hendry would remain the general manager "going into next year," and will make the decision on who will succeed Piniella.

But guess what? That wasn't even the MOST obnoxious thing Ricketts said at the press conference. When asked if he blamed the players for the poor start to the season, Ricketts said something along the lines of "I'm not going to lay the blame there." Then he proceeded to say that the Lou Piniella Era was not a success without a World Series Championship.

So let me get this straight:

  1. The players, who actually PLAY THE GAME ON THE FIELD, are not responsible for their own poor play this season.
  2. Despite the fact that Lou led this team to it's first back-to-back playoff appearances since a quarter-to-never counts for nothing; BUT
  3. The Jim Hendry Era has been a success, because he's going to remain our GM.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Go buy some more noodle art, Tom.

As Tim from Aisle424 pointed out last night on Twitter, it appears that Tom Ricketts' role model for running the Cubs is Virginia McCaskey. Also, as @Ernesto_H pointed out, "Jim is out GM" sounded a lot like "Rex is our quarterback." HA.

I'll have more on Lou's retirement in today's Red Eye.

The Cubs honored Lou's annoucement retirement (or Carl's birthday, I'm not sure) with a real barn-burner last night!

After Ryan Dempster's pitching and a Ryan Theriot throwing error helped the Astros to an early 6-0 lead, Ramirez hit a solo homer in the fourth, a three-run shot in the fifth to pull the Cubs to within a run at 7-6 and another three-run blast in the eighth.

Geovany Soto's solo home run off Chris Sampson in the sixth tied the game, and run-scoring hits from Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano put them ahead in the seventh.

I really have nothing to add to that, other than this is what I tweeted last night after Aramis' third HR: "(closes one eye; holds bottle up to lamp to check for traces of hallucingoens)"

I think that pretty much sums it up.

I'll have more later on today on Lou's retirement, the inexlicable decision to let Jim Hendry pick the next Cubs manager, and the candidates to be the next Cubs manager. Alas, I'm off to court for the morning.

Cubs have the rubber match against Houston today at 1:20 pm CT on WGN. Ted Lilly against Brett Myers.

Happy Birthday, Carl!



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Max Power said:

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Happy birthday, Carl! For your present, I submitted your name to the Ricketts family as a possible replacement manager.

Doc said:

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Ugh...that's not a very good present...personally, I wouldn't want to manage this group of clowns.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Thanks, Max! Is it because of how good I look in pinstripes?

Edelweiss said:

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Happy Birthday, Carl. You have a choice of spending your day with either Lilly, Baker, Theriot, or Sean Marshall. Choose carefully.

gravedigger said:

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This is why I said not to give up on Ramirez, and let him get his thumb healed. And it is also why he is my favorite player.

He can opt out again after this season, can't he?

:(

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Happy B-day, Carl. If I could give you a gift it would be an night at a bar with Harry, Gracie, and Santo to have a drunken discussion on why we haven't won in over 10 decades and who should be the next manager. Enjoy.

sloan peterson said:

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Happy Birthday Carl! On another note, can we keep Lou's face on the clock for the rest of the season?

baturkey said:

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Happy birthday Carl!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Thanks, Generalissimo (that's what I call Julie in private). I heard an interview with the man who accompanied Marilyn on piano that night, and they rehearsed 8 hours for that performance.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I was trying to get Max to sing "Happy Birthday" over the video in a breathy voice, but he declined.

cadarnell said:

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well ... I heard Cubs GM Jim Hendry on the radio this morning talking about how he was going to look at all his options for the Cubs new manager. I just hope that Tom Ricketts is looking at all his options for a new GM, because if Hendry doesn't see that Ryne Sandberg is the one and ONLY man for the job, then I think we need a new GM as well as a manager.

plamorte said:

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Happy Birthday Carl!

oog of ulams said:

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'ey Carl! 'appy Birthday!

oog of ulams said:

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Ryne is not the one and only man for the job. Don't be silly.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Agree. I actually like Matt's list below. Though I'm not sure I would have Bobby Valentine on it.

Doc said:

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Bobby Valentine is the wrong person for this job...or any other job. You might as well just put Davey Johnson on that list then.

thisyearcub said:

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Carl, Happy B-Day my friend. Enjoy it. You've been doing the Lord's work on this blog this year, and always make me chuckle with your captions and such.

Also after reading everyone's posts, I've narrowed my list of next Cubs manager in this order:

1. Joe Torre
2. Alan Trammell
3. Bobby Valentine
4. Mr. Supercomputer
5. Hector Villanueva
6,042. Ryne Sandberg

flyball said:

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and where does Jody Davis fit in there?

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I think he's 1256.

flyball said:

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so he's on the short list!

cadarnell said:

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if they don't hire sandberg it will sad day in wrigley ... I think he's worth a shot and is really the only logical chice for this teams next manager ...

JulieDiCaro said:

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why is he "the only logical choice?"

personally, I think the guy who one 10 billion rings wiht the Yankees is the more logical choice.

Doc said:

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I'm going to have to assemble my thoughts on this a bit...but I still say that Sandberg needs to coach at the big league level before getting a shot as manager.

flyball said:

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he was agreeing with me about Davis

cadarnell said:

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I'm a huge fan of his ... so that equals "the only logical choice" to me, and probably a quadrillion other Cubs and baseball fans ... you have to admit he's worth a shot.

gravedigger said:

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I think you misunderstand this "logic" concept.

cadarnell said:

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well .... I think it's logical to want happy fans if you own a baseball team ..... I've also been informed that the manager doesn't mean all that much so it's even more logical to hire the popular choice taking that into account ... I don't care if my opinion is discounted because I am acting like Joe A. Fan on this subject ... it's just the right way to think in this case ... in my humble opinion of course

flyball said:

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Happy Birthday Carl! May you have the day off, nice weather, and someone to bring you grapes and refill your lemonade glass

Dmband said:

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1)Happy Birthday Carl
2)I love the photoshops on the scoreboard as of late!
3) Is this sad and pathetic?

Listening to the presser live, I googled the term "full stop" (as in Ricketts quote, Jim's our manager, full stop) immediately after Ricketts said it hoping it was some sort of rich white guy slang for "till the end of the year" or "till the end of the week". Sadly, I was wrong on both counts, although it appears it is rich white guy slang (lousy Brits)

The term full stop is rarely used by speakers in Canada, and virtually never in the United States. A full stop (British English) or period (American English)[1] (in English it is pronounced as point for numbers and dot for domain names) is the punctuation mark commonly placed at the end of sentences.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I didn't necessarily hear what everyone else heard in the presser. He said "Jim is our GM." He didn't say "Jim is our GM now and for the next three seasons."

I dunno, I didn't think it was the ringning endorsement everyone else seemed to think it was.

gravedigger said:

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I think because everyone expected to hear "I have dismissed Jim from his duties as GM"

Edelweiss said:

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I suspect Lou was told that he would not be re-signed for next year, and that his announcement was meant to save face. If Hendry does not come back next year, it might be under the same circumstances. Most likely, he will stay for one more season, to transition the new manager.

flyball said:

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ha, I always assumed it was from the days of telegraphs

Cubs Psychologist said:

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A random rumor, Oswalt to Phillies.

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/07/21/sources-phils-in-talks-for-roy-oswalt/

Also, heard that Reds are trying to get Haren from D-backs. Haren is opposed to the deal after talking to Woods and Prior because he wants to keep his arm.

Dmband said:

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Julie-

I agree with you. This is why I am somewhat perplexed at the headlines Ive seen in various places declaring Hendry is the GM next year (im looking at YOU Comcast sportsnet)

I agree. He noticebaly sidestepped saying 100% he would be GM. I've heard speculation that this close to the deadline, he wanted to ensure Jim had the FUTURE of the club in his best interests as it relates to trades.

I think this is accurate.

JulieDiCaro said:

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My two cents on Lou's retirement in today's Red Eye:

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/redeye/2010/07/in-the-end-the-cubs.html

sloan peterson said:

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Loved the post! And in case Sandberg doesn't get the position, any other name in that post would fit...

gravedigger said:

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Dont you have a blog where you could post that?

Doc said:

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Yeah...Designated Hotter.

Doc said:

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The editor of this blog really hates it when people try to pimp crap that they wrote on other sites in this blog.

gravedigger said:

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I know. There are a lot of lame ass people here doing that.

Oh btw, I flagged a comment on your site the other day because it was inappropriate. Something about people needing to watch their behavior because there could be kids around. Fuck that noise.

Doc said:

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JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey--why does Lou look so grumpy on the standings flags? We just won with a big comeback.

Doc said:

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He's just mad that they ran out of margarita mix in the clubhouse after that game.

Doc said:

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If that doesn't work, how about...

He's pissed off that some jackass tacked clock hands to his nose.

plamorte said:

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exactly doc

gravedigger said:

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Happy Bday my fellow ghey

Dmband said:

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Yes! Brenley just flat out said, he wants to be considered for the Cubs position.

Doc said:

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Ok...Bob is more stupid than I thought he was.

Dmband said:

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Bob said the main difference in his approach for THIS season would have been more substantial playing time for the veterans in Spring Training.

Dmband said:

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I would have prefered if Bob said:

"The difference in my approach would have been to start the season with something resembling a major league bullpen."

gravedigger said:

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lol, yes.

Doc said:

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Or something along the lines of "Ryan Theriot is a piece of shit."

Cubs Psychologist said:

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HILARIOUS!!

secdelahc said:

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Happy Birthday Carl!

gravedigger said:

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So, beserius convinced me yesterday that the manager doesn't matter. Therefore, I recommend Al from BCB.

mirite?

Doc said:

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I'm fairly sure you can be shot for make a comment like that.

gravedigger said:

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I'm fairly sure you can be shot for your poor grammar!

Doc said:

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I'd give my first born for an edit button.

gravedigger said:

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I would also give your first born for an edit button. Or a bottle of rum.

gravedigger said:

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Here's the thing. If a manager that everyone worships like Torre is worth 2.5 wins at the very most... why the hell does it matter who manages the team?

Doc said:

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Because.

JulieDiCaro said:

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it would cost a lot less just to subject the lineup and every in-game move to an online fan vote.

"Should we double switch here or not?"

gravedigger said:

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We've got the technology...

Doc said:

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you want a robot to manage this team, then. Or Maddog.

sloan peterson said:

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How about bringing back Max Headroom...

sloan peterson said:

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Cue "6 million dollar man " theme...

sloan peterson said:

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Would customary text rates apply? and if so, would the Cubs split their profits with LOHO?

Doc said:

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I can start working on the software immediately.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So I was asked by the people over at lemondrop.com do write something about what it's like to be a girl who writes about sports, a la "My Boys." Waiting for it to come up online. . .

JulieDiCaro said:

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"to write something"

Doc said:

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oh...you're a girl?

JulieDiCaro said:

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no. why do you ask?

Doc said:

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oh...I'm just curious then why lemondrop.com would ask you to write about that subject.

plamorte said:

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at first i thought that said lemonparty.org and you do not want to visit that...

Dmband said:

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Regardless of who you want to manager (cough, Brenley, cough) can we all agree that Sandberg should start warming up to the concept of being a bench coach?

Doc said:

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I believe if Brenly or Girardi (no chance) become manager of the Cubs, Sandberg would be the #1 pick for 3rd base coach.

jtbwriter said:

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Good morning from cooler then yesterday So Cal..

Dragon or not, I'm going to miss Lou..he at least cared on the worst days. Tired or not, he woke up a few memories and hopefully kickstarted a few Cub hearts after yesterday. But the Ricketts have got to be smoking something to even give that half-hearted VOC to Hendry, let alone "blame" Lou for this season and last! I hope they wake up and ...think outside the box...like hire Brenly for GM and Sandberg or Bobby Valentine for Mgr. At least it would be a start!

Doc said:

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I just went through the Sun-Times slide show on potential Cubs managers...

Trammell, Sandberg, Brenly, Girardi, Torre and...

Ozzie Guillen? Hahahaha...very funny.

Edelweiss said:

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Don Zimmer

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