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Cubs Live Game Thread: Sweet Lou To Say Adieu

 

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella waves to fans after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 to clinch the N.L. Central Division at Wrigley Field in Chicago on September 20, 2008. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey) Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

In what can only be termed an anticlimactic announcement, Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed that he will be retiring at the end of the 2010 season (what some have called the "2010 campaign," evidently akin to the Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign -- "Where's the Beef?" indeed). 

Yes, kids, Lou is not just leaving the Cubs, but he is leaving baseball altogether.  After 18 years as a player and 23 years as a manager (with at least one thrown base, against the Cubs, no less), Sweet Lou is hanging up the ol' cleats for the last time.  Why, you say?  The oldest reason in the book, says Lou in his official statement

It will enable me to spend more valuable time with my family -- my wife, my kids and my grandchildren.

 The real reason?  My guess:

 

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Zambrano Injury Update/Cub of the Week


Damn.
 

Bruce Levine reported today on ESPN radio that Zambrano's MRI revealed a slight hamstring strain and that the Cubs will most likely DL him. I'm not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, I hate to DL a player who could be ready to go after missing one start. On the other, a) I think Lou realizes that he has to protect Carlos from himself; and b) it's not like Carlos has been lights out for us this season. I think I'd be more upset losing Lilly or Harden for a start.

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