CHICAGO–Soon after the Bears’ season ended with a Super Bowl loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Cubs began preparations for the next soul-crushing, mind-blowing sports season ending in Chicago.
“I was watching the game Sunday night thinking about what a let-down the Bears’ play was for the city of Chicago,” new Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “I thought to myself, ‘How can we possibly crush their spirits any more?'”
Piniella came up with some ideas. “Well, we’re going to try to hang around with the Cardinals until late September,” Piniella said. “But we’re going to do it in annoying fashion. Like from September 14-16, we have 3 games against the Cardinals in St. Louis, which we plan on sweeping to give us a 2-game lead in the NL Central. But then we plan on losing the next 6 to the Reds and Pirates, so we’re 2 games behind the Cardinals going into the final week. I expect that final game [on September 30] against the Reds will be pivotal, and I am already planning to start Jason Marquis that game, no matter who is up in the rotation.”
Piniella had some other devious plans for the season. “Expect [Mark] Prior to start the season 10-1 with a 2.14 ERA. But don’t expect to see him in August. Let’s just say, I wouldn’t set your Tivo’s for the All-Star Game unless you want to have a good cry.”
A sample from Piniella’s 2007 calendar.