On another note, I just got word that Cubs manager, Lou Piniella, who had earlier announced his retirement effective at season's end, accelerated his plan and called today's game his final game as a big league manager. Apparently, his mother's health has declined more rapidly than he had expected and he needs to devote more attention to her care NOW. Maybe this will be the opportunity for my childhood idol, Hall-of-Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, to get his chance as a big league manager after having managed the Cubs' AAA team in Des Moines for a few years. However, there's also talk that he may need another couple of years seasoning in the minor leagues before he's allowed to take over his parent team. If Ryno can successfully coach out of his players the same level of play that he demanded of himself every day of his career as a player, he should be one h**luva successful manager.