On July 22, 1978, during Lou Piniella's heyday as a ballplayer, his Yankees were 11 games behind the Red Sox. They had no chance. None.
Two days later, Billy Martin was forced out as manager, replaced by Bob Lemon. The Yankees ended up winning the division, the pennant and the World Series.
Going into this weekend's Cubs-Cardinals series, Lou's Cubbies trail the Cards by 11 games.
Do I think a managerial change would turn the '10 Cubs into the '78 Yankees? No, I do not. And yet ...
Instead of letting Lou play out the string as a lame-duck skipper, why not at least pretend you're still trying to win?
I should feel sorry for all the chumps who paid big bucks for tickets to games the last two months. But in Cubbieland, you get what you pay for.