Happy Valentines Day, sports fans....
As pitchers and catchers for the Chicago Cubs reported for spring training yesterday, Friday the Thirteenth, Manager Lou Piniella held forth with what the monumentally dysfunctional Cub Nation may appreciate alternately as hope, excitement and furiously bitter sarcasm,
"I learned a lot," Piniella said. "I'm 0-6 in the postseason [with the Cubs].
There's room for improvement."
At the start of the last year of the first decade of the 2000s, this much we know. Hot on the heels of the Cubs' best regulation season in a hundred years, only to forget how to pitch, hit and field just in time for the playoffs, we now have a strong nomination for the understatement of the 21st Century.