Girardi’s relationship with Loria has been strained since an Aug. 6 home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during which Girardi asked his boss to stop badgering an umpire.
Loria thought his manager overstepped his bounds — and vise versa — and there has been tension between the two ever since.
Think about it. This could be the ideal present from the Marlins organization to Chicago. A bit of payback for the Cubs falling apart like wet bread in the ’03 National League Championship Series and basically handing the Marlins a spot in the World Series (which they went on to win).
What Girardi must do now is go to great lengths to ensure his release. Call Loria at home in the middle of the night disguising your voice as Jack McKeon. Maybe slip a Whoopee Cushion beneath him during a team banquet. Something. Anything.
Then come to Chicago and turn around a franchise in need of a swift 180.
Cubs manager Joe Girardi. Kind of has a nice ring to it, the emphasis on ring.
Sports Editor Mike Beas can be reached at mike.beas@herald bulletin.com.