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This, I assure you, will be difficult to read. Whether you felt Ryne Sandberg was the right choice to manage the Chicago Cubs or not, and whether you hoped he would get a chance somewhere, I doubt many of you hoped that chance would be with the Cardinals.

So, hearing him speak about his time meeting with them yesterday, and picturing him in Cardinal Red, is not particularly fun. Still, it’s newsworthy, so here you go:

  • On the fact of the interview, itself, and how it went, generally: “To even be considered by the St. Louis Cardinals, the defending champs, that speaks for itself. To have the opportunity for a managerial post like this is a tremendous compliment. I felt comfortable in the interview. I felt it went as well as it could go.”
  • On being a former Cub, theoretically managing the Cardinals: “I know the terrific history of the St. Louis Cardinals and what that franchise means from my 16 years of playing as a rival. The competition on both sides of that rivalry was respectful and at it’s best for so long. We had some battles, and I think as a competitor you had to respect the level that each team played. I’m a competitive person. I’m loyal to my uniform. I’m loyal to the organization that is going to give me a shot. If I come into Wrigley Field as an opposing manager, I probably would get an ovation to start, maybe in that first time. But if over time those turn to less of an ovation or boos, then I know that means I’m doing my job as an opponent.”
  • Sandberg wouldn’t offer specifics on how he would go about assembling his staff, but did share some thoughts: “What I can say and I told them this is that any manager who is hired is coming into a situation where, speaking of the staff, they just won a championship and were a big part of that championship. That speaks highly of the staff. That speaks the highest of the staff – it is a championship staff.”
  • Sandberg said the interview was just a little over two hours, which is obviously quite short. Maybe it was just a “first” interview? Maybe the Cardinals really aren’t all that interested? Maybe the Cardinals are hoping to get their foot in the door so they can bring him on as a bench coach?
  • nonesuch

    my stomach turns to think of it happening but I do wish the best for Ryno. that said, I don’t believe for a minute the Cards are seriously considering him and he’s just happy to have that first mgr interview.
    Maybe in the distant future he could return, after he’s got the ML experience and the Cubs are looking…

  • Sam

    I can’t nor will I say that I will stop being a fan of Ryne Sandberg if he became the next manager for the Cardinals. That being said, if the unspeakable happens… god I don’t even want to think about it, but it will be a real kick in the nuts.

  • SirCub

    This reminds me of a bad romantic comedy, where the girl ends up being woo’d by some completely evil dude, and the guy she is supposed to end up with is forced to watch helplessly as the love of his life is forever corrupted.

  • NC Fan

    The Cards are just looking for ways to stick it to the Cubs. Well, this one hurts.

    • BRAAAIN

      That’s just what I thought. And this rivalry will only get more heated in the future

  • Fishin Phil

    If this horrible nightmare comes to pass (I don’t think it will), I will still love Ryno the player, but I will wish Ryno the manager a very Quade-like career.

  • http://TheoWaiting Cheryl

    I hope for the best for Ryne. I don’t think for a moment that the Cards would waste their time in trying to stick it to the cubs. Even if it is only a token interview, he should continue to look at it as a complement.

  • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

    THE HORROR, THE HORROR – I fear for my community if this happens

  • Internet Random

    It would sting for a bit, but we’d get over it.

  • Deer

    The interview only lasted 2 hrs, so it sounds like more of a courtesy interview. Regardless, it’s good for Sandberg to continue to make connections outside of the Cubs, since his Cubs connections never lead to anything.

  • Cubbie Blues

    I think I would have to put my Sandberg jersey right next to my Soriano jersey in the closet. That was my favorite one too.

    Any suggestions on a replacement jersey? I seem to be getting burned here. I guess Castro would be the most obvious.

    • Katie

      Santo!!

      • Cubbie Blues

        I tend to lean mid ’80s on. That’s when I first really started watching (or was old enough to appreciate it).

        • nonesuch

          Bobby Dernier or Leon Durham

    • Fishin Phil

      Grabow.

      ;)

  • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

    I feel like I’m in a tiny minority here, but I hope he gets the job, and I hope he does extremely well in the job and that the Cardinals are successful for a long time to come.

    Put down the torches and pitchforks.

    Taking a team like the Cardinals, one with a solid organization, a good core of players, and expectations that will be automatically lowered just from the loss of LaRussa and the possible loss of Pujols, is just about an ideal situation for a guy getting his first crack at managing. From a career perspective, St. Louis is just about perfect for Sandberg. Therefore, I hope he gets it.

    I also hope the Cardinals will do well under him. I think baseball as a game is better when the Cubs are Cardinals are both good. Sandberg’s future has nothing to do with the future competitiveness of the Cubs; under Epstein, the Cubs will become an annual powerhouse in the NL Central regardless of where Sandberg works. If the Cardinals can stay near the Cubs at the top of the division, we will enjoy some fantastic baseball several times a year. In my book, the best games I’ve watched / listened to are the games between the Cubs and Cardinals when first place or a playoff spot in the wind for both teams. Remember that five game series in September 2003? As a result, I want the Cardinals to do well. Baseball is better when both the Cubs and Cards are good. I’d love to see the Cardinals win 90 games and finish in second place, just behind the Cubs, every year for the rest of the decade.

    So, put it together, and I hope Sandberg gets the job in St. Louis and I hope he and the Cardinals continue to do well. I don’t think he will because I just can’t see the Cardinals hiring a manager with no experience on a major league staff, but I hope he does.

    On the other hand, Sandberg in a Mets uniform would be the stuff of nightmares…

    • Cubbie Blues

      “as the number increases, the tendency to get into back-and-forth spates – sometimes personal –”

      “but I’d ask everyone to continue to do their best to think before they type.”

      Therefor, no comment.

    • Jeff

      I don’t think I like you.

  • ISU Birds

    I would be happy for Ryno that he would be getting a chance. I want him to be a successful big league manager, but then again I really want the Cards to fail. It’s like I got a pretzel in my head. So confused.

  • johnbres2

    The article doesn’t bother me a bit.  The days of misplaced emotions should be done for Cub fans.  It is a new era.  Ryno is in the HoF wearing his Cubs hat–just leave it at that and move on.  I think the chance of the Cardinals naming Sandberg manager is 0%, and that they weren’t even interviewing him to be manager.  I think they will hire Francona and make Ryno one of his coaches.

  • fearbobafett

    I think at this point you need to seperate the player from the manager, two different careers.

    He will always be the guy i loved growing up and have his memorabilia all over my office, and that includes him in a phillies uniform as a rookie.

    If he is successful and has a chance to come back here, you know he will. He is one of those that bleeds blue blood, as i believe Mark Grace also does (although i am not found of Grace).

  • JASON

    Who cares what Ryno does!!!! Focus on what we as a team need to do!!!!! That is win ball games……….

  • clark addison

    I don’t think Sandberg is smart enough to manage either the Cubs or the Cardinals. He’d be a good infield, maybe third base coach, but that’s his ceiling.

  • Wilbur

    Could care less where he goes, wish him well when he gets there.

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