Isn’t October loverly?

James Loney hit a go-ahead grand slam off a wild Ryan Dempster, Ramirez and Russell Martin homered and the new-look Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 in their NL playoff opener Wednesday night.

Yes, I know. It’s only the first game of the first series and the Cubs could very well win out from here. Still, it does my heart good whenever I see the Scrubs lose in October. Manager Piniella is not exactly your postseason stud. Yes, he won one World Series as a manager — in 1990, with Cincinnati. Then he had one of the best if not the best teams in the NL in 2007, and lost out against the D’backs in 3 straight in the NLDS thanks to boneheaded pitching decisions. Wednesday night, he took Dempster out AFTER the guy had walked the bases loaded and then given up a slam and a double. Do you think walking the bases full might have been a clue that Dempster didn’t have it? Was he wearing a “What Would LaRussa Do” bracelet to remind himself of what the Great Skip would do if Ankiel was on the mound?

Well, let’s see what happens from here. Of course, I won’t see it, since I don’t have cable or satellite.