Even Sweet Lou winning the NL Manager of the Year doesn’t help relieve the sting from the first week in October.
In fact, in unfortunate circumstance, the award going to Piniella actually reopens the wounds of the heart-break season that was for the 2008 Chicago Cubs.
Sorry ‘over it’ Cub fans but, I’m still recovering.
Listen, I’m a huge Piniella fan, no matter where he’s managing.
The guy is a winner, a great motivator and a strong leader in every sense, and the Cubs are nowhere near 97 wins this season without him.
Yes, Lou is deserving of the award, no question, but what about Charlie Manuel, skipper of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies?
Doesn’t Chuck deserve the top credit too? (He finished second in the balloting).
Nonetheless, it a wonderful credit to Piniella from his peers, but we’d all trade it in for a trip to the World Series in 2009…or perhaps, just a single victory in the 2009 NLDS.