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So Long Sweet Lou

By bullpenbrian at 07.21.2010 2 comments.

Lou was the right man for the job in 2007.
Now he’s leaving at the right time, too.

Of course, we didn’t get the championship or the explosive Lou
of years past, but who won’t miss those classic post-game
press conferences?

The long pauses, the play-by-play of the game and those
all too familiar Lou-isms!

My personal favorites:
–”winning is like a massage, it’s very relaxing.”
–”he’s stroking the ball well, he really is.”
–”I don’t care about feelings.”
–”what can I do?”

The two division titles were thrilling, especially 2008, my most
enjoyable season of baseball to date
.

The postseason, obviously, was heartbreaking–two series, two sweeps.
Didn’t help that Lou wasn’t at his best, either.

The skipper made the mistake of removing Zambrano too early in Game 1 of
the 2007 NLDS at Arizona. Then, failed to start Ted Lilly in 2008
against the Dodgers, going instead with Dempster, Zambrano & Harden.

There were other bone-headed moves too: Fukudome in the starting lineup, Reed Johnson on the bench & Soriano in the leadoff spot.

But Piniella isn’t deserving of all the blame, not in the playoffs
and not for the last two seasons, either.

Like any manager, Lou is at the mercy of his players.
Two years they got it done, two years they didn’t.
Right or wrong, the manager takes the blame.

Piniella’s stay won’t end the way we wanted it to, or the way we expected it to.
But something tells me we’ll look back on the skipper’s stay fondly.
Winning or losing, Cubs baseball has been interesting the last four years. And for that, we can thank Sweet Lou.

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  1. MP says:

    The Lou Pinella era reminds me a lot like Dusty Baker ‘s time in Chicago. Great promise at the start, followed by a post season melt down, eventual placed in a pressure cooker by the media and fan base, and a terrible overpriced team their last year.

    I wish I could say Lou got treated better at the end of his run in Cincinnati, but that wasn’t the case either.

    Also, to Lou’s credit. After Ted Lilly’s performance in the 2007 NLDS (slamming glove to the mound), I wouldn’t have trusted him in 2008 either. Especially given his other options.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Good observations!
      Lots of similarities between Lou & Baker’s stay on the North Side.

      Not starting Lilly in the 2008 NLDS, however, was a terrible disappointment.
      Although Lilly is guilty of losing his composure during the ’07 NLDS,
      the lefty was spectacular in ’08, arguable the Cubs best starter.
      His slamming of the glove was his lowest moment with the Cubs,
      but certainly not worth sitting out the playoffs.
      I have no doubt Piniella finds this a regrettable mistake, too!
      Thanks for commenting, my man!

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