PINIELLA NEXT CUBS MANAGER
So it looks as if Unca Lou is packing up his microphone and coming to Chicago. We’re seeing this year in Detroit what kind of impact a manager can make. Whether or not Piniella will make a big impact is anyone’s guess. But I am happy the Cubs got him.
Someone asked me about his stint in Tampa Bay and if I think he’ll be the fiery sort he was before his stay there. I think he went into that knowing he was in for a rebuilding program. There was no urgency. Here, he knows what the goal is. To win now. Right now. So we will see that fiery Lou. This is likely his last chance to dance. He wants to win and it’s expected of him.
You can also bet–for better or for worse–the Cubs will be huge players in free agency. You pick the top free agent–Schmidt, Zito, Carlos Lee, Soriano, even Moises Alou, Maddux or Randy Wolf–the Cubs are going to go after them. Nothing hurts like all the empty seats at Wrigley last year. They will nip it in the bud. Hope springs eternal.
Update: fireloupiniella.com has already been bought by someone. Rats.