Lou says the radio reporter asking that question that set him off Thursday was trying to ``create the news,'' asking something he already knew the answer to. Specifically, that taking Alfonso Soriano out of the game late for defensive reasons is absurd. ``You don't take superstar players out of the lineup,'' the manager said.
But in defense of WSCR-AM's Jesse Rogers, whether the question could have been rephrased, it wasn’t out of line -- especially considering it was Soriano’s first game back from the disabled list and Piniella has been known to do stranger things trying to secure a win.
Piniella, who said Soriano's recovered calf clearly was healthy, doesn’t see it that way. ``It’s like me asking on Sunday with the Sun-Times, `Take Mariotti out, he’s not writing a column today. Put in the third subordinate behind him.’ Right? Or doing it with [the Tribune] with [baseball columnist Phil] Rogers. `Don’t use Rogers on Sunday, use the third guy.’ You’d look at me like I was stupid.
``He’s my guy,’’ Piniella said of Soriano. ``He’s my left fielder.’’
Lou's postgame Thursday lasted barely a minute, with him snapping at Rogers' question with, ``You're damn right I thought about it. You think I'm stupid or something?'' After another silent moment, Piniella left the interview room, muttering profanities on the way down the hall toward the clubhouse.
``You know, I've answered more questions about Soriano than anybody else on the team combined,'' he said Friday.