Now that's the Lou Piniella I know. For most of two seasons in Chicago, the Cubs manager has held his tongue more often than showing the more volatile side of his emotions, but the old Cincinnati-Seattle Lou finally came out tonight in a two-minute rant/message aimed at the dull play of a team that has pissed away almost one-third of September.
This is the kind of fire his managerial reputation was built on -- and the kind of fire Tribune big shots told him they wanted to see two months into last season, a couple of days before his calculated dirt-kicking ejection June 2.
The ejection that coincided with the team starting to win.
No guarantees on the results of this one. The Cubs' road is much tougher the rest of the way, with this weekend's Houston series suddenly looking as tough as any series in the final stretch.
Maybe that's why he went off now. If this slide continues into Houston, then all the goats, black cats and Bartmans might really start playing a psychological role on things around here.
And if either Harden or Zambrano don't come back as strong as the team keeps saying it expects?
At that point, it might be time to duck. Because if that's the case, and the rest of them aren't playing any better, another eruption of Mount Lou isn't going to make a difference.