Originally Posted by taz57
I noticed during the second half of last season and so far this year, the position of manager of the Cubs has beaten down and defeated Lou. The pressure to win now has gotten the best of him. If the players don't start playing to their capabilities soon, I think Piniella will walk away from this mess.
I don't think it has beaten him down as much as he has failed to step up.
He is a tired old man that thought this was going to be an easy job. A veteran team with one of the best pitching staffs in the NL should be an easy slate to win it all. It hadn't worked out that way and I think it has his lack of attention that has contributed to the failure.
It took him two years to address the Soriano lead off problem. He failed to prepare the team for two play offs . He has ignored player issues and used his position to settle personal vendettas. He has not taken time to get to know individual player personalities and strengths. He has failed failed failed and like I said two years ago the only change they should have done to that team was to fire him.
He stubbornly marches out this dumb-ass right-handed line up every freaking time and it has never worked !
He put a silver-slugger ace pitcher in eighth inning relief and refuses to pitch him more than one inning and back to back games . He lets the players just do their thing regardless of how it affects the team. ( Wells said he was playing slap and tickle with Soto before he got lit up in his last outing, where the hell was the coach ) . Now , he is letting Castro room and be tutored by Soriano ! How did that work for Pie ? He lets pitchers talk him out of being pulled !! For crying out loud ! The one thing any boss has to do to be respected is be decisive !
I did feel bad about criticizing him after seeing him sitting in that stool with his feet dangling like some poor old man but ,I have gotten over that now. I heard another interview and in talking about the team he reffered to our Cubs as " them " and " they " as if he was still with the Yankees and analyzing on outside team.
The stupid old man never once took ownership of this team our his job ! Every failure is eventually pinned on some goat and never accepted once by Lou. If he is ever dare challenged by a reported he does his red-ass act and calls out the reporter as opposed to just answering the damn question. Man up LOU ! I know I have been drug over the coals for my opinion of this old fart but I really don't give a damn ! People say it is easy and a cop-out to blame the manager but that doesn't mean that it is never an accurate charge .