The Chicago Cubs keep losing fake, meaningless, exhibition, practice, unreal, fun-run, Spring Training games. And Lou Piniella is pee-ahssed. He sees the problem, and wants somebody to FIX it.
“I’m getting real close to [delivering a team message],” Piniella said. ”You can start creating good habits in spring training or you can start creating bad habits. Certainly our objective is not to win the Cactus League, but you’d like to come back with a smile every once in a while, as opposed to, ‘Well, we need to do this and we need to do that.”’ CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.
”Spring training wins or losses don’t mean anything, but you don’t want to get in the habit of getting your ass beat every day, either,” said Piniella, who was particularly upset by a hitting downturn in which the Cubs totaled two runs and two extra-base hits in the last two days. ”We’re not hitting at all. And I haven’t seen anybody ask for extra batting practice or anything. It’s like, ‘Well, you know, we’ve got plenty of time.’ And we do.
”But if I were a hitter, I’d rather get to where I wanted to get and then back off a little bit, as opposed to continuing to try to get to where I wanted to get [at a slower pace].”
I guess Lou hasn’t been hatin’ on the pitching this Spring, just the hitting. The team picked it up a bit early this week, so it is unclear if the menacing message will need to be delivered.
Oh, and additionally, it’s like, March.