Lou Piniella’s Tearful Farewell Speech
Whether your last name is Holtz, Brown, or Piniella, there’s something about guys with the first name Lou — they’re all hard as nails coaches. With that in mind — not to mention his 60+ ejections — it was a surprise to see Cubs manager Lou Piniella get as emotional as he did during his farewell speech at Wrigley Field. Piniella had already announced he would retire at the end of the year, but he decided to step away after Sunday’s game to be with his ailing mother. Knowing this would be his last game as an MLB manager, Piniella became emotional. Here’s a video of Lou Piniella crying while announcing his retirement:
Perhaps in fitting Cubs form, the team got crushed 16-5 Sunday. While Piniella may be remembered for greatness and winning a World Series with the Reds, two poor managerial decisions with the Cubs stand out to me. Both occurred in the playoffs, one in 2007 and the other in 2008. Chicago’s 2008 team was by far the best in the NL and should have gone to the World Series. Piniella could have done more with his teams both years and mismanaged things. Other than those moves and the Carlos Zambrano fights, he did a great job with the Cubbies.
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