Recently in Uncle Lou
The Cubs announced that Lou Piniella will step down following Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves because of family reasons.
Rick Sutcliffe, who was the analyst on ESPN's telecast of Wednesday's Dodgers-Rockies game, far too often goes overboard in trying to suck up to his favorite players and managers.
The jury is still out on whether Thomas Diamond will be a decent starting pitcher and if he'll be part of the Cubs' rotation in 2011, but with the Cubs 14 games under .500 with 54 to play there is no time like the present to find out.
Steve Rosenbloom has an idea for Tom Ricketts this morning. We add a few of our own.
There was nothing funny about Carlos Zambrano's embarrassing dugout tirade Friday.
The Cubs entered Wednesday night's game having already played 26 one-run games - tying them for the major league lead in one-run decisions with Cincinnati, San Diego, and Kansas City.
It's obvious that Lou Piniella is starting to crack under the pressure of his underachieving team when he resorts to an ad hominem attack against White Sox TV broadcaster Steve Stone while also reminding us of what a great manager he is.
Starting pitching isn't the only thing for which Lou Piniella is using a rotation. Kosuke Fukudome will bat leadoff Sunday against Houston right-hander Brett Myers (3-3, 3.04 ERA) - the third different leadoff hitter in as many games for the Cubs.
I do not believe that Lou Piniella will be fired, but I'm quite certain that when the Cubs open the 2011 season, Uncle Lou will be sprawled out on a hammock in the backyard of his home in Tampa, Fla.