So Long Lou: Thanks For the Memories

Leroy KleimolaCorrespondent IMay 15, 2010

CINCINNATI - APRIL 11: Manager Lou Piniella of the Chicago Cubs is pictured during the game against the Cincinnati Reds on April 11, 2010 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It won't be too much longer, and people will say that they remembered the Lou Piniella era.  The 2007 season when the Cubs got swept by the Diamondbacks.  Piniella pulled Zambrano in order to save him for a game 4, which never happened as Chicago stranded over 30 base runners during the three games.  Or, the 2008 season when Chicago dominated baseball and went into the playoffs with high hopes of going to the World Series for the first time since 1945.  Those hopes quickly vanished and Cubs fans bemoaned yet another chance to have a championship since 1908. 

The thing is the Cubs haven't been bad since Piniella got hired on October 16, 2006.  They haven't had a losing season since he took over, and have won back to back division titles, and finished in second place last year.  He has had a winning record every year since he took over and even managed to win manager of the year in 2008. 

So whats the problem?  Lack of drive, inspiration, decision making, and maybe possibly age, have been the demise of Lou Piniella.  While the season is still very very early, the Cubs 15-21 record is already starting to be a headache for Cubs fans.  I know I speak for all Cubs fans when i see a runner get on for the Pirates--THE PIRATES-- and you worry about that run scoring.  I don't know what I would do if I was Lou right now.  I am not in a position to say I know.  I scratched my head when they moved Zambrano to the pen.  I scratched my head when Aramis Ramirez is hitting .150, and I scratch my head when Lou is so determined to give Gorzelanny a win he lets him throw 113 pitches and ultimately causes them to lose the game. 

I am at wits end when I think about this team.  There is so much potential on this organization and yet they can't seem to win.  Everyone said that the first part of the season would be when the Cubs do great.  Playing a lot of cellar dwellers should have propelled the team to greatness, but the Cubs haven't and have played less than 400 ball since the beginning of the season.  The sad, and scary part is the Cubs haven't even played teams like Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco. 

While I am not saying Lou has been a bad manager, its almost like he has given up.  He has given up on the team, on press conferences, on managing.  I don't know what needs to be done if he needs to get ejected, if the Cubs need to have a fight, or what but something needs to be done to get this team out of its mindset that it's just an average team.  With so many players batting over .300 I don't understand how this team can't score runs.  Now, I have read the commentary from people, "It's just a matter of time before they start scoring, just give it time..."  I am tired of hearing this.  Score runs then.  Make better pitches.  You are not a bad team.  So then I ask this question.  Mr. Ricketts please do something about this ball club quit worrying about bringing people into the stadium.  People will always come into the stadium.  Give us a winning team.  Give us a team that we can be proud of.  The Blackhawks organization certainly did.  It looks like the Bulls are trying.  Come on Cubs please let me eat my words.  However, if this trend continues, I don't see Lou finishing out the season.  The Cubs organization as a whole can't take it.  If there was so much outrage over Chicago getting swept in the playoffs---the playoffs, then all heck will break lose if they finish with a losing season.