The weather isn't the only thing heating up in the Midwest. Someone check Cubs manager Lou Piniella's temperature, because I'm pretty sure Mount Piniella is about to erupt.
Apparently, prior to being "razzled" by some St. Louisans on his lonely walk back to the Hilton at the Ballpark which is a stone's throw from the new Busch Stadium, Piniella had an unpleasant conversation with the team's traveling secratary. (For the record, you can find stones at the landfill that is supposed to be Ballpark Village if you'd like. I digress.)
Sweet Uncle Lou does this from time-to-time to deflect some eyes, ears and thoughts away from the team when they're playing bad. But a rift with the traveling secretary should be the least of the team's concerns.
And I know it's three hours til game time, so here are a list of things that should be concerning Piniella:
- Milton Bradley's .193 batting average
- The Mini-Me Midget Committee at third base
- The fact that Aaron Miles and Kevin Gregg are still on the roster
- Rich Harden's (lack of) velocity
- The after-effects of eating a large Imo's pizza
Prediction: Wainwright's good for seven shutout innings as the Cards complete the sweep.
Now That! Is What I call Pessimism, Vol. 100.