The Bald Truth
I'm not sure if even Lou Piniella realized it when he said it, but after another impotent loss to the sub-mediocre Braves, the fed-up Cubbie skipper fired his first public shot right at GM Jim Hendry's head:
"I get asked the same questions every day - every day, you know? I think what you need to do is go ask the players why they’re not hitting instead of asking me. Or go talk to the hitting coach."
In other words: Go talk to Hendry's hitting coach, Von Joshua. He's the guy Hendry brought after going over Lou's head and firing Gerald Perry, a perfectly good hitting coach who also happens to be Lou's friend.
Lou might as well have said: "Hey, Jimbo, these are your crappy hitters and now it's your savior hitting coach. Have a nice day."
"I’m not in the batter’s box. All I can do is try to keep them upbeat and show them what’s going on with their mechanics." - Von Joshua
So after Hendry blamed the previous hitting coach, the current hitting coach is saying: "Hey, man, don't blame me."
What an organization.
Maybe Hendry should ensure a World Series appearance by firing Jim Riggleman again.
The Balder Truth
If you say you had Jason Marquis and Tim Wakefield in the First Pitchers To Eleven Wins Pool, I hope you don't mind if I call you a liar.
THE BALDEST TRUTH
It's July 8. It's 63 degrees and breezy. You know, on July 8, a guy shouldn't have to wear a fleece jacket over a long-sleeve shirt with the heat on in the Wrigley press box.
Give me my summer, dammit!