Angry Piniella rips broadcaster
Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 1:17 pm
As someone who has been present for more than a few Lou Piniella tirades, I can tell you it is one of the more entertaining experiences a baseball writer can have. So I would love to have been in the room today when the Cubs' manager unloaded after being criticized by White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone.
Stone recently took issue with Piniella's handling of rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin. Piniella did not take kindly, as chronicled by the Chicago Tribune .
"We've got a lot of people here that haven't managed and won any games in the big leagues, but they know everything. You know? They really do," Piniella said in a pregame session with Cubs writers. "I think they should try to put the uniform and try this job and see how they like it when they get criticized unjustly. That's all I've got to say about that issue.
"But you get tired of it. I'm trying to do the best job I possibly can and the only people I need to listen to are the people in my organization, that's it. But I get tired of being nitpicked and tired of being criticized unjustly."
Piniella wasn't done.
"Steve Stone? He's got enough problems doing what he does with the White Sox. What job has he had in baseball besides talking on television or radio? What has he done?
"Why isn't he a farm director and bring some kids around? Why isn't he a general manager, and put the uniform on and been a pitching coach? Why hasn't he been a field manager? There's 30 teams out there that could use a guy's expertise like that. I'm tired of some of these guys, I really am."
Best of all, the White Sox and Cubs begin a series today at Wrigley Field, so Piniella and Stone are sure to cross paths this weekend.
-- David Andriesen
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