Lou Piniella on First Ejection of the Season: “I didn’t even kill the bitch”
June 30, 2008
(Chicago, IL) – Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella, long-known for his fiery temper and on-field antics resulting in ejections, had managed to stay in every game this year. But that changed on Sunday in the Cubs’ 5-1 loss to the cross-town rival White Sox. The loss was the Cubs’ fourth in a row.
Sweet Lou was ejected after briefly coming out to argue a check swing in the third inning. But Lou wants everyone to know that the ejection was completely unwarranted – he didn’t get his money’s worth.
“It was ridiculous,” an angry Lou said after the game. “I came out to tell the first base ump that the check swing was a strike, I yelled a little, and that was it. The homeplate umpire threw me out. I mean, for what? I didn’t even kill the bitch.”
Lou knows a thing or two about ejections, and about how to appropriately manage his team without going too far, so when he says he didn’t deserve it, people listen.
“I have earned some of my ejections over the years,” Lou recalled. “One time, back in ’02, I beat an umpire to death with a rosin bag. And then I remember back in Cincinnati, there was an umpire who politely asked me to return to the dugout after an extra long conference at the mound with my pitcher. I choked him with a shoelace. But this umpire today, I mean, I just don’t get it.”
Lou conceded that murder probably isn’t the only act meriting ejection. “I was ejected some years ago because I took a dump on an umpire’s foot. And I guess the time I was ejected for teabagging that one umpire was probably legitimate. I was just trying to make a point. I forget what it was – but it needed to be done.”
So is this ejection just the precursor to many more for Lou Piniella this year?
“I don’t know, maybe. If they’re gonna be this damn sensitive and I can’t even slap an ump around a little bit, then maybe I will be getting ejected a lot.”