Lou Piniella’s Constant Snuggie Wearing Really Starting to Freak People Out
March 6, 2009
(Mesa, AZ) – Spring Training is in full swing, and the Chicago Cubs are off to a solid start – or at least as solid as Spring Training needs to be.
As the team has gotten back together in a more full-time way, they’ve had to get re-acclimated to each other’s idiosyncrasies. Whether it’s Ryan Theriot’s night light or Milton Bradley’s mask, everyone has pretty much accepted these things. With one, draping exception.
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, who used to be most well known for his fiery temper, has cooled in recent years. He has mellowed so much, in fact, that his players say he’s been walking around the Cubs camp, constantly wearing a Snuggie.
“At first it was funny, because it was like, ‘oh man, haha, Uncle Lou is wearing a Snuggie,’” pitcher Jeff Samardzija says. “But then it became, ‘oh man, wow, Uncle Lou is still wearing a Snuggie.’ And then finally, it was, ‘oh man, this is bad, Uncle Lou is still wearing a Snuggie as he exchanges lineups before the game.’”
“Look, I mean, I know the commercial said you can wear it anywhere. You can wear it outdoors, to the ballgame, and all that,” Samardzija went on. “But, come on. It’s a robe. It’s a robe that doesn’t open in the front. And thank God it doesn’t. Lou has been wearing it to morning pilates.”
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez agrees.
“It’s just creepy,” Ramirez says. “He walks around in that thing with this smile on his face, and it’s really starting to freak me out. I keep thinking he’s going to ask me if I like popsicles.”
Piniella says it’s the laid-back atmosphere of Spring Training that compels him to don the Snuggie with impugnity.
“Just relax, man,” Piniella says of the Snuggie debate. “This thing is incredible. It’s a blanket, which we all love, but it’s got sleeves. When I bought it, I was told it was socially acceptable to wear it anywhere, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
“I wore it to the Mesa Rec Center yesterday for a swim, and unfortunately, I have to wear it to a funeral later today.”