Ok, first off, don’t forget that Cubs tickets go on sale tomorrow. It should be an unbelievable amount of people trying to get tickets, especially with all the off season moves, and especially with Lou Pinella in town. We may even get rid of this stupid Billy Goat Curse. Of course, Lou does not believe in curses. According to Lou
"Curses are for people with no confidence. … Curses? No, I never had heard about the Billy Goat Curse and some of these things."
When asked about Steve Bartman, Lou was even more puzzled.
"What was his name?" Pinella asked. "I didn’t even know his name."
It must be hard for Cubs fans to believe that there is anyone on this planet who doesn’t know Bartman’s name. But maybe this is what the Cubs need. Someone to stomp this kind of mentality out. Dusty Baker claimed to not believe in any of this stuff, but there he was, spraying holy water from John Paul II on Wrigley Field. The Cubs need to believe in themselves, their ability, and nothing else. Just to prove he doesn’t believe in curses, Lou spits in the the face of the Sports Illustrated cover curse and appears with Alfonso Soriano on the latest cover of SI.
I have heard only good things about Lou and the way he is running spring training. Guys have arrived early, (except for Aramis Ramirez), in shape, and are eager to please their new manager. Their coaching staff is top notch and the whole attitude surrounding the team seems to be different. When asked about the Cub’s history and expectations, Pinella said
"You don’t ignore it, but basically you say, ‘Look, what’s happened in the past is in the past," he said. "What we’re worried about is right now, in the present and the future. The only thing you can do with the past is learn from it.’ Look, there’s a lot of talent here, there really is. It’s up to me and my coaches to get this thing to work. Our ownership group and our front office have done their job. Now it’s up to me to do my job on the field."
Lou really doesn’t believe he is going to lose. He really believes the Cubs are going to win, and so does the rest of the team. Lou has a lot of depth on this team. He has a good mix of veteran players and youngsters. Everything seems to be falling into place. He has championship rings from his years as a player and as a coach. He has the respect of his players. Though he looks mellow now, wait until someone doesn’t hustle or execute. Do I expect his to start punching players like he did in his days managing the Cincinnati Reds? No. But they say a leopard can’t change it’s spots. Lou is a competitor, and he expects results from his team. You can guarantee that the era of no accountability is over. It’s not in Lou’s nature. According to Cub’s legend Ron Santo
"He’s fun to be out with but when he puts that uniform on, you better play baseball. It’s difficult for managers today because of the guaranteed contracts and the agents but, believe me, it’s not difficult for Lou. He’ll be lenient to a point, but last year was the worst fundamental baseball I’ve ever seen, and he will not put up with that. They’ll be out there the next day working on that, or they won’t play."
I have a great feeling about this year, and you won’t want to miss being a part of it. Like Lou says about these 07 Cubbie;
"There’s some talent here. One of the things I did tell this team is I’ve been fortunate in my career as a manager to manage some very talented teams, and I told them there’s as much talent in this clubhouse as any team I’ve ever managed, and I meant it. Now it’s up to our guys to work hard and myself and my staff to get these kids prepared to play. There’s a ton of talent here, believe me."