Piniella: 'I like Barrett' Also: Lou Lies A LOT By Paul "Idiot Asshole" Sullivan
Tribune staff reporter
Published June 22, 2007, 7:39 PM CDT
Cubs manager Lou Piniella shrugged off criticism from the Padres' Geoff Blum that he doesn't particularly like catchers. Blum used White Sox catcher Toby Hall as evidence, without getting into specifics.
"Ask [Michael] Barrett," Piniella said. "Ask [Koyie] Hill. Ask Henry [Blanco]. I don't know. I haven't said a word to anybody here. You know what's amazing, is that Lou wants to see things done right. That's all Lou wants. And if you do things right, you win baseball games. But I had a great relationship with Michael."
Piniella said he didn't see Barrett's reaction at his news conference to a question about his relationship with Piniella. Barrett appeared not to be a fan of Piniella's tough-love style.
"Look, I like Michael. I had many nice conversations with the man," Piniella said. "I was supportive. But you know what? You all ask me questions. Ask the people who played for me. They'll give you good responses, one way or another. … You do things right and you win baseball games. And that's what you want your players to do, and with Michael, he gave me everything he had."
And dat's why da Cubzzz got rid of him FOR NOTHING AND THREW IN $1.5 MEEEELion.