A good first series in Houston with the Cubs bats showing up last night to take the final game and 2 of 3 from the Astros. Good to see Dome bust out at the plate, I may have been a bit hard on him in my profile blurb the other day…but like last season, time will tell. Since the Cubs have today off before starting an important set at Wrigley North tomorrow, I thought I would bring you this interview.
Just before the regular season got underway I had the chance to talk with George Castle who wrote the book Sweet Lou and the Cubs. If you’re not familiar with Castle, he’s covered the Cubs since 1980 for various newspapers and magazines, including the Times of Northwest Indiana. He’s written eight books and hosts a nationally syndicated weekly radio show about baseball called Diamond Gems.
As the back cover of the book indicates – “Sweet Lou and the Cubs chronicles from the inside out Lou Piniella’s stirring and poignant quest to reverse the team’s fortunes after the record 100 years without a World Series championship.”
Sure we know how last season ended but this book is about a lot more than that, giving plenty of inside information about Lou and some of his key players as well as coaches, front office, and fans. I particularly enjoyed reading about the things that molded Piniella in his early years to make him the type of manager he is today. This isn’t a Cubs sugar coated feel good story, however if you’re like me and want the inside scoop on what’s really happening behind the scenes, this book is for you.
This is a phone interview (NO VIDEO) it runs 12:45 long, if you hear something in the background about 2/3’s of the way through it’s George’s basset hound.