9781599215266

Sweet Lou and the Cubs A Year Inside The Dugout

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  • ISBN13:

    9781599215266

  • ISBN10:

    1599215268

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-03
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
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Summary

Sweet Lou and the Cubschronicles from the inside-out Lou Piniella's stirring and celebrated quest to reverse the team's fortunes after a record 100 years without a World Series championship. Drawing on the story of Piniella's Cubs debut in 2007 and his history as baseball's ultimate firebrand, veteran Cubs reporter George Castle gives fans the real story behind the building of the best Cubs team in decades. In riveting detail he traces how the Cubs swept into the 2008 playoffs as the favorite to represent the National League in the World Series, but then went down in shocking defeatleaving millions of fans to pin their wounded hopes on the prospects of their remade team finally turning the tide in 2009. . . . This is sports writing at its best, focusing on Piniella's old-school style and baseball scientist's mind; wild swings in the Cubs' win-loss fortunes; the inside scoop on a Cubs' front office that has been dramatically more aggressive than its predecessors; the byplay of daily clubhouse life and profiles of key players; and Piniella's colorful proclamations and homespun philosophy, along with his interactions with his coaches, the team, ball-club executives, media, fans, and celebrity hangers-on.

Author Biography

George Castle has covered the Cubs since 1980 for newspapers and magazines including the Times of Northwest Indiana. The author of eight books, he hosts and produces a weekly, nationally syndicated radio show about baseball, Diamond Gems. An unmatched multimedia purveyor of Cubs inside information and analysis, he has gotten to know—and gain the trust of—almost all the important figures in the franchise. Castle lives in Chicago.

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