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Piniella Skips Media Session--is this really a story?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 21, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Chicago Trib headline:

    Piniella talks about why he didn't talk
    Manager unapologetic about missing session to meet with team

    April 24, 2007, 11:08 PM CDT

    Manager Lou Piniella was unapologetic for blowing off reporters Monday night, the first time anyone could remember a Cubs manager doing so after a game.

    "I missed you all like a toothache," Piniella said, laughing.

    Piniella said he hadn't addressed the media because he spoke to the team afterward. So why couldn't he speak to reporters after he spoke to his players?

    "It was late, and you know what? I was tired," he said. "It was another tough loss."

    Piniella recited the litany of tough Cubs losses. He also said he had blown off postgame interview sessions in previous stops.

    "In Seattle, once in a while," he said. "Yeah. Why not?"

    Managers are not forced to speak with reporters, but Major League Baseball encourages them to do so.

    A Cubs official said the team would speak to Piniella and ask him not to make a habit of it.


    Relevant to Cubs coverage, or a major 'we are not the story'?

  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It's probably a note. His quotes are kinda funny at least.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    no big deal. using it as a lead note seems fine. and then it's done
  4. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    I think coaches/managers should always talk to the media after a game. They are the deciders [/georgewbush] and figureheads after all.

    If they don't, I don't get offended. I simply write "head coach Bob Smith refused to comment." And, for road games done over the phone "head coach Bob Smith couldn't be reached despite X amount of phone calls."

    At the lower to mid levels of sports, most coaches immediately apologize or talk the next time. I'm not so sure MLB managers give a shit.
  5. Dale Cooper

    Dale Cooper Member

    Readers/viewers/listeners expect to hear from Piniella. Speaking to them, through us, is part of any MLB manager's responsibility. If he does not show up, the public should know about it.

    Also, in this case, it's worthy of a note/story because it demonstrates Piniella's level of frustration.
  6. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    A note, nothing worth making a federal case over.
  7. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    I think it's more of a story if it becomes a habit.

    Blowing off the media will probably endear him to the fans, though.
  8. It was noteworthy because it was after a game in which the Cubs bullpen once again pissed one away which led to a gut-wrenching loss and one of Lou's coaches was bawling/cussing out an umpire (which could be heard by and was reported by the media) inside the stadium after the game.
  9. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Anything that shows a coach's state of mind or a deviation from the norm, especially before a big game or after a tough loss, is usually noteworthy.
  10. boots

    boots New Member

    Lou is a good guy. He'll probably be the next Yankees manager. Lou walks it like he talks it. He's old school. So he blew the media off after a loss. It's a note. There are 162 games. If he misses one, that's pretty damn good and other managers have and will do it this year. Nothing new here.
  11. broadway joe

    broadway joe Guest

    Definitely worth a notebook lead or maybe even a short separate, partly because it's Piniella. Face it, we're all waiting for him to unleash a nuclear, Lee Elia-type postgame rant, so when he avoids reporters after a tough loss you have to wonder if it's because he's close to blowing his stack. It's worth getting his explanation in the paper.
  12. boots

    boots New Member

    You don't want to see Lou angry. I was there when he kicked the shit out of Rob Dibble. You don't want to see that.
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