Sunday, August 22, 2010

Good Bye Sweet Lou

After 41 years around Major League Baseball, Lou Piniella has decided to call it a career. In 18 years as a player he hit .291 with 102 HR for 4 different teams (though he was actually a member of 2 additional teams- Washington Senators and Seattle Pilots), he has an overall record of 1,835-1,713 as manager for 5 different teams including 10 years with my Seattle Mariners.

He may not have the best win-loss record but he made the game enjoyable, he was so animated that it was fun to watch just to see what he would do next. Who can ever forget the base-throwing episode in 2002?

I was fortunate enough to see him manage the Mariners including the magical 1995 season. Some days I miss the old Kingdome, the parking was horrible, the stadium was crumbling and the field was made of Astroturf but I had perfect seats in Center Field right between Griffey and Buhner.

So long Sweet Lou, you brought us many years of entertainment.

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