"It's a small clubhouse, too," Piniella said of that fire catching on
with other players. "There's nothing wrong with that, there really
isn't. I like competitive people, I really do. The more competitive,
Lou Piniella really said that, just a little bit ago.
He's got this way of emphasizing things by summing up what he just said by re-phrasing it with, "_______ really _______".
It cracks me up every time I hear it, it really does.
I would imagine he said it on a famous road trip he took with Matt Sinatro last year.
Something like, "You should look at a map, Matt, you really should."
Just recently, he probably said something like, "Alfonso, we might have to move you down in the line-up, we really might."
Then, after thinking about it awhile he seems to have reconsidered, "Nah, we really shouldn't."
We don't really know how that one will end, but probably with Fonzie leading off.
It would be hilarious if we found out that, in the famous dirt kicking incident that got the team sort of stoked in his first year here, that he said to the ump, "YOU'D BETTER TOSS ME RIGHT NOW, YOU REALLY BETTER!"
It would also be funny if others picked up on it, because distinctive language usually rubs off.
So at some Phoenix area steakhouse we could have maybe heard Jim Hendry and Lou talking.
Jim: I tried to get Peavy. I really did.
Lou: Golly, that would have been sweet, it really would.
Jim: Well, I'm not done yet, I'm really not.
Lou: That's good, it really is. And these pina coladas are awesome. They really are.
Maybe they said that.
Who really knows?
But I guess what I want to hear more than anything might come some time in the future.
It would be in the locker room, and the players would all be spraying champagne on each other, most wearing goggles because they're prepared for it and know that their eyes will sting.
But not Lou.
He's old-school that way, and would welcome the sting.
And a reporter would ask Lou the most obvious question, "What does it feel like to be world champions, Lou?"
And he'd say, "It feels good. It really does."