It looks like the Cubs' $300 million off-season experiment crossed a fiery bridge yesterday, when skipper Lou Pinella picked up his first ejection of the year. Known for his temper, all had been waiting for this to happen. And with the way the Cubs have been playing lately, it's only a wonder it didn't happen sooner.
Especially after Friday's brawl between Carlos Zambrano and Michael Barrett, Lou had to be asking himself - and I came out of retirement for this??
Perhaps the only surprise is that Pinella was suspended before Sunday's game by MLB indefinitely. The length of his suspension will be determined after a hearing with the league tomorrow. Managers and players get ejected all the time - it's part of the game. But this quick suspension brings one question to mind.
Is MLB turning into the NBA in terms of suspensions? Take a look at the video again. Is what he did any different than other managers? Any different than what he's done in the past? It's hard to say so. It looks like MLB reacted just a little bit in this situation.
As for the Cubs - they won today sans skipper. Maybe Pinella and his team can use this suspended time to ponder whether their relationship is still a good fit.