In Need Of Sweet Lou

Remember when Cubs baseball was fun?

It was only a few years ago, actually, when the Cubs went on long winning streaks, had a dynamite offense, strong pitching, and won back-to-back NL Central titles.

But those days seems long ago, especially after watching the Cubs get thumped in a three-game sweep to the lowly Astros. 

Today marks the four year anniversary of Lou Piniella’s classic meltdown vs. third base umpire Mark Wegner at Wrigley Field.

True, it was a memorable rant from the skipper (video), but more importantly, it also marked a turning point in the Cubs’ 2007 season.

Chicago was (22-30) come June 1, trailing Milwaukee by 7.5 games and desperately in need of a spark for the season’s second half.

Piniella’s emotional outburst seemingly turned the trick. The Cubs quickly changed course going (17-11) in June before posting a (17-9) mark in July. Two months later Chicago captured the NL Central flag!

Man, those days were fun.

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