Sweet Lou and the Cubs: A Year Inside the Dugout

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An expertly guided tour inside the mind of Lou Piniella, inside the Chicago dugout—and inside the Cubs’ poignant quest to end a century-long championship drought
 
Sweet Lou and the Cubs chronicles from the inside out Lou Piniella’s stirring and poignant quest to reverse the team’s fortunes after a record 100 years without a World Series championship. Drawing on the story of Piniella’s Cubs debut in 2007 and his history as baseball’s ...

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Overview

An expertly guided tour inside the mind of Lou Piniella, inside the Chicago dugout—and inside the Cubs’ poignant quest to end a century-long championship drought
 
Sweet Lou and the Cubs chronicles from the inside out Lou Piniella’s stirring and poignant quest to reverse the team’s fortunes after a record 100 years without a World Series championship. Drawing on the story of Piniella’s Cubs debut in 2007 and his history as baseball’s ultimate firebrand, George Castle gives fans the real story behind the building of the best Cubs team in decades. In riveting detail he traces how the Cubs swept into the 2008 playoffs as the favorite to represent the National League in the World Series, but then went down in shocking defeat—leaving millions of fans to pin their wounded hopes on their remade team in year 101 and beyond. . . .

This is sports writing at its best, focusing on everything from Piniella’s old-school style and baseball scientist’s mind to the inside scoop on a Cubs’ front office and clubhouse life, as well as profiles of key players and Piniella’s interactions with the coaches, the team, fans, and celebrity hangers-on.

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Buzz Bissinger, author of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and THREE NIGHTS IN AUGUST:
 
"I have read all of George Castle's books, and I can say without hesitation that he is one of those rare individuals who is extremely gifted both as a reporter and a writer. I have also seen George work the Cubs' clubhouse, and it is clear that he has a rapport with team personnel that no other reporter in Chicago can touch. They trust him and they respect him, which means Sweet Lou and the Cubs has inside information you won't find anywhere else."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599215266
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,393,988
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Castle has covered the Cubs since 1980 for various newspapers and magazines, including the Times of Northwest Indiana. The author of eight books, he hosts and produces a nationally syndicated weekly radio show about baseball, Diamond Gems.

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