The owner of the majors' best record throws tantrums (and hats and bases) a lot
less frequently these days.
Dan Patrick: I
tried to use the bullpen phone at Wrigley Field yesterday. I was in the dugout
after you guys left. I didn't know if I had to dial 9 or 8 to get out. Can you
help me with that?
Lou Piniella: I
don't even know. The coaches do the dialing. All I do is ask for the
Zambrano had problems with a molar the other day. Did he just spit out the
tooth on the mound?
LP: He spit out
some of it. He's a tough kid.
DP: Have you seen
anybody more intense than Zambrano?
LP: I've talked
to him many times about trying to control his emotions on the mound. He lets
the opposition know when he's not happy with himself. And I told him,
"You're defeating the purpose, you're wasting energy." But that's the
kind of guy he is. The competitive spirit takes over.
DP: I saw him
punching the wall, but he was using his left [nonpitching] hand.
pitchers, you just don't want them hurting themselves. When they come in and
they're a little upset, I have one of our coaches follow them up that runway,
because they can hurt themselves. I know when I played, the poor watercooler
took the brunt of it. But it would be my big toe, not my throwing hand.
DP: When's the
last time you were nervous during a game?