A Chicago Sun-Times reporter recently wrote an article that said Cubs utility starter Mark DeRosa and Cubs Manager Lou Pinella “never really hit it off”. Not really sure what that means, but I find it hard to believe.
I remember hearing DeRosa talk fondly of Pinella in his weekly conversations with Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman on the Waddle and Silvy show on ESPN Radio 1000’s morning program. I recall a story in which DeRosa was upset Pinella did not include him in the lineup the day after a bad outing for the player, and after DeRosa expressed his feeling towards Pinella, Pinella re-inserted him into the lineup because of his respect for DeRosa. DeRosa also commented that Pinella was like a father-figure to a lot of the guys on the team. Pinella always expected the best out of you because he believed in you, and if you couldn’t handle Pinella’s expectations, than maybe it wasn’t the best environment for someone who failed to live up to those expectations.
DeRosa and Pinella have each commented on the article:
Pinella said: “How can they say that? I have nothing but respect for Mark. He played exceedingly well, I used him all over. I think he had his best season playing for me. I’ve never had any problems with him.”
DeRosa said: “Whoever wrote that article is wrong. I had a great relationship with Lou. I respect what he did as a player, and I respect what he does as a manager. I enjoyed playing for him. He lit a fire under me. That guy has it wrong. I hope Lou didn’t feel I gave that writer any reason to think we didn’t have a good relationship, because it couldn’t be further from the truth.”
I guess that answers my question and is consistent with everything I ever heard out of DeRosa’s mouth on radio interviews. Just goes to show you why the Sun Time is going down the tubes. They can’t even write an accurate article and are probably trying to stir the pot to get more readers…