Lou Piniella just addressed the national media for the first time since his NL manager of the year press conference and he's still trying to find an explanation for why the Cubs were swept by the Dodgers in the NLDS.
As you'll see below, he takes quite a circuitous and meandering route.
"Look, I can give you about three different explanations. I think the biggest explanation for postseason, as far as I was concerned, everybody jumped on our bandwagon. Everybody played the underdog role against, or were able to sell that. Everybody, 100 years, supposed to happen on the 100th year. Well, when things are supposed to happen and it doesn't ... I think our guys carried a little burden going into post-season.
"And then the second thing that happened that wasn't mentioned, we got caught at the end of the year where we were playing teams that were still in contention, and we had clinched. We had to play our lineup for the balance of baseball. We just couldn't just put any lineups out there.
"And then third, DeRosa and our catcher didn't go in there exactly healthy. I have to prepare them better as manager. We have lost six in a row. I mean, you know, I think I'm going to go to a sports psychologist and see what goodies he's got in his bag."
Uh, yeah. Look, I'm not too big of a fan of the whole "bandwagon" excuse (every Cubs team will have to face that until the curse is broken) and the lack of rest at the end of the season qualifies as a poor excuse, too.
When it all comes down to it, I think we're past needing any explanations. Piniella's team didn't show against the Dodgers, simple as that.