November 19, 2010
Recently retired manager Lou Piniella has played a lot of different characters over the past 20 years.
He was a sparring partner for Rob Dibble and a world champion with the Cincinnati Reds.
He was a father figure for a young A-Rod and oversaw a Seattle Mariners team that won a Major League Baseball record-tying 116 games in 2001.
He was a hometown boy trying to make good with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
He was a lion in winter with the Chicago Cubs, experiencing early success before final frustration.
Through it all, though, he was always a New York Yankee, one of the Bronx Is Burning-era cast members and one of the dozens "lucky" enough to be called manager by The Boss during the '80s.
And now, with his tour of managing duty seemingly over, Piniella is being called home to Yankee Stadium.
Lou Piniella has an invitation to take part in next year's Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.
Piniella was at a New York Yankees' fantasy camp on Thursday and spent about 30 minutes talking with team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner.
Steinbrenner says he's sure Piniella will take part in the festivities (and) says he hopes Piniella will someday consider rejoining the Yankees in an advisory role ... Steinbrenner says Piniella will "always be a consultant for me."
I'm sure it won't take long for someone to suggest that Joe Girardi needs to start looking over his shoulder — hey, I just kind of did! — but any type of consultant's role would seem to be of the "hey, you're old and wise, we'd like to give you some free money" variety.
Like anyone else, Piniella will probably be only too happy to accept that cash while heading to the baseball home where his reputation was forged.