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ROME: Piniella's tantrums a joy to watch

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Thursday's Last Word guests are Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, followed by Chicago Bears wide receiver David Terrell. It was only a matter of time. Only a matter of time before sweet Lou Piniella melted down during a game. Face it, his are dead in the water. Management didn't get him the hitter he needed. All the hard work this year was about to go for naught. It had been building. Lou had to get off. And he did, Wednesday against Texas in the ninth inning. And my man did not disappoint. Lou came screaming out of the dugout to contest a bang-bang call at first base. The ump did miss the call. was safe. And Lou, in all his glory, grabbed the first-base bag and lobbed it up the right-field line. Only to run it down and throw it again. I was hoping he'd pick it up a third time and throw it over the outfield wall. I mean why stop after two tosses? I mean, Lou could always swing it as a player, but I think most people forget what kind of an arm he had. And it was on display Wednesday night. Seriously, what's better than a 50-something-year-old guy having a temper tantrum in front of 40,000 people. I thought he was going to get on his hands and knees and dig home plate out of the ground. My man is old school: Outside of he and Larry Bowa, no manager gets off like that anymore. It's too corporate, too buttoned-up, too professional. Sorry, I just don't see Joe Torre going hammer-throw with the first-base bag. Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, and Earl Weaver are all gone and unfortunately not coming back. It's up to Lou Piniella and my favorite manager of all time, Larry Bowa, to uphold the tradition. Sorry, Lou that your club is dead in the water, but I appreciate the effort. Jim Rome brings a distinctive style of sports talk to the top daily sports interview show on television with , which can be seen weekdays on FOX Sports Net at 5:30 p.m. local time.
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