If you started internet browsing during the eighty-run ninth inning last night, you may have noticed that today is Lou Piniella’s 69th (hee hee!) birthday. For those of you too young to remember, Hire Jim Essian was originally Fire Lou Piniella, which was originally Fire Dusty Baker (no, not that one). So, I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Sweet Lou. Though not for Dusty F. Baker.

When I think back to the bright-eyed idiot I was in the days of FDB and FLP, I sort of want to slap the shit out of myself. And Dusty Baker. But Lou’s birthday always makes me think about the past, enjoy the present, and hope for the future. So, happy birthday, Lou, and thanks for the introspection. I promise I’ll try to be more than just a stupid link dump.