“My managing career is over,” said Lou Piniella, who made his Old-Timers’ debut on Sunday afternoon. “I’m gonna enjoy my family. My grandkids. I’m gonna enjoy my life.
“There comes a time for everybody, and my time came last year. I made the right decision. I don’t miss it. I love the game of baseball, but boy, to come in here and explain why I didn’t take a pitch out or why i didn’t pinch-hit or why I didn’t bunt, well, that was enough.”
Piniella said it wasn’t difficult to walk away.
“I played until I was 41, so I probably overstepped my boundaries,” Piniella said. “But if you’ve been around this game enough, you know when it’s time. You know.”
If you are like me, part of you has always wanted to see Lou Piniella come back to manage the Yankees again ever since he left in the late 80’s. Watching Piniella don the pinstripes yesterday led me to think about his possible return for just a minute.
I know it’s not possible, especially with Joe Girardi having just signed a new three-year deal, but it is nice to think about. I wish he would at least serve as bench coach for a year or two. Even that is unlikely though. We’ll have to settle for Old Timer’s Day.