It was only a matter of time before Sweet Lou turned sour.
The Cubs, everybody's pick to runaway with the NL Central, have been one of baseball's biggest disappointments to this point of the season. They currently sit at 35-35, but still only find themselves 2.5 games behind the first-place Cardinals in a weak division.
Still, the team has underacheived and it was only a matter of time before Piniella's fuse box blew.
It came to a boiling point in Friday's 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Newcomer Milton Bradley went a little crazy in the dugout after flying out in the sixth inning and start taking out on bats, balls, Gatorade coolers, and everything else he could find in the Cubs' dugout. Pinella didn't like it and chased the troubled left fielder in to the clubhouse.
Piniella ordered Bradley to the clubhouse and followed him -- with Carlos Zambrano joining him -- through the tunnel from the dugout.
According to sources, Piniella then shouted at Bradley, ''You're not a player! You're a piece of sh--!''
Bradley then said, ''I have too much respect for you to respond to that,'' a source said.
''I just told him to take his uniform off and go home,'' Piniella said after the game. ''And followed him up into the clubhouse and we exchanged some words. I don't like those things to happen. But I'm just tired of watching all that.
''This has been a common occurrence and I've looked the other way a lot, and I'm done with it.''
What did the Cubs expect when they brought Bradley on to the team? This guy has the potential to take down any clubhouse.
At 65, Piniella doesn't have it him like he use to. The younger Piniella would have just kicked his ass like he did with Rob Dibble while coaching the 1990 Reds.