Via Bruce Levine –
Manager Lou Piniella told a few media people about the one time that he was called during a game in the dugout by New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner when Piniella managed the Yankees.
“We were in Anaheim,” Piniella said, “and it’s the fourth inning. All of the sudden, I see our trainer coming up the stairs from the clubhouse with a long wire and a telephone connected to it (remember, no cell phones in 1985). I said, ‘What’s this?’ and the trainer started to plead with me to take the call from George Steinbrenner. As soon as I get on, George starts yelling. He says, ‘Whose side are you on!?’ Piniella laughed, ‘And what are you doing!?’
Steinbrenner, the Yankee owner said in a sarcastic tone, ‘And if you think you wants to take a pitcher out, leave him in! If you think you want to leave the guy in, take him out!’ Steinbrenner told Piniella, showing his distrust for Piniella’s decision-making at that time. “George was livid. Finally, when I got a word in edgewise, I said to George, ‘What inning is it?’ George said, ‘It’s the fourth.’ Then I said, ‘What’s the score?’ and George said ‘3-1.’ Then I said, ‘Who’s winning?’ and he said, ‘You are.’ Then I started laughing and said, ‘And that’s a problem?’”
Piniella continued to laugh and smile as he reminisced the tough love Steinbrenner showed for his employees.
And if you think you wants to take a pitcher out, leave him in! If you think you want to leave the guy in, take him out!
Ah, yes, listen to George, Lou…if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right!