5/28 Guess who's coming to dinner

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is in town for Saturday’s broadcast of the Cubs’ game against the Cardinals. He shouldn’t expect an invitation to dinner from Lou Piniella.

“I haven’t seen my little buddy,” Piniella said before Friday’s game.

In mid May, Rosenthal wrote that the Cubs should fire Piniella. At that point, the team had three wins in 12 games and they were 16-22 overall.

“When a person doesn’t see your team play, I think he should at least see the team play before you make comments,” Piniella said Friday. “He has no bearing at all on whether I have a job here or not.”

Piniella and Rosenthal worked together on Fox broadcasts in 2006.

“Are we friends? Am I looking forward to having dinner with him tonight? Absolutely not,” Piniella said. “We both do things in the public eye. The amazing thing about it is when you manage a baseball team, you take it more than you give it. That’s the way it’s always been. When a team’s not playing well, it’s the manager who takes the brunt of it whether it’s justified or not justified.”

– Carrie Muskat

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