A longtime Bleed Cubbie Blue reader posted this at that site during one of the game threads last night:â†µ
I have a contact with access to the Cubs clubhouse. He said the clubhouse is a disaster right now (maybe this game will help). He said the latin players, led by Ramirez and Z, have completely walled themselves off from everyone else, to the point that they wouldnâ€™t let them team haze Castro in the typical rookie fashion (carrying bags, etc). He said Ramirez has completely shut down, refuses to practice, and is barely willing to take the field for games. The team never turned on Soriano, despite all his struggles, because he worked his butt off, but the team is turning on Ramirez, because he doesnâ€™t, and doesnâ€™t see a problem with it.â†µ
This same reader gave The Deep Dish more information this morning that confirms that report.â†µ
If this is true, it’s time to replace Lou Piniella. What leader of any organization would put up with this kind of nonsense? Either fix it, Lou, or go back to Florida.