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Food for thought

Lou Piniella walked through the interview room munching on a slice of Connie’s cheese pizza he grabbed from the media’s spread.

It was one of those classic arresting moments Lou seems to have every other game or so. Mike suggested it’s from a confidence he’s developed over the years. Whatever it’s from, it never fails to crack smiles around the writers and from Lou himself.

It’s funny, too: In two of the sit-down Q&A’s I did with Lou — for Vine Line’s monthly In the Dugout segment — he was chowing down on some breakfast. I just happened to catch him in his office at the times when he was having eggs and toast, but it also had the interesting effect of giving him a few extra moments to pause and think about the question I had posed.

Confidence, comfort or an opportunity to collect himself, it’s always interesting to catch the man in charge in thought.

– Sean Ahmed

More from Lou

How hard is it to keep Mike Fontenot out of the lineup as well as he’s swung the bat lately?: That’s a good question. He has swung the bat well lately. You know, we need a bat coming off the bench, too. He’s been our best bat coming off the bench. At the same time, with as cool a weather we’ve been a little hesitant with DeRosa putting him in the outfield and running bigger distances.

But it’s a good, legitimate question. I can inject him in the lineup just as easily as not, believe me.

On Game 2 being do-or-die for the Cubs: “Oh, I don’t look at that. I really don’t. I think that it would be a huge advantage for the Dodgers, but do-or-die? If we lose tonight, well, might as well just stay home and go home and forfeit the game in Los Angeles. I don’t see us doing that.

You’ve got to win three ballgames in these things. Obviously you go down 2-0 the advantage really swings, but not do-or-die. No, that I don’t buy.”

On the other hand, DeRo

Mark DeRosa was asked just before Lou whether he saw tonight as a do-or-die. His comment was interesting from a player’s point of view:

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Game 2: another opportunity

Everyone is getting geared up for Game 2 tonight. It’s a late start because of the TBS schedule, 8:37 p.m. Central, so we’ve been left anticipating this game all day.

Today’s lineups

DODGERS

Furcal, SS
Martin, C
Ramirez, LF
Ethier, RF
Loney, 1B
Kemp, CF
DeWitt, 2B
Blake, 3B
Billingsley, RHP

CUBS

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
DeRosa, 2B
Edmonds, CF
Soto, C
Fukudome, RF
Zambrano, RHP

We’ll be talking to Lou at the bottom of the hour, so stay tuned for more.

Bullish on Z

Trailing by a game and facing the Dodgers’ most consistent pitcher in 2008, Big Z is going to be the Cubs’ leader and horse tonight. Here’s Carlos on postseason lessons learned, his health and pitching in October.

On postseason experience: You know, sometimes experience don’t count, you know? There’s people that have a lot of experience in the playoffs and still haven’t performed as good. Just, like I said, if you prepare and you attack the opponent and you come to the ballpark ready and you play good, you’re going to win that day.

On the key to having no-hit stuff tonight: Strike, first pitch, strike, and challenge the hitters. Sinker. If my sinker is working, everything will be different.

On his health: Yeah, I am. I’ve been playing catch and I’ve been feeling good. Everything is good for me. Just the fact that I wasn’t able to throw strikes in the situation that I have to throw strikes, that’s it.

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