Cincinnati Reds manager Lou Piniella lost patience yesterday with his players, suggesting in an profanity-filled tirade that they stop worrying about themselves and start thinking more about the team.
Piniella erupted during a group interview with reporters after an 8-4 victory over the Montreal Expos that left Cincinnati six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.
Piniella was in a lighthearted mood immediately after the game, but a question about reliever Randy Myers turned him sour. Myers said this weekend that he doesn't think the Reds will keep him as a setup man for Rob Dibble, now the No. 1 closer, and he predicted he'll be traded back to the New York Mets.
Piniella said: "You can talk about trades and 'I'm going here or here.' First of all, you don't even know if the organization you want to go to wants you. So let's quit with all this shenanigans and just play baseball.
"I'm tired of hearing it, I really am. I'm sick and tired of it. This guy wants to go this place and this guy wants that place. Don't take the paycheck and go on home. You don't want the paycheck, go home and do what you want to do, and you'll see you miss the game of baseball and you miss the salary."
* GIANTS: Outfielder Kevin Mitchell (.267, 10 HRs, 24 RBI) was activated off the disabled list. Mitchell was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 3, and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two days later. Giants manager Roger Craig said Mitchell would be available only as a pinch hitter during San Francisco's two-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but could return to the starting lineup Friday night in San Diego.