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Sweet Lou and the Cubs: A Year Inside the Dugout
By George Castle
Reviewer: Steve Schwarz for the Sports Network

It's been 100 years since the Chicago Cubs won a World Series and this book chronicles Lou Piniella's attempt to end the streak in 2008 with a ball club that certainly had the talent to do it.

The book is an inside glimpse as to what went on along the way. The 97 victories (most for the club since 1945) en route to a second consecutive Central Division title, being one of the favorites to win the World Series and the inevitable Cubs disappointment that goes with the team's yearly failure - in this case a three-game sweep at the hands of Joe Torre's Los Angeles Dodgers.

But it's also about changing the "culture" of the Cubs franchise from "lovable loser" to perennial championship contender. Of Piniella's efforts to change the mind set of both players and fans.

George Castle has covered the Cubbies since 1980, the author of eight books, and he hosts and produces a nationally syndicated radio show.

The book certainly would have been more upbeat had the Cubs ended the streak and raised the World Series trophy, but then it wouldn't be the real Chicago Cubs would it? They are the team who always finds a way to lose. The team that's supposedly jinxed.

Maybe it was just written one year too early and 2009 will be their year. True Chicago Cubs fans, those who have waited their entire lives for that one moment, still believe that Piniella can bring them a championship.

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