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Not the retiring type

Piniella enters last season of Cubs' deal with competitive juices flowing

Updated: February 17, 2010, 5:56 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

The offseason rushed past Lou Piniella like the cool, wet winds that plagued Florida's Gulf Coast all winter.

He looked up and it was over, he told his friends a week ago over dinner and a movie with his wife Anita.

"The four of us were talking about how things go by a lot quicker when you're older," said Tony Gonzalez, a close friend of Piniella's since childhood, when the two would wile away long summer days and nights playing ball with their buddies at the neighborhood ...

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