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With Cubs buried in distractions and standings, Piniella points to his 1978 Yankees

Updated: June 27, 2010, 12:25 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- It's sort of funny that during the Cubs' team meeting Saturday, manager Lou Piniella used his 1978 Yankees team as an example of a club climbing back from a seemingly insurmountable hole.

His point was that New York trailed Boston by 14½ games July 19 before eventually toppling the Red Sox in the famous Bucky Dent one-game playoff game and went on to defeat the Dodgers for the Yankees' second straight World Series win.

Maybe a handful of Piniella's players have heard ...

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