Lou Piniella was born into baseball

Under his mom's steady guidance, game and family intertwined for fiery manager

Updated: August 30, 2010, 1:18 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- In the winter, they would sit at the kitchen table drinking coffee and talking baseball.

"Lou," Margaret Piniella would question impatiently, "why don't you have this guy bunt?"

"Mom," he would reply patiently, "this guy makes $8 million. He doesn't want to bunt."

But you didn't argue with Margaret Piniella. Or if you did, you'd better have a good answer ready. When Lou Piniella grew up, you respected your elders. All of them.

"Everybody's ...

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