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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sweet Lou backs Chicago's bid


Maybe the Chicago Olympic Committee should have taken Lou Piniella to Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Cubs' manager was the latest big name to throw his support behind the city's Olympic bid.

"I love the idea," Piniella said before the Cubs' game on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. "[Chicago] is a wonderful, wonderful city. You're not gonna have a better venue for Olympics than here in Chicago. It's a great sports town. I tell ya what, it would be a great showcase for the city on a national scale to show the amenities here, the goodwill of the people, and it would bring a lot of economic prosperity to this town, too.

"Look, I think it's wonderful. I hope they do get it and I hope President Obama does a nice job trying to sell it."

Piniella was then asked if he'd still be here to see the Games if they were to take place in town.

"I'll still be here," he responded. "2016? I'll be here as a guest. As a guest, yes. I would love to come to the Olympics and come to Wrigley and watch the Cubs play."

Piniella's last comment brings up an interesting point and one that hasn't been touched on much, up to this point: If Chicago really does land the Olympics, will the Cubs and White Sox still play at Wrigley and U.S. Cellular Field, respectively? Or will they both be forced to take extended road trips during the games? The Olympic bid could cause MLB and the city of Chicago a serious headache in that regard, but it's one the city would certainly be happy to deal with.