Piniella, staff use off-day to go on fishing trip

Piniella, staff use off-day to go on fishing trip

HOUSTON -- Lou Piniella and some of the Cubs' staff went on a fishing trip Thursday about 35 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas.

"We had a wonderful day," Piniella said Friday.

The group had plenty of good fortune as they caught shark, mackeral, and kingfish. The crew even prepared one of the cobia they caught and brought back filets that the chef at their hotel in Houston prepared for dinner.

It was a great day for all but two in the Cubs' party. Apparently, bench coach Alan Trammell and assistant athletic trainer Ed Halbur don't have sea legs.

"Unfortunately, two of our fishermen got sick, so they didn't have a rod in their hand the whole day," Piniella said. "Outside of that, a beautiful boat and a really nice day for fishing."

At dinner Thursday, the discussion switched from fishing to the lineup, and that's how Marlon Byrd ended up as the Cubs' leadoff man Friday for the series opener against the Astros.

"Over dinner last night we talked about our lineup, and we'll try this and see," Piniella said of Byrd, who did lead off once before this season on April 19 against the Mets in New York.

If it works, it'll be quite the fish story.