Lou given jaywalk warning in San Diego
Skipper stopped by traffic officer while talking on cell phone
SAN DIEGO -- Lou Piniella was issued a warning for jaywalking Tuesday in downtown San Diego by a traffic officer who apparently isn't a Cubs fan.
The Cubs manager said he had finished lunch in the Gaslamp District and was walking between Fifth and Sixth streets, talking to his son on his cell phone. Piniella was looking for some place to get his hair trimmed.
He heard a siren, saw the police officer on the motorcycle, and tried to get out of the way.
"I thought they were after somebody, and it was me," Piniella said.
The officer apparently didn't recognize Piniella, who showed his identification. He was issued a warning, and got off much easier than White Sox general manager Kenny Williams, who was stopped Aug. 10 in Seattle for illegally crossing a street away from a crosswalk outside Safeco Field. Williams also was on his cell phone after exiting a cab and on his way into the stadium. A traffic control officer stopped Williams and wrote him a $56 ticket.
"I took my warning and went on my merry way," Piniella said. "When I heard the siren, I thought, 'I wonder who he's after?' "I told my son, 'I've got to call you back. I got stopped for jaywalking.'"
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.