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Pete Mackanin is awesome
by Scott Butler 6/29/15

Pete Mackanin

Ryne Sandberg was not a communicator. Watching him speak was like watching the awkward exchange of a high school kid meeting with his girlfriend's father, who knows exactly what has been going on. It's part of why Ryno never really connected with, well, anyone.

Pete Mackanin gives the impression of a normal, non-robotic human being with communication skills.

I'm not sure exactly what constitutes a man-crush, but Sweet Pete, as I will now call him, captured my heart in less than five minutes yesterday. Mackanin met with the media for a quick session between the two games and was absolutely dazzling.

Mackanin was like an aggressive pitcher going right after a big slugger with fastballs.

"Overall, I'm disappointed in the mental aspect of our defense,"' Mackanin said.

Mackanin, who was quite calm and comfortable in front of reporters, was not happy with his team's defense.

"I wasn't pleased with some of those plays that should have been made," Mackanin said. "The two plays in that one inning, the fourth inning I believe it was, it didn't lead to any runs, but that's not what I want to see."

Mackanin said he would speak to his players about their sloppy play.

"I'm going to talk about it, but I don't want to beat them up," Mackanin said. "There are a lot of young guys and I think this is the first time, I believe, that any [of the younger players] have played a doubleheader back-to-back."

He also did not hide his displeasure for a botched play in which Galvis threw to Franco, who had not reached the third base bag for a force play. I would give you the quotes, but I had issues with my DVR, meaning I'm an idiot who deletes things before thinking first. But the gist of it was that the play needed to be made and he held both players accountable.

No man-crush yet, but I'll get there.

Mackanin was asked why he opted to bring in Jake Diekman during the sixth inning rather than later in the game.

"Diekman's been sporadic the whole season," Mackanin said. "We used him in the sixth inning because I'm not entirely comfortable with him later in the game."

Palms starting to get a little sweaty.

Mackanin then explained why he chose the right-handed bat of Francoeur over Domonic Brown against the right-handed Stephen Strasburg.

"Brown doesn't have numbers, for me, to justify playing him against a righty or a lefty," Mackanin said.

Full-on man-crush now.

The fan in me loves to hear a manager tell it how it is. These players make a lot of money to play a game and they should be held accountable. Some managers can pull it off better than others.

Comments like those either demonstrate why he has never been anything but an interim manager in his career or they show a man that does plan or expect to be the full-time manager of this team.

Knowing he will probably be the skipper for just a few games, he might be showing everyone what Sandberg was dealing with and setting the stage for the next manager.

Or, maybe he is here for good, and I can't wait to see it.

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