Chicago Cubs manatger Lou Piniella spent part of the day in the offices of the Seattle Mariners, catching up with old friends - from the team president to front office secretaries.
Safeco Field may be the House That Ken Griffey Jr. Built, but Piniella's managing may have been every it as influential in the long run. Taking over a team that lost 98 games in 1992, Piniella turned a struggling franchise into a force in the American League West.
Junior may have done his work with his bat and glove, Sweet Lou did it through the force of his personality, his quirks and drive and his passion for winning.
He's been on the field and in the dugout already this afternoon, hands in his back pockets, doing that one-step-forward, one-step-back dance he's always done when conversing.
Regional columnists are here, Dave Niehaus did an interview with Piniella, Jay Buhner is on hand to do another. If you were around this team in the '90s and beyond, you likely had a personal relationship with Pineilla.
He has always worn his heart on his sleeve, said what was on his mind - sometimes regretting it soon after - and been a character in the old-school sense of the word.
Lou could mangle the language like Yogi Berra while making himself understood. No one who witnessed the hat-kicking incident in Cleveland will ever forget his on-field rage.
In this series, it's not likely we'll see anything quite as memorable, but that's one of the best things about Piniella. His passion is never scripted, his smile never false.
Lou Piniella was a joy to know and watch when he was with the Mariners. That hasn't changed.