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They're All Outta There!
I love manager ejections. I love it when the manager gets up in the ump’s grill and lets him have it. With that said, it seems to me that Grady Little has the tamest ejections in the history of baseball (click on the appropriate linky for a video of the ejection).
More on baseball meltdowns later.
A serious cause of concern came in the bottom on the ninth in Sunday’s 5-4 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s something far worse than the Dodger’s bipolar hitting. Lights out closer Takashi Saito with one on, one out and a 2-2 to Jose Bautista tweaked his hammy. I was having an email discussion with a couple friends of mine (one Giants fan, one Cubs fan). “Holy fuck,” I wrote, “Saito just got injured.”
Fortunately it doesn’t look like a major injury, and Bob’s Big Boy is more than capable of taking over the closing role for a short while. Hopefully the Dodgers can muster up enough runs in the final game of the series against the Pirates to prevent a save situation.
On the bright side, the Dodgers came back from being down 4-0 in the top of the seventh to eventually take a 5-4 lead on Andre Ethier's two-run homer in the top of the eighth. The Dodgers are now 2-20 when they trail after six innings.
Like I said before, Monday afternoon is the last game of this series. The Dodgers then fly to San Diego for a start of a three-game series against the Padres. The Dodgers will probably touch down in San Diego after midnight on Tuesday. Let's just say those major league schedulers are doing their job.
When I set out to write this, it was going to be a brilliant piece of prose that would rival Hemingway and Dostoevsky combined. But I watched a piece on ESPN about manager ejections, so I trolled on YouTube. So I present to you now the best baseball meltdowns both on the field and in front of the press. By the way you probably want to be away from children with these clips.
Legendary Oriole's manager Earl Weaver defined the art of arguing with the umps. It's a shame MLB doesn't mic the field anymore.
Cheesy graphics aside, these are the best of the best quotes from Mr. Dodger himself.
This is from the infamous 1983 Pine Tar Game. The results were protested, and the AL President ordered the game to be continued after George Brett's home run. The Royals ended up winning the game.
This one from Saturday is not one of Lou Piniella's best, but I couldn't find any of his classic ejections from his days managing the Seattle Mariners in the 90s.
This is Phillip Wellman manager of the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, Mississippi Braves. This starts out with the same old manager's antics, but he takes it one step farther with the "grenade". That and the Nixon salute makes this a new classic. He's doing a great job of auditioning for Bobby Cox's job.
AP Photo by Gene J. Puskar