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    Minor league manager has a meltdown

    Click on this link and then click on the video on the right side of the screen. This one of the bigger meltdowns a manager has ever had.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/minorlbb/n...ory?id=2500470

    Minor league manager Joe Mikulik had a major league meltdown.

    To say Mikulik -- skipper for the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists -- lost his cool Sunday in a Class A South Atlantic League baseball game against the Lexington (Ky.) Legends would be a gross understatement.

    It all started in the fifth inning when Asheville pitcher Brandon Durden tried to pick off Koby Clemens -- son of Roger Clemens -- at second base inside Lexington's Applebee's Park. Clemens was called safe, prompting Mikulik to charge toward first-base umpire Andy Russell to protest the call.

    Protest he did.

    The agitated Mikulik went nose-to-nose with Russell, who showed considerable restraint before tossing the manager. Even after his ejection, Mikulik demonstrated a headfirst slide into second before he picked up the base and flung it toward the outfield. On his walk toward the visitors' dugout, Mikulik stopped at the pitcher's mound, picked up the rosin bag and hurled it toward first base.

    Doing his best Lou Piniella impersonation -- with The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" blaring over the PA system -- Mikulik then stopped at home plate and kicked dirt on the plate and on the heels of retreating umpire Stephen Barga.

    And moments after Mikulik disappeared into the dugout, bats came flying onto the field -- much to the concern of a startled batboy standing nearby.

    Mikulik wasn't done yet. He walked back to plate umpire Barga, emptied a water bottle onto the plate and then finished the tirade by spiking the bottle into the dirt -- all the while arguing the call.

    As a chorus of boos rang through the stadium, Mikulik began his slow march off the field to the tune of Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack." Mikulik untucked his shirt and eventually disappeared through a door in the right-field wall.

    Oh, the Tourists lost 5-2.

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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    That was freaking great!! He slid into 2nd, what a nut! I umpire and I would love it if a coach went that nuts. Because no one likes getting yelled at, but when it gets that ridiculous, you probably just start laughing and not care cause he's just making a fool out of himself.

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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    Hire him
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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    That'll get him a major league job.

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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    I can't get the video to work. I only get audio.
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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    I can't get the video to work. I only get audio.
    That's unfortunate, after seeing the video I'd say not seeing it would be one of the biggest disapointments of my life.

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    I got it to work. I had Macromedia 7 instead of 8.
    How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids

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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    I like when he spikes the water bottle
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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    I wonder if it was staged? They do silly stuff in the minors.
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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    White Sox just hired him to be Ozzie Guillens assistant manager.







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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    Yeah, the funniest part is when he crouches down behind the plate after cleaning it off with water and makes a strike call and then slams the water bottle down on homeplate.

    Funny stuff.
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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    Would anyone have blamed EITHER umpire if they had sucker-punched that guy in the mellon?
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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    The umps showed remarkable restraint.

    ESPN is playing it to death.
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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    it's like the guy tried to reinact every classic argument (Weaver, Pinella, McClenndon, et al) in history...and added a couple of his own. wow.

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    Re: Minor league manager has a meltdown

    What's the big deal, he was just cleaning the plate off for those guys.
    When all is said and done more is said than done.


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