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One of the great things about being a baseball fan is witnessing the occassional blowup by a manager, on the field or in the clubhouse.
Today is Lee Elia's birthday. The former Cubs manager is 76.
On April 29, 1983 he verbalized his frustration with his club's slow start to the season and expressed disdain for the fans' "support"
Check this out:
BTW...you can easily find the "unbleeped" edition of that if you look.
If you listened to that in its entirety, you heard Elia say "the talent is there". He was right. Even though he wouldn't be around to see it, in 1984 the Cubs won the NL East to make the postseason for the first time in nearly 40 years. Too bad he was fired on August 21st after an 11-9 home loss to the Braves dropped the team's record to 54-69. Charlie Fox finished out the season as the skipper. The next season, the Cubs traded for P Rick Sutcliffe and with much the same team as 1983, won the division for manager Jim Frey. It's all about timing, Lee. Happy Birthday and thanks for one of the best rants ever.
Speaking of that, as a devotee of rants, here are my Top 5 baseball meltdowns (with links):
5. Tommy Lasorda takes apart Kurt Bevacqua.
4. Minor Leeague manager Phillip Wellman with perhaps the most histrionic tirade ever.
3. Lou Piniella throws a base. Believe it or not, I can't find a video of this.
2. Lee Elia.
1. Earl Weaver, the best ever, lays into ump Bill Haller (9/17/80) and Haller fires right back.
Two notes: I love the "boom" from Haller when he tosses Earl and check the scoreboard, this all happened in the top of the first inning about five minutes into the game. Awesome in every way!