Wally Throws 22 Bats

Wally Backman throws balls on the field

Be sure to tune in to SNY tonight at 6 pm to see the latest episode of “Playing for Peanuts“, in which you’ll see South Georgia Peanuts manner Wally Backman throw nearly two dozen bats on the field.

But don’t watch the show just to see the bats go flying. Rather, watch it to see what REALLY happened during that game — the events that led to the eruption, Wally’s actions, and the media firestorm that resulted.

If you remember the national media reaction to this particular game, it was highly dramatized and portrayed Backman as an out-of-control nutcase who suffered a “meltdown”. It was further MISREPORTED that Wally went running into the press box to start a fight with the opposing GM, the play-by-play announcer, and anyone else hanging around.

Well in this Sunday’s episode, you will get a rare chance to see what REALLY happened, and then compare it to the second-hand reports we received from the media. You will also be able to form your own opinion on Backman’s “meltdown”, rather than accepting someone else’s.

It may be the best episode in the series — so if you can’t watch it live, be sure to set the DVR / VCR, as it’s sure to be a “can’t miss”.

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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
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