Quote of the Day: Dan Uggla on Wally Backman

Next week, Wally Backman will begin managing the Brooklyn Cyclones. Backman has been managing in independent and affiliated minor league baseball since the mid-1990s.

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has interviewed several of Backman’s former players to give a sense of what kind of manager he is. Here is Dan Uggla’s take:

“Well, obviously he’s very passionate with protecting his players,” Uggla said. “I’ll tell you what, if you play for Wally Backman, you’re going to be able to run through a brick wall, because we have the same emotions toward him as he has toward us. I mean, I would have run through a brick wall for him. Everybody is playing hard — I think playing above their ability — when they play for a guy like that. [ESPN New York]

I have to say, Rubin’s article is the most accurate reporting I’ve ever seen regarding the passion that Backman’s players have for their manager.

Read the whole thing here.

And if you want to get an idea WHY players would want to run through a brick wall for Wally Backman, check out this NSFW video of Backman defending one of his players (WARNING: Adult Language!):

Note: If you REALLY want to hear what Wally is saying, check out this video of the same ejection(EXTREMELY NSFW)

John Fitzgerald is an independent film/TV producer. In 2007, he followed former Mets 2B Wally Backman and his minor league team for the TV show, "Playing for Peanuts." Click here for DVD ordering information NOTE: $5 from each sale goes to maintenance costs of MetsToday.com
  1. MikeTomaselli June 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm
    I'm glad you found this. I was thinking of linking you to it when I saw it this morning. Good read and I thought of you while reading it. I hope Wally does well and gets a shot to manage the Mets someday, he is a guy I can root for. I may want Bobby V back, but if Wally get the job someday that might be just as good.
  2. John Fitzgerald June 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    Thanks Mike. Believe me, with all the stuff that has happened in the last 5 years, I know Wally is happy where he is and I think fans will enjoy seeing him in Brooklyn. Everything after that is gravy.
  3. Mike June 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Same video of Wally from a different angle and with better sound. Warning NSFW

  4. John Fitzgerald June 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    That video was illegally uploaded… I've dealt with it. Here's the same video, but legally uploaded (and ad-supported, b/c that's how indy producers pay off our credit cards) – http://blip.tv/file/2856053