What Would Wally Do: HR Argument
From the files of “What Would Wally Do”, we have a prime example of what Wally Backman did when there was a blatantly awful homerun call against his club.
Please be aware, this is NSFW and not suitable for children under the age of 18 (under 9 for children living in trailer parks).
You must watch Wally’s post-ejection interview as well:
And here is a reaction from one of the players in the dugout who witnessed the bad call and Wally’s outburst:
And another reaction from a reliever who saw the “homerun” from the bullpen angle:
Whether he likes it or not, he’s going to have to start going oppo with more frequency — that’s the type of adjustment that’s going to come soon….with the early success he’s having.
He actually does it very well….but I can see he doesn’t like it very much.
But arguing with an umpire? No… not disgraceful. Part of the game.
So, a manager who argues with umpires is poor style? I guess Bobby Cox, Tom Lasorda, Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, and about a thousand other MLB managers would not impress teams today, either.
Not surprising; clubs today are more concerned with protecting their precious “brand” than anything else. Art Howe is the prototype manager for modern front offices.
Agreed, it is childish. Baseball is childish, when you think about it.
It’s wrong to scream insults at the waiter in a restaurant. It’s wrong to scream insults during an office meeting. It’s wrong to scream insults just about everywhere else in life. Why is it wrong on a baseball field? It’s been accepted as normal behavior on a professional baseball field since the 19th century. Why is it suddenly wrong? Because for perhaps the first time you’re hearing, word-for-word, what a heated exchange between a manager and umpire actually sounds like? What do you think most managers say to umpires when they run out and argue? Do you truly, honestly believe that they are polite and use language befitting of a gentleman? Seriously???????
I hope Wally never “grows up”, if “growing up” means walking out and offering tea and crumpets to the umpire after a call is blown.
Check out some of the arguments when Bobby Cox, Tom Lasorda, Lou Piniella, or Earl Weaver were mic’ed up. Their language was not so flowery. Would you prevent Cox from managing your team because he has a potty mouth?
In addition, minor league ballparks are small – how many children in the stands heard every word he said?
Joe, I’ve had great respect for your insight and read your blog almost daily. I’m really surprised to see you endorse this.
I don’t necessarily endorse the volume of expletives, but I absolutely, positively endorse the manager running out there and giving the umpire an earful after what was an obvious and obnoxiously terrible call.
Would you have been happy if your son was in the stands and heard this type of stuff from Backman?