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What Will Wally Backman Do? Watch SNY Tonight at 7pm

Kevin Burkhardt and Bobby Ojeda will call tonight’s Brooklyn Cyclones game on SNY. Coverage begins at 7pm and will include an in game interview with Cyclones manager Wally Backman. I hope they have some at the ready to bleep Wally, in case of a bad call by the umpires…

It will be Backman’s first time on SNY since “Playing for Peanuts” aired in 2008. Ironically, the last episode on SNY was the one with Wally’s epic ejection – the same video that has been making the rounds on the internet for the past week. The video is below, but be warned – THIS VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK (NSFW).

Seriously, the language in this clip is bad. Really, bad. You’ve been warned.

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Quote of the Day: “Let’s Go Get a Beer, Doc!”

wallyche2_transparency, LET'S GO GET A BEER, DOC! shirtFormer Met and current Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman is the internet’s newest legend. Seriously.

In the last 24 hours, video of Wally’s epic post-ejection rant has been picked up everywhere, including Sports Illustrated and Deadspin. The overwhelming reaction is that fans support Wally’s passion in defending his players. In the case of this video, Wally was defending outfielder Doc Brooks, who was ejected during an at-bat, following a ball call. Yeah, you read that right. A ball call.

Needless to say, I’m pretty amazed by all of this. After all, I produced the TV series from which this video clip comes from. The show is called “Playing for Peanuts” and it aired briefly on SNY.

Since the language in the video is saltier than a bucket of Morton’s Iodized Salt, I won’t embed it here. You’ll have to click the links to the websites listed above. Or you can buy the censored (bleeped) version on DVD by clicking here.

Back when it happened (2007), there were murky reports that Wally Backman had lost his mind and ruined his managerial prospects by physically attacking an umpire. It was all overblown – the footage is amazing but there is nothing approaching what Wally was accused of. Regardless, I was accused of staging the incident (not true) and Wally was accused of being out-of-control (also not true). It was a classic manager-vs-umpire confrontation, the only thing different was that Wally had agreed to wear a microphone during the season. In most cases, Wally forgot he had the microphone on him – I used to have to sprint into the dugout following games to make sure Wally didn’t accidentally destroy a microphone cable by taking off his jersey with the mic still attached. Point is, none of Wally’s words were scripted or embellished for the camera. In fact, our cameras weren’t there for Wally’s ejection the week before this incident – and I’m told it was almost as epic…

Fast forward to 2010 and Wally is set to begin managing the Brooklyn Cyclones. His career seems to be back on track and my little TV show seems to have something of a new life. Funny how things work out sometimes.

To meet the demand for all things Wally, I have updated the TV show’s line of T-shirts to include the most famous line from the video:

Special thanks to Kerel Cooper of OnTheBlack.com who posted the video a few weeks ago. He was the first one to have the video online and now everyone else is catching up to him. Nice job, Kerel!

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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)

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Darryl to Wally: No Comparison

In an article written last week in The Record, Bob Klapisch suggests that the makeup of the current Mets team would not respond well to the “old school” style of Wally Backman.

Specifically:

Today’s major-leaguers are athletic specimens, not to mention brighter, better educated and more socially enlightened than their predecessors. But that’s not to say they’re tougher or more competitive. Bay and Francoeur are two of the nicest guys around, but they would’ve never survived in the Strawberry-Keith Hernandez-Lenny Dykstra clubhouse 25 years ago.

That’s a point worth remembering when the Mets go hunting for a new manager this winter. Among the many candidates they’ll consider is Wally Backman, who, like Strawberry, is as old school and un-nuanced as they come. While that’s made him a terrific manager at the minor league level, the decidedly un-PC mentality has cost him job after job.

Jeff Wilpon is taking a gamble by installing Backman at Class-A Brooklyn, but it’s worth a shot. Wilpon, in fact, told Backman over the winter that he’ll someday manage the Mets – if he can stay out of trouble.

Backman swears he’s conquered his demons, including alcohol, but it’s his temper that’ll really be the deciding factor. The real question is whether Backman can speak the language of today’s ballplayer: can he motivate the Bays and Francoeurs of the world without trampling on their egos?

There are few problems with this series of paragraphs, and the article in whole.

First of all, the

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Jeff Pearlman on Wally Backman and the ’86 Mets

It’s time for another installment of “Playing for Peanuts,” starring current Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman. Of course, “Playing for Peanuts” is a TV show about Wally’s team in 2007 – the South Georgia Peanuts. It’s a quirky, crazy story about Wally’s attempted comeback as a professional manager. In retrospect, it was a pretty good comeback attempt (Cyclones, remember?), but anyone who watched the show on SNY knows it was a very rocky road back for Wally Backman. Which leads us to…

“Peanuts” producer John Fitzgerald is offering Mets bloggers a $5 commission for every 3-DVD set sold on the web. Not a bad deal for us bloggers, but it also gives you the chance to help support some of your favorite Mets blogs, including OntheBlack, BrooklynMetFan and MetsToday.

The DVD set contains all 10 episodes of “Playing for Peanuts” on 3-DVDs. Also included are bonus scenes and interviews with Ron Darling and Conor Jackson. Click here for ordering information.

Since Backman will be back with the Mets organization this summer, John Fitzgerald will be sending me some of the bonus footage that he has released online, along with some commentary. Here’s the latest:

Playing for Peanuts – Jeff Pearlman on Wally Backman and the ’86 Mets
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John Fitzgerald: Jeff Pearlman has a really interesting perspective on Wally Backman and the ’86 Mets – if you haven’t read his book, “The Bad Guys Won,” you should do it. Immediately. It’s one of the best Mets-related books, ever.

When Jeff learned that I was filming a TV series on Wally’s managerial comeback attempt, he was happy to help out by doing an interview. Jeff’s participation set the stage for the first segment of the TV show (Editor’s Note: you can see the first segment here).

In this clip, Jeff explains why Wally Backman was so popular with Mets fans. Jeff compares Backman to former NY Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet and he also tells the story of how Backman refused to report to AAA when he was sent back to the minors early in his career.

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By the way, you can see all of the Jeff Pearlman interview below. Use the left/right arrows next to the Play button to skip from one clip to the next:

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Backman Blow-up with the Posse

It’s time for another installment of “Playing for Peanuts,” starring current Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman. Of course, “Playing for Peanuts” is a TV show about Wally’s team in 2007 – the South Georgia Peanuts. It’s a quirky, crazy story about Wally’s attempted comeback as a professional manager. In retrospect, it was a pretty good comeback attempt (Cyclones, remember?), but anyone who watched the show on SNY knows it was a very rocky road back for Wally Backman. Which leads us to…

“Peanuts” producer John Fitzgerald is offering Mets bloggers a $5 commission for every 3-DVD set sold on the web. Not a bad deal for us bloggers, but it also gives you the chance to help support some of your favorite Mets blogs, including OntheBlack, BrooklynMetFan and MetsToday.

The DVD set contains all 10 episodes of “Playing for Peanuts” on 3-DVDs. Also included are bonus scenes and interviews with Ron Darling and Conor Jackson.Click here for ordering information.

Since Backman will be back with the Mets organization this summer, John Fitzgerald will be sending me some of the bonus footage that he has released online, along with some commentary. Here’s the latest:

Playing for Peanuts – Web Extra Clip #38

John Fitzgerald:

In this clip, Wally discusses some of his biggest blowups while managing in the minor leagues. According to Wally, one of his most memorable blowups occurred while managing the Tri-City Posse of the Western League. It’s a great story… I can’t add anything more than that.

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Wally is Back, Man … Sort Of

You may have noticed a new ad for “Playing for Peanuts” over on the right side of the blog. As some of you may remember, “Playing for Peanuts” was a reality/documentary show about minor league baseball that aired on SNY. The show followed the South Georgia Peanuts and their manager – former Mets 2B and current Brooklyn Cyclones skipper, Wally Backman.

“Peanuts” producer John Fitzgerald is offering Mets bloggers a $5 commission for every 3-DVD set sold on the web. Not a bad deal for us bloggers, but it also gives you the chance to help support some of your favorite Mets blogs, including this one, OntheBlack, and BrooklynMetFan.

Click here for ordering information.

Since Wally Backman is back in the Mets organization and he has been mentioned as a potential Mets manager in the future, John Fitzgerald will be sending me some of the bonus footage that he has released online, along with some commentary.

Playing for Peanuts – Web Extra Clip #1

John Fitzgerald: This is Wally’s first game as a manager since 2004 and it was clear from the start that he was more than the volatile/fiery manager than we expected. First off, he was always thinking two steps ahead of the other manager – in this clip, he calls for a drag bunt from his pitcher, Damien Dantibo, and then he discusses basestealing strategy with catcher Tug Gillingham. In retrospect, this clip also shows the diversity of the team Backman put together – Dantibo was a former MMA fighter who Wally compared to Randy Myers, in terms of his personality traits and eccentricities. Gillingham, on the other hand, was the son of a high school teacher/baseball coach – he was also a high school coach before signing with the Peanuts. It’s a small thing, but it is interesting to see how Wally is able to effectively communicate strategy to both players in the span of a few minutes.

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