The national sport of the U.S.: throwing a fit

by Esther Schindler

A minor league baseball manager rather, er, objects to the umpire's ruling. (An umpire is essentially a referee; there's one at each base.) Be sure to watch the video; It's quite entertaining.

"I thought the strike was over," Mikulik later told the Herald-Leader. "When will the real umpires show up? That's what I want to know. ... I just wish the umpire's association would train their young men to have a personality. I could get two mannequins at Sears and umpire better than what I saw this whole series."

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Esther, the link doesn't work ...

Cem Basman, 2006-06-26

Hmm, it works fine for me!

esther schindler, 2006-06-26

Now it works. Cool flick about an uncool guy ;))

Cem Basman, 2006-06-26

Ok. So you have to understand American Baseball, the "South" and Minor League Play.....most of the GMs in the minors are waco....that was just funny.

You have to really upset to be that mad!

David Vasta, 2006-06-26

To really appreciate the video, it may help to know that US baseball managers have historically engaged in some really outrageous protests of (what they believe to be) bad calls by umpires. Some long-time baseball fans give outbursts like this one grades, based on originality, passion, duration, etc. In this particular case, the specific actions were either boring and derivative or a deliberate homage to traditional umpire protests.

Throwing a fit isn't a sport in the US, it's an art form! *chuckle*

Rob McDonagh, 2006-06-26

And this is opposed by the other countries of the world, who's main sport seems to be faking a foul on the futbol pitch?

Sean Burgess, 2006-06-27

I think Sean has the best explanation here on this one for the non-US residents. He used all of the cliches of the baseball manager's the face with the hands behind back, covering the plate, throwing a base, throwing the bats onto the's an art. The guys in running stadium soundsystems have music to use for when stuff like that happens.

Don't see that much in the minors...especially big like that to get on TV (saw it a couple times on cable news and the local sports report yesterday). Good stuff.

Scott Gentzen, 2006-06-27

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