Sunday, June 03, 2007
Steve Phillips was not a fan of Phillip Wellman's excellent managerial tirade this weekend, noting on Baseball Tonight this evening that, "It's not about entertainment, it's about teaching these young men how to act."
With all due respect, Steve, you are only half right. Yes, part of a minor league baseball manager's job is to help the players on his team, many of whom are young guys in their early twenties, learn how to act appropriately in a variety of settings. In that regard, Wellman probably could have done a little better - very few awkward social situations involve the throwing of either a resin bag or a hand grenade.
As Stephen A. Smith might say, HOWEVA - to suggest that entertainment should not be a primary goal of any minor league baseball team is ridiculous, and watching a manager throw a temper tantrum is among the most enjoyable things that can happen during a stoppage of play. Why shouldn't we embrace it as a few minutes of good old fashioned fun, so long as nothing gets out of hand?