Norfolk, VA (WAVY) - Five years ago to the day, former double-A manager Phil Wellman of the Mississippi Braves gave baseball fans arguably the best manager blow-up in history.
After the umps tossed his starting pitcher for using a foreign substance, Wellman proceded to shout relentlessly into the umps face, later picked up and tossed the third-base bag, military-crawled up to the pitcher's mound, threw the rosin bag like a grenade toward the ump, picked up second base, and was finally escorted behind the outfield wall.
Sunday afternoon's game between Norfolk and Buffalo didn't feature quite the same hysterics, but it gave the Harbor Park crowd something to laugh at nonetheless. Treyvon Robinson bolted for second base from first after watching a teammate hit a soft ground ball toward second.
Robinson looked like he might have interfered with the second baseman's attempt at a clean field, but the umpires call everyone safe. Bisons Manager Marty Brown left the dugout, briskly jogged to the infield grass just to the right of third base, and tried to make his case.
Brown tried some shouting, tried pointing toward the play that was at second, and eventually was tossed from the game. Problem was he wasn't ready to leave.
In a somewhat pouting-child-like manner, Brown took a few steps back and sat down cross-legged on the in field grass between third and second. He even crossed his hands for a few seconds, and later threw his helmet in disgust. It got better when Brown stretched out his legs, propped himself up with his hands behind his back, and appeared to do a little sun-bathing.
Eventually Brown left, but not before giving one final kick to the grass. Harbor Park got a good laugh, but Brown and the Bisons got the last laugh. Buffalo grabbed a 7-4 win, thanks to a five-run third inning.
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