Watch Video Of Jim Leyland’s Fantastic Tirade Against The Blue Jays
Within the last week, 2011 became something of a golden age for old-guy managers. 80-year-old Jack McKeon got the Marlins' interim job. Days later, 68-year-old Davey Johnson was handed the keys to the Washington Nationals. And tonight, during a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays, 66-year-old Tigers skipper Jim Leyland (who might as well be older than McKeon and Johnson combined) showed just how much fire a guy getting up there in years can still summon.
With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers' Andy Dirks was at first called safe on a bunt single...then the call was reversed. For what it's worth, the reversal was the correct decision - the initial call itself was baffling, both in that the runner was called safe and in that it took so long to make. Leyland still wasn't a fan, though, and he let not one, but multiple umpires know it - pleading much of his case after he'd already been thrown out of the game. Here's how it looked:
Well, the fans sure appreciated Leyland's passion. And even if the outburst had little to do with the Tigers eventually winning the game - hey, it didn't hurt. Do you want another look at Leyland's outburst, complete with some different camera angles and a different announcing team? Yes, so here:
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