I’m a fan of all things Wally Backman and the Playing For Peanuts series has produced a number of great video clips. This one gives a behind the scenes look at the workings of a concession stand as Backman orders a Sausage Dog before the game. It’s not as funny as Wally getting ejected from a game, but it still made me chuckle a little at the randomness of the whole thing. Enjoy.
Here’s another one of the deleted scenes from the Playing For Peanuts series which follows the 2007 season with Wally Backman and the South Georgia Peanuts. In this clip the Peanuts are on the road for a game against the Macon Music at Luther Williams Field. The young lady’s attempts at singing the National Anthem are complicated by a faulty microphone. But as Backman tells everyone at the midway point, “She’s actually pretty good”.
Former New York Mets World Series champion Wally Backman has become a YouTube legend for his ejections while managing the South Georgia Peanuts. Now a days Backman is the manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets where it appears he still has a hearty temper. This video is from the July 10th B-Mets vs New Britain Rock Cats game. Immediately prior, Binghamton designated hitter had been ejected for arguing a called third strike. Backman comes out to protect his player and gets run too, and after picking up the hat that threw, Backman kicks dirt at the umpire like a pro.
This clip is a couple of years old but one that I had not seen before today and judging by the view count, you haven’t either. It comes as a web extra from the Playing For Peanuts documentary that follows Wally Backman as he manages the independent South Georgia Peanuts. They hire a skydiver to fly down and deliver the baseball to the pitcher, but instead of landing near the mound, the dude crashes into the outfield fence.
This is not quite Phillip Wellman or Wally Backman awesome, but its pretty close. Former St. Louis Cardinals infielder Stubby Clapp in his first season as the manager for the Tri City Valleycats, the Houston Astros short season affiliate in the New York-Penn League has an epic meltdown this afternoon after one of his players, Matt Duffy was hit by a pitch by the Auburn Doubledays pitcher. The after Duffy trots down the line he is called back by the umpire who believed that he purposefully leaned into the pitch. That sends Clapp into a tirade of epic proportions. Among the highlights are a helmet spike, covering the plate with dirt, throwing the umpire out of the game, and chucking bats onto the field. Best manager tirade this year in Minor League Baseball. Thanks to Fox23 News in Albany for posting the awesome video.
UPDATED: The local Albany Newspaper gives the Print Version of the ejection complete with postgame reaction from Clapp.