Pirates MiLB: A Very Odd Temper Tantrum Leads To a Very Odd Souvenir
Nothing beats a day at the ball park. You, your friends, your family, a hot dog, a beer, a soda, and if you get lucky, you might score a foul tip, or a home-run baseball.
If you're even more lucky, and you can survive it, occasionally, you may get a bat.
Only once, ever, can you get what this kid got—first base.
Well, how'd he get it? See, that's the funny part.
During a Minor league game, Friday night, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league team, the State College Spikes, were playing dead amidst a blow-out loss to the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league team the Batavia Muckdogs, when suddenly, the crowd of 3,801 got the treat of the night.
These two teams are rivals, being that they were both at one time, affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals. But this night, tempers got the best of one manager as his team gets hammered.
It all began with Spikes reliever, Brooks Pounders, hitting Victor Sanchez to load the bases.
In no time, Gary Robinson, manager of the Spikes, emerged from the dugout in a fury to argue the call by home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz.
After a few minutes of Ortiz absorbing the verbal attack, Robinson retreated back to the dugout.
It seems not too many take well towards losing. Gary Robinson is no different. When losing, seemingly, any little thing will get a manager going. I mean come on. Arguing a hit batter?
Afterwards, Robinson told the Centre Daily Times:
"Impulsively, you do things,...I was walking to first base and I spotted the kid. I said, 'OK, I'm going to do it.' It was just an impulsive thing I did. It wasn't planned."
I think, though, it's all in the heat of the battle. When there is emotion charging through the players and managers, you can tend to do things that make you look like a buffoon. We've all been there—maybe not on our hands and knees, playing in the dirt, but you know what I mean.
It's definitely one of those things you look back on in a calm head, and think, what in the world was I doing?
Robinson went on to say:
"Sometimes you do things to make a point," he said. "At the same time, there’s a lot of times you regret what you do. I tried to give my ball-club a shot in the arm. There's a lot of reasons I did what I did."
At the end of the day, you ended up on You Tube, and in feature articles across America.You gave them a shot in the arm all right, unfortunately it might have been with a gun.
So if there is any lesson you take from this, maybe it's: Calculate the cost of looking like a buffoon. Otherwise you'll get a You Tube, and still end up losing 7 - 3.
Oh well, on the good side, a kid got an extremely cool souvenir to take home.
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