Washington, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz spared no curse word in expressing themselves to the rest of the team in a pregame speech and discussion caught on tape. The idea, presumably, was to fire one another up, using language that encouraged their basic aggressiveness.
It didn't work, of course. The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 7.
Ninety percent of the time in baseball, anger and aggression are counterproductive. While it takes a passionate, driven individual to maintain the day-to-day intensity a 162-game schedule demands, the game itself is a difficult, fine and strategic exercise. It is best performed, in general, at a low level of arousal.
Yet, for decades, managers have used bile and fury to inspire. Players talk about taking some sort of added focus from brawls, umpire arguments and bulletin-board quotes by opponents.
Whether they are speaking to players or reporters, whether they know they are on tape or not, managers in baseball have been popping off for as long as those tapes and ESPN and the Internet have been around.
Here are the 10 craziest manager rants ever captured on tape.
WARNING: Feel free to read, but not watch. The embedded videos on the following slides almost all include abusive, obscene language. They are not for the faint of heart, and they certainly are not for young ears. They're not fit for anyone's ears, really, but the vocabulary each man demonstrates is an unfortunate, immutable fixture of baseball (for that matter, sports) culture.