Monday, June 26, 2006

Asheville manager a class-A (low-level) buffoon

What gets me isn't so much the story, or the attached video.

What gets me is that the toddler manager, Joe Mikulik, seems upset not just at the call, but that the umpires did not respond to his antics. According to the article, one of Mikulik's complaint was that the umpires had a bit of a flat affect. "I just wish the umpire's association would train their young men to have a personality," he said. "I could get two mannequins at Sears and umpire better than what I saw this whole series."

Um, Joe? Are you suggesting that they respond to your antics?

Anyone who has raised a toddler knows that, if he or she is having a meltdown in the grocery store, the most effective techique is to ignore the tantrum. Let 'em howl. It ends before long, and the parents can hold their ground.

When dealing with an emotional toddler like you, Joe, the same technique is called for.

The umpires responded to you immature, unreasonable behavior with maturity and reason. Meanwhile, you've made yourself into a national punchline.


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