Price rant epic, but a bit disturbing
Chris Ruddick - MLB Editor|
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price turned back the clock on Monday.
Every so often a Major League Baseball manager gives us the gift of a tirade that's so great, it lasts for lifetimes. It's been a while since we've been treated to a tantrum like the one Price dropped on the Cincinnati media on Monday, but it should stand the test of time like similar outbursts from Lee Elia, Earl Weaver and Tommy Lasorda.
And who can forget Kansas City skipper Hal McRae throwing a phone in his postgame dustup?
Still, my heart broke a little Tuesday morning when I found out that Weaver's tremendous performance on the "Managers' Corner" was staged.
Part of me will forever believe it was real.
If you are unfamiliar with that Weaver clip, do yourself a favor and try to find it because it doesn't disappoint (but a disclaimer: it's for mature audiences only).
So while Price's 77 F-bomb tirade toward the Reds media left us all laughing, it also showed just how out of touch he actually is.
The whole blowup came about because someone asked Price about catcher Devin Mesoraco's availability. Mesoraco is away from the team with a family issue, but Price doesn't feel that it's newsworthy his All-Star catcher is not with the team.
"How do the Reds benefit from the opponent knowing we don't have Devin Mesoraco," Price questioned. "How do we benefit from that? They benefit from it. I just want to know how we benefit from that. Can you answer that? How is that good for the Reds?"
Of course, there were a few other words in there, but you get the gist.
Now Price may have been frustrated, His team had just lost four games in a row. But, it seems as if he believes the Reds' beat writers should do their job based on the best interests of the team.
Or at the very least, not reveal anything that could hurt the team.
Maybe there was a time when the media reported news with the best interests of the team in mind. I'm sure there are a few writers in New York who may have swept a few Mickey Mantle stories under the rug during his heyday.
Mantle even admitted to showing up on some game days so hungover he could barely function. You don't think Yankees writers didn't know that? They just didn't report it. Instead they built up the legend of Mantle rather than report on the miserable person he said he truly was for a good part of his career.
It's a different time now. Let's face it. if Mantle was Mantle today, he'd be Pacman Jones. Put it this way, Mantle was very lucky there were no camera phones in his heyday.
Price needs to know, though, the media's job is to not do the bidding for the manager. The media is obligated to tell the reader everything it learns on-the- record.
Good or bad. Right or wrong.
And at the end of the day, the thing that got him all worked up was something that absolutely should have been reported on.
Price may have been off-base, but if he doesn't change his way of thinking, or take a media class, his tirade will last a whole lot longer than he does. History tells us it probably will anyway.
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