To get any attention as a minor league manager while having an argument with an umpire these days, you apparently must remove some of your clothing. With the Class A Carolina League season in its final week, managers stripping (to a degree) is becoming a trend. Earlier this month, the manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans put on an entertaining-if-childish show that included removing his jersey and shoes and placing them at home plate in order to express outrage at the umpires.
Following the form of Joe Mikulik, skipper Tommy Thompson of the Winston-Salem Dash placed his shoes and cap at home plate to highlight an argument with the umpires Monday night. The Stew has reached out to the Dash for some context, but has yet to hear back.
What we know: Carolina beat the Dash 6-5, dropping Winston-Salem to 58-74 overall and giving them a losing record at home for the season. The score was 5-all with one out in the top of the ninth when Thompson blew a gasket. Carolina's James Roberts was hit by a pitch, and Logan Vick drew a walk — one of 11 issued by Winston-Salem pitching — so it could have been the strike zone of umpire Erich Bacchus that got Thompson fuming.
Regardless, the fine video provided by Wake Wagner begins with the barrel-chested Thompson placing his clothing items at home, and moves to him getting in Bacchus's face. Thompson must have gotten spittle on Bacchus, getting under his visor and violating his personal space like that.
His jersey, however, stayed on. Here's another view of the disagreement, with commentary:
Not finished with the tirade, Thompson picked up his helmet (managers usually coach the bases in the minors) and heaved it into the stands. Thompson also pulled the lineup card from his pocket, tore it up and littered the field. The crowd generally appreciated Thompson's rage, even if might not have been the best example for any kids watching. Ah, no matter. They see worse on TV.
A bat boy retrieved the belongings, cleaned up, and the game continued.
Note the appearance of Winston-Salem's Youppi-like mascot marching toward the camera after Thompson — showing excellent posture — marched into the dugout. Just a coincidence, but a funny juxtaposition.
The Dash are part of the Chicago White Sox organization, with which Thompson has spent much of his minor-league coaching career. FYI: Their batting coach is former major leaguer Gary Ward, in case you wondered what he was up to.
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