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Great Moments in Grown Men in Uniforms Fighting
- Updated: June 6, 2007
With the recent explosions of Lou Pinella and some nutjob in the minor leagues, The SportsHernia takes a look back at some of the more famous confrontations between umpires and coaches…
1983 ? In one of the more elaborate attacks, a cantankerous Dallas Green hijacks a Shea Stadium lawn mower and mows "fuck you" into the outfield to a stunned John McSherry.
1985 – After several borderline calls, Pete Rose comes out of the dugout with a pair of clippers and gives a horrified umpire Bruce Froeming his patented bowl haircut.
2003 – After arguing balls and strikes with big Joe West, manager Ron Gardenhire tears out home plate, slaps an entire roasted turkey on top, and begins parading around him until West eventually eats the turkey.
1983 – Four hours after his homerun was taken away, George Brett finds umpire Tim McClellan in the parking lot of a local Hooters and sticks a bat up his ass. Fortunately for McClellan, the bat only went up so far because of all the pine tar on it.
1987 – Lou Pinella fires a bazooka from his dugout at 3rd base umpire Ed Montague, suspended 2 games.
1984 – In protest of a close call at third, Tommy Lasorda sings "O Sole Mio" while eating seven cannolis.
1993 – In a rare moment of unity, irate manager Hal McRae lobs a clubhouse phone into the air as a spry Jim Leyland happily spikes it on Jerry Crawford’s head.
2004 – Four hours after his corked bat shattered, Sammy Sosa finds umpire Tim McClellan in the parking lot of a local Hooters and sticks a bat up his ass. Unfortunately for McClellan, the bat splintered because of the cork and parts of it remain up his pooper to this day.
2001 – After starting Nomar Garciaparra in left field and Carl Crawford at catcher, crazed Red Sox manager Jimy Williams bursts from the dugout wearing an umpires jersey and throws himself out of the game.
1989 – Aztec Stadium, Mexico City: After awarding Colombia with a crucial penalty kick, soccer referee Luis Mariachi is cornered by the entire Mexican team, who then simultaneously perform the lambada on him, leaving Mariachi with 5 broken ribs, a cracked pelvis, torn clothes and 6 STDs.
1996 ? In a landmark WWF style ‘foreign object’ attack, Phil Jackson pulls out steel shoulderpads from his jacket and stealthly clocks Joey Crawford over the head before handing them to Dennis Rodman who stuffs them in his jock.
1985 – Portland: Sam Bowie protests a charging call by taking off his shoe and sticking it in Dick Bavetta’s face, instantly aging the referee 35 years.