Joe Mikulik, baseball manager of the year!
Once the umpire called Roger Clemens' kid safe, a minor league manager threw a major league tantrum that would have made Lou Piniella, Earl Weaver and Tommy Lasorda proud.
Upset that umpire Andy Russell called Clemens safe at second base in the fifth inning of Asheville's 5-2 loss, Mikulik rushed onto the field. He made a headfirst dive into second base and later pulled up the bag -- taking a few tugs to get it done -- before throwing it into right field. His thoughts:
"I could get two mannequins at Sears and umpire better than what I saw this whole series," he told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
"I thought the strike was over," Mikulik said. "When will the real umpires show up? That's what I want to know."
"I already talked to John Henry, I've got that covered," he said. "This ain't my first rodeo. ... I didn't touch anybody. I never bumped anybody. ... I actually cleaned home plate for them, so they should give me a tip for that."