Bobby Valentine’s Hilarious Tirade

The ninth inning was plenty entertaining last night as the Phillies defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-4. In what could have been a sticky situation, a nice defensive play by Jimmy Rollins and a correct ruling from first base umpire Gary Darling helped the Phillies prevent the floodgates from opening and prompted Bobby Valentine to have one of the funnier temper tantrums in recent memory. No, he was no Lloyd McClendon, but you’ll see what I mean after the jump.

There are a lot of .gifs, so don’t click through unless your browser can handle it.

The Mike Fontenot Misplay

Marlon Byrd‘s Groundout

In Slow Motion

Bobby Valentine Pleading His Case

The Umpire Loses His Gum, but Not His Cool

Valentine Places A Hex on Gary Darling

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  1. Ray

    May 19, 2012 11:07 AM

    If each manager would be allowed to have two replay reviews a game, as in professional football, then we
    wouldn’t have these late game fiascos. The safe call in
    this case would have been verified and the game would
    have continued without the drama at first base. If MLB
    had a commissioner with some imagination, this type of
    delay and nonsense could be avoided. That’s why “the
    commiss is know as Bud Light !” If a manager has used
    up his replay reviews, then he has no one to blame but himself for not being able to ask for late game reviews.

  2. The Nothing Man

    May 19, 2012 11:36 AM

    Replay is a double edged sword if only in terms of drama. Say there is a bang-bang play at home plate to end Game 7 of the World Series, they call him safe and everyone rushes onto the field etc. etc. fireworks go off, the stage is being put onto the field. BUT then they look at the replay and he was out, and everything has to stop. I think that anti-climactic situation is a nightmare waiting to occur. Replay is still desperately needed but dubious situations like I mentioned could certainly occur and hurt the games dramatic moments.

  3. Erik

    May 19, 2012 12:24 PM

    err, safe call verified? He was called out and the replay validated it. What kind of tvs you watching up in Boston?

  4. Gaël

    May 19, 2012 12:41 PM

    @Nothing Man,

    Same scenario without instant replay: the player is wrongly called safe, team X wins the World Series, and within 5 minutes, everyone knows that they shouldn’t have. That’s way, way worse than the situation you describe.

  5. Dan K.

    May 19, 2012 04:42 PM

    I was at the game and people were immediately mocking him by doing his little jump. It was hilarious.

    On another note, how was that not an error on Fontenot? Granted the ball was hit hard, but it is an easy play. If a fielder gloves a line drive, drops it, and everyone is safe that is an error. This is the same thing, except the liner bounces once.

  6. EricL

    May 19, 2012 05:45 PM

    Not only did the ump spit out the gum, but it hit Bobby right in the face, which is kind of gross, but definitely hilarious.

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