Manager Ejected As ValleyCats Lose [VIDEO]
It might be the sub-par record in his first season managing pro ball, the pounding the Auburn DoubleDays gave your ValleyCats or it could be that the Cats' manager, Stubby Clapp was doing what all managers should do - sticking up for his team. Whatever the reason, Clapp let his emotions get the best of him as he put on a show at the Joe Monday afternoon.
During the bottom of the third inning, the Cats' Matt Duffy was hit by a pitch. Before he could reach first, the umpire, Jeff Andrews, said that Duffy leaned into the pitch and had to finish his at bat. Clapp came out of the dugout and put on a show that only Lou Piniella could be proud of. The face to face meeting on the field, a tossing of his helmet, trying to throw the umpire out of the game and, of course, tossing bats on to the field! Sadly, the bat tossing was not caught on the video I found on youtube, but what a classic!
Sadly, Clapp's ejectiong didn't fire up the last place Valley Cats. The Cats held it close sitting behind 8-6 heading into the 9th inning but the DoubleDays put up a 5 spot including a grand slam to cap a 13-6 victory. Despite the loss, Clapp made the afternoon enjoyable for me at least. Have you seen a rant as good as Clapp's at a game?