Saturday, April 29, 2006

 
April 29th, 1983

Dodgers at Cubs

The game was a one-run Dodger victory, when Cubs' reliever Lee Smith threw a wild pitch that allowed the go-ahead run to score in the eighth. The day-game loss dropped the Cubs to 5-14, seven games behind the division leading Cardinals. The game would be largely forgotten but for the events that took place afterwards, when Cubs' manager Lee Elia met with reporters. Asked to comment on the Wrigley Field crowd, which had been booing most of the day, Elia responded with one of the most famous managerial rants of all-time. It gets a little blue at this point, so our younger readers might want to turn away.

Highlights of the rant include Elia's assertions that the Cubs had "all these so-called fucking fans...ripping every fucking thing you do," and the revelation that Wrigley Field was "a fucking playground for the cock-suckers." My personal favorite is Elia first denouncing the fans as "fucking nickel-dime people" and then observing that "the mother fuckers don't even work...they oughta go out and get a fucking job and find out what it's like to go out and earn a fucking living. Eighty-five percent of the fucking world's working. The other fifteen come out here." That's a really great line, however you slice it. The full version--and the priceless audio link, it's worth downloading--is available here.




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