Slowly, Hank is becoming my favorite owner in all of baseball. He talks the talk, throws everyone under the bus, hasn’t given a shit and makes me laugh daily…still, I’m glad he doesn’t own the Phils…ok, that’s a lie, I’d love it!
So, we at Bad News Bloggers are going to pay homage to Hank today by listing off some of the greatest Ownership meltdowns of all time.
- On June 19, 2006, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had the biggest meltdown of all and one of the largest fines he’s ever received in the sum of $250,000.00. The fine was the result of the closing seconds of game 5 of the NBA finals versus the Miami Heat, where Cuban ran onto the court with a few seconds left to scream at the refs, followed by a launch at David Stern from the court and then league officials from the stands.
Cuban was heard yelling: “'[Bleep] you! [Bleep] you! Your league is rigged!”
And now the Cuban tirade seems only slightly more justified…Go figure.
- On October 19, 2005, Zygi Wilf finally let loose on the Boat Scandal that rocked the Minnesota Vikings Franchise. Wilf went on a profanity binge and threatened to boot any player involved right off the roster. And while some players remained after the incident, Wilf's tirade resulted in a Code of Conduct for the organization and some management extremism to ensure this would never happen again. Oh, and they learned that not only does Daunte Culpepper suck, but he's also a douche.
- The list wouldn't be complete without George Steinbrenner. In what was a massive act of defiance, Steinbrenner signed Dave Winfield to a massive contract which stipulated that he would pay a Winfield charity $300,000. Steinbrenner refused later and when Winfield pushed, he received the ultimate rebuttal; "I'm not going to pay." Winfield would later enter the Hall of Fame...as a Padre
- Perhaps not so much of a tirade as a dirty move, but in 1998, Jerry Jones had the last laugh when he forced former Super Bowl Champion Barry Switzer to resign. Jones took, what seemed to be, great pleasure in announcing Switzer's resignation and while he did win a Super Bowl, basically suggested that Switzer did indeed suck. And yes, this all started with Switzer's gun charges and Jones' $75,000 fine.
- Prior to losing his job in 2008, John McLaren lost his cool and was prompty followed up by Club President Chuck Armstrong's response in which he flipped his lid on the coaching staff that provided the worst record in baseball for a payroll that topped $100 million. And while the affair was meant to be private, Armstrong's severe ripping was heard throughout Seattle.
Want to break down some Tirades, check out "Chip Shots" Tirade breakdown dealing with a recent Guillen Meltdown (because they're all classic).