In a game against the Rochester Red Wings, the Toledo Mud Hens were in a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth inning. Mud Hens’ pitcher, Thad Weber had just given up an RBI single to put the Red Wings in the lead. It would be the last pitch Weber would throw in the game, but not without some fireworks ensuing beforehand.
When manager, Lloyd McClendon was on his way to the mound to take Weber out of the game, Weber seemed very frustrated with the home plate umpire Eric Gillam, and was voicing his frustration. McClendon would get in front of Weber and keep him restrained from going any further. After Weber would leave the field, McClendon took it upon himself to voice his own frustration with Gillam. Lloyd would get tossed from the game, but he wouldn’t go quietly.
McClendon would proceed to throw his glasses across the field, act like he was throwing the umpire out himself and then would cover up the plate with dirt before going back over to the umpire and gave him one last piece of his mind before walking off the field. This isn’t Lloyd’s first rodeo with seeing himself ejected from a game; he’s seen this sort of thing pan out on many occasions.
Still one of his best was when he was manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2001 and he would actually take first base and bring it into the dugout with him. Managers get quite animated don’t they.