Joe Mikulik, one of the most infamous managers in minor league baseball because of his animated meltdowns, was at it again on Wednesday night during the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ loss to the Salem Red Sox. Mikulik was ejected in the top of the 10th inning for arguing a controversial home run call.
It was the second ejection in less than a month for Mikulik, who may have had a good reason to be furious this time. According to the broadcasters, the two-run home run that ultimately gave the Red Sox the win looked like it may have gone foul.
As expected, Mikulik got more than his money’s worth when the home plate umpire gave him the boot. He picked up third base and moved it toward the dugout, making the point that you might as well have the third base line moved over 10 feet if they want to call that homer a fair ball.
Hitting coach Josue Perez was also ejected from the game. Believe it or not, Perez may have been more angry than Mikulik, as Mikulik had to restrain Perez him from going after the umpiring crew.
Mikulik knows the fans love his meltdowns and that they are an easy way to get on SportsCenter, but this one was probably legitimate. His team is now on the brink of elimination in its three-game series against Salem.