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#pounditWednesday, December 6, 2023

Joe Mikulik melts down again, steals third base (Video)

Remember Joe Mikulik? Sure you do. He’s the minor league manager who threw an epic tantrum in 2006 that made highlight (blooper?) reels everywhere. Well Mikulik is still the manager of the Single-A Asheville Tourists, and he’s still having meltdowns on the diamond.

Mikulik was upset with a call the umpires made in the first inning of Asheville’s game against the Charleston RiverDogs on Friday night, and he went out to argue. Mikulik felt a runner went out of the baseline to avoid a tag, but the call was not made in his team’s favor. After a heated exchange with one of the umpires, Mikulik threw his cap, reenacted the scene, stormed off the field, pulled the third base bag and handed it to the fan, returned to the field, and tipped his cap to the fans when he finally exited the field.

Mikulik’s meltdown was pretty solid, but it’s nothing compared to his original meltdown from 2006. Here it is in case you missed it:

What do you know? Mikulik’s team actually won the game 4-1.

If managerial meltdowns are your thing, then I highly recommend you watch this video of manager Phillip Wellman going nuts. It is priceless.


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