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    "Berserk" isn't the word for this guy. He's not out of control. As he says, he didn't hit anybody. Nor, I imagine, did he just scream the f-word over and over. He seems to have been pretty pleased with himself afterwards. He also tried some smart-mouth one-liners, but from what I can see, he's not in the Jerry Glanville league.

    To an outsider (I don't know much about baseball) it's like some kind of ritualized infantile tantrum. Weird.
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    Mike,

    in baseball on every pitch there is a call. There are 54 outs in the game. There are a lot of plays in the field. Or sometimes a team is in a funk......some managers use the 'tantrum' to get their own players attention or get the Umpires' attention or both. Some managers plan their attack and others just react out of instinct or frustration.

    I kind of like this particular display; it's a heck of a lot better than all the flopping and fake pain that goes on in the World Cup (say Portugal, for instance....ooo, and I hate that team now. England had better play well and kick their sweetbread arses back to Lisbon).
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    Clonamery,

    Those are very good points. It's all about the conventions and rituals of the particular game.

    Cricket, which is not unlike baseball in the number of plays (actually, there can be over 500 balls delivered in a day) and the build-up between them has a different culture. The players and the umpires are usualy on very friendly terms (managers aren't allowed on the pitch or to communicate with with players; decisions during play are made by the captain in consultation with other players). On the other hand, intimidation of one player by another is part of the game (bowlers can aim to hit the batsman) and there are (usually) well-understood limits for what fielders can say to batters (no swearing, no threats of violence, but denigration of the batsman's courage and/or ability are OK). Mostly it is good-natured and funny. The world experts are the Australians (no surprise!)

    The contrast with soccer is spot on. The play-acting and pantomiming there are intensely irritating. There are different aspects. When a player (genuinely) has been fouled, he will often go to ground more theatrically than necessary just to make the foul clear. That is pretty universal. Most fans accept it, although I can't say I like it. Call me old-fashioned!

    Beyond that, there is pretending to have suffered a foul when there wasn't one. This is disgusting and very widespread. Referees are under instruction to book players who do this, but any player who is any good at it (and the players in the World Cup are mostly very, very good) can do it in a way that is hard to detect. When a forward is advancing into the penalty area, the defender is bound to make a last-ditch tackle and the difference between a small touch -- enough to unbalance a man running at top speed -- and no touch at all is very small. But that is what referees are paid for. I'm afraid that they often don't do a very good job. [Edit: the referee in the Brazil-Ghana game has just booked Adriano for doing this. Excellent! It was a pretty blatant dive, but referees are often intimidated by Brazil and go easy on them (Brazil is everyone's second-favourite team!)]

    Then, finally, there are players pressuring referees to book or send off opponents. This is what makes all the old professionals -- who generally have a laugh when they see a really wild tackle -- truly angry. I agree. Intimidating the referee ought to be a bookable offence itself.

    Anyway, we saw all of those in Portugal-Holland -- not all from Portugal, but more than enough. So my sympathies for Portugal have gone.
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    And baseball is no exception. While a manager is expected to argue close calls (except on balls and strikes), they rarely go so far as that guy did. Occasionally, a manager will get his panties in a bunch, start spouting off at the mouth, throw down his cap and get tossed. What this guy did was way beyond ANYTHING I've ever seen by a baseball manager (which is why it got so much attention)! Lou Pinella is famous for his tirades, but this guy made him look tame.
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    Billy Martin was an artist.
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    I think I actually saw Billy Martin. Did he manage the Oakland As at one time? My memory is of a guy who was thin enough that he could actually run out onto the field. Some of the other managers were strictly at jogging speed!
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    Yes indeed -- brings it home to me that moving to the U.S. will be an exercise in field anthropology in a foreign culture. Sports are fascinating in that way.

    By the way, do you know Dublin? If not, I can recommend a couple of bars for a celebration drink.
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    Yes, and the Yankees. I think he was fired 5 different times by George Steinbrenner.
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    Mike,

    Recommend the bars in Dublin.........

    I have always been too down on running the Dublin Marathon simply because I don't sleep when I go to Ireland and drink and eat like I was raised on stout and pork and have been at sea for 12 years.

    Cheers.
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    Well, here is one, the Cafe En Seine in Dawson Street:

    http://www.worldsbestbars.com/city/dublin/cafe-en-seine-dublin.htm

    From the customer reviews you can see that people's feelings about it are mixed -- full of over-dressed beautiful women showing off. Well, yes, but then again, there are worse things ...

    Seriously, it's not cheap, but the decor is stunning and I find the atmosphere exciting. And the Guinness is as good as you could wish for.

    Then there is the Porter House in Temple Bar:

    http://www.porterhousebrewco.com/templebar.html

    The Porterhouse is a micro-brewery. The chief thing about it is that it has the best beer in the world (IMHO). I'd recommend starting with a pint of Plain and a pint of Red. After that, if you want any more it's up to you! The building has three or four floors with nooks and crannies. Pretty loud in the evenings (with good live music) but not threatening or unfriendly.

    :rofl: I know EXACTLY what you mean -- a weekend is enough (but what a weekend!)
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    Cafe en Seine.....could never get that close to beautiful people. Judge's orders.

    I almost went into the Porterhuse though last I was there but was meeting my brother's lawyer friend (ewww, that sounds as bad as when I wrote it!) over at a government office (long story). So I hovered at the entrance and passed on and not out.
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    Recommend pubs away. I plan to park my ass on barstools all over Ireland for a good two weeks after that race (probably on some in England, too).
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    MB44,

    Where are you travelling to in Ireland?
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    All over. . .Dublin, Galway, Shannon, Donegal (my husband is an O'Donnell), Co. Cork, and probably up into Northern Ireland (Londonderry). We're staying for about two weeks after the marathon, and plan to hop over to London and possibly Scotland, too.
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    that was one of the funniest things ive ever seen. the belly flop, the making homeplate muddy, the throwing of the bats

    this guy makes me look mature.

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