3.24.2021 – old arguments

old arguments
never die but neither do
they just fade away

They tell this story along the lines of one time manager of the Baltimore Orioles, Earl Weaver.

There this one umpire, and it may have been Ron Luciano but it could have been any one of the American League umpires at the time Weaver was a manager.

The story went that both Weaver and the Umpire had been rookies, rookie manager and rookie umpire, years before in the then Eastern Minor League.

Weaver managed the Elmira Pioneers.

Both Weaver and the Umpire went on to the Major Leagues.

From 1968 to 1982, Weaver managed the Orioles.

At some point over that span, Weaver and this Umpire came together again.

This Umpire has a bad day with Weaver and Weaver is tossed from the game.

Weaver is beside himself.

Weaver tosses his hat.

Weaver does his trademark move of kicking dirt on the umpire.

Weaver stalks off the field and into dugout.

When Weaver got to the dugout steps he stops, turns and yells one last thing at the ump.

“AND YOU MISSED THAT CALL BACK IN ELMIRA, TOO!”

In the movie, Citizen Kane, Jedediah Leland, the character played by Joseph Cotton, says to the reporter, “I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race: memory.

Tell me about it.

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