Wednesday, June 26, 2013

McClendon steals first base

On June 26, 2001, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon wasn't pleased when he was ejected from a game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Pirates manager had witnessed two questionable calls by first base ump Rick Reed, and the strain of coaching a last-place Pirates team might have compounded his frustration.

McClendon threw his hat in outrage, picked up first base, and exited the field to a standing ovation with the base still under his arm.

When he got to the dugout, he heaved the base down the steps and went back to the clubhouse.

The umpires decided not to go after fuming McClendon and wisely replaced the base with a new one.

Pittsburgh trailed 6-4 in bottom of the eleventh inning, but kept the game alive with a two-out, two-run homer by Aramais Ramirez.

In the twelfth inning, Rob Mackowiak singled to center to score Dmitri Young, giving the Pirates a 7-6 win.

Afterward, McClendon was dealt a $1,000 fine, and an all-time spot on the coaching-meltdown Hall of Fame.