I will never figure out why head coaches get tossed … I just don’t get it.
Showing your guys you’re there for them? Being a standup guy? “I’ll show them?”
During a Red Sox game recently, skipper Francona started arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Bill Miller. Miller got a little upset –“you’re out-a here!”
So, here we have Francona leaving the dugout and going to the clubhouse just when his club needs him the most. He’s no long observing his club, making adjustments when and where necessary, being there to counsel and receive said same from his staff and players. Nope … Francona takes a walk … big of him. All his expertise and experience is gone.
Now before you remark that that’s what a head coach is suppose to do – I must tell you that if leaving the game is such a causal thing to do, or that showing support for a team means jumping up and down and upsetting umpires… then getting tossed is it, I strongly suggest to rethink the meaning of the word manager.
Every single club that I’ve been with that’s had our skipper tossed has suffered big time. The remaining coaches and myself have had to think through and fine tune our skipper’s game plan, but with disastrous results. And without fail … we’d hear from players and staffers alike …” way to go guys … brilliant, just brilliant.” Meaning we screwed up and anyone and everyone had to tell us. Well, we’re not head coach material, nor will I ever be that’s for sure.
So look, if you’re a head coach – keep your antics to yourself, cry and moan under your breath, bring a paper bag and put it over your head and make all the facial expressions that you want. Just stay in the game and do what’s expected of you – MANAGE!