Found May 11, 2013 on 643ball:
PLAYERS: Bob Melvin
Watching Bob Melvin come out of the dugout Wednesday night in the ninth inning after Angel Hernandez said no home run, I had the same thought everyone else had...he's going to get tossed. This is perfectly ok, but Melvin didn't really get his money's worth. He was thrown out in ten seconds and didn't even stick around for long after he was ejected. He just left with his tail between his legs. He can do better than that, and with my advice, so can you. The key to my wonderfully simple tactic is to pretend that the ump is your wife, then follow these simple steps.#1 - Go into the argument knowing you will not win. I've been around and watched a lot of baseball and I have never seen a manager get an ump to change a call. George Brett went nuts and all he got was the world's most famous redo. You're no George Brett. Just like with your old lady, winning can't be the goal. Just get your message across.#2 - Keep emotion out of it. Just because your wife starts crying doesn't mean that you need to. When the ump gets crazy, stay calm. Remember that you're the voice of reason in this relationship and try to state your case. Also, remember that just as you have to wake up next to your wife the next day, you will have this ump again tomorrow. Don't say anything you will regret.#3 - Finally, play the guilt card. The minute I start to agree with my wife, she starts to wonder what she did wrong. Do the same thing with Blue. Tell him he's right and that you are always wrong. Apologize profusely for even questioning the call and walk away calmly. He might even follow you into the dugout, wondering how he could have been so unreasonable. Melvin took the approach that most of us try when we disagree with our better half. He just let him have it and walked out, and we all now where that gets us. Keep these tips in mind the next time you feel like you've really been hosed and maybe you won't have to head to the showers early, and alone...Heath GarrisonFollow Heath on Twitter @hgarrison643
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