Lou Piniella attended the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day Sunday and it didn’t take long before someone asked him about the recently unearthed 2016 video showing former Mets manager Terry Collins’ obscenity-filled rant with an umpire.
That’s because Piniella qualifies as something of an expert on manager tirades on the field. In his 23-year managerial career, Piniella was ejected 63 times.
But now, at age 74, Piniella has mellowed. Piniella told the New York Daily News he’s “embarrassed” seeing images of his arguments with umpires.
“I don’t like watching myself argue,” Piniella told the Daily News. “If I’m on TV and see ESPN or anybody running it I turn it off. I’m a little embarrassed about that. I wish I hadn’t gone through the gyrations that I did. I’m very, very passionate, but I probably overdid it at times.”
No disrespect to “Sweet Lou,” but clips of his old arguments — some of them bordering on legendary — are quite entertaining, and show the kind of passion some feel is missing in the sport today. Here’s a mix of some of his greatest hits.
Surprisingly, Piniella said he’s good friends with some of the umpires he blasted on the field.
“I feel bad for some of the umpires that I had some run-ins with,” he said. “They are good friends of mine and I respect the job that they’ve done. But I don’t watch those things.”