Posted at 6:06 AM on July 24, 2008
by David Zingler
NEW YORK - After an All Star game drenched in Yankee Stadium tributes and endless ESPN specials on the venerable ballpark, nostalgia has been running high in New York. Ron Gardenhire however, was not in a sentimental mood after the Twins 3-game sweep at the hands of the home team.
"(Expletive) this place," the Twins manager said after his record fell to 3-19 in the "House that Ruth Built". "Why wait until November to tear this place down - I am starting right now."
Armed with a crow bar and Justin Morneau's Louisville Slugger, Gardenhire made quick work of the desk in the visiting manger's office. The players meanwhile, tried to quickly dress and leave. Only Mike Lamb remained when Gardenhire began his destruction of the locker room. He was quickly chased out by the manager.
Gardy had worked himself into a full lather by the time he took aim at the outfield monuments. Fortunately, security was able to intervene before he finished off the Billy Martin bust.
Bob Costas and Billy Crystal, in attendance Wednesday, watched the entire episode, "I was taking in a little 'New York, New York' and stroking my Mickey Mantle baseball card," Costas explained. "Then, all of the sudden, I see a crimson-faced Gardenhire charging toward the monuments brandishing a crow bar. Billy and I thought about intervening, but then we remembered we are both 5-5, 150 lbs."
Thankfully for Gardenhire and the Twins, the Yankees were in a generous mood after their drubbing of the Twins and declined to press charges. A sedated Gardenhire made the team flight and will be in the dugout tomorrow night in Cleveland.
(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
DAMN I LOVE GARDY!!!