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  • 25 years ago today, the phrase "playground for cocksuckers" was uttered

    That's right -- Lee Elia!

    Lee Elia: Former Cubs Manager Cashes In On Tirade
    By Darren Rovell
    Sports Business Reporter
    cnbc.com
    | 28 Apr 2008 | 04:06 PM ET

    Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the greatest rant in coaching history: Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia’s unbelievable tirade.

    If you haven’t heard it in a couple years, it’s a real treat. Thanks to Neil Best’s Watchdog blog for the bleeped Chicago Tribune version.

    Anyway, when Elia did this a quarter century ago, all he got was angst. Now at least, he’s doing what all coaches do from their rants--making money off of it! Jim Mora’s “Playoffs” is in a Coors Light commercial and Dennis Green is efforting to trademark “They are we thought they were.”

    And Elia’s move? He’s autographing baseballs for a company called A&R Collectibles in Prospect Heights, Illinois. For $89.95, fans get a baseball signed by Elia, with the inscription “And PRINT it!”

    The inscription is a reference to the part of Elia’s rant when he said, “If they're the real Chicago f*ckin' fans, they can kiss my f*ckin' ass right downtown--and PRINT it."

    The ball also comes in a case that has a new recording from Elia to Cubs fans in which he turns all his negative sentiment into a positive.

    “If it wasn’t for (former Cubs PR director) Bob Ibach and Roger Dewey (of A&R Collectibles), this would have never happened,” Elia told me. “They came up with this at the end of Spring Training. I could never have imagined it would take off quite like this.”

    Elia said that it was his wish that the new message be the recording on the case, but since he knew that many people would want the rant, A&R Collectibles is including an unedited copy of the recording as part of a CD-Rom so that the buyer can put any 20-second part of the Elia rant in the case.

    “This has been great for me,” Elia said. “It’s given me a sense of closure I never had. I’m hoping we can sell a ton of these.”

    Elia’s cashing in is actually for a great cause. Part of the sales will raise money for Chicago Baseball Cancer charities. Elia is a prostate cancer survivor.

    Questions? Comments? [email protected]
    © 2008 CNBC, Inc. All Rights Reserved

    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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    • #3
      Lee Elia is the greatest Cubs manager ever.
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      • #4
        NSFW





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        • #5
          Originally posted by Prngr44 View Post
          NSFW


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          It must be hard to look two posts up
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          • #6
            I swear it wasn't there yesterday!!

            You're abusing your mod authoritah!


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              I can't pre-date posts. sowwwy
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              • #8
                Dennis Green is efforting to trademark “They are we thought they were.”
                proofreading is a wonderful thing
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                • #9
                  "Fuck those fuckin' fans who come out here and say they're Cub fans that are supposed to be behind you rippin' every fuckin' thing you do. I'll tell you one fuckin' thing, I hope we get fuckin' hotter than shit, just to stuff it up them 3,000 fuckin' people that show up every fuckin' day, because if they're the real Chicago fuckin' fans, they can kiss my fuckin' ass right downtown and PRINT IT.

                  "They're really, really behind you around here... my fuckin' ass. What the fuck am I supposed to do, go out there and let my fuckin' players get destroyed every day and be quiet about it? For the fuckin' nickel-dime people who turn up? The motherfuckers don't even work. That's why they're out at the fuckin' game. They oughta go out and get a fuckin' job and find out what it's like to go out and earn a fuckin' living. Eighty-five percent of the fuckin' world is working. The other fifteen percent come out here. A fuckin' playground for the cocksuckers. Rip them motherfuckers. Rip them fuckin' cocksuckers like the fuckin' players. we got guys bustin' their fuckin' ass, and them fuckin' people boo. And that's the Cubs? My players get around here. I haven't seen it this fuckin' year. Everybody associated with this organization have been winners their whole fuckin' life. Everybody. And the credit is not given in that respect.

                  "Alright, they don't show because we're 5 and 14... and unfortunately, that's the criteria of them dumb 15 motherfuckin' percent that come out to day baseball. The other 85 percent are earning a living. I tell you, it'll take more than a 5 and 12 or 5 and 14 to destroy the makeup of this club. I guarantee you that. There's some fuckin' pros out there that wanna win. But you're stuck in a fuckin' stigma of the fuckin' Dodgers and the Phillies and the Cardinals and all that cheap shit. It's unbelievable. It really is. It's a disheartening fuckin' situation that we're in right now. Anybody who was associated with the Cub organization four or five years ago that came back and sees the multitude of progress that's been made will understand that if they're baseball people, that 5 and 14 doesn't negate all that work. We got 143 fuckin' games left.

                  "What I'm tryin' to say is don't rip them fuckin' guys out there. Rip me. If you wanna rip somebody, rip my fuckin' ass. But don't rip them fuckin' guys 'cause they're givin' everything they can give. And right now they're tryin' to do more than God gave 'em, and that's why we make the simple mistakes. That's exactly why."
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                  • #10
                    Eighty-five percent of the fuckin' world is working. The other fifteen percent come out here.
                    that is priceless
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                    • #11
                      That rant will never be topped.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Glovey View Post
                        That rant will never be topped.
                        This one comes close....


                        Make America Great For Once.

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                        • #13
                          Speaking of today, here's the SI cover...


                          "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                          Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                          -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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                          • #14
                            The changes are multifold.

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