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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Whiney Coach of the Year award

During their visit to Shreveport this week, the Mid-Con softball teams held a banquet where such awards as Coach, Player and Pitcher of the Year were passed out. One award that wasn't given, but should have been, was the Whiniest Coach of the Year. Oakland's Glenn MacDonald would have won hands down.

MacDonald spent much of his second round loser's bracket game with Centenary complaining to the umpires about four Centenary students sitting just beyond the left field fence and heckling his outfielders. When the game officials refused to do anything, MacDonald came over to the scorers table and began whining to Centenary Media Relations Director David Pratt.

"Are those normal seats out there?" MacDonald intoned. When informed that students regularly sit there when they come to games, the coach continued. "Well, that may be, but that's classless. Our outfielders can't hear each other making their calls."

When MacDonald didn't get any relief from Pratt, he stalked off, but kept whining to the umpires. Apparently ol' MacDonald has never been to an SEC baseball game, where the heckling by students is astronomical, compared to Centenary's fearsome foursome.

With about an inning left to be played, the home plate umpire finally sent a campus security officer down the line and had the students removed. Apparently the hecklers referred to one of the Oakland players by name, which overstepped the bounds of the umpire's propriety.

If MacDonald's crew can't stand a little heat, maybe they should submit a bid, put up the money and host the softball tournament at their place next year. They could ban fans from attendance so that the games could be played in quiet solitude.


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