Apr 19 2011
If you’re not familiar with Wally Backman, I suggest you keep reading because he is AWESOME.
Wally Backman is a former Major League Baseball second baseman. He is best known for his time with the New York Mets from 1980-1988 and was a member of their 1986 World Series team. Backman currently manages the AA Binghamton Mets.
On November 1, 2004, Backman was named manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Only to be fired a few days later. Reports say Backman had serious legal and financial problems, and had also been arrested in 1999 for DUI in Washington as documented on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. A year later, he was arrested in connection with an altercation in his home in Prineville, Oregon. The Diamondbacks initially stood by him, but fired him on November 5 before ever managing a game.
Backman has since been linked as a potential head coaching candidate this past winter with the New York Mets. The job was given to Terry Collins, but Wally was promoted inside the Mets organization, and now coaches the AA-Binghamton Mets, leaving plenty of room for speculation that he maybe the next Met manager sometime in the near future. (Collins only agreed to a 2-year deal with the big league club)
Now that I broke down who Wally exactly is, the next part is when the fun starts.
Backman began his managerial comeback with the South Georgia Peanuts of the independent South Coast League. His return to managing was documented by the TV series Playing for Peanuts. The Peanuts won their league with a 59–28 record but all that is peanuts (good one right?) the real fun is in the videos.
You HAVE to check out all these videos, this is pure comedy GOLD. *Language is very strong HAHA*
Here is Backman FLIPPING out after his player was ejected from the game for “arguing balls and strikes.”
Wally finds out that the radio announcer for the Peanuts had some harsh words for Wally’s action, and like the nut he is, he goes to confront the announcer.
Here is Wally ABSOLUTELY Losing it quickly and aggressively, after what he thought was a foul ball.
The creator of the documentary sat down with Backman on MOMENTS after that ejection. (The game was still going on in the background.)
There are too many hilarious videos to post, but to check out more hilariously awesome videos from this documentary, check out the Playing For Peanuts YouTube Page.