You’re the boss of a company and one of your employees barges into your office, shuts the door and starts screaming about the way you’re handling him. You (a) scream back before firing him; (b) quietly listen, then call the human resources department to fire him; or (c) listen and tell him “Sorry, that’s the way things are run around here.”
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove essentially chose “c” in the case of Carl Everett, whose rant behind Hargrove’s closed door became a focal point of Tuesday’s postgame events. Hargrove said what happened was nothing out of the ordinary in baseball, and that he’s had plenty of players jump down his throat over a variety of issues.
Should we become alarmed at Everett’s tirade? Naw. There’s not much in baseball that compares with just another day at the office. As Hargrove said, stuff like this happens during the course of a season. And besides, should anyone have been surprised that Everett was the one who blew his top?