Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most memorable postgame meltdowns in Major League Baseball. It was on this date in 1983 that then-Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia went off on a terrific tirade that had more utterances of the f-word than the entire run-time of “Scarface“.
(As printed on the front page of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE)
And as Darren Rovell of CNBC comes to learn about our capitalistic society, classic cursing can become quite the cash cow.
Through an Illinois company called A&R Collectibles, Elia is selling signed baseballs containing both his autograph & the inscription “And PRINT it!” The inscribed words come from the beginning of Lee’s lashing out, when he told reporters, “If they’re the real Chicago f***in’ fans, they can kiss my f***in’ ass right downtown–and PRINT it!”
And how much will a ball set you back? One can be yours for only $89.95!
Before an potential purchasers start swearing up a storm, keep in mind that the baseballs come in a special talking display case, which features a brand new message for Cubbie fans from the Leester himself. And you’ll also get a CD-ROM featuring Elia’s original speech uncut & uncensored!
Since the display case is re-recordable, feel free to overwrite Lee’s new greeting with 20 seconds of his true feelings from back in ‘83. Or you can put in Marty Brennaman’s most recent railings against the North Siders.
Best of all, part of the proceeds will benefit the Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities. Lee himself has been a survivor of prostate cancer.
So, turning a 25-year-old foul-mouthed episode into a great fundraising opportunity? We’re all f***ing for it! F*** YEAH!