The long history of pitcher pyrotechnics includes such memorable moments as enraged Reds reliever Rob Dibble's winging a ball into the crowd and hitting a schoolteacher in 1991—but students of serious control problems noted two distinct types of wig-out late last month. In Houston on July 24 Brewers reliever Mike DeJean refused to leave when manager Jerry Royster went to take him out; DeJean kept the ball and screamed in Royster's face (left) for nearly a minute before finally storming off. "It happened, and I can't change that," said DeJean, two days later, adding, "I am not the raving lunatic that I looked like the other night."
As badly as DeJean wanted to stay in the game, Expos starter Tony Armas Jr. couldn't wait to get out of one; on July 16 he bolted off the Montreal mound while manager Frank Robinson was on his way out to lift him. Robinson escorted Armas back to the hill, then berated him all the way to the dugout. That recalled an incident in 1983, when Robinson was managing the Giants and Jim Barr pulled a similar move. Robinson grabbed Barr by the arm and held him to wait for the reliever. Such explosions, Royster says, "happen all the time. You just can't have it happen on the field, because then people draw conclusions."