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First-base Umpire Bill Haller was probably guilty of a bum decision when he neglected to inform the managers and players at a recent Oriole-Tiger game that he had been wired for sound by a Washington, D.C. station, WDVM-TV. But for anybody who's ever wondered what really goes on during a rhubarb, the taping was illuminating, especially when Haller called a balk on Baltimore Pitcher Mike Flanagan, much to the consternation of Oriole First Baseman Eddie Murray and Manager Earl Weaver. Highlights of the ensuing exchange:
Murray: "That is not a balk."
Haller: "Behind the rubber."
Murray: "He did not go behind the rubber."
Haller: "For me he did."
Weaver (arriving on the scene): "Aaah, bleep."
Haller: "Bleep yourself."
Weaver: "You're here and this crew is here just to bleep us."
Haller (with a jerk of the thumb, indicating Weaver's ejection): "Boom!"