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Boros said, "If the fans saw that kind of behavior in a football coach, they'd be repelled by it. Isn't it funny that one kind of behavior is expected from a football coach and another from a baseball manager? And they both have essentially the same job. It seems to me it takes a certain amount of mental toughness to keep control of your emotions. You owe it to management, your players and the fans to keep yourself under control at critical moments.
"I know that some people say you have to do those things—like getting thrown out of a game—to jack your players up," said Boros. "But if that's what it takes to motivate your players, I think that calls into question the type of players you have."
When I brought up the confrontation with Otis, Boros's expression told me he had forgotten I had been a witness. "My goodness, I didn't know anybody even knew about that," he said, smiling. "It was kind of a dramatic situation, wasn't it? I remember that Chuck Hiller came up to me afterward and said, 'Whatever possessed you to do that?' "
"What did possess you?"
Boros shook his head. "I didn't stop to think about it at the time," he said. "I just jumped in there. I had to back up Whitey's order."
"What were your thoughts when those pitches were on the way to Otis?"
"I was praying he wouldn't swing, and if he swung, that he wouldn't hit the ball."
Boros shook his head. "You know, Amos and I were good friends before that confrontation, and we were friends afterward," he said. "We had a talk and cleared it all up."
"I don't know if you remember," I said, "but when he finally bunted, the bunts were perfect."
Boros nodded. "Yeah, Amos could bunt. He could do anything he put his mind to. He was a heck of a ballplayer."