Earl Weaver didn't manage the Baltimore Orioles tonight, at least officially. Cal Ripken Sr. got that job after Weaver was suspended this evening by American League President Bobby Brown because of his ejection from both games in Sunday's doubleheader in New York.
But Weaver was here tonight, nonetheless -- not in the dugout, but running things just the same. And he was furious. Before the game, it was the league and its umpires that drew his ire. Afterward, it was his pitchers.
Dennis Martinez is now 13-10 after the Boston Red Sox beat him and the Orioles, 10-3, in front of 13,827 at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles have now lost five in a row to tie their longest losing steak of the year. They have lost eight of their last nine and nine of their last 11.
"Another nice day at the ball park," Weaver said, his sarcasm wrapped in anger. "There's no such thing as momentum, positive or negative. I'd just like to see a guy go out and put nine zeroes on the board."
Martinez gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, including three-run homers to Dwight Evans and Bill Buckner.
The Orioles are still 18 games back of first-place Toronto. And now they are only a half-game ahead of the fifth-place Red Sox.
"It's not a good feeling," Weaver said.
The suspension will cover the last two games of this series. This is the sixth time Weaver has been suspended in his career, the last one being in July 1982.
Weaver will not appeal the suspension because the process is "stupid," he said. "You appeal to the guy who made the decision."
Weaver also contends he didn't get a fair hearing with Brown, whom he said he spoke to only briefly Monday, hoping to set up a time at which they could discuss Weaver's side of the story.
"Things will not get better (in baseball) until they get better at the top," Weaver said. "Things rot from the top just as well as from the bottom.
"It's another case of dishonesty," Weaver said. "A lie winning over the truth. The only thing that bothers me is that I'm publicly punished and the liar walks away. He isn't punished publicly."
This banishment from the dugout was the result of four arguments, two ejections and comments surrounding the whole affair.
Sunday, Weaver argued with the umpires in each of the first three innings of the first game, and was ejected after the third. In the second game, he was ejected before the game even started.
In the second inning of the first game, with two out, Floyd Rayford struck out but Yankees catcher Butch Wynegar dropped the ball. Home plate umpire Nick Bremigan said Wynegar tagged Rayford for the third out, but Weaver and Rayford disagreed.
As the Yankees were leaving the field, Weaver started a seven-minute tirade. Weaver says that crew chief Jim Evans, who was umpiring at second, "was running from umpire to umpire saying that he tagged him. But (first base umpire Dan) Morrison kept saying, 'Earl, I didn't tell you I said he tagged him.' If that's not confusion, nothing is."
Weaver was ejected by Bremigan in the third inning after arguing whether a trip to the mound by Bill Monbouquette, the Yankees' pitching coach, was an official trip or whether it was to check on pitcher Joe Cowley, who had been hit by a line drive.
The second-game ejection occurred when Weaver brought Rich Dauer, who had played second base in the first game, with him to home plate to exchange lineup cards. He brought Dauer because, Weaver said, Dauer heard Evans say "that he wanted to go out in the parking lot" after the game to settle the argument. When asked about it after the game, Evans denied saying that.
"I believe Rich Dauer just like the league president is going to tell you he believes his umpires," Weaver said. "I wanted to prove to Dauer that Evans is a liar."
Weaver said he was mad enough to consider leaving as manager.
"My thoughts were to just get away and leave," Weaver said. "You feel like saying 'The hell with it, I quit. But I don't want to say I quit."
In tonight's game, Eddie Murray drew a walk from Red Sox starter Bruce Hurst to lead off the second inning. Hurst then caught Murray leaning the wrong way and picked him off, Hurst's 11th pickoff of the year. It proved a costly mistake for the Orioles when Fred Lynn walked and scored on Mike Young's home run to center field. The homer was Young's 28th of the year and the team's 208th.
Lynn scored in the fourth after doubling into the left field corner. Gary Roenicke's single to right drove Lynn home for a 3-1 lead.
The lead disappeared quickly. In the fifth, Hoffman singled and went to third on Wade Boggs' one-out double to right center. Martinez's first pitch to Buckner landed in the right field bull pen, Buckner's 14th homer of the year, and Boston led, 4-3. The rout was on.
In other games tonight, Chicago defeated Minnesota, 12-6, and Texas slipped past Oakland, 4-3.