The scene was set when, in the first inning, Mississippi's Carl Loadenthal and Brandon Jones were called out on strikes. Both players questioned homeplate umpire Brent Rice arguing that the pitches were outside.
While manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts, Phillip Wellman gained a reputation for some pretty unusual activities whenever he was ejected from a game. Friday night the manager of the Mississippi Braves even topped himself. After he and his players questioned a number of Rice’s calls, Wellman was ejected in the bottom of the third. At that point, the fiery manager turned into a Vaudeville act.
- First he covered homeplate with dirt before drawing another dish to show what he perceived to be Rice’s plate.
- Then he lifted third base off its moorings and carried the base under his arms toward second base.
- Somewhere along the way, he tossed the base aside and moved behind the mound;
- Next he got down on all fours and crawled like a snake as he inched towards the mound.
- When he reached the mound, he grabbed the rosin bag and tossed it.
- He then retrieved third base and took second base as well as he headed into the outfield.
- One-at-a-time, he tossed each base aside until he reached the clubhouse door in the right field wall;
- There he gestured again and waved to the crowd.