At the beginning of my career, too many years ago, I was covering the Niagara Falls Rapids, then a short-season, Single A affiliate of baseball's Detroit Tigers. Larry Parrish was the manager at the time. And he was, to say the least, intense.
I still remember one otherwise forgettable game that ended in heart-breaking fashion somehow. The details of the game are blurry. But after the game, the media swarm (me and one other guy) approached Parrish in the dugout to ask him our usual questions. He then picked up a wooden bat and left.
We watched as he took what had to be a 10 minute walk down the foul line, then turned behind the outfield wall and disappeared. Moments later we heard the crashing sound of wood against metal and we watched the flagpole out in centerfield shake. Parrish spent a good 15 minutes hitting that pole with that bat over and over again before he returned, calm as could be.
That was out of frustration over an inconsequential, midseason, low-minor league baseball game that barely even mattered to the people involved. The stakes were much higher for Odell Beckham and the Giants in their 24-19 loss in Philadelphia on Thursday night. So really, in that context, the Giants' often-controversial star receiver maintained a lot of self-control after the Giants' blew their chance to clinch a playoff berth when all he did was leave the locker room to yell and growl and a garage door.