News 12 Then: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Phillip Wellman Meltdown at the Lookouts

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Ten years ago tonight, a great moment in Lookouts history occurred.

The Looks were hosting the Mississippi Braves, managed by Phillip Wellman.

The game didn’t go well for the coach.

And when he had enough of the calls, he let the umpires know with one of the epic baseball tantrums of all time.

Sports Director Rick Nyman shot the entire fiasco.

We sent it to CBS, YouTube, and eventually ESPN got it.

Two years later, the network picked the Wellman tirade as their top meltdown of all time.

Wellman knew Chattanooga well, he had managed the Lookouts for 3 years before moving on to the Braves organization.

His managing career has taken him to nine minor league teams.

He currently coaches for the San Antonio Missions, a Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

But Wellman can still put on a show.

This comes from an ejection last season.

But nothing tops the June 1, 2007 video, shot right here in Chattanooga, that has been seen around the world.

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