Most recently Tim Flannery was the crazy third base coach who windmilled home San Francisco Giants runners en route to three World Series victories, but the majority of his baseball career took place in San Diego. He played alongside Bruce Bochy as the Padres went to the 1984 World Series, and was Bochy’s third base coach as the Padres went to the 1998 World Series. He was fired in 2002 and left baseball, only to return to Bochy’s staff in 2007 when he was hired by the Giants.
Despite coaching their division rivals for eight seasons, you might expect Flannery (and Bochy) to be remembered fondly by Padres fans. After all, he spent 21 seasons with the organization, and played a prominent role in both of their World Series appearances. But it seems that Flannery—who retired in 2014—is fed up with Padres fans giving him shit and calling him a Benedict Arnold, so he unleashed upon them in a grammatically-challenged yet savage Twitter rant.
In the past, Flannery’s beef seemed to mostly be with the Padres organization. Last year he went on a lengthy Facebook rant about how team management ran him and Bochy out of town, and bristled at the fact that the Padres never asked him to interview for a managerial opening. But while he obviously still has negative feelings towards the team, his latest invective is directed much more heavily at the fans, who are getting his goat in retirement even though he spends most of his time playing chill acoustic guitar music with his band.
On a positive note here, Flannery unleashed by far the best meme I’ve seen in 2016.
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