Audio: Tirade by ex-Cubs manager Lee Elia

Staff report

10:30 AM CDT, April 29, 2013


On April 29, 1983, after a Cubs loss to the Dodgers, manager Lee Elia launched into an obscenity-laced rant, berating fans in a tirade that consumed the airwaves and sports pages for days.

Elia recall seeing players nearly get into fights with taunting before before the interview, he said in 2008.

"So I come into the clubhouse, only a few minutes later, and my office is just a tiny space, very cramped," he told the Tribune. "There are about six reporters, three from Los Angeles, and they start asking me about the bad start and how Cubs fans are reacting. Well, I just lost it."

"The (bleepers) don't even work. That's why they're out at the (bleeping) game. They oughtta go out and get a (bleeping) job and find out what it's like to go out and earn a (bleeping) living. Eighty-five percent of the (bleeping) world is working. The other 15 come out here. A (bleeping) playground for the (bleepers). Rip them (bleepers)! Rip them (bleeping) (bleepers) like the (bleeping) players!"