How to lose mind ... and keep dignity

After watching Lou Piniella's base-throwing tirade, Page 2's Jim Caple examines the elements of a good meltdown.

Updated: September 23, 2002, 1:13 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

There are thousands upon thousands of games each year in sports, most instantly forgettable. Too seldom do we see an athlete reach true perfection with a performance so masterful, so inspiring and so sublime that it makes grown men weep, poets sigh and angels sing from the heavens.

Wednesday was such a night in Seattle, where Mariners manager Lou Piniella delivered the masterpiece of a long and distinguished career by calling upon his full range of talents and putting them all together ...

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