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Fans won't let Elia forget meltdown

Originally Published: April 29, 2008
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

It was a few years back, during some sort of a "Meet the Devil Rays" day, when Lee Elia realized he would never escape the most embarrassing 187 seconds of his life.

A man had approached the then-Tampa Bay hitting coach at the meet-and-greet, eager to talk to Elia about his infamous profanity-laced tirade from years earlier.

"I tried to politely tell the guy, 'No,'" Elia said. "I suggested we talk about something else."

But the man in a perfectly pressed suit and flattop ...

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