Unhappy Birthday, Doug Mirabelli!

Doug Mirabelli only played 14 games for the Padres but his time in San Diego is still remembered six years later. Not fondly. He started whining and crying approximately five minutes after he got traded from his beloved Red Sox in December of 2005 for Mark Loretta. First he expected to be handed the starting catcher job of a reigning division champion despite being a terribly hitting backup for ten seasons and got mad pissy when Kevin Towers signed Mike Piazza. It got even worse when the '06 regular season began. He started calling Towers at five in the morning and complaining that he was depressed because all he could think about was the Red Sox. He even asked to be taken out of the lineup of a game he was set to start because his mind wasn't in it and begged to be traded back to Boston. To his luck, Boston needed him back to catch Tim Wakefield's knuckler because Josh Bard was failing miserably in the role. Towers managed to get Bard, Cla Meridith and cash while Mirabelli got what he wanted from his tantrums. After hearing that Mirabelli had called Dave Roberts post-trade and said that he was going "back to the big leagues", Towers went on record saying "I wanted to trade him to the Yankees. In the worst way."

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