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Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Posted on: March 23, 2011 7:23 pm
By Matt Snyder

One would think playing in the AL East with the Yankees and Red Sox -- not to mention the Rays -- would be a difficult enough task without angering the opposition. Yet that's exactly what Orioles' manager Buck Showalter decided to do in an interview for April's issue of Men's Journal . (via )
"The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout," Showalter told the magazine. "Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets – and yes, he [ticks] me off."

Of the Red Sox, Showalter was even more candid.

"I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll," he said. "You got Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their butt. It's great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?' "
I'm confused here. Buck goes after the Red Sox for having a big payroll but said $205 million. That's the Yankees. The Red Sox are in the $170 million range. It's also funny he said he likes "whipping their butt." Again, not sure which team he's talking about, but it doesn't matter. Showalter's Orioles went 3-3 against both the Red Sox and the Yankees last season. That's hardly whipping anyone's backside. Maybe he meant to speak in the future tense and was talking about this season? If so, I won't be holding my breath.

Look, the Orioles are probably a good amount better than they were last season at this time, but that doesn't mean they're contenders in the AL East. I'll also give credit to Showalter for trying to establish to his players and the fans that he's not scared of the two financial powers in the division. It just seems a bit much (and going after Jeter? Really?). Plus, I've had enough with the whining about money. After all, the Orioles had an operating profit of over $25 million last season -- and the Red Sox lost money.

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Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:52 am

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

While I understand Showalter's comments, the problem with this guy is that his players usually begin to tune out his micro-managing by the end of year two and then he goes into his third year as a lameduck.
The one interesting fact about Showalter is that his former teams end up going to the World Series either the next year after he leaves (Yankees, Diamondbacks) or soon after (Rangers). Oriole fans should be happy to have this guy. Baltimore is definitely going to be a tough team to play. Showalter isn't going to put up with the nonsense that previous Oriole managers allowed.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:13 am

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Showalter must be trying to give his players some type of mental edge, but for the record he is screaming at the wrong teams and persons.  The owner of the team that he manages is a billionaire, and his employer managed to squeeze money out of the Washington Nationals, claiming he was going to lose fan support because of the close proximity of the Nationals to his imaginary fan base.

The facts will show that Mr Angelos has not invested his money in his team, instead choosing to field a losing team for something like the last 10/11 years, while the owner of the Yankees feel its important to field a competitive team and puts his money back into his team, and as a result Yankee fan show their appreciation by showing up for games wherever the Yankees play.  Mr Epstein in years to come will pay the price for playing in a band box and over spending to compete with the teams with bigger stadiums.

There are a lot of team owner who have more money than the Yankees and Red Sox owners but choose not to invest in putting a more competitive team on the field.  Hey Buck while your yelling don't forget to scream at your employer, ask him to invest some of his billions in his team and maybe the fans will show out for the Orioles or at least spend the money he choked out of the Lerners Group to put some better talent on the field and stop waiting for the Yankees/Ray/Red Sox to come to town to see his stadium filled.

If we are lucky maybe Peter Angelos will sell the team to Cal Ripken and the Orioles will experience the same success that the Rangers had after selling the team to the Nolan Ryan Group.     

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:27 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Buck is 100% correct on Jeter and the Red Sox.  I'm glad somebody had the guts to tell it like it is.  I feel exactly the same way, God bless Buck!

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:33 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

man doe's he need to lay on a couch and talk to somebody lol. sound like he's feeling the heat already and i love how at te end iof the blog he states that he's had enough of the whining about the money you and me both all anyone say's when they talk about the yankees or the sox's atleast those teams take there fan's money and put it into the team for us to enjoy so sorry buck if you don't like it. have fun with make reynolds or those other broke down players you got. i'm sure jeters really care so much about what you think about him and what he doe's in the box. sure you'd love to live in his boat house of the new mega crib he just got chump

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:51 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Buck is old school. He has no concern what we or anyone else thinks about him.  He won't be exchanging Christmas cards with his players or with any of his opponents.  He hides nothing from anyone. The guy is not warm and fuzzy.  He is hard nosed and he doesn't suffer fools.  He treats his players like professionals and he expects his players to act like professionals.  He has a young team and he knows these guys may think they cannot compete with teams like Yankees and the Red Sox.  I am a Sox fan and all I see is Buck telling his guys that the Yankees and Red Sox are just men, not gods or superhumans, so go out there and play like men.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:20 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

The Showalter-led Orioles finished at 34–23, the best record among clubs during the same stretch.
Just sayin......

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:28 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Naw Rex is sexier and doesn't take himself seriously, Buck
believes the universe rotates around him, but he doesn't have
the girth or worth of Rex.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:24 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Don't forget about managing the Rangers before Ron Washington. That's three previous jobs and each time he left the team went to the World Series. I guess that's good news for the Orioles whenever Showalter leaves, eh?

- Matt

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:19 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Think of the source. The guy is just bitter because he got fired form New York, then they went on to win some World Series.  He then went on to Arizona only to get fired...then have them win a World Series.  He did a lot of foundation laying for both of those orgaanizations but didn't get to hang around long enough to see the ultimate reward come to fruition.

He is ALSO the same douchebag that found his team playing Anaheim at the end of the 2005 eason, when the Angels were tied versus the Yanks for home-field advantage. 

The so called "play the game the right way" manager had soooo much respect for the game and the playoff process that he pulled all of his stars after one AB and put in scrub ass Septemeber call-up pitchers, handing the game to the Angels (and home field advantage along with it)

He is great at talkin' the talk, but he sometimes has a hard time walking the walk.

Pretty much how it's gonna shake out all year with the Snorioles.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:12 pm

Orioles' Showalter rips Yankees, Red Sox

Like I saw on "This is the same guy who used to manage the Yankess and their payroll.  And also he managed the Diamondbacks who had a pretty good sized payroll in 2000."

Says it all right there folks.  The O's are going to "suck" again this year.  They'll be a bit better and there making good strides, but they're still going to be under .500.

Yeah, lets do what the Rays did.  And the Marlins.  Bring up good talent and then unload that talent when it gets too expensive to keep.  They're playing for third again.

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