The Orioles and Yankees are kicking off a pivotal four-game series in Camden Yards on Monday, and the two managers set the tone early. Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi got into a shouting match after the first inning and had to be restrained by their coaches and the umpires. Here's the video:
It appears the whole thing started when Girardi started chirping at Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson for an unknown reason in the bottom of the first. The Yankees skipper may have thought Dickerson was stealing signs or location, but we don't really know for sure. Showalter spoke to his third base coach after the inning, then came out of the dugout.
The players never left the benches but it was clearly a heated exchange between the two managers. Showalter was the aggressor, so to speak, at least in the sense that he was the first to come out of the dugout and start yelling. His first big league managerial job came with the Yankees (1992-95), but I doubt there's any love lost at this point.
Coming into Monday, the Orioles and Yankees trailed the Rays by two games and three games for the second wild-card spot, respectively. These four games are enormous for both clubs and things got heated after just six outs were recorded.