Is it any wonder Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been welcomed to Baltimore with open arms? As pointed out in a blogpost from NorthJersey.com, Showalter spoke rather candidly about the Yankees and Red Sox in the April issue of Men’s Journal.
The O’s skipper told a story about yelling at Derek Jeter from the dugout during his first trip to Yankee Stadium and questioned the intelligence of Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein.
“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?’ ”
Bob Klapish, the author of the article on NorthJersey.com, spoke with Showalter on the phone last week and said that he owned up to the remarks, but said he could have tempered them. But then again, that’s why we love Buck.