Despite a hurricane hitting his fanbase and forcing the mandatory evacuation of thousands, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was inconvenienced by Hurricane Irene because it caused his team to lose an off day in September. “I don’t understand why we didn’t play a split doubleheader today,” Girardi said on Friday evening, which happened to be the day that the Orioles honored the life of Mike Flanagan who passed away the night before.
I expressed my disbelief with Girardi’s insensitive comments over the weekend and on Sunday Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun and agreed with my thoughts on Girardi’s ridiculous comments.
“First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny, quite frankly. That didn’t sit with me very well. I can tell you that,” Showalter said. “I think we had an April rainout there — and they just told us when we were playing. We were OK with that. … Some of it kind of has a feeling of [being] hypocritical. I don’t know. I don’t dwell on it.
“Their opinion on what the Baltimore Orioles should do for their fans and for their organization isn’t really that relevant to me, personally. I can tell you that,” Showalter added. “We’ll do what’s best for our fans and for our organization, and we expect it back, that they’re going to do the same on their side.”
Buck added that if the Yankees had lost one of their greats that they probably would have handled it the same way that the Orioles front office handled the rained out double header.