I’m sure you’ve heard about this one already, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter (known as a bit of an oddball for quite some time now) issued some bold statements in a recent interview with a men’s magazine:
“I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll,” he barked. “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?’”
Okay, a few quick points:
- The Red Sox payroll was $168 million last year, and will be around $180 million this year
- In 12 years as a MLB manger, Showalter has had 1 postseason appearance and zero championships
- In 8 years as GM of the Red Sox, Theo Epstein has 6 postseason appearances and 2 championships
- Showalter is 18-24 in his career against Epstein’s Red Sox
In all honestly, the comments don’t bother me a bit. The Orioles play Boston roughly 18 times per season, and the games tend to be among the dullest on the schedule, aside from the fact that it gives Red Sox fans a chance to visit Fenway South and help themselves to some crab legs and Yuengling. If Buck wants to play the Rex Ryan role and fire up the rivalry a bit, it’s fine by me.
Coming up: a blitzkrieg of team previews.