The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox may not be the only heated rivalry in the AL East — for long. Thanks to Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, the Orioles could become the division's new hated team.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox may not be the only heated rivalry in the American League East — thanks to Baltimore manager Buck Showalter.
In an interview with Men's Journal for its April issue, Showalter reportedly talked about how he "screamed" at Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium.
"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.”
The two-time AL Manager of the Year followed that remark up with a sarcastic one about Red Sox GM Theo Epstein.
"I'd like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay (Rays) payroll," Showalter reportedly 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?'"
The Yankees' payroll last season was $206 million, while the Red Sox's was $162 million. The Orioles' was $81 million.
Showalter, who took over the Orioles in the middle of last season, served as the Yankees' manager from 1992-1995 before being fired by owner George Steinbrenner.