Buck Showalter goes after Joe Girardi

How well do you read lips? If you do, you’re bound to
catch some choice words from Monday night’s confrontation
between Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and his New York
Yankees counterpart, Joe Girardi.

Showalter bolted out of the dugout after the first inning,
screaming at Girardi: “That ain’t right, Joe. That
ain’t right.” Showalter also made several
throat-slashing gestures. The umpires had to get between them.


What was the beef about? The Yankees thought Orioles third-base
coach Bobby Dickerson was stealing signs, and Girardi and Dickerson
had words.


Showalter was having none of that.

“He was yelling at the third-base coach. Somebody’s wearing
black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen,” the
O’s manager said.

And by the way, Showalter denied Dickerson and the Orioles were
stealing signs.

“If we were doing that, Manny (Machado) wouldn’t have bunted,
right, if we had the pitches,” Showalter said.

For his part, Girardi wouldn’t say
a whole lot about the incident:

“The one thing that I’ve done, the whole time that I’m here, and
everywhere I’ve been, is I’m going to protect our players at all
lengths. That’s what I’m going to do, and there was something that
I saw and I’m just going to leave it at that.”

There was a baseball game, too, a 4-2 Orioles victory that left
Baltimore 1 ½ games out of the last American League wild-card
spot and the Yankees three games back. The teams meet again Tuesday
night in another tense playoff race game. No hard feelings?

“Joe’s a good man,” said Showalter, who expressed his
respect for Girardi. Asked if the two would speak before
Tuesday’s game, Showalter said that’s for him to know
and you to find out. “Well, if I was going to, I wouldn’t broadcast
it in here (to the media).”

And to go back to that lip reading thing: Just be pretty sure
you know what they’re saying. It’s not an exact


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