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


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">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