Former Yankees manager Buck Showalter continues to throw shade like an oversized golf umbrella.
Going into his eighth season at the helm of the Baltimore Orioles, Buck Showalter just can’t let go of his ill-will towards the Yankees.
The 60-year-old Showalter hasn’t managed the Yanks since 1995, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking shots at his one-time employer whenever the opportunity presents itself.
This time around, his inner rattlesnake came out following Adam Jones‘ miraculous catch on Saturday evening against the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic.
In a true show of class, Manny Machado saluted his Orioles teammate Jones, who went high above the centerfield fence to rob Machado of a home run and carry Team USA over the Dominican Republic 6-3.
The following morning at Orioles camp in Sarasota, FL, Showalter told the Baltimore Sun, his favorite part of the catch was taking the ball away from a fan wearing a Yankees hat.
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"“Oh my goodness,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the catch. “Unfortunately, I saw it live. That was a great moment. I loved the way Manny handled it. If you didn’t know they were teammates before the game, you know it now. … The thing I loved about it the most is that there was a Yankee fan trying to get into the field of play that he took it away from. That was probably the highlight for me.”"
So the centerfield bleachers are in the field of play now? Oh OK, I hadn’t heard.
Whether you think Showalter’s comments were tongue-in-cheek, or harmless enough because the fan he was talking about just so “happened” to be wearing a Yankees hat, it’s clear to see the 2014 AL Manager of the Year still hasn’t gotten over being fired by the Yanks after losing to the Seattle Mariners in the 1995 ALDS.
Perhaps Buck’s still bitter that it should have been him managing those great Yankees teams in the late 90s, and not Joe Torre. Or that the strike-shortened ’94 season wiped out the best record in the AL (70-43) and a 6.5 game lead over the second-place Orioles on Aug 11.
Either way, this is a one-sided feud that has no end in sight. It’s too bad — because there is nothing sadder than an aging man who can’t move on. The Yankees certainly have.