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Memo to media: Buck only wants to talk about the O's

By Kevin Cowherd

The Baltimore Sun

2:02 PM EDT, June 19, 2012

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If you missed it, MASN play-by-play man Gary Thorne's post-game interview with Buck Showalter Monday night was both revealing and great theater.

Showalter, a hyper-competitive man who'd order a brushback pitch to his mom if it would get him a win, was still stewing over the Orioles' 5-0 loss to the New York Mets and the liberal strike zone of home plate umpire Eric Cooper.

Nevertheless, for most of the interview, the Orioles manager was cordial and accomodating, as he usually is with the media.

But when Thorne asked Showalter to talk about Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who had just pitched a gem, striking out 13 Orioles and throwing his second straight one-hitter, Showalter looked like he was suddenly stricken with heartburn.

Here's how the exchange went:

Thorne: "On Dickey, what he's doing right now is pretty phenomenal."

Showalter: "Yeah. (Pause). God bless him. I'm more worried about what's going on with the Orioles. I could really care less . . . (pause). Maybe after the season. But God bless him. But I don't like somebody shutting us out.

"I'm more about what's going on with the Baltimore Orioles. Everyone wants to talk about R.A., and that's fine and dandy, but we gotta figure out (Johan) Santana tomorrow night and that won't be easy."

Beautiful.

It was vintage Showalter, the fiery competitor who chokes on each loss like he just swallowed Drano.

But he's also a Texas boy who's too polite to completely blow off a question.

For the record, that was two "God bless hims" directed at Dickey.

Which means it was about as classy a non-answer as you're ever going to hear from a big-league manager.