After Monday’s 9-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays that snapped a three-game losing streak, several Orioles talked in postgame interviews about how they felt like fans were panicking.
Center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy and left fielder Delmon Young all made a point that losing three games to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was nothing more than a rough series in a long season.
On Tuesday afternoon, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn’t aware that his players sensed that reaction from the fan base. And he said he was oblivious to such a perceived panic.
“It hasn’t been a topic,” Showalter said. “[But] it means you’ve raised expectations. That’s a good thing, right?”
In this dizzying world of social media, Showalter said it’s so easy to hear negative and immediate reactions from a vocal faction of the fan base. Some of his players are immersed in social media, but he isn’t.
“If you are involved in Twitter and all that other stuff, I guess you are aware of it. It’s another thing for me that ignorance is bliss,” Showalter said.
He then launched into one of his favorite refrains. If people are talking about the Orioles, that means the club is doing something right. And he takes a lot of pride in that.
“I’m just glad somebody cares,” he said. “[Pennant-race panic] hasn’t been a topic here very much in the last quite a number of years. And it can start again. We are always a day away. I told you, the last 30 or 40 games are an eternity.”
The Orioles entered Tuesday night’s play six games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East with 33 remaining. They haven’t won a division title since 1997.