Showalter's comments in the magazine surfaced a couple of days ago. He said, "I'd like to see how smart [Boston GM] Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll. You got Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their asses: It's great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?' "