Showalter's comments on Men's Journal story

Orioles manager Buck Showalter answered questions today about an article in Men's Journal magazine in which he is quoted discussing Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

First, here are the quotes in the magazine:


"The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout. Our guys are thinking, 'Wow, he's screaming at Derek Jeter.' Well, he's always jumping back from balls just off the plate. I know how many calls that team gets – and yes, he [ticks] me off."

And on Epstein: "I'd like to see how smart 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 butt. It's great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?'"

Showalter said today that the interview occurred a few months ago at lunch in Dallas with the writer. He doesn't deny making the comments:

"We were sitting down at a table laughing about different stuff and three or four months later somebody brings it up as a quote and it's newsworthy. I can't remember if I said it or not, but I am 55 years old, I probably did."

He said he hasn't read the article, but on the urging of director of media relations Monica Barlow, he thumbed through it.

"I think I just glanced through it today for the first time because Monica thought it would be a good idea. I didn't read it all," Showalter said. "Two quotes. How was the rest of it?"

In response to the printed comments, this is what Showalter said today: "Maybe it is envy or something on my part. But obviously you all know what I think of Derek and the success the Red Sox have had. Hopefully, we can get to their level one day."

Showalter said he doesn't think he'll need to address it with Jeter.

"No, I know Derek. He knows there are a lot of things you talk about in clubhouses and what have you, jokingly, kind matter-of-factly and everybody understands it within the arena. But when they get out there publicly, it's not particularly comfortable."

Showalter said he understood why people have asked him about it since the story was published:

"It doesn't surprise me, but that's OK. I wouldn't say way too much (has been made of it). If you had asked me about it on the other shoe, I would have kind of looked at you, smiled and went out on the field. Unfortunately, it is something people find newsworthy I understand that and move on."

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