Buck Showalter was asked in his pre-game media session about the New York Yankees' griping about the way the Orioles handled the Hurricane Irene postponements and the rescheduling, and the outspoken manager predictably didn't mince words.
"First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny, quite frankly. That didn't sit with me very well. I can tell you that," Showalter said, referencing Wednesday's tragic death of Mike Flanagan. "We didn't say much – I think we had an April rainout there – and they just told us when we were playing. We were OK with that. Like I told you the other day, you tell us when we're playing, we'll play. ... We understand that sometimes our opinions on things are not relevant. They come to me when there is two options and talk about it from a baseball standpoint. Every club does that. But some of it kind of has a feeling of [hypocrisy]. I don't know. I don't dwell on it. Their opinion on what the Baltimore Orioles should do for their fans and for their organization isn't really that relevant to me personally, I can tell you that. We'll do what's best for our fans and for our organization, and we expect it back that they're going to do the same on their side."
Several Yankees, including general manager Brian Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and player rep Curtis Granderson, wanted the Orioles to play a doubleheader Friday. The Orioles declined for several reasons – we've talked about them plenty over the past two days, so I don't feel the need to list them again – and instead suggested the two teams play doubleheaders Sunday (today) and Monday (tomorrow). The Yankees didn't want to do that ahead of their big series opener Tuesday in Boston. The Orioles then suggested a doubleheader today and making up the other game on the mutual off day Sept. 8. That's ultimately what has happened, although the Yankees continue to fight it because Sept. 8 is their final full off day of the season.
"Somebody said they offered us to play them there and they were going to give us part of the gate. That's interesting," Showalter said. "We also realize that there's a lot of Yankees fans here that come to the games, and there is a lot of different things to think about. I'm real confident that our guys have thought about every possible thing, and we hope that the scenario we've had coming back home here never presents itself again. I'm sure if they stopped and thought about it, if the same thing that happened to one of their greats, that they probably would have given a lot of consideration to how they were going to handle that day.
"A lot of people don't really care about what our opinions are about different parts of baseball. We play baseball. If there's something out there, it's all about what's best for the fans and a lot of different things. ... We hope one day that we can be as competitive as they are. I respect where they are in the season and what their people are saying about the competitive part of it, but it means something to us, too. We'll continue to do what's best for the Baltimore Orioles and the fans, which are the same thing. Along the way, we'll wear that. Sometimes we confuse some things from a real-life standpoint compared to what we're actually doing here, OK? Obviously, there's more, but I'll stop there."