Mix that with Buck's intense loyalty toward — and obvious affection for — his players, and you get the kind of boss for whom any of us would love to work. He's not afraid to praise players and fans liberally, nor does he hesitate to criticize other teams. Fans were smitten when Buck, a onetime Yankees manager, blasted his former team for refusing to reschedule a game immediately after the death of former Orioles pitcher and team executive Mike Flanagan several years ago. Last year, when the Yankees complained about the Orioles stealing signs, he turned it right back on them. "The Yankees are actually one of the better teams at it," he noted at the time. Buck stands behind his team, his players and his coaches.