Orioles manager Buck Showalter hadn't called many team meetings over the course of this past season, but before the postseason, he gathered his squad and spoke from the heart.
Showalter usually downplays his importance as a manager. “The game is about the players,” he said. “Managers usually come and go.”
On this day, he brought in Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson to speak. But before introducing Robinson, Showalter thanked his players for a memorable season.
“I never really had the chance to tell them thanks for the way they played, the standard they held for themselves and what they held each other to,” Showalter said. “I had a great seat. There are so many things...