Baltimore split yesterday’s doubleheader with the Yankees, a twinbill made necessary by Hurricane Irene’s descent on the region the previous afternoon. Apparently, the visitors would’ve preferred to play the rescheduled contest as part of a Friday doubleheader, a suggestion that didn’t go over well with the Orioles given a) they’d just returned home from a 10-game roadtrip and b) were still contending with the suicide of Mike Flangan. Manager Buck Showalter, perhaps relishing an opportunity to lecture someone other than the Red Sox, shared his thoughts with the Sun’s Dan Connolly ;
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that he wasn’t appreciative of the criticism waged by several Yankee representatives, including outfielder Curtis Granderson and manager Joe Girardi — especially given the timing of the complaints Friday evening.
“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. “I think we had an April rainout there — and they just told us when we were playing. We were OK with that. … Some of it kind of has a feeling of [being] hypocritical. 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,” Showalter added. “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.”
“Somebody said they offered us to play them there and they were going to give us part of the gate. That’s interesting.”
“Interesting”, yes, if you believe it’s a-ok to give the Yankees the competitive advantage of an extra home game.