BUCK YEAH! Showalter Rips Jeter, Theo Epstein
As if he hadn’t already done enough to win over the fans of Charm City, Buck Showalter may have just cemented himself as the City’s new favorite all-around person.
According to The Bergen Record, the Buck truck had some pretty great things to say about New York Yankees’ captain Derek Jeter and Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein in the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine:
In an interview in the April edition of Men’s Journal, Showalter lashed out at Yankees captain Derek Jeter as well as Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, according to a report in the Bergen (N.J.) Record.
“The first time we went to Yankee Stadium, I screamed at Derek Jeter from the dugout,” Showalter said in Men’s Journal, according to the Bergen Record. “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.”
Speaking about the Red Sox, Showalter mocked the notion that Epstein’s biggest offseason acquisitions — namely, left fielder Carl Crawford and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez — were indicative of the Red Sox GM’s savvy.
“I’d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay [Rays] payroll,” Showalter told Men’s Journal, according to the Record. “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?’”
How’s that for subtle?
After sitting through boring John Harbaugh “we really respect the Pittsburgh Steelers” press conference after boring John Harbaugh “[opponent of the week] is a heckuva football team” press conference during the NFL season, it looks like Baltimore may have had our own version of Rex Ryan all along – just on the baseball team instead of the football team.
Does Buck have much room to talk at this point? Probably not. But if he wants to antagonize the Yankees, Red Sox, and their legions of annoying ass fans, we’re more than happy to hear it.
It will be even better when Buck and his team go out there and back it up this season.