Baltimore Orioles’ skipper Buck Showalter rarely looks pleased. As a matter of fact, he appears to be downright unhappy — even when his O’s are winning.
Last season, the New York Yankees unceremoniously knocked Buck’s birds out of the AL playoffs in the first round. Showalter did not take that well. He was cordial to the media afterwards, but inside he was stewing. He felt his O’s were on the upswing and he wanted results then and there.
Live and learn, but Showalter seems to be back to his grizzly self. He leads his team of young upstarts and veteran castoffs with a chip on his shoulder and the boys seem to be buying in.
Even the MLB schedule makers seem to have it in for Buck. Baltimore didn’t get to play on Sunday, the official opening day, and his team wasn’t scheduled to play with the rest of the league on Monday’s opener schedule. Showalter probably told his bunch that the entire baseball world was against them.
The Orioles went down to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday and took care of business against David Price, arguably one of the top pitchers in the AL. Showalter’s beefy middle lineup did its job by roping a few big doubles and cracking a pair of deep home runs and his big ace, Jason Hammel went six strong innings to earn the victory.
When you play Buck Ball, however, it’s just another game on the journey to the Promised Land. Showalter has had his chances in the MLB before with the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers and was shown the door before those organizations could embrace his us-against-the-world style. It seems to be taking hold in Baltimore, but you could never tell by the scowl on Showalter’s face during the Orioles’ opening day win.