Showalter's surprise trip to the movies
After Orioles players reported to Ed Smith Stadium last night for the first full-team meeting, they were herded out to buses and taken to a local movie theater.
There, as part of manager Buck Showalter’s presentation to the team, he showed them a 12-minute custom-made highlight video set to music. The video celebrated individual highlights of the players and included other motivational footage, such as clips from past Orioles bench-clearing brawls.
I haven’t seen it, but I’m told that the video was well done, and also well received. You never know how players are going to react to these types of things. They could think it’s corny or they could eat it up. Showalter has done this sort of thing in the past and one former player -- Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young -- still raves about how fired up he and his teammates got after one watching the highlight video.
I’ll be able to get reaction for you later today after the team’s first full-squad workout. The clubhouse is closed this morning as the players undergo their physicals.
However, the message Showalter was sending to his players seems pretty clear: There is enough talent in the room, and it’s time to come together as a team and start winning games.
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