Showalter at the Camden Yards Improv
Buck Showalter has a dry sense of humor Orioles fans don't always get to see during the season -- or even in the off-season, for that matter. But it flashed during the manager's post-game remarks Sunday following his team's 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals.
At one point, Showalter was asked about enjoying today's off-day after his team ended a nightmare week by taking two of three games from the Nationals over the weekend.
"Very seldom do you have an off-day at home where you can actually have an off-day," he began. "And when I let them know we're having an off-day tomorrow, they probably won't be too happy."
Pause for dramatic effect.
Tiniest hint of a smile begins to form at the corners of his lips.
Then comes the shake of the head.
"No, we're not, we're not," he continued. "They can come in if they want to, but I won't be here. Well, I will. But we won't be on the field."
Yeah, good luck getting a workaholic, detail-obsessed manager like Showalter to take a full day off during the season.
But after a week that included a blown 6-0 lead and an eventual 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, a 13-2 shellacking by the Yankees at Camden Yards and a horror-show 17-5 loss to the Nationals, also at home, even Showalter planned to savor the two latest wins today.
"Without a doubt, over a long season, you don't get many days where you can feel good about what went on the last couple of days . . . and take it home with the people you want to take it home with," he said.