Oriole' manager Buck Showalter is held back by homeplate… (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun )
Manager Buck Showalter charged out of the Orioles dugout at the end of the first inning Monday night, shouting angrily at Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Showalter was so hot, in fact, that he had to be restrained by the umpiring crew.
It didn’t take a very astute lip reader to figure out what Showalter was saying on the video replay, and the first thing out of his mouth cannot be printed here. Then he clearly was saying “That ain’t right, Joe…That ain’t right.”
Before Showalter left the dugout, there appeared to be some angry banter between Girardi and Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson that was caught by the camera of the YES Network, leading to some speculation by the Yankee broadcasters that Girardi may have accused Dickerson of stealing signs.
Showalter denied the accusation after the game.
“I’m pretty sure that’s what [Girardi said]," Showalter said. "If we were doing that, Manny wouldn’t have bunted, right, if we had the pitches?”
Said Girardi: “The one thing that I’ve done the whole time I’ve been here and everywhere I’ve been, I’m going to protect our players always,’’ Girardi said. “That’s what I’m going to do and it was something I saw and I’m just going to leave it at that.”
When the dust settled, Showalter was asked if the matter is resolved.
“We got to play nine innings," Showalter said. "Hey, we all do that. I think when people are at second base you, or we, constantly change our signs with them and the other clubs that you see a lot in our division. ... There are a lot of little checkpoints you’ve gone through with experience over the years, so you look. It was something in our dugout our guys were wondering what in the world it was all about. Because obviously [sign stealing] wasn’t happening."
Both teams congregated behind home plate until order was restored and there were no ejections, but the umpires did talk to both managers afterward and delivered a warning about any possible on-field retaliation.
When asked if the incident fired up his team, Showalter said that wasn't his goal.
“I hope not. If we need that at this point, no," Showalter said. "I think what fires you up is Tillman pitching as well as he did. And having a good outing against a really good pitcher in Sabathia who pitched real well too. Impressive. He knew they needed some innings with their bullpen and he gave it to them.”