BALTIMORE – As if Yankees-Orioles could generate any more heat this week, there were the teams’ managers yelling at each other Monday night, complete with Buck Showalter flashing a throat-slash gesture and Joe Girardi accusing Baltimore of sign-stealing. The Yankees’ 4-2 loss to Baltimore might have been filled with playoff implications, what with the teams in the tangle for the second wild-card berth. But it was just the undercard to the fiery – and rare – confrontation between managers that flared between the first and second innings and prompted umpires to issue warnings to both teams. Showalter was irate after Girardi yelled at his third-base coach, Bobby Dickerson, during the inning, saying he was giving Orioles hitters the location that CC Sabathia intended to throw his next pitch. Showalter charged out of the O’s dugout, yelling at Girardi and umpires got in between the angry skippers as players from both teams came out of the dugouts. “He was yelling at the third base coach,” Showalter said. “Somebody’s wearing black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen.” Girardi was less forthcoming. The most he allowed was, “It was something that I saw. I’m going to leave it at that.” He would not elaborate, not even to say if whatever he saw had stopped after the fracas. He wouldn’t even admit if he had heard what Showalter was yelling at him and when he was asked if he’d speak to Showalter privately about the incident he repeated, “I’ll leave it at that.”
Tale of the Tape:
Joe Girardi – Height: 5’11, Weight (as of playing days, probably not too much different) 195. Age: 48.
Buck Showalter – Height: 5’9, Weight (as per Baseball Reference) 195. Age: 57
There’s two main things to focus on here. 1) Girardi is fucking jacked. Dude is built like a Marine. His forearms might be bigger than his biceps. He’s got straight pipes. Looks like he hasn’t missed a beat since his playing days. And obviously he was a catcher so he’s got that nasty toughness you’d want in a fight.
2) I have a feeling Buck Showalter is a certifiable lunatic. Doesn’t matter how fast or strong or nasty your opponent is, when you’re a maniac, you have an edge. Zero fear. Probably feels zero pain. There’s no doubt that he’s slighted by never making it to the Big Leagues. 7 seasons in the Yankees minor league system stuck behind Donnie Baseball fuels his hatefire. And you get the distinct impression Sho only knows one speed. He’s the guy who punches you in the face during a wrestling match. Orders whiskey shots when you’re having a few beers. Brings a gun to a knife fight. There’s a little skirmish in the bar and he’s the guy breaking his beer bottle ready to kill someone. He only has one speed and it’s 100 MPH.
Physically speaking, this is Girardi in a runaway. But you know he’s gonna be thinking about the Yankees reputation the whole time, worry about the media and the backlash and shit throughout the whole fight. Whereas Buck Showalter will be focused on one thing and one thing only – murdering Joe Girardi.
I will leave it up to a Stoolie Vote.
Who Would Win In A Fight – Joe Girardi Vs. Buck Showalter
Vote 1 for Girardi Vote 10 for Buck