Orioles Manager Buck Showalter got Nats fans mad again


(Via MASN)

Earlier this week, Buck Showalter got Nats fans real fired up and mad-like.

“Our owner was kind enough to let them have a team here,” Showalter said, while in Washington. “I understand that a lot of people that are here are people that used to come over to Baltimore.”

Thursday night, Showalter kind of got them all mad again. Let’s review.

WERTH’S SWING

There were two outs in the top of the ninth. Jayson Werth, representing the go-ahead run, was at the plate. Zach Britton was on the mound. And Werth fouled a pitch off the top of his foot.

THE DELAY

Werth walked out of the batters box in evident pain, and attempted to shake off the hurt. He bent over. He shook his head. He wiggled his foot. He tapped his foot. He took some swings.

After 35 seconds, the Orioles fans started booing.


(Via MASN)

“This is smart,” MASN’s F.P. Santangelo said. “Take your time, get the feeling back in your foot. This is a slightly big at-bat…Game’s on the line.”

“And I would hope that our fans would never boo an injured player who’s slow getting back into the box,” Bob Carpenter added.


(Via MASN)

THE UMPIRE

After 45 seconds, Werth and home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor began jawing at each other. Bucknor evidently wanted Werth back at the plate. Werth evidently wanted more time. They had a conversation. Both appeared very into the conversation.


(Via MASN)

“It’s ridiculous,” Santangelo said of Bucknor. “It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

After 70 seconds, Werth walked out of the box again, and again began swinging his bat. The boos got louder.

ENTER MATT WILLIAMS 

After about 75 seconds, Matt Williams and a trainer came out to check on Werth. While there, Williams exchanged a few words with Bucknor. The boos kept getting louder.

“This is just a delaying tactic here,” Orioles television play-by-play voice Gary Thorne said, pointing out how Werth was tapping his bat against his supposedly injured foot.


(Via MASN)

“Yeah, so he just smokes himself, and then he hits himself in the foot with the bat, so he should be ok,” Mike Bordick added.

“Just trying to distract here now, get Britton off his focus,” Thorne said.


(Via MASN)

Some fans were chanting “Werth-Less, Werth-Less.”

 

BUCK SAYS A BAD WORD?

This is the part where Nats fans got mad. Showalter seemed to say a naughty word in encouraging the action to resume. Propriety requires me not to include him saying the naughty word, but just watch.

And so on. There was lots of this.

WERTH RESUMES THE AT-BAT

After about 95 seconds, Werth was ready, and stepped back to the plate. He grounded out on the next pitch. The game was over.

SHOWALTER’S EXPLANATION

And the first question at Showalter’s post-game press conference concerned the delay.

“I mean, he got hit with one of Zach’s sinkers,” Showalter said. “It hurts. And anybody here who’s ever been there, it hurts, like taking a sledgehammer and hitting it off your foot. I’m fine with it. Just trying to get the feeling back. Adam [Jones] does that a lot. Once he does, I’m not real sure what the rest of the conversation was, but that’s their business.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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