In the midst of a series between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, there was a little dramatic spin-off Monday night, when Orioles Manager Buck Showalter gave Yankees Manager Joe Girardi a piece of his mind and Girardi gave it right back.
“Skippers Gone Wild,” the New York Daily News headline screamed, of the shoutfest that ensued after Showalter stormed from the dugout in the bottom of the first inning, yelling at Girardi, who’d confronted the Orioles’ third base coach about tipping pitch locations. Showalter, who at one point wagged his finger at the Yankees’ manager, and Girardi were separated by umpires and the game proceeded, with the O’s winning 4-2.
Afterward, each manager was defensive.
“One thing that I’ve done the whole time I’m here and everywhere I’ve been is I’m going to protect our players at all lengths,” Girardi said. “That’s what I’m going to do. And there was something that I saw and I’m just going to leave it at that.”
Showalter’s take: “He was yelling at the third-base coach. Somebody’s wearing black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen.”
Earlier in the inning, Girardi had gone to the outfield side of the dugout to offer a few words to third-base coach Bobby Dickerson.
“I’m a grown man. I don’t see why he was yelling at me,” Dickerson said (via the Daily News). “I just said, ‘You don’t know anything. You don’t even know me to be yelling at me.’
“I’m just trying to do my job over there and nobody’s going to yell at me for nothing.”
The teams, battling for a wild card, have two more games against one another this season.