MrNewEngland, on 24 March 2011 - 02:27 PM, said:
I think Buck is a retard, and I am a HUGE Theo fan... but I've wondered that myself at times. Yes, we have a lot of homegrown talent but (I think) we consistently spend the most in the drafts (Yankees spend more on IFA). He's bought his way out of trouble on occasion (Renteria) and when he falls in love with a player he'll outbid himself (Lugo, Drew, Varitek).
Don't get me wrong, I think he's perfectly suited for the job... but he def makes the most out of the Red Sox financial advantage.
I think Showalter's point about the resources at Theo's disposal is a valid one but I think the motivation of his tirade had little to do with Derek Jeter (who Buck also called out in the interview) or Epstein. This was part of his attempt to get his players to have a more aggressive attitude toward the Sox and Yanks. He is taking the big bullies of the division much like Sexy Rexy took on BB and the Pats as soon as he took the Jets job.
It's about instilling a certain attitude in his players. It's exactly what a team that has been a perennial doormat needs. The Orioles roster is filled with young players who have grown up in baseball looking at the Yanks and Sox in awe. He wants the players to start competing.
Can't blame him for that.
This post has been edited by The Ghost of Ned Martin: 24 March 2011 - 02:36 PM