BOSTON -- Here's what Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to say a day later after taking a shot at the Red Sox for how much they've talked about the flu.
QUESTION: Buck, with the flu, with the Red Sox . . .
SHOWALTER: The Red Sox are the only ones that have it. I didn’t know that. Nobody else has it.
QUESTION: I don’t know about that.
SHOWALTER: Everybody in the whole league’s got it. Seems to get broadcast more here. What else?
QUESTION: Well, do you think that’s because they’re seeking pity, what do you think . . .
SHOWALTER: Seeking pity, no. Everybody has challenges, like they do. No they don’t, heavens no. They’re deep. They’ve had some issues like all clubs do. Some issues of life, bereavement, whether it be paternity, whether it be sickness, whether it be injury, those are the things that people grind through. They do a great job with it.
QUESTION: You think there’d be a reasonable way for them to not talk about it as much as they did when a guy doesn’t show up?
SHOWALTER: I’d talk about it too when a guy doesn’t show up at the park, wouldn’t you? No, I’d do it the same way.
Later . . .
QUESTION: Buck, are you trying to needle the Red Sox?
SHOWALTER: Am I trying to needle the Red Sox? No. That’s ridiculous, but appreciate you trying to go down that road, that’s typical.
QUESTION: Well, your commentary yesterday would suggest that.
SHOWALTER: No, I don’t think it would. That’s how you read it. Wasn’t meant that way. What else?