Buck Showalter moved past Don Zimmer into 64th place on the all-time wins list with 886.
We didn’t talk about it tonight.
Showalter might have learned something about Adam Jones. You know, that whole adversity thing.
Jones pops up with the bases loaded in the eighth and wins the game with a single in the 10th, leading to another mob scene in the infield.
“Baseball is a great exposing of strengths and weaknesses,” Showalter said. “That ball will find you and the situation will find you, and you get another opportunity. As much as it breaks your heart, you get another opportunity. And I felt good for him.”
Is Showalter expecting this result every night?
“Of course,” he said. “I’m going to feel that way any time. What other way are we supposed to feel? I ain’t in on the alternative. That’s why you get up in the morning. It’s an opportunity. It’s an opportunity every day.”
Maybe that could be a T-shirt slogan: “I ain’t in on the alternative”
One of the biggest plays of the night was Nick Markakis going from first to third on Luke Scott’s two-out single in the 10th against White Sox reliever Tony Pena, who suddenly had to worry about a potential wild pitch ending the game.
“It changes a lot of things,” Showalter said. “You’ve always got to think about what if, if you do this and you do that. Did it change it? Sure. There were some things that change.
“This guy’s a big split-finger. It makes him a lot more tentative about the split with a man on third base. It’s 90 feet. I think sometimes, because there’s nobody out, there’s two outs, we’re going to be real passive. That’s not always the case.”
“Orioles Baseball - We’re Not Going To Be Passive”
I like the first one better.
So, are we having fun yet?