Orioles manager Buck Showalter bit his tongue today to avoid going on a prolonged rant about the recent comments made by Jets head coach Rex Ryan, but his point still came through loud and clear.
Ryan told the New York Daily-News that it’s “unfortunate” that the Orioles didn’t move their Sept. 5 home game against the Chicago White Sox so that the Ravens could open their season that night at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ryan ignored how the Orioles also would have needed the cooperation of the White Sox, Major League Baseball and the Players Association. And how they didn’t want to play a doubleheader or lose a home game while potentially being in a pennant race.
“Well, who really cares, you’ve got 81 at home, maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and then played 82 on the road and then 80 at home,” Ryan said. “I really don’t think people are going to care about that game.
“You have a chance to have the defending world champs open up the season at home where they rightfully should. That’s unfortunate.
“Certainly, I can understand, if baseball only had a 16-game schedule you might understand it. But when they have 162 games, you might just (have the) common courtesy and say, you know what, maybe I’ll play this one on the road or whatever.”
Ryan, the former Ravens defensive coordinator, added, “It’s not just my love of Baltimore. I do love Baltimore, but I love this New York area here better than I do Baltimore now. It’s just the way it is. It’s not just my loyalty to that fan base.”
A reporter asked Showalter for his reaction today.
“It’s funny because the schedules came out recently and I was writing in my daytimer when the Ravens were at home because I like to go to one or two of their games,” Showalter said. “I think I’d be a little more concerned about Nov. 24 when the Jets come here and trying to figure out a way to beat the Ravens. Wouldn’t you? I think that would be a little bit more of a challenge.
“I try to stay out of things I don’t know about. Like I don’t know about the NFL schedule and NFL challenges. So that would be my advice. I would stay in what is my area of supposed expertise.
“I have a lot more.”
Showalter didn’t have a trace of anger in his voice. He did, however, offer up a little more on the subject once the television cameras and tape recorders were turned off.
My thought: Will Ryan still have a job in November? Does he have a quarterback now?