Tuesday was the best night of 2010 at Camden Yards. Buck Showalter’s first night in the dugout, a new energy, a 5-3 win over a good Angels team. The game had it all. A crisp 2-&-a-half hour pace. Some bold managerial decisions. Signs of life in the stands.
But like a bad hangnail, there’s something I just can’t leave alone.
Rick Dempsey’s not happy. In fact, he’s “very, very disappointed” to have been passed over for the Orioles’ managerial position.
“I don’t begrudge Buck getting the opportunity,” the 1983 World Series MVP told the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly. “He is going to be a hell of a manager. He has been a hell of a manager. But I will always feel I know more about this ballclub than anybody else.”
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh! Stop it, Demper! HAHAHHA! Woo, that’s rich. Ha.
Wait, what? He’s not kidding? Puh. Leaze.
He goes on:
“I think it is probably the biggest mistake made here in a long time, and I’m not talking just today, I mean over the years.
“Not being given an opportunity to manage this ballclub. Every organization in baseball would like to have someone who has won, who has played in the World Series for the organization, who has learned to manage from A ball up and come back here. I think with the relationship I have had with the fans and this city, I should have been a slam-dunk years ago. Someone dropped the ball a long time ago.”
And that, friends, needs to be the last thing Oriole fans hear from Rick Dempsey.
He spent half his 24-year career in Baltimore, racking up a .238 average in that time. He went 5 for 13 in the ’83 Series with a Game 5 homer. But he’s best-known for his zany slide-around-on-the-wet-tarp routines during rain delays. He managed five seasons in the minors, topping out at AAA Albuquerque and Norfolk. By most accounts (read: everyone’s account but Dempsey’s), he was miserable to work with. And that’s why he hasn’t managed anywhere since 1998.
These days, Dempsey is an “analyst” on the pre and postgame shows on the MidAtlantic Sports Network. He offers little insight and allows his cohost to smooch his arse for a half hour before and after every game.
But here’s the bad news for Demper: MASN is owned by the Orioles. Thus, when Dempsey whined to the paper in the middle of the happiest day at Camden Yards in a long time, he crapped all over his bosses. Where I come from, that’s enough to get you canned.