Orioles manager interrupts home-run trot to pull pitcher


After Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a bomb off the light tower in left field at Fenway Park on Thursday, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter had seen enough.

He couldn’t get starter Kevin Gausman off the mound fast enough.

In fact, Showalter was nearly on the mound to give him the hook before Bogaerts even crossed home plate.

The three-run blast by Bogaerts came with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to give the Red Sox a 6-0 lead.

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The replay shows that while Showalter was walking out to the mound, he crossed over the third-base line right in front on Bogearts, who surely noticed it, but looked down as he completed his home-run trot.

“Now watch Buck (Showalter),” said Red Sox play-by-play announcer Dave O’Brien. “He actually gets across the line before Bogaerts comes anywhere near home plate.”

“Is that showing up a pitcher or what?” said his broadcast partner, color commentator Dennis Eckersley.

Bogaerts didn’t quite know what to make of it.

“I mean, I don’t know if you can do that or you can’t,” he said after the game, according to NESN. “I wasn’t worried either. But I kind of saw him as I was rounding third, you know?”

Should Showalter have waited until Bogaerts had touched home plate before going out to the mound to pull his pitcher?

“I didn’t think anything of it (at the time), but afterwards, the guys … they’ve never seen stuff like that happen on a daily basis. That was weird,” he added.

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The Red Sox went on to win 6-2. David Price went the distance for the win, while Gausman took the loss.

The Sox improved to 30-14 while the hapless Orioles are 13-30.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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