Orioles manager Buck Showalter does, that’s who. The O’s skipper fired off some rounds toward Theo Epstein‘s way earlier this week, basically saying that the Sox GM is only successful because he has an unlimited bank account to work with.
“I?d like to see how smart Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll,” he said. “You got Carl Crawford cause you paid more than anyone else, and that?s what makes you smarter? That?s why I like whipping their butt. It?s great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, ‘How the hell are they beating us?”
This nasty attack prompted Red Sox manager Terry Francona to fire back with a courteous and clever response.
“I think Theo’s really smart, whether he has a high payroll or not,” Francona said from Roger Dean Stadium, where his club was preparing to play the Florida Marlins.
The Sox skipper then joked that Epstein has “proved with his choice of managers that he’s smart.”
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