There were no questions asked — only orders given and statements made. “We’re going to walk this guy,” Buck Showalter said to the six Baltimore Orioles he had gathered on the Comerica Park pitcher’s mound in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series. “The next guy’s going to hit into a double play, and we’re gonna go home.” The whole thing was less a prediction than an edict.
Lo and behold, pinch-hitter Hernan Perez hit a weak grounder that became the game-ending 5-4-3 double play that sent the Orioles to the ALCS.
Not bad, Buck. Not bad.