hugged and jumped on the infield grass in celebration, Buck Showalter
stood calmly in the dugout, his arms folded and a proud smile crossing
his face as he watched the proceedings.
times before his teams had reached the playoffs, losing their opening
each time. Twice, he had the misfortune of guiding a club to the
divisional round of the playoffs only to see a different manager take it
to a World Series title the year after he left.
Yankees, who lost a division series under Showalter in 1995
, won the
1996 championship under Joe Torre
. The Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost a
division series under Showalter in 1999 and fired him after an 85-77
season in 2000, captured a title in 2001 with Bob Brenly.
All Showalter could do was accept that he had played some role in the
, even if he could not celebrate with them. Now,
though, Showalter, in his fifth year with the Orioles and his 16th as a
big-league manager, is finally going to a league championship series,
having earned his first playoff series win with a 2-1 victory
over the Detroit Tigers
. The Orioles will play the Kansas City Royals."...