The Buck Showalter era Baltimore Orioles will be represented in the 2018 World Series. Manny Machado plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers now – after being traded there in July by the O’s. And Steve Pearce plays for the Boston Red Sox.
Most Orioles fans aren’t thrilled that Boston’s back in the fall classic. However my hope is that they’d be happy for Steve Pearce. He was a key member of the 2014 AL East Champion team, as well as other teams before that. He’s a gamer, and he’s seemingly played on winning teams wherever he’s been.
Pearce will of course face off with Machado, his former teammate. Regardless of how things ended and the politics behind the ending, Orioles’ fans should look at the Showalter era with pride. And the fact that two former members of the team from that era are now competing for a world title pays homage to those times. Needless to say, they were special days in Baltimore.