In some ways, saying Joe Flacco doesn’t have passion is not breaking news. Even Flacco admits he’s certainly not the life-of-the-party type. In fact, he said exactly that in a podcast on BaltimoreRavens.com this week. But to hear the biggest icon in Ravens history say it, in the context of a critical analysis, is somewhat jarring to hear.
BALTIMORE — On the back of the famous red brick B&O Warehouse beyond rightfield at Camden Yards, a large poster of Orioles manager Buck Showalter hangs, greeting fans outside the stadium. Showalter is shown from the waist up in uniform on a mock baseball card; his left hand is extended and he is pointing with his index finger, looking much like Uncle Sam. Below Showalter’s likeness are the words: Are You Ready?
What to be ready for is left open-ended. That’s the idea.
It’s still very early in the season, but the Orioles have a 6-3 record, good for as many wins as they had last season on the first of May, when they were 6-18. They are 40-26 since hiring former Yankees manager Showalter last Aug. 3 to take over for interim manager Juan Samuel. That’s the best record of any American League team since then. They begin a three-game series at Yankee Stadium Tuesday in first place in the AL East, a game ahead of the Yankees.