Lou Brown, former manager of the Cleveland Indians, died over the weekend. He was 70 years old. Sorry, my bad….James Gammon died over the weekend. He is the actor that played Lou Brown. Is it possible that a person could draw any connection from Lou Brown in “Major League” and your Baltimore Orioles? Yes, and let me do it for you now.
In what may be one of that movies funniest scenes, Indians General Manager Charlie Donovan picks up the phone and calls Lou Brown. Lou is currently employed at Tire World. The conversation goes like this:
Charlie: How would you like to manage the Indians this year?
Lou: Gee, I don’t know…..
Charlie: What do you mean, you don’t know? This is your chance to manage in the big leagues.
Lou: Let me get back to you, will ya, Charlie? I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls.
The connection to draw is from this conversation and the current Orioles “Odyssey” to find a manger. Who amongst you finds it difficult to believe that the first time Andy McPhail called Buck Showalter, that conversation didn’t go an awful lot like the one between Charlie and Lou? Is there any question that Buck Showalter first said to Andy McPhail “Let me get back to you, will ya, Andy? I got to tape a segment for Baseball Tonight and they don’t like it if I keep them waiting” And Andy McPhail is just sitting there, chugging down pepto, in shock that Buck would rather be one of 10 talking heads on an ESPN show rather than managing in the bigs.
One major difference, the O’s do not have “two or three potential all-stars…” And Buck knows it.
On July 18, 1988, the Baltimore Orioles were 29-63
On July 18, 2010, the Baltimore Orioles are 29-62