Showalter wants O's to be 'rallying force' in Baltimore after riots

BALTIMORE — Buck Showalter got to speak from the heart twice Wednesday about the events in that led to the public being shut out

of the Orioles game at Camden Yards. The statement he made after the game was his most emotional since the violence that left the city in a state of emergency.The Orioles manager was asked if he had advice for the young black men in the section of Baltimore at the center of the unrest, noting that he was “well-respected” there. Earlier, Showalter had taken note of the connection the team had to the residents, to the point that protesters were often wearing Orioles gear. MORE: Showalter, Jones feel Baltimore's pain | Must-see images from stadium | Fans offer support from a distance | Bizarre sights, soundsShowalter’s answer: “A lot of times, you hear people try to weigh in on things they really don’t know anything about. I tell guys all the time — I’ve never been black, OK, so I don’t know. I can’t put myself there. I've never faced the challenges they’ve faced.“So I understand the emotion. It’s a pet peeve of mine when somebody says, ‘Well, I know what they're feeling, why did they do this, why doesn’t somebody do that?’ You have never been black, so just slow down a little bit.“I try not to get involved in something that I don’t know about, but I do know that it’s something that’s very passionate, something that I am, with my upbringing. It bothers me and it bothers everybody else, but can we understand — we have made quite a statement as a city, some good, some bad. But now, let’s get on with taking the statement we've made and creating a positive.“We talk to players — I want to be a rallying force for our city, and that doesn't mean necessarily playing good baseball. There are some things I don’t want to be normal, you know what I mean? I don’t. I want us to learn from some stuff that’s gone on, from both sides of it. “I could talk about it for hours, but that’s how I feel about it.’’The upbringing Showalter refers to is that his late father, William II (Buck is William III), was a high school principal in Florida for 23 years, including when the once all-white school was desegregated in the 1970s, while Buck was a student there.

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