Showalter responds to Rex

Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during batting Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during batting practice before Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 10, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty

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Buck Showalter's advice to Rex Ryan?

Stick to what you know.

Asked for a response to Ryan’s claim that the Orioles are at fault for the Super Bowl Champion Ravens opening the regular-season on the road, Showalter said Friday: "I think I'd be a little more concerned about Nov. 24 when the Jets come here and trying to figure out a way to beat the Ravens. Wouldn't you? I think that would be a little bit more of a challenge.”

Due to a scheduling conflict between the NFL and Major League Baseball, the Orioles will play a four-game series with the White Sox, starting Sept. 5 – the same day the Ravens were supposed to open their season. Now, the Ravens will play their first game of year on the road in Denver.

Ryan, who spent 10 years as an assistant in Baltimore before taking the Jets head coaching job, said the Ravens “earned the right” to play at home in Week 1.

“I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares? You’ve got 81 of those things at home,” Ryan said Thursday night. “Maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and played 82 on the road and only 80 at home.”

Showalter, on the other hand, chose to bite his tongue.

“I try to stay out of things I don't know about,” he said. “Like I don't know about the NFL schedule and NFL challenges. So that would be my advice. I would stay in what is my area of supposed expertise.” 

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