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#pounditTuesday, October 19, 2021

Buck Showalter not sympathetic to Red Sox over flu issue

Buck Showalter

The Boston Red Sox have received headlines lately for being affected by the flu bug, but they are not alone.

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter says his team has also been affected by the flu, they just haven’t made as big of a deal about it.

“Everybody in the league’s got a flu issue,” Showalter said Tuesday, via MASN’s Roch Kubatko. “I’ve had it. It’s a different strain. It lingers for a long time. Some of them see to be a little more noteworthy, it seems like, but our guys have fought their way through it. We’ve got a lot of guys who aren’t 100 percent with it, but so do other clubs, so nobody really wants to hear somebody complain about it. Our guys have done a good job not broadcasting it to the world.”

Showalter very clearly did not have much sympathy for the Red Sox entering Tuesday’s series-opener at Fenway Park.

Though Showalter isn’t showing much sympathy, there is little doubt about how badly the Sox have been ravaged by the issue. One player was placed on the DL because of the flu; another was barfing during a game; a TV broadcaster had to leave a game because of it; and top players missed games because of the flu.

Sure, many teams have to contend with illnesses, but it appears that in this case, the flu bug did hit the Red Sox harder than others.

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