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Buck Showalter uses unfortunate switch analogy while discussing Royals

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and his team are reeling after going down three-games-to-none to the Kansas City Royals courtesy of a 2-1 loss on Tuesday.

From Showalter’s perspective, even though the Royals are on a remarkable postseason tear, facing them during the regular season isn’t very much fun, either.

While expanding upon this observation, Showalter likened playing the Royals to something that if uttered perhaps a month or two earlier, no one would have batted an eye over the comparison. But in light of a troubling developments of late not in the MLB but in the NFL, the manager’s comments came off as incredibly awkward.

Showalter compared playing the Royals to picking out the switch that you are about to get beaten with.

“There’s a part of you, just like when your grandmother makes you go get a switch to whip your own butt with, it’s not much fun,” Showalter said, via the New York Daily News. “Don’t come back with a little one.”

Yeesh. In a sporting landscape that involves one of the most recognizable faces of the NFL, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, currently facing charges of child abuse related to an incident where he beat his young son severely with a switch, Showalter’s analogy comes off as insensitive, or at least inappropriate.

But to be fair to Showalter, odds are he wasn’t thinking about the Adrian Peterson situation while he sat dumbfounded over how the Orioles already find themselves one game away from being eliminated in the ALCS in only three games.

Further, it’s not the first time he’s used that comment to describe an unwelcome eventuality.

Discussing the prospect of playing the New York Yankees during Derek Jeter’s final home opener at Yankee Stadium, Showalter used the exact same analogy.

“I’d (much) rather him not be playing today, seriously,” Showalter said back in April. “It’s like your grandmother making you go out and getting switches to whip your own butt with. You don’t want to do that.”

Showalter clearly favors this descriptive but unenlightened commentary, as he said it again just a few weeks ago. On Sept. 14 — a mere two days after Peterson was indicted, a story that was being covered heavily, in both sports sections and on front pages —  Showalter used the exact same quote when discussing Jeter’s retirement.

In light of everything that has transpired in recent weeks involving Peterson and the discussion of child abuse and corporal punishment that ensued, it’s probably a good idea to have someone in the Orioles organization inform Showalter that it may be high time to permanently retire his homespun saying.

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