• The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa profiles Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
The era of the crusty, all-powerful, all-knowing manager is over. Nowadays, new-school front offices view the manager as a mere middleman, like some kind of deputy regional sales manager. Players view them with increasingly less reverence. Nobody calls them "skipper" anymore.
But Baltimore is different. Baltimore is a relic. Fans, players and team executives alike are all true believers in the Cult of Buck.
The Orioles' slogan is "BUCKle Up," with the first name of manager Buck Showalter in all caps. It is displayed on billboards over highways, on signs around Camden Yards and on T-shirts worn by players.
• Newsday's Anthony Rieber writes about catcher Matt Wieters' role in the Orioles' resurgence this season.
As catcher Matt Wieters grew up, so did the Baltimore Orioles.
Wieters was the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft. He suffered through some growing pains after making the majors in 2009, but he was an All-Star in 2011 and again this season.
The Orioles lost 93 games in 2011. They won 93 along with the AL wild-card game in 2012.
• Before Game 2, Grantland's Shane Ryan discussed the Orioles-Yankees series, noting his preference -- as a Yankees fan -- to face the Orioles over the Texas Rangers.
But here's the thing -- I was certain, in a way that most people will find smug, that the Yankees wouldn't lose to the Orioles. They're our little brother. They can't win.
[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]