O's blast Yanks for makeup complaints

Updated: August 29, 2011, 11:11 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles have agreed to play the makeup of a game rained out due to Hurricane Irene on Sept. 8.

But it took a significant amount of negotiation to get there, with the Yankees initially against the idea of playing on that date because it was one of their two remaining off days.

Given the circumstances of the hurricane, the Orioles certainly didn't appreciate the Yankees' initial protest and blasted the team for putting up a fight.

Are we really still talking about this? We've just seen a hurricane come through this region which has caused millions to be without power, tens of millions of dollars in property damage and even several deaths. We've got people out there literally trying to put their lives back together and yet there are some still worrying about a rescheduled game time?

-- Orioles director of
communications Greg Bader

"Are we really still talking about this? We've just seen a hurricane come through this region which has caused millions to be without power, tens of millions of dollars in property damage and even several deaths," Orioles director of communications Greg Bader wrote in an email earlier Sunday to ESPNNewYork.com. "We've got people out there literally trying to put their lives back together and yet there are some still worrying about a rescheduled game time?

"We will be playing the game on September 8. We will be selecting a game time and will announce it shortly. It is time to move on to more pressing matters."

The Orioles announced the time of the game during the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

Buck Showalter was also frustrated by the complaints. The Orioles manager told MLB.com the Yankees called the team's president of operations, Andy MacPhail, to express their concerns about 24 hours before the games would be played. Showalter told the website that the team denied New York's request for several reasons, including a planned tribute for ex-pitcher and broadcaster Mike Flanagan, who took his own life Wednesday.

"First of all, I felt that some of the stuff was a little disrespectful to Flanny quite frankly," Showalter told MLB.com. "That didn't sit with me very well. I can tell you that. We didn't say much -- I think we had an April rainout there -- and they just told us when we were playing. We were OK with that. Like I told you the other day, you tell us when we're playing, we'll play. The whole scheme of life, the things that really consume you."

He added: "I'm real confident that our guys have thought about every possible thing and we hope that the scenario we've had coming back home here never presents itself again. I'm sure if (the Yankees) stopped and thought about it, if the same thing that happened to one of their greats, that they probably would have given a lot of consideration to how they were going to handle that day."

Yankees player representative Curtis Granderson said earlier Sunday that the Yankees hoped to avoid playing on Sept. 8. But after speaking with the MLB players' union between games, Granderson acquiesced. Granderson said the union told him that the game had to be played on one of the two common off days shared by Baltimore and New York -- Sept. 8 or Sept. 15.

"With that being understood, the best option remaining at that point was the eighth. Then it was a matter of getting the time changed. That's when the Orioles stepped up and said, 'Hey, we're going to make this a day game,'" Granderson said.

The Yankees had hoped to reschedule the game after the final day of the regular season, but Granderson said the union considered that "out of the question."

The Yankees didn't want to play on Sept. 15th because they will be traveling from Seattle to Toronto.

The Yankees also suggested that the game will be made up as a doubleheader in the Bronx during the Yankees' three-game series against Baltimore on Sept. 5-Sept. 7, but Major League Baseball reportedly nixed that idea.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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