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Buck Showalter shares a scary story about his mother

Jul 26, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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In talking to Baltimore reporters about Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother being abducted at gunpoint Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed that his own mother went through a similar ordeal.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has the details:

In 2000, when Showalter was managing the Arizona Diamondbacks, his elderly mother was living alone in the house where he was raised in small-town Century, Fla., when someone broke in during the middle of the night. The man told Showalter’s mother not to turn on the bedroom light and he tied her up in a radio wire–she had been listening to a baseball game earlier that night–and burglarized the house, Showalter said.

“She found out later she knew the guy. She took him around, showed him where all the cash was,” Showalter said. “She remembered where she had some other [money] hid, so she took him over there to make sure he got enough.”

After the man left, Showalter said his mother untied herself and went to bed, not telling her family until the next day. The burglar was later identified, but was killed in a separate incident a few days later.

Yeesh.

Police are still looking for the man who abducted Violet Ripken on Tuesday, but thankfully she’s back home safe and unharmed.

  1. icanspeel - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    That is crazy.. especially this part.

    The burglar was later identified, but was killed in a separate incident a few days later.

    I wonder if the guy had an “accident” after Buck found him.

    • bigharold - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      “… but was killed in a separate incident a few days later.”

      I hope Buck has a good alibi.

  2. pinkfloydprism - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    He has a Mother? I just thought he spawned himself…kinda like Chuck Norris.

    • pinkfloydprism - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      OK, in all seriousness, this is scary as hell. It sucks that our country has people that prey on the elderly like this.

      • qacm - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        It sucks that our country has people that prey on the elderly like this.

        It’s sad, but it’s not only “our country.” Bad things like this happen all over the world, wherever there are humans, because some humans are just really bad.

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