Following last night’s 5-2 loss in Boston, the Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado “went off” on the Boston Red Sox. Machado came up to bat in the first inning in the wake of the Fenway Faithful giving teammate Adam Jones a standing ovation after Monday night’s racial taunts. Boston starter Sale proceeded to throw low and in at Machado, almost hitting him.
Warnings were issued to both sides, and that was the end of it – for now. However after the game Machado laid into the Red Sox and their entire organization (quotes courtesy of Roch Kubatko, MASNsports):
Coward stuff. I mean, that’s stuff that you don’t (expletive) do, but I mean, I’m not on that side, I’m not in that organization. They’re still thinking about that same slide that I did that was no intention on hurting anybody. I’m still paying, I’m still trying to get hit at, get thrown at at my (expletive) head. They’re (expletive) throwing at everywhere. (Expletives). I’ve lost my respect for that organization, for that coaching staff, for everyone over there.
Later in the tirade Machado went onto say:
I had a (expletive) bat, too. I could go up there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But you know what? I’ll get suspended for a year and a pitcher only gets suspended for two games. That’s not cool, that’s not cool.
In baseball circles it’s certainly bad form to lash out at another organization like that. So I’m sure there’ll be some brush back today in the media for that. However keep in mind that Machado’s the guy who’s having 95 MPH fastballs aimed at various points in his body for a reason he deems incorrect. So in that sense perhaps his comments have some justice.
Orioles’ starter Alec Asher put the Birds in a spot to win the game, which is all one an ask. Asher’s line: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s a quality start.
Boston took a 1-0 lead on Pedroia’s RBI-single in the second, and they extended it to 2-0 on a Ramirez solo homer in the fourth. However the Orioles still had a bit of fight in them, as Trey Mancini‘s RBI-double in the fifth cut the lead in half at 2-1.
But this was Boston’s night; Ramirez had one additional solo shot in him, in the last of the sixth. Betts would add a two-RBI double in the seventh, but not before Machado put another exclamation mark on his performance with a solo homer. So even in a losing effort, he was a factor.
As Manny stepped on home plate he turned and gave a cold glare into the Boston dugout before heading back to his own bench. That was a harbinger for what Manny would later say after the game. Again, this is something that will get lots of play today on the various ESPN shows, and on sports talk radio.
So what happens next? Do the Orioles retaliate in some manner tonight or in some other game over the course of the season? Or ironically, does Boston take umbrage at Machado’s comments and throw at him again?
The sad thing is that in effect, this will turn into a city/fan base vs. city/fan base type of argument. Why is Boston so aggressive? Why do Baltimore fans complain so much? Nevertheless, this has the beginnings of a bench-clearing brawl between the two teams at some point this season.