Manny Machado does not make many friends in the postseason, and the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop does not seem to mind.
In the tenth inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 success on Tuesday night, Machado ran through first base as his left foot hit the leg of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar, who thought Machado had done it on purpose, took an exception and the two exchanged words. Both benches were evacuated and a handful of pitchers rushed from the bullpen of each team to the field. The cloud of dust almost dissolved when it came, but Machado was lit up on social media and the conversation went to the Brewers clubhouse after the match, though the most important part of the night was that the series is now 2 [1
"He is a player who has a history of these types of incidents," Yelich told reporters. "Once is an accident Repeated over and over, it's a dirty game It's a dirty game from a dirty player I have great respect for him as a player But you can not respect a guy who plays the game like that.
This is just another chapter in an eventful postseason for Machado, who creates buzz for the right and wrong reasons. He was acquired by the Dodgers in mid-July in a deal with the Orioles, a move aimed at succeeding in the playoffs, as Machado will be a free agent this winter. He is carved into fourth place in the Dodgers lineup and has three home runs and nine RBI in eight postseason games. He scored the game-winning run in the 13th inning on Tuesday night, after hitting a Broken Bat single and being driven in by Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers' World Series hopes, at least in part, on his racket and how much he can produce from here.
But then there's everything else, the give and take, that made this October into the headlines. He did not run out of NLCS 2 and Jim Palmer, Orioles' Hall of Famer pitcher, tweeted: "Once again, Manny is not running hard, 0-1 in Serie, 0-0 in 4 too tired to run hard for 90 But he wants the big $$ #pathetic. "In Game 3, he reached out to grab Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia while interrupting a doubles match and banning Bellinger. Between games 3 and 4, he said Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, "I'm not the type of player who will be Johnny Hustle, and runs down the line and slips to first base and, you know That's not my personality, that's not my thing, that's not me. "
Then he was in the tenth inning and ran into Aguilar at the first base, igniting a debate about what his intentions were when only one person knows the truth. Aguilar told reporters after the game that Machado had apologized.
"You probably saw the repetition," Machado said when asked what had happened to the play. "I tried to get over him and hit his foot, if that's dirty it's dirty, I do not know, call it what you want."
What did Dodgers manager Dave Roberts see? "I think that was one of those things where I think Aggie had his foot on first base and did not give Manny much space on the bag, I did not see the replay, so he stepped on his foot and me." I think that's what Manny talked about. But we all worked it out.
Does Brewers manager Craig Counsell believe Machado is not just playing hard? "I do not know. I think they got tangled in the first base. I do not think he plays that hard. "
That did not say much, but it said a lot.
Once Machado assassinated on the 13th, he stood next to Aguilar at the first base and the two started chatting, Machado Aguilar did the same with his glove, so that her words could not be heard by any camera, and then Machado hit Aguilar on the chest, and Aguilar gave the gesture back, and it seemed as if all three were But that does not mean that, given Yelich's comments, it will not leak into the remainder of the series, leading Counsell over to Machado's efforts to place a controversial moment on Machado like this in the post-season
Machado's gift is that he can make anything possible at any time, a towering homerun, a punctual strike, an unlikely game involving an e individually steals from the other team. But there is another side. It can also be a curse.
"I try to go there and win for my team," Machado said. "If that's your comments, that's their comments, I can not help it."
This story was originally published in the Washington Post