BALTIMORE – Manny Machado turned his butterflies into a big fly.
As a member of the San Diego Padres, Machado returned to Camden Yards on Tuesday to challenge his former team. In his second attack before the third inning, the ex-Oriole jumped over a first-pitch fastball by starter Jimmy Yacabonis from Baltimore and let him scream in the left midfield over the wall. The solo blast, which was Machado's 100th career homer at Camden Yards, traveled an estimated 455 feet.
Before his first record debut at the top of the first innings, Machado received a hooting ovation of 40 seconds. For a Tuesday night in Camden Yards, you'll have a much larger audience than usual. He waved to the Orioles fans and then struck with a runner and a runner.
Machado followed his homer in the fourth inning with an RBI single-to-left field.
Before the Machado described the feeling of being "strangely nervous" when he first returned to Camden since he was sold to the Dodgers last July.
"I am a little bit more nervous today to come there," he said. "I'm never nervous, I think it's kind of weird, it's just different."
Machado was designed in 2010 by the Orioles when he was the third overall selection behind Bryce Harper and Jameson Taillon. He debuted with the Orioles on August 9, 2012 and helped transform a moribund franchise into a competitor, as Baltimore graduated three times the postseason during Machado's time there.
A four-time All-Star known for as much The 26-year-old Third Baseman won a pair of gold gloves with the Orioles. In 2013, he won the Platinum Glove, a prize awarded to the best defender in each league.
Rather than trading with Machado after the 2017 season, the Orioles decided to keep him in hopes of another year of contracting a return to the playoffs. But Baltimore quickly disappeared from the playoff picture, leading to rampant speculation that the O & # 39; s Machado would ship to a competitor. On July 18, 2018, one day after his fourth All-Star appearance, Machado was handed over to the Dodgers, with whom he switched to his natural position as a shortstop and participated in a World Series run.
Machado signed a $ 10 million 10-year contract with the Padres. At the time, it was the largest free agent contract in the history of North American professional sports. On Tuesday, a couple of hours before the inauguration of a two-game set between San Diego and Baltimore, Machado admitted that getting out of a trade was the lesser of two evils.
"I did not make the choice, it was hit for me, which makes it a bit easier," Machado said. "They just send you away and you go somewhere else, across the country trying to make faces, it's hard, but I think none of the decisions is easy, if you've been here for so long." in a place that you call home, you see the same faces every day, the same people, it grows on you. It's kind of crappy to go mid-year. "
Machado said he has no expectations."
"I do not expect anything," he said, "I go out there and play baseball and win and enjoy myself just like I do every day. You really can not expect anything. Whatever happens. You just take it and enjoy every moment of how I do it every time. "I know this is the first time I come back, I will see many fans who have been supporting us for seven years, the third one Based on the base I've seen in the front row, these faces will never be forgotten, these fans were there for us every day, and to see them again, it's going to be pretty funny to face those faces again
Machado will probably see fewer faces than he has seen during his time in Charm City. When he went into action on Tuesday, the Orioles had 22:56 the worst baseball record and took with an average of 16,758 fans per game the 28th place of 30 participating teams. The Padres, led by Machado and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. played on Tuesday between 38 and 40 and three games with the second placeholder in the National League.
In 77 games with San Diego this season, Machado hits with 17 home runs and 49 RBIs to 0.278.