MILWAUKEE – When they chewed their free hamburgers at one of the George Webb restaurants in the Milwaukee area on Thursday afternoon, Brewers fans had two things in mind: to extend and make the National League Championship Series a crucial 7 game. that Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado deserves the reception, as Brewers MVP candidate Christian Yelich Machado called, a "Dirty Player".
"His antics in Los Angeles will lead to a lot of boos," said Brewers fan Gerald Mortensen, of Wausau, Wisconsin. He was basically trying to hurt one of our players. "
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"He is a player who has experienced such incidents," said Brewers star Christian Yelich of Manny Machado of the Dodgers.
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George Webb's restaurants were a hub of activity on Thursday afternoon as this was the day the chain promised free hamburgers as a result of the Brewers' win at least 12 games in a row The series ended last week, and now Milwaukee faces NLCS game # 6 on Friday in a deadly situation, and in addition to pulling for the Brewers, Fan s to gather together a common enemy.
Machado will take the field in Miller Park for the first time since his controversial slides at second base and his close take of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar as he ran past the bag during the three games in Los Angeles. Brewers fans say they will be ready for him.
"Of course they will boo him," said Francisco Hernandez of Milwaukee. "The chute was inappropriate, and he did it twice, not once, but twice, no doubt he did that on purpose Aguilar, no doubt about it."
They could feel the anger that was only partially muted as fans enjoyed their hamburgers. Her hunger was satisfied, but her aversion to the new rogue of the postseason was equally strong.
Even for those who know him best, Machado is a mystery, a good kid who just can not help it.  "Manny is not vicious, but then you see some of the stuff and you go," Come on, man, really? " Machado's former manager Buck Showalter said when he was reached by phone. "As a teammate, manager or coach, you're trying to get support, but he has to give me something to work with and it's hard to defend that."
As you would expect, Showalter feels akin to Machado, He came through the system of the Orioles, while Showalter was Baltimore's manager. But there were too many incidents that needed to be overlooked. As Yelich pointed out, this is not the first insult to the soon-to-be free agent.
"I can not defend it," Showalter said about the match at first base. "I've thought about it, in his mind, I'm sure if he could do it again, it would not happen, but it did."
We have not even come to the idea that Machado – unbelievably – admitted in an interview with Fox that he does not push for every game he showed early in the series. Showalter did not want to comment on that, but Brewers fans were more than happy about it.
"I think Aguilar kept his foot on the base because he did not expect Machado to be there for half an hour," said Mortensen with a grin. "He's the opposite of everything Wisconsin Sports and the Brewers stand for."
Mortensen rightly recognized Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun suspension for a violation of the baseball drug program a few years ago, so these things are not unique to a player or a team, but Machado is the villain of the moment. However, when fans hope that the reaction at Miller Park could bring down Machado's game, Showalter says, "That will not bother him," he said. "If you look at all that stuff in advance, it kind of spurred it on."
It will not stop the Milwaukee fans from showing their disgust when the crowd at George Webb is any indication.
"Machado" David Schulst said. "He'll get his boos, but we need a win."
Oh yes, there is that little thing in the winning, otherwise it will be the end of a very successful year for the Brewers and their fans.
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" We all want something we can talk about, and you too, "said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell after Game 4 when Machado met Aguilar. But, man, you know, there are simple terms to put that day, and these next four days would focus on making your dreams come true, making the other stuff really meaningless and worrying about it Of course, the Counsell did not stop shooting his own shot at Machado, saying that he did not think Machado was playing "that hard."
Of course. So everyone is apparently interested in getting their pound of meat from the often controversial star. But he also got his licks in the series when he came away victorious in the epic 13-hearted Game 4 and produced a .935 OPS.
"I do not think it will impact him negatively, no," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of the reception on Machado in Milwaukee.
The reality is the result of the game will be the real story, but with the potential of 40,000 or more fans focus your exasperation in one direction, Machado's narrative will certainly be an interesting one.
"It will be pretty salty for him here," Mortensen said. "He's the guy who plays when he wants to play, we'll buo if we want to bust."