Manny Machado went off on the Red Sox after tonight’s game. Frankly, it’s hard to blame him. For the second time in little more than a week, the Orioles superstar had a pitch thrown behind him by a Boston pitcher. This time it was Chris Sale, who sent Machado a message in the first inning of a game the Red Sox went on to win 5-2. Machado took Sale deep in the seventh inning, and his response to being headhunted was even more powerful than the bomb he hit over the Green Monster.
Here is snapshot of what an angry Machado had to say following the game:
“If you want to (bleep) hit me, hit me. Go ahead. (Bleep) hit me. Don’t let this (bleep) keep lingering (bleep) around, and keep trying to (bleep) hit people. It’s (bleep) bullshit. It’s (bleep) bullshit. MLB should do something about it. (Bleep) pitchers out there with (bleep) balls in their hand, throwing 100 MPH, trying to hit people. I have a (bleep) bat, too. I could go out there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But do you know what? I’ll get suspended for the year, and the pitcher will only get suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”
Machado is right. Throwing behind a hitter isn’t cool. Yes, the bad blood began when his late, hard slide injured Dustin Pedroia, but it appeared as the episode was behind both teams, and that cooler heads would prevail. Chris Sale thought otherwise, and Machado didn’t like that too much.
David Laurila grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now writes about baseball from his home in Cambridge, Mass. He authored the Prospectus Q&A series at Baseball Prospectus from December 2006-May 2011 before being claimed off waivers by FanGraphs. He can be followed on Twitter @DavidLaurilaQA.