Many in Boston thought it was a dirty slide. "Maybe Manny Machado is revealing himself to be somebody that folks might not want to fully get on board with".
October's villain is especially despised at Fenway Park for planting his spikes into Dustin Pedroia in April 2017. He said the Red Sox haven't forgotten what Machado did.
Machado had another dirty play in the NLCS when he was fined for kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar on a routine groundball. He even earned condemnation from Pete Rose, whose own rambunctious play included running over Ray Fosse in an All-Star Game.
While Braden does not believe Machado was not trying to seriously injure Aguilar on the play, he does believe Machado's supposed misstep was deliberate and is part of a risky pattern in the young shortstop's career.
Machado's response was out of "The Godfather:" business, not personal.
"We're not friends", he said.
"That's a good one, man. There's really nothing more to say".
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Those bad feelings didn't spill into Game 1, but Machado's bat did.
And then the story mostly died down.until yesterday, when Machado and his new Dodgers team showed up at Fenway.
"For me to put something over that one, it's pretty cool", he said.
Machado drew renewed scrutiny in the NL Championship Series. "That's not who I am". Keeping with the back-and-forth nature of the game, the Red Sox answered back to two runs in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 5-3. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the penalty was not announced. Brewers star Christian Yelich later called the play a "dirty play from a dirty player", and Barnes seemed to agree. "One time is an accident". He collected three RBI on the night, becoming just the sixth player to accomplish that feat in a World Series loss.
Get this: Machado said he is not a dirty player. Check out how the crowd reacted to Machado coming to the plate for the first time in the first inning. "You move on. I don't see anything happening, I really don't, but it doesn't mean that we've forgotten about it". "It's unfortunate everything that's going on with him because for me personally, that's not the type of guy he is. But anything to win, and it came out flawless".
He's done what was expected, "has a good way to channel that for the positive", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Machado would not take any bait on the subject. "Those are the only things we control as baseball players". "But our job is to go win a World Series".