Following the Manny Machado-Dustin Pedroia Incident the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles Rivalry has Heated UpRead Now
Oh boy, baseball is really back, when teams are throwing at guys and rivalries are reignited baseball is at it's peak. I've loved everything about the events that have occurred in this weekend's Red Sox-Orioles series, not because players are getting injured, I'm not that much of a dirtbag fan, but because when there's tension and juices flowing during a baseball game, it takes it to a whole new level. Now, Red Sox-Orioles is must watch TV for the rest of the season. For those of you clueless as to what I'm talking about, allow me to explain.
During Friday's opening game of the series Machado was sliding into second when his foot went past the bag and into the back of Dustin Pedroia's leg. Pedroia went down, Machado tried to catch him after knocking him down, but the damage was already done. The slide honestly didn't look dirty whatsoever, regardless if you take out another team's player you can't expect them to be very happy about it. Flash forward to today, Machado was at the dish in the 8th inning, Red Sox were up by 6, and Matt Barnes, pitcher for the Red Sox, throws at Machado's head. Luckily the pitch misses and actually hits Machado's bat for a foul ball. Barnes was ejected, clearly, then Pedroia was yelling over to Machado apologizing saying he had nothing to do with that. Machado didn't seem to give a shit what Pedroia was saying and just pointed at his head signalling that it's fucked up to do that.
Okay, let me start off by saying I truly don't believe Machado had malicious intent when sliding into second base and I believe Pedroia knows that. It's baseball shit happens. When something like that happens you have to expect retaliation, that's how baseball has worked for 120 years, the unwritten rules are never going to change. The Red Sox pitcher should've beamed him the back, thigh, or ass, you never throw at someone's head, that should literally be illegal. Classic scumbag Red Sox player having to take it to the next level though. That's what made Machado so upset after the fact, throw at someones head you're attacking their livelihood, obviously that's not going to bode well for anyone. Pedroia yelling out to Machado trying to explain himself was genuine as well, I didn't really care for it because the intent was already there, and I want this rivalry to carry on all season. Hopefully, the Orioles respond when the series goes back to Boston and this thing gets real rowdy real quick. Nothing better than baseball with a hard hatred brewing between the two clubs involved. Want to make baseball fun again, just make the players hate each other, problem solved.