Former Oriole Manny Machado has always played baseball to the beat of his own drum, so it's not like anybody should be surprised that he has suddenly become the bad boy of the baseball postseason.
"What stays on the field, stays on the field, between the lines", Machado said. You don't kick somebody like that on accident. If that's dirty, that's dirty, I don't know, call it what you want."The two teams will take the field Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for Game 5 of the NLCS".
When Brewers manager Craig Counsell was asked whether Machado was going beyond the grounds of playing hard, he said, "I don't think he's playing all that hard". "I'm not hurt, there's no excuse but I've been the same player".
Machado also sparked controversy with the way he slid into second base in Game 3, reaching out with his hand in an attempt to keep Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia from turning a double play and getting called for interference after the second occurrence. Yelich said if a play like that happened one time from Machado it might be considered an accident, but he sees it as a pattern.
You can't do much worse in one day than saying you are not going to be a hustling player, turning off the fans, and then being labeled a "dirty player" by your opponent, turning off your peers. "You can't respect someone who plays the game like that".
"It's a beauty pageant".
"We all want something to talk about and you guys [the media] do, too, and that's great", he said. "That's just not my personality. That's not who I am".
Machado, whose late slide past year injured Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, has been checked a couple times in this NLCS because of close slides into second. As Machado came into the box, Milwaukee catcher Erik Katz walked out from behind the plate to his right, away from Machado, so he did not have to interact with the Dodgers star.
If the Dodgers win on either Friday or Saturday, they'll advance to Machado's first World Series, enhancing his visibility.
Through four games in the NLCS, Machado is hitting.353 with three RBI. His groundout dropped him to 0 for 5 as the Dodgers' cleanup hitter.