It’s been four hard-fought games of baseball, and the Brewers are already sick and tired of Manny Machado.
The Dodgers shortstop had already earned himself zero friends with a pair of questionable slides earlier in the NLCS, but things really got heated when he kicked Jesus Aguilar in the ankle in the 10th inning of Game 4. Words were exchanged and both benches briefly cleared, although cooler heads prevailed and nothing really happened.
Here’s a video of the entire sequence:
After the game, the Brewers players were in no mood to be diplomatic about Machado’s antics.
“It’s a dirty play. He can say whatever he wants. It was dirty,” said Travis Shaw.
“It’s a dirty play by a dirty player,” added MVP candidate Christian Yelich.
"It's a dirty play by a dirty player. I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that."
Christian Yelich on Manny Machado pic.twitter.com/TocySpu8fK
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) October 17, 2018
“He’s a player that has a history of those types of incidents. One time is an accident. Repeated over and over and over again — you’re just a dirty player,” Yelich also said. “I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can’t respect someone who plays the game like that.”
Yes! Let the hatred flow through you!
After Yelich finished answering questions about Machado, he walked away from his locker and blurted out: “F – – k that mother- – – – er.”
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 17, 2018
For the sake of partisanship, here’s what Machado had to say about the incident with Aguilar.
“I was trying to get over him and hit his foot. If that’s dirty, that’s dirty. I don’t know, call it what you want,” Machado told reporters.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also defended Machado’s actions, claiming (laughably) that Aguilar was hogging the bag.
“I think it was one of those things where I think Aggie had his foot on first base,” Roberts said, “and didn’t give Manny a whole lot of room on the bag.”
Game 5 between the two teams goes Wednesday afternoon at 2:05 PM local time (5:05 PM EDT). Will Machado eat a fastball in the ribs? Probably not if the game is close. But if it gets lopsided in either direction, Manny better stay alert in the batter’s box.