Orioles’ third basemen Manny Machado certainly grabbed the attention of many baseball fans with his wild behavior that occurred in the series between the Orioles and Athletics this past weekend. It all began in Friday’s match up, when Athletics third basemen Josh Donaldson tagged out Machado on a ground ball, which he tried to object to. Machado felt as though Donaldson tagged him a little too hard, which led to him flinging his helmet and falling to the ground. He tried to exchange some harsh words with Donaldson, that turned into the benches being cleared.
We would think that Machado would take some time after the game to realize that he overreacted, but apparently that wasn’t the case, and it showed in the game on Sunday. In this game, he got ejected for intentionally throwing his bat towards Donaldson after swinging at a wild pitch. He is most likely to face a suspension from Major League Baseball.
Social media seemed to have a strong presence on this situation as well. There were many tweets regarding Machado and this incident, with a lot of users saying they have lost respect for him and how much he is lacking sportsmanship.
Having played with Machado just last year, veteran Brian Roberts felt it was almost his duty to reach out to his former teammate. While Roberts doesn’t agree with his actions, he does understand that Machado is a young player and still has a lot of maturing to do while under all of this pressure to perform.
“We’ve all been there,” Roberts told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily news. “Every single one of us that’s been in this league for any amount of time has done something stupid or made some mistakes. Emotions run high in professional sports. It’s part of it. You’ve got 40,000 fans every night expecting you to do something great, another million-plus watching. You’ve got 50 guys writing stories about you and it can feel like a lot of pressure at times.”