Since Alex Rodriguez’s career collapsed like the Atlanta Falcons, there has not really been a bonafide Red Sox villain—that is, until last weekend. By now, almost every baseball fan is aware of the situation involving the Red Sox and Orioles; specifically Manny Machado.
Whether or not his slide was dirty is now beyond the current state of affairs. At this point, it’s all about baseball’s unwritten rules surrounding things like hit batsmen, home run trots, and team retaliation.
Matt Barnes tried to retaliate and failed, ultimately getting suspended. His attempt to bean Machado in the head actually hit the bat. Then, of course, Machado decides to pimp every home run he hits against the Sox now, which I guess is well deserved. Betts also got beaned on a pitch by Dylan Bundy on Monday.
Needless to say there have been lots of fireworks lately, but nothing compared to what occurred Tuesday night. Moments after the Fenway crowd respectfully recognized Adam Jones, Chris Sale threw behind Manny Machado. This prompted warnings to both sides. It also prompted Manny Machado to exchange choice words with both the Red Sox dugout and the home plate umpire. However, the slugger did take Sale yard only to combine it with a pair of three K’s. Now, he seems to be the subject of every local sports talk show and a chorus of boos.
So he’s the new Red Sox villain, right? I believe so.
One does not simply go on a post-game profanity laden tirade and not be a villain. Especially when he claims to lose all respect for your organization. Secondly, when he takes his sweet old time rounding the bases twice consecutively and has a history of such behavior, why wouldn’t he be the new Joker to the Red Sox Batman?
This Red Sox team needed a spark. Now, Machado has given the Sox the extra incentive to beat up on the current first place team. We shall see how the next meeting goes.