The Dodgers swept the Padres over the weekend in their first matchup since San Diego added Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Brandon Drury, and Josh Hader at the trade deadline. While the latest splashy additions weren’t able to help the Padres actually score more runs than the Dodgers in any of the three games, 2019’s splashy addition Manny Machado isn’t worried.
Is Manny Machado concerned about the way Padres match up with the Dodgers?
"Concerned? Why would I be concerned? Not at all," he said.
Why the level of confidence?
"Cause I'm freaking Manny Machado," he said, but he didn't actually say freaking.
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 8, 2022
Machado is no stranger to confidence, including the time he famously bet his entire salary to a fan at Dodger Stadium that the Padres would win a World Series before the Dodgers (still waiting on that payout). And athletes often say things out of frustration that really just mean “that was an annoying question and I don’t want to answer it” — remember Kenley Jansen’s variations on the “I don’t care” theme after struggling to close games?
But with Manny, it’s not crazy to think he actually believes there’s some innate superpower included in simply being Freaking Manny Machado. He threw a bat at Josh Donaldson, kicked Jesus Aguilar in the calf, essentially ended Dustin Pedroia’s career with a questionable slide, and told a national media outlet he’ll never be the kind of player who hustles all the time — and got $300 million in free agency because he’s Freaking Manny Machado.
So maybe Manny thinks the stars will magically align when it really counts, because he’s Freaking Manny Machado and he deserves it. But after watching his team be outscored by the Dodgers 20-4 over the weekend — and contributing to Saturday’s loss with an error and then a practical demonstration that he’s not Johnny Hustle — you’d think a little humility might be in order. But humility is not Machado’s game, and it has often worked out for him in the past.
The Johnny Hustle Play of the Game
A team cannot win with a star player that shows this kind of effort! #Facts
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 7, 2022
Will the return of Fernando Tatis Jr. be the spark that closes the five-runs-per-game gap? The Dodgers and Padres meet nine more times in the regular season before a potential postseason matchup — but that’s IF the Padres can advance past the Wild Card round, and THAT’S if the Padres can earn a Wild Card spot, as they’re only 1.5 games ahead of the Brewers for the final spot.
He’s Freaking Manny Machado, but is that enough?
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