“Burning Bridges–Lots of Places”
They booed and they booed and they booed more in Milwaukee this week.
In Los Angeles, they’d be booing their guy to, if he showed now to play.
Such the life of Padres 3rd baseman Manny Machado.
And possibly what could happen if Melvin Gordon ever shows up to play the final year of his Chargers contract.
The Brewers are in the midst of a fight for a wildcard spot in the National League playoffs. The fans are intense, they are backing their team. And they haven’t forgotten last October.
I’ve seen lots of villains come into visiting stadiums, maybe the most recent being Alex Rodriguez, at the height of his steroid filled, lie-filled career filled with the Yankees. Everyone hated him at the end.
You remember the nicknames, A-Roid, A-Fraud, A-Rod.
They don’t like Manny Machado lots of places in baseball. They really dislike him in Brew-town, the aftermath of dirty play last yearn the Brewers playoff series with the Dodgers last fall.
Manny stomping the foot of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, running the bases, the incident seen by everyone, time and time again. The same Machado, who also flicked out his leg to hit a shortstop on anther close play during the playoffs. True interference with intent to injure.
The booing was relentless, every pitch, every at-batduring the firs three games of the series,and it will continue.
Meanwhile it’s week nine of the holdout for Gordon, the big play Chargers running back, and now it’s gotten ugly.
He has lost 1.98M in game checks so far.
He wants to be traded, but the team hasn’t found a buyer willing to give up a 1st round pick, to rent a player for 1-year before he becomes a free agent.
Gordon has shown no willingness to end the holdout. The team has dug in its heels, not coming to camp means no further contract talks.
And now Gordon has gone on social media saying he expects to play ‘somewhere’ before the end of the season. That’s means the Bolts would have to give in and deal him. Doubtful.
And Gordon followed up with a direct shot at the LA market, something along the lines ‘we went (12-4) last year and no one cares in LA.’
That’s a slap in the face of the fans in LA, and indirectly a slap at owner Dean Spanos for vacating the San Diego market in the chase for the almighty dollars in LA, which he isn’t getting.
Machado doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks of him. He’s been laid back most of the year, whether he’s had good games (30HRs) this season, or hitting just (.199) since August 1st as the team faded away.
Who knows if Gordon ever returns, how he will be viewed, but he’s created quite a furor for himself. He may find out, if he ever shows up here, he crossed too many people..
They haven’t booed many favorites in this town in a long time.
That might change because how Manny Machado acted, and what Melvin Gordon is doing now.