You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Top Stories

A history of Manny Machado's beef with the Red Sox: 'Coward stuff'

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/23/2018 Jesse Yomtov

Replay Video
After a grueling series that turned Manny Machado into Public Enemy No. 1 in Milwaukee, don't expect the Dodgers star to get much better treatment in Boston.

Machado, who spent seven seasons with the Orioles, has plenty of history against the Red Sox, notably a drawn-out beef last season that saw both teams throw at hitters and Machado going on a fiery, profane rant about the Boston organization.

On April 21, 2017, Machado slid trying to break up a double play and caught Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The former AL MVP was injured on the play and has dealt with knee problems since. 

Boston manager John Farrell called it an "extremely late slide," but Pedroia said Machado apologized in a text after the game.

Still, the Red Sox weren't ready to let it go. Two days later, starter Eduardo Rodriguez threw inside on Machado multiple times before reliever Matt Barnes threw a pitch behind Machado's head. Barnes was ejected and later suspended four games.

Pedroia was bothered by how his team handled the payback and could be seen yelling "it's not me" to Machado from the dugout.

"I had nothing to do with that. That's not how you do that, man," Pedroia said after the game. "I'm sorry to him and his team. If you're going to protect guys, you do it right away."

Barnes still hasn't forgiven Machado, saying Monday ahead of the World Series: "When you take out a captain, a leader of a team, that's not going to sit well with anybody. It kind of is what it is. You move on. I don't see anything happening, I really don't, but it doesn't mean that we've forgotten about it."

Things carried over into May 2017, when Red Sox ace Chris Sale threw behind Machado in the first inning of a game at Fenway Park. Warnings hadn't been issued beforehand, so Sale wasn't ejected and was not suspended, despite the fairly obvious intent.

After that game, Machado went off on Sale and the Red Sox organization for how the saga had been handled.

"That’s coward stuff. That’s stuff you don’t (expletive) do. To get thrown at at my (expletive) head, to get thrown at (expletive) everywhere – I’ve lost my respect for that organization, that coaching staff (it’s a new coaching staff now), and everyone over there.

"If you’re going to (expletive) hit me, go ahead, (expletive) hit me. You know, don’t let (expletive) keep lingering around and (expletive) around. Keep (expletive) trying to hit people. That’s (expletive) bull.

"MLB should do something about it. (Expletive) pitchers go out there with their (expletive) balls in their hand and throwing 100 mph trying to hit people. I got a (expletive) bat too. I can go up there and crush somebody if I wanted to, but you know what, I’ll get suspended for the year and the pitcher will only get suspended for two games."

Sale doesn't envision any anger with Machado lingering into the World Series.

"Not at all," Sale told reporters. "We have bigger things to worry about now on both sides, on their side and on our side. We're dedicated to winning this World Series and bringing a championship to our city. We're not worried about any individual player. We've got one thing in mind and that's winning."

MORE WORLD SERIES:

Related slideshow: World Series winners the year you were born (Provided by Yardbarker)

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from USA Today Sports

USA TODAY SPORTS
USA TODAY SPORTS
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon