There is no way to get around it. The Orioles had a horrible day at the ballpark on Sunday by losing to the A’s 11-1, and Manny Machado did not distinguish himself whatsoever with a bat-flying incident.
Clearly, Machado is frustrated at the level of play of the Orioles and his own inability to produce at a level he expects of himself as a budding star in the sport.
Just as clearly, Manny threw his bat after a close pitch … all of this at the end of a weekend of conflict and competitive posturing. Surely there is also some sensitivity to balls coming at his knees.
I like some fire and competitive fervor, and I believe this Orioles team of nice, nice people could use a bit more of such attitude. But Manny’s actions this weekend are not the best at all. Some veterans, Buck … someone … needs to talk to him about some perspective and appropriate demeanor.
When things happen like the Manny Machado bat-flying incident, the fans and others on Twitter have such creative things to say …
Here is one from MASN’s fan-favorite writer Roch Kubatko:
Are the kids still here on Little League Day? Let’s hope not
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 8, 2014
There is definitely some wisdom in this one:
This one seemed to be the predominant feeling of calm Orioles fans:
Manny, I love ya but you’ve got to grow up. #Orioles
— Harry Hammel (@harryhammel) June 8, 2014
Though there were a few defensive statements about Manny, this sentiment was more common:
Manny can get a fraction of a pass because of his age, but that pass won’t last long without a healthy-sounding response and behavior pattern:
Also Manny needs to grow up. Love the kid, but he’s acting just like that lately, a kid. #Orioles
— Casey Calvert (@Casey_G_Calvert) June 8, 2014
This is creative: I like this one:
This is a scary thought, especially since Manny and ARod have spent time together in Florida:
— esteban blanco (@weiss_steve) June 8, 2014