1. Friday, April 21, 2017: The spike blown up by media
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Machado was on his way to second when his (non-fundamental) slide took his right foot into the left calf of second-baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Boston media had a field day with this.
Machado had stated after the game he “texted Pedroia to see if he was OK,” and he “did not intend to hurt Pedroia.”
Manny Machado appears to be a marked man at this point in his career. Only time will tell if the Red Sox plan to retaliate against him.
There shouldn’t be any retaliation for a slide that wasn’t late, rather, just awful.