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Manny Machado got into a screaming match with his All-Star teammate Fernando Tatis Jr. during the fifth inning of yesterday’s 3-2 loss to the Cardinals.
Machado was cursing and repeatedly mentioned to Tatis that “it isn’t about you” and “you go play baseball”, which goes to show this exchange was more leadership than anything else. Here’s the video so you can see for yourself (warning for language):
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Padres manager Jayce Tingler reinforced a positive takeaway from this whole thing.
“It’s not viewed negatively, Tingler said postgame. “We’re a family. We’re not going to discuss the details, but we care. That’s passion. There’s frustration.Those are all emotions that are natural, and those things happen.
The Padres were expected to give the Dodgers a run for their money in the NL West, but have fizzled in the second half after failing to secure a trade for soon-to-be Dodgers ace Max Scherzer and then withered away wit a 23-32 record since the break. All cause for frustration that can turn ugly sporadically when two players want it this badly.
Tatis Jr slammed his helmet in the dugout after receiving what he believed to be a bad strike call, and then Machado stepped in. It’s most likely that the leader of this team felt that the 22-year-old phenom was more upset about the call than the game itself. The two have probably already talked it out and refocused on finishing this season strong. They’re 2.5 games back of a wildcard spot, so they better get to it.