The bottom of the 10th inning of Game 4 of the National League Championship Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers featured a benches-clearing incident involving Manny Machado and Jesus Aguilar. Many #takes will follow.
Machado gave Aguilar a brief hug after hitting a single in the 13th inning.
Christian Yelich didn't hold back words in his response to the incident.
The Athletic first reported that Machado was fined.
He made two questionable slides into second base in game three, the second one deemed a violation of the slide interference rule when he grabbed at Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia. He was called for interference. This, obviously, sparked a discussion about the fairness of his playing style.
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While the Milwaukee Brewers didn't shy away from calling Machado a "dirty player", the Major League Baseball doesn't believe that his actions warrant a suspension.
"I have a lot of respect for him as a player, but you can't respect someone who plays the game like that", Yelich said. "If that's dirty, that's dirty". "I try to go out there and win for my team. I don't know. Call it what you want".
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"We all want something to talk about, and you guys [the media] do, too, and that's great, " Counsell said.
Machado then showed he's got plenty of hustle in the right circumstances: He sprinted from second to home on Cody Bellinger's two-out single, sticking out his left hand to touch home plate as he slid past Erik Kratz's tag for the winning run in a dramatic finish. He will be eligible to sign with any team shortly after the World Series, but the recent drama surrounding him will certainly not do him any favours. "The other stuff just washes away, man". Machado shrugged off the criticism in the aftermath, and on Wednesday manager Dave Roberts took the same approach. Game 6 comes at us Friday, and the Brewers need to win them both to move on.