MILWAUKEE — On Manny Machado’s first night as baseball’s villain, he took on a bold strategy: If you don’t acknowledge the thunderous boos of 43,619 fans, maybe they didn’t happen.
Machado made his debut as full-time heel Friday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the first at Miller Park since Machado kicked one of this city’s heroes as he ran out a ground ball earlier this week.
And so Machado was prepared for the chorus of boos, which came loud and long and incessantly through all four of his hitless at-bats in the Dodgers’ 7-2 loss in Game 6.
He will face more jeering in Saturday’s decisive Game 7, but then again, maybe he didn’t hear a thing.
In a 2-minute, 22-second fusillade of clichés following the loss, Machado never did confirm nor deny that he may be the most reviled man in Wisconsin after his Game 4 kicking of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, which resulted in a $10,000 fine from Major League Baseball.
A breakdown of the tango between embattled athlete and hungry news media:
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