Brewers boo birds welcome Manny Machado back to Miller Park


MILWAUKEE – Manny Machado, Milwaukee Pariah.

It’s an unlikely role, to be sure, but one that Machado tried on for the first time Friday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.

It was Machado’s first trip to Miller Park since his intentional kick of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar in Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

The crowd was ready.

The mere mention of his name pregame drew a cacophony of boos and then, even before public-address announcer Lane Grindle could announce his at-bat, the capacity crowd bathed Machado in a full-throated jeer.

Machado strolled to the plate and tapped home-plate umpire Brian Gorman with his bat, but Brewers catcher Erik Kratz stepped away before Machado could acknowledge him.

Goodness. You’d think he called cheese curds a waste of cooking oil or termed Aaron Rodgers a “system quarterback.”

Brewers starter Wade Miley seemed to pause a bit on the mound so the chorus could reach a crescendo. Then, he struck out Machado and the crowd roared its delight.

They waved signs with slogans such as, "Manny Machado is not a nice person," and "Manny Machado kicks dogs," and were equally verbose upon Machado's second at-bat, which ended quickly with a pop-out to third base.

Machado, who was fined $10,000 by Major League Baseball for his bad baserunning move, is a free agent after this season, expected to draw a contract north of a quarter-billion dollars.

Wherever he lands, it seems his antics in this NLCS won’t be forgotten upon his returns to Miller Park. 

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