Former Baltimore Orioles’ third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado has decided to clarify some of the comments he made last month during the MLB playoffs (all quotes courtesy of ESPN):
When I was asked that question, I was definitely on the defensive, and I was wrong to answer it the way that I did, because looking back, it doesn’t come across how I meant it,” Machado told MLB.com, which published the interview Wednesday. “For me, I was trying to talk about how I’m not the guy who is eye wash. There’s a difference between fake hustle for show and being someone who tries hard to win. I’ve always been the guy who does whatever he can to win for his team.
Machado went on and furthered his commentary:
But I know how I said it and how that came across, and it’s something I take responsibility for. I look forward to talking with each GM and owner that we meet with about that, or any other questions they have.
These quotes of course refer to Machado admitting that he’s “not Johnny Hustle” during the playoffs last month. That was something that came up from time to time when he was with the Orioles. However it’s a topic that Machado himself brought up last month. And he’s now personally re-opened the discussion.
Here’s one thing that people across the board (Manny Machado or otherwise) don’t get; we have a 24-hour news cycle now. We look at that perhaps not necessarily as a bad thing, but certainly as a factor that’s usually negative. But people such as Manny Machado need to use it to their advantage.
He said something that was fairly stupid last month. But the fact is that regardless of how stupid of an act you commit or comment you make, just wait it out and someone else will screw up worse and suddenly they’re the topic at hand. In general I feel that it’s really a shame that we live in a society where people are literally held accountable for every gaffe or slip-up they make. I know I’ve had moments where I’ve felt bitter about having my feet held to the coals because of something I’ve said or written that felt minor but which blew up.
That’s unfortunately the society in which we live now. Again, I feel it’s unfortunate; and I say that because human beings are flawed. We make mistakes by nature. Sure if there’s a largesse pattern of verbal abuse or mishaps perhaps someone should think twice about what they’re doing. But people are going to make mistakes; society shouldn’t be waiting in the wings at all times to “hold them accountable.”
But again, Machado and others need to use that to their advantage. He didn’t make a mistake that offended a group or a person. He made a mistake which could cost him money – and certainly reputation. But by bringing it up again, he’s re-opening the wound. And again, we live in a society that’s waiting to pounce on people. The story of him admitting he didn’t hustle was old news. It was over and done.
Instead, now people are talkin about it again. And just in time for the winter meetings at that. When you say or do something that starts to snowball as such, ride it out – seriously. There’s no need to further clarify or to try to explain your point. Just ride it out, because at some point in the near future someone else will screw up worse. And then they’ll be in the spotlight.
Manny Machado potentially cost himself money by making that comment to begin with. But by re-opening the wound, he may have done so again. And as I said, the winter meetings aren’t far off.