BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Orioles shortstop signed one of the biggest contracts in sports history last week.
Manny Machado signed a 10-year $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres.
But some Orioles fans are surprised this week after Machado slammed the team in a new interview with Sports Illustrated.
“The Dodgers last year, they showed me some love,” he told SI. “The Orioles drafted me. I did a lot for that community, I did a lot for the state, and they didn’t show me a little bit of love. It is what it is. But going over to L.A., L.A. giving up a lot of prospects for me, that kind of shows you what I meant to them, which is amazing.”
Fans weren’t impressed.
He talked about leaving the Orioles for LA and how that helped him sign with the Padres.
According to SI, Machado keeps a tally of signs of respect and disrespect, but said that isn’t what motivates him.
Machado talked about how he was being wined and dined by various teams, but that fans also hurled insults on Twitter then hounded him in public to join their team.
But once he’d finally gotten his $300 million deal he told SI he felt it meant more respect.
He wasn’t a victim of all the media coverage, however. He played into it — following, then unfollowing the Yankees, posting then deleting an image of White Sox baby shoes.
When news broke of the Padres deal, Machado hadn’t taken his physical yet and the offer sheet hadn’t been signed.
But the Padres, who have not won a postseason series since 1998, were excited about the signing, too.
So were their fans.
WJZ Sports Director Mark Viviano believes Machado was talking more about team management than the fans: