By: Evan Singleton
We've all seen the slide, the reaction, and heard about the incident all over sports media. If you have not seen it, which also means you live under a rock, I will show you the video of Manny Macado's spiking slide into Dustin Pedroia below. Was this slide dirty? Maybe, but that is not the point of this post. I am more concerned with how everyone is handling it.
To start things off, here is the video. As promised.
So, like I mentioned, I do not want to get into the play itself. However, I will say that I believe this slide is, for the most part, clean. I think it is possible to do a "dirty" slide without intending to. That is what i think happened here. One of the biggest reasons I believe this is the fact that Machado immediately tends to Pedroia. You just don't do that if you are expecting to hurt someone.
Then this happened...
This took place two games after the fact. However, it did make sense. Given the close game and then Steven Wright on the mound. The timing is not important. What is important is the way Pedroia has handled himself since the incident.
We see in the video above that Pedroia just throws his team under the bus. He is literally saying, and we can all read his lips, "That is not me, that is them." That is so ridiculous. It honestly shocks me that this is Pedroia, the team leader. No matter the situation, a leader does not abandon his followers. Pedroia did just that. He threw his manager and teammate directly under the bus.
It is despicable. It pains me to say, but Pedroia is wrong in this situation. Not for disagreeing with the action. No one deserves to have their head thrown at. Where Pedroia went wrong is how he has publicly handled this. Machado's post-game interview gave the message of "Lets just play ball and leave it between the lines." Whereas Pedroia had to go and deny any sort of responsibility. That, I do not agree with.
He can pull Barnes aside. Or even the whole team and say how he feels. But to call out his team on national TV. Literally point into his dugout and say, "That is them" is just downright low of him. I wouldn't expect it out of this guy.
Boston Red Sox legend, lifer, diehard or not...Pedroia is the one doing the wrong in this situation. He should not be handling this like he is. If he has something to say, especially if it is negative about his team, then he needs to say it privately.
My final verdict is obvious, Pedroia could've gone about this entire situation differently. He is out of line. He should not call out a teammate. Again, I am still so shocked it is him, of all players, to be doing this.