Manny Machado, The Eternal Realist, Has Apparently Already Counted The Padres Out Of Contending For The Division Title...In March
You can say what you want about a high-priced free agent capping the potential of his new team before even seeing it in somewhat meaningful action, but don't say that Manny Machado didn't almost immediately come as advertised. What the San Diego Padres paid for in giving 300 million to someone who was last heard announcing to the media that hustling to first isn't part of his skill-set during the playoffs was not some wordsmith with a penchant for perseverance...
So yeah, it was undeniably hilarious of him to follow the waving of the white flag on the division title with the phrase "anything can happen in baseball", as if the Padres winning the division is such a preposterous notion that it doesn't even fit under the wide-ranging umbrella that is 'anything'. What it wasn't, however, was some out-of-character regrettable slip of the tongue. There's a lot to be expected of someone who just received well over a quarter billion dollars guaranteed throughout the next decade, but if white-lying to the people or leading in the clubhouse were included in those expectations then they were far too high.