I got to be honest. When I first saw this video of Manny Machado going full-truck driver in response to being repeatedly targeted by Red Sox pitchers I began to wonder how it snuck past me a week ago...until I realized that this happened again last night.
I don't know how long is too long to hold a violent, vengeful grudge but I do know that we owe the spiteful women of the world an apology, because apparently it's now "hell hath no fury like a baseball team scorned". I mean, I could somewhat understand the continuation of this feud if "hell hath no fury like a second baseman spiked", but Dustin Pedroia has made it pretty damn clear that he's long been over the dangerous slide that temporarily took him out of the lineup.
That's why it's starting to look mighty pathetic that his organization is acting like an angsty teen that won't stop lashing out. Like, how many unanswered messages did Boston intend on sending before the recipient finally got tired of pitches buzzing past him and lost it? I guess Manny took his sweet old time rounding the bases after going deep the day before and apparently Mookie Betts took an errant pitch off the thigh. That said, if the gamesmanship in this rivalry were an iPhone text conversation then the Red Sox cell phone would have been a sea of blue with a couple of one word answers mixed in prior to Machado dropping a rant that would force them to scroll up multiple times. Christ, can't they just get over it already? It would be one thing if their not-so-passive aggressive antics were having the desired effect, but something tells me that's simply not the case...