Adam Jones and Manny Machado are going to rehash TheCatch at least for as long as they're Orioles, and a big reason is the circumstances: In that moment, they weren't teammates.
Jones will have every right to needle the young superstar Machado, who could only tip his helmet in admiration after Jones leaped above the wall at San Diego's Petco Park and robbed Machado of a home run for the Dominican Republic against Team USA.
Machado, though, can come back with: "That's OK; just make sure you bring back a few for US, big boy," the "US" in that context being the O's.
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“I’m still in kind of shock that I even got to that ball,” Jones told reporters, per The San Diego Union-Tribune . “I mean, off the bat, I’m just like, ‘This ball’s hit really, really far so just keep going, keep going. You know, this California air is going to slow it down.’ I just never quit. That’s just the style I play with. I don’t mind running into a wall or two.”
Energized by Jones' play, the Americans went on to eliminate the defending champion Dominicans 6-3 Saturday night in a 3-hour, 40-minute game that was as intense as any you'll see in the MLB postseason. Jones and Co. move on to the WBC semifinals at Dodger Stadium, where they'll play two-time champion Japan on Tuesday.
The idea Jones could rob Machado is one of the most fun parts of the WBC. Teammates regularly compete against each other, which speaks to the diversity of major league locker rooms. It's not fun if a teammate causes an injury the way Royals catcher Drew Butera did to Salvador Perez in the opening round, but the rest of the time the showdowns are neat to watch.
On Saturday, Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen's two-run double in the eighth, which gave the U.S. insurance, split Pittsburgh outfield mates Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco in the left-center gap. Think Cutch will pull out that one a time or two?
On Wednesday, Mariners teammates Felix Hernandez (Venezuela) and Drew Smyly (U.S.) started against each other and had a mini-pitchers' duel. There are plenty more examples.
Whenever Jones and Machado get back to O's camp in Florida, their review of The Catch is bound to continue.Machado should get ready to hearvarious forms of"Hey, remember that one I took away from you in San Diego?" for a long time.
And if Jones is able to talk smack about taking away a hit or a homer from Netherlands infielder/Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop in a big spot in the WBC final?Man, talk about bragging rights.