BALTIMORE – Manny Machado turns his butterflies into a big fly.
Returning to Camden Yards on Tuesday as a member of San Diego Padres, Machado hosted his former team. In his second, third inning champion, the former Oriole jumped on the first Baltimore starter Jimi Yakabonis and called him through the wall in the box on the left. The solo blast, which is Machado's 100-year-old homer in Camden Yards, has passed approximately 455 feet.
Before his first appearance at the beginning of the first inning, Machado received a 40-second oath of what appeared to be a considerably larger crowd than usual for Tuesday night at Camden Yards. He waved to the fans of Orioles, then looked with the runner on the first and the outsider.
Machado follows his homicide with the RBI single to the left field in the fourth innings.
Before Machado describes the feeling of "strangely nervous" when he returns to Camden for the first time since it was sold to Dodgers in July
"I'm a little nervous today to come there," he said. "I'm never nervous, I guess it's a weird thing, in a way, it's just different."
Machado was made by Orioles in 2010, when he was the third general selection behind Bryce Harper and Jameson Tayon. He debuted with Orioles on August 9, 2012, and helped turn the dying franchise into a contender, as Baltimore made the post-three times during Machado.
Four-time All-Star, known for just like the 26-year-old third bassist, won a pair of golden gloves with the orolies. In 2013, he won the "Platinum Glove" award, awarded to the best defender in each league.
Instead of trading with Machado after the season 2017, with the remaining year of his contract, Orioles chose to keep him in the hope of making a comeback in the playoffs. But Baltimore quickly faded from the playoffs, which led to turbulent speculation that the Oks would send Machado to a rival. On July 18, 2018, on the day he made his fourth All-Star vision, Machado was deported to Dodgers, with whom he moved to his natural position as a friend and was part of a series of world series.
In February, Machado signed a 10-year contract for $ 300 million with Padres. At that time he was the largest free agent contract in the history of North American professional sports. On Tuesday, hours before two games between San Diego and Baltimore, Machado admitted that leaving as part of the trade was less than two evils.
"I did not make the choice, it was made for me, so it's a little easier," Machado said. "They just send you, and you go somewhere else across the country and try to meet new faces. It's hard. But I do not think the choice is easy. in a place you call home, you see the same faces every day, the same people, they grow on you. To leave this in the middle of the year, it's kind of sucks. "
As for his return, besides having dinner cakes for dinner (which he said he would do after the game on Tuesday), Machado said there was no expectation.
"I do not expect anything," he said. "I expect to go out there and play baseball and win and just have fun as I do every day You can not really expect anything, Whatever happens, you just take it and enjoy every moment of it, as always I know I'm coming back for the first time I will see many fans who have supported us for seven years I saw the third base I saw in the deck column I saw in the first row These faces will never be forgotten These fans always have been to us every day, and to see them again, it would be a lot of fun to see those faces on . "
Chances are that Machado will see fewer people than seen during the time in Charm City. Including on Tuesday, Orioles had the worst baseball record, 22-56, and ranked 28th in the 30 teams, with an average of 16,758 fans per match.
In 77 matches with San Diego this season Machado hit the .278 with 17 home runs and 49 RBIs.