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|Posted: Sat Apr 29th, 2017 02:22 am||
|The dust has finally settled between the Boston Red Sox and Manny Machado, but that didn't stop one Hall of Fame pitcher from weighing in on the drama.
Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez revealed how he would have handled the retaliation if he went up against the 24-year-old Orioles third baseman.
"If I was pitching, I was going to drill Machado, as much as I love him," Martinez said, according to ESPN's Scott Lauber. "The only thing I would've done differently is probably bring the ball a little bit lower."
The dramatic end to the tumultuous series between the division rivals led to a four-game suspension for Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes, who threw near Machado's head on April 23, the final game of the series.
"I would react the same way except I would try to keep the ball lower. The ribs the ribs down. Butt cheek. Legs. But ribs," Martinez said, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. "I aimed all the time to the ribcage - boom! And I was a sharpshooter, too. You rarely saw me right over the head. It would be the ribs."
The incident was the result of a sliding play in game one that saw Dustin Pedroia - who would go on to miss three games with a leg injury - limp off the field following a controversial slide from Machado at second base.
Martinez also weighed in on the play, adding that he believes Machado never intended to hurt Pedroia and knows that because of his relationship with the Orioles star.
Much has been made of the chaos, but at least fans won't have to wait much longer to see if anything else materializes between both clubs as the Orioles will travel to Boston for a four-game series starting May 1.