When rookie third baseman Manny Machado was charging
By now you surely know what happened. By Thursday morning, fans in Baltimore could be "Manny-ing," posing for photos of themselves making fake throws to first base.
Machado faked a throw to first and quickly turned to third, where pinch-runner and potential go-ahead run
"That's a nice play for a veteran,"
But the play came to be thanks in part to the fact that Machado faced a similar situation Sunday against the
He thought back to that play -- his second error of the season, but realistically his first (he was also charged with an error on that controversial reversed call in Detroit last month) -- on Wednesday night.
He learned from his mistake. Don't try to do too much, and you might end up doing more.
And that's exactly what happened. That play changed the momentum of the game. Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, and it was just a matter of time before the Orioles claimed another walk-off win.
"He was smart," Hardy said of Machado. "I don't know if he would have been able to throw out Evan. I know he's running a little slow with his hamstring, but for Manny to do what he did, it just shows you how aware he is at 20 years old.