We reporters are pretty predictable.
The obvious story line rarely escapes us.
So when Manny Machado, the Orioles’ 20-year-old rookie third baseman hits a game-winning homer in the seventh and makes two good plays on defense on the night the franchise honors the best defensive third baseman in the history of baseball,
But I give Machado a whole lot of credit. It was kind of a loaded question, asking him whether it was fitting for him to come up big on Brooks Robinson statue night.
And he answered expertly, dismissing the serendipity while praising Robinson, too.
"It's all right. I'm just trying to be me," Machado said. "Just trying to catch the ball first. But to do it on his night. Feels great. Felt great. But even better, we came out with the win."
Perfect answer. And, yep, the kid is 20.
By now, I'm sure you all wonder what Brooksie thinks of Machado. Well, here is your answer, Robinson on Machado: