DOMINICAN- AMERICAN MIAMI native BALTIMORE ORIOLES Infielder #13 MANNY MACHADO is GOING AGAINST The GRIND as he covers the new issue of ESPN The MAGAZINE!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
On how he plays the game with such an abundance of joy and happiness:
"We think of it as out with the old and in with the new. We just like to have fun and go out there and enjoy ourselves. Always a smile on our faces, just playing the game that we love."
On his beginnings and playing "low-budget travel ball":
"We thought we were big leaguers with our Big League Chew gum, the eyeblack -- we had flair. We liked to show emotion, and a lot of people didn't like that. We were mostly Latin, speaking to our parents in Spanish and our teammates in English. Our parents got into fights a bunch of times. Brawls. There were some good ones, some good ones. Well, bad ones, actually. I remember there were a lot of bats involved. A lot of blood. It was bad."
On how he more strongly identifies with fellow Latin teammates and opponents: