The Machado Who Shagged Us
It’s been weird in the entertainment and sports world, the Jussie Smollett situation leading the way. R Kelly charged with several counts of sexual abuse, the Kardashian vs. Tristan Thompson cheating scandal, and Robert Kraft being accused of soliciting. These are big events. Locally, however, it is the the Chicago White Sox’ failure to sign Manny Machado that gets our attention.
I was five years old when the White Sox dominated teams through the playoffs, eventually sweeping the Houston Astros to win the World Series. Winning eleven games to only one loss is one of the best in MLB history. Nowadays, that type of winning seems to be a distant past that many fans want to get back too. Loaded with prospects, including Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez, the White Sox are ready to become a great team once again. With Manny Machado and Bryce Harper both being free agents this offseason, White Sox fans believed to be able to get at least one of them.
The vice president of the Chicago White Sox, Ken Williams, also believed that the day before Machado made the decision to go to San Diego that the White Sox had given him the best offer. It was eight years, 250 million dollars. As we all know, that turned out not to be the truth. The Padres offered Machado 10 years, 300 million. He gladly took it and is now a San Diego Padre.
On finding out the news that Manchado would not be signed by the White Sox, I was upset. I felt that Rick Hahn and the rest of the front office lied to the fans. The entire offseason the front office told us that they were in the running to get Machado. Once again, Jerry Reinsdorf turned out to be too “cheap” to open up the check book to sign talent.
I think that the White Sox with this young team needed a star who would help grow this young core. Many fans have decided to boycott this team because of the Machado situation. But with how leaders of the young team, led by Tim Anderson, responded to all of this, stating “You know, you can ride with us or don't. ... We couldn't care less who's on the boat with us. We know who all is on the boat with us and we know which way we're going to sail." This type of resolve has made me even more excited to see this team play. So chin up, White Sox fans, I believe in this team. I’m excited for the future. And what do we know? The White Sox may have actually dodged a bullet with Manny Machado.