“We are dealing with it internally,” Machado said. “We have a team trying to compete and get to the world championship. We didn’t play a good baseball game, so emotions come in and we get over it. These are situations that we learn from. [de]”., as leaders, as a team, as an organization. And we’re just getting better with that.”
Ahead of the Padres’ game against the Giants on Tuesday, Machado and Tates decided to speak jointly with a local media group before heading to the field for batting practice. It was the first time the star duo had spoken to reporters since Machado was filmed yelling at Tates on the bench Saturday night.
This argument arose out of Tatis staying too long to please Machado in the third stroke. Machado can be heard shouting, “It’s not about you,” among other things.
Speaking on Tuesday, Machado first regretted that the incident was caught on camera on stage, then offered an apology to Padres fans. Machado said the families are fighting, stressing that his relationship with Tates remains as strong as ever.
“This is my little brother,” Machado said. “We’re here to always be together, and we’ll always be together, no matter what. You’ve been going forward for so many years here. It’s done.”
Of course, the verbal altercation between Machado and Tatis did not happen in a vacuum. The Padres have fallen behind in the standings, and this weekend’s sweep in St. Louis has left them four games behind the Cardinals in The race for the second spot in the National Association.
Tatis and Machado have, of course, signed the two most lucrative contracts in franchise history and are the biggest stars of a team that was considered a big candidate for the pre-season playoffs. They both deserved the All-Star Game in July, but as the Padres struggled in the long run, they both performed below par.
It led to huge frustration on both of them, and that frustration was the driving force behind Saturday’s showdown, according to Tates, adding that it may not have been so bad.
“It’s all part of baseball,” Tates said. “It’s part of this game. It’s part of what this game stands out for, especially when the good players try to win and things just don’t go our way.
“At the end of the day, I’m glad it happened. I feel like it makes us stronger. You step in and talk about it, you analyze it and you join in.”
Naturally, the Padres are running out of time to save their season. After being swept away this weekend, they are no longer in control of their destiny in the Wild Card Race for the first time this season.
Furthermore, their last 13 games against the Giants, Braves and Dodgers, three teams are currently in post-season positions. It’s a very steep climb and the Padres know it, which is what Machado said, which is why he and Tates felt the need to address reporters together, before leaving the situation altogether.
“We’re here to take distractions out of the team,” Machado said. “We have bigger fish to pick up. We have more important things to worry about now than worrying about something that doesn’t matter. We’re going to go out and play baseball. We have 13 more games. We have to try to win them all to get to where we want to be.”
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