Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said that he deserved to be ejected, after he was sent off in their win against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.
Machado had been ejected after he complained to the umpire, Will Little, against the decision to give him out, but to no avail.
It was the first time that Machado has ever been ejected, ending his record of playing 1,206 consecutive innings but the 20-year-old thought the umpire’s decision was justified.
He told reporters: “I said something wrong to the umpire, and I have to pay the consequences for it.
“I let my team down. Obviously, something that won’t happen again.
“I think it was justified, at least from my part and probably from his, too. I’ll move on. Hopefully, tomorrow we’ll continue the success that we had from this last series.
“I was surprised. It was just something that just happened, something that I just regret.”
The ejection didn’t seem to have any sort of negative effect on his team, though.
They turned around a 3-2 deficit to win the game, with the five batters following Machado all reaching base.
The Orioles face the New York Yankees next.
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