When you’re trying to land a big time free agent, no matter the sport, I’m sure there’s plenty of conversation leading up to a meeting, leaving no stone unturned. So how is that when Manny Machado rolls up to Citizens Bank Park today, a meeting that everyone has known about for a week now, you forget to unlock the door? On top of that, you lead him to an entrance that is surrounded by every member in the Philadelphia media, microphones in hand? I don’t get it.
“DO THE RIGHT THING AND SIGN. GET THE MONEY!” #soundup
—Philadelphia construction worker to Manny Machado pic.twitter.com/Ut77hNFolF
— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 20, 2018
Rolls up to a random construction worker, a hoard of media and a locked front door. What a start to the Phillies pitch https://t.co/2c6rwZousW
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 20, 2018
Yeah man… Im not big on the pile of media waiting on him to a damn locked door!???
Cmon Phillies, slide him in the players entrance, roll out the Red carpet!
— PhillyInfluencer.com (@Sean_Brace) December 20, 2018
Look, I understand that you want to show off the fact that you’re going after Machado and I know things don’t always go as planned. But, I’m sorry, the first thing I do is have someone on the phone waiting for him as soon as he pulls up. On top of that, to avoid the media and random construction workers yelling, “Do the right thing!” I’m having Manny pull right in to the player’s gate. I believe it goes under the stadium. Tell me it wasn’t awkward in the video above?
Phillies welcoming Manny Machado and his wife Yainee!
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 20, 2018
Just remember, the Yankees and Dodgers aren’t making those mistakes. That’s what we’re up against. Hopefully all that matters at the end of the day… is cash. He does look good in red pinstripes.