The 2017 MLB All-Star game may not have been very exciting to watch for Baltimore Orioles fans, since the O’s only had one default player selected to play in the game. But they weren’t the only ones less enthusiastic about watching the All-Star event.
Orioles’ star third baseman, Manny Machado told reporters he was “bored” with watching the game as a bystander.
“It was a little boring to watch it,” Machado said, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. “I don’t know how people go out there and watch games. Now I know why sometimes people don’t come to games.”
Machado could simply be giving his honest opinion—an opinion that many people have shared about the sport of baseball. Or, he could be releasing frustration about not being selected to play in the All-Star game. At age 25, Machado is already one of the best players in all of baseball. He’s been named to three All-Star games throughout his six-year career and was probably expecting to be named to a fourth All-Star game this year. But, with the terrible overall play from the Orioles this season, nobody outside of second baseman Jonathan Schoop was selected.
Machado did say he had some fun seeing his teammate play along with a few other guys he’s close with from his native country, Dominican Republic. Machado actually went to the All-Star game to watch it live from the American League team sidelines.
“It was nice just to know I knew a lot of those players on the other side,” Machado told MASN. “I was rooting for my brother-in-law (Oakland Athletics’ first baseman Yonder Alonso), Jonathan [Schoop], Nelly (Seattle Mariners’ outfielder Nelson Cruz), [Seattle Mariners’ second baseman Robinson] Cano and all these guys that were close to me. It was fun to watch them all have fun and enjoy themselves in the All-Star Game, something that they deserved to be there. It was an exciting day, an exciting week for my family and everyone that was there.”