Mookie Betts on Manny Machado Confrontation: 'Gotta Be 2 Sides' to Celebrating

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorOctober 8, 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50) celebrates after hitting a double against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning in Game 1 of a baseball NL Division Series, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts gave a postgame take to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal on the confrontation between his team and San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado after L.A. outfielder Cody Bellinger robbed San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of a home run in the seventh inning of their playoff game Thursday:


"When he hit his home run he threw the bat... Then we take one away, we can celebrate too. So there's gotta be two sides to it." - Mookie Betts on the exchanges with Manny Machado after the Cody Bellinger catch (@Ken_Rosenthal) https://t.co/gPSre4sneD

Dodgers relief pitcher Brusdar Graterol, who gave up Tatis' long out, celebrated Bellinger's catch by throwing his hat and glove:


Here was Brusdar Graterol's reaction to Cody Bellinger robbing Tatis Jr. of a home run. . https://t.co/1RpWrGZcQo

Machado had some choice words for Graterol after that moment, and the right-hander responded by blowing him a kiss:

SB Nation @SBNation

Manny Machado didn't appreciate Brusdar Graterol throwing his glove after the Cody catch. Graterol waved and blew him a kiss 😂 https://t.co/d2kytue5Xz

The third baseman had a retort to that action, per ESPN's Alden Gonzalez:

Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

“I’ll be waiting for you,” Manny Machado appeared to tell Brusdar Graterol after he blew a kiss at him at the end of the half-inning. This is getting fun.

Betts and Max Muncy rushed to Graterol's defense, with Muncy and Machado apparently lobbing profanities at one another:

L.A. Times Sports @latimessports

Manny Machado is mad. For more live coverage: https://t.co/qQK6D6uPl7 https://t.co/fkuqpmHTRw

Earlier in the game, Machado performed his own notable celebration when he launched his bat into the air following a sixth-inning home run off Clayton Kershaw, which was the crux of Betts' point of contention to Rosenthal:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

This Manny Machado bat flip 😤 (via @Padres) https://t.co/pSJiGqZ6lm

Regardless of whether you side with the Padres, Dodgers, neither team or see it both ways, this series just got a little more juice as it rolls into Game 3 on Thursday, which will start at 9:08 p.m. ET in Arlington, Texas' Globe Life Field.

L.A. leads the best-of-five National League Division Series two games to zero after its 6-5 win on Wednesday and can clinch an NL Championship Series berth with one more victory over San Diego.


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