Yankees fans may have desperately wanted Manny Machado over the winter, but on Monday they let him know how they really feel.
Machado was welcomed to a loud chorus of boos in his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium since signing with the San Diego Padres in February. Fans had been hoping that Machado, who met with the Yankees in December, would sign with the Bombers as a free agent and bolster their already potent lineup.
The Yankees, however, never made Machado an offer and he signed with the Padres on a 10-year, $300 million deal.
The Yankees decided to sign infielders Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu as their reinforcements instead while keeping Miguel Andujar at third base, who was replaced by Gio Urshela after Andujar underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.
Manny Machado preferred to be a Yankee. Today Yankee fans preferred to boo him and chant overrated pic.twitter.com/VIM0zxvC8W- Mike Mazzeo (@MazzYahoo) May 27, 2019
While booing a player who was never even offered a contract may seem silly, fans did get the chance to erupt in cheer when Chad Green blew a 98 mph fastball by Machado to end the inning.
Asked about being booed after the game, Machado told MLB.com's AJ Cassavell: "I get booed everywhere I go. Great players get booed. It happens. ... A boo's a boo. We took the L. That sucks."