As if there isn’t enough drama in the fact that two historic franchises are meeting for the first time in the World Series, ironically, a Hollywood “villain” is writing the script that has the promise of another October Classic.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado is cast as the “villian” in a story that has been in the works since April 2017 when Machado was a member of the Baltimore Orioles. The drama started after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia on this play:

The incident set off a chain reaction of events that led to a four-game suspension for Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes after throwing at Machado.

Then, weeks later, Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy hit Mookie Betts. Bundy insisted it wasn’t intentional and blah, blah, blah. After the series, Machado blasted the Red Sox saying:

“Coward stuff. I mean, that’s stuff that you don’t f—ing do. I’m not on that side. I’m not in that organization. They’re still thinking about that slide. There was no intention on hurting anybody and I’m still paying. Get thrown at on my f—ing head. They’re f—ing throwing everywhere. f—ing b—s–t. I’ve lost my respect for that organization, that coaching staff and everyone over there.”

Machado wasn’t without controversy in the National League Championship Series. His talent rubbed Milwaukee fans the wrong way and his behavior — from his ‘Johnny Hustle‘ remarks to kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar — irked everyone.

A star is born, the script has been written and the stage is set for another October Classic. Now, will it play out that way? The postseason is known for “turning good players into legends and lifts the no-name utility infielder from obscurity to celebrity status. It’s a lesson learned: expect the unexpected.”

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