You asked. He delivered.
An excited crowd of 44,933 Dodgers fans welcomed Los Angeles's newest star to town on Monday night when Manny Machado made his Dodger Stadium debut.
Despite the fact the Dodgers lost the game to the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-2, Machado gave the fans something to be excited about when he homered in the bottom of the ninth off Corey Knebel.
"It was good," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Machado's debut. "He's been swinging through some fastballs, so for him to get on a 97MPH heater and homer, that was big for him."
A group of fans in attendance stood in the outfield pavilion behind center field with blue t-shirts that spelled out the words "MANNYWOOD 2.0," an homage to another Manny that played in L.A., Manny Ramirez, back in 2008.
"Yeah I did," Machado said when asked if he saw the fans. "That's pretty cool, I'm not going to lie."
The home run was Machado's lone hit of the night, and his 26th longball of the season. He also extended his career-high on-base streak to 30 games with a walk in the third inning, the longest active streak in the Majors.
Overall though, Machado's first game in L.A. is a memory he will never forget.
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"It was awesome, " said Machado. "Since day one since I got here, everyone has been very welcoming and it's been amazing. So to come out there and get a nice ovation my first at-bat, it never gets better than that. Those are the moments you never forget."
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