Matt Barnes still isn't fond of Manny Machado

Matt Barnes still isn't fond of Manny Machado originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

Matt Barnes' thoughts on Manny Machado haven't changed since the star shortstop caused a stir vs the Red Sox a year ago as a member of the Orioles.

Machado's controversial slide into Dustin Pedroia's knee caused tensions to boil over between him and the Red Sox. Two days after the incident, Barnes retaliated by throwing at Machado and earned a four-game suspension in the process.

As the Red Sox prepare to take on Machado and the Dodgers in the World Series, Barnes notes Boston hasn't forgotten about the slide that injured its captain.

"You're talking about a play in which Pedey still hasn't played since then, really," Barnes said per The Eagle-Tribune. "When you take out a captain, a leader of a team, that's not going to sit well with anybody. It kind of is what it is. You move on. I don't see anything happening, I really don't, but it doesn't mean that we've forgotten about it."

Machado found himself at the center of the same kind of drama in this year's NLCS vs the Brewers. First after a questionable slide in Game 3, and then after kicking Jesus Aguilar running through first base in Game 4. Barnes wasn't exactly shocked to see Machado involved in this kind of controversy again.

"Honestly I'm not surprised about that. It just kind of seems like it's a trend," Barnes said. "But our job is to go win a World Series. Everything aside, that's it. I think the sweetest revenge would be to win a World Series and celebrate with them watching."

As for whether Barnes thinks the rest of the league agrees with Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw, who called Machado a dirty player, the Red Sox reliever replied, "Yeah... maybe."

Clearly, there's still no love lost between Machado and the Sox. We'll have to wait and see if that results in any sort of fireworks during the series. But one thing is for sure, what transpired in 2017 is still on the Red Sox' mind.

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