“How old am I?”안전놀이터
San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado, who turned 31 on July 6, local time, seems to have forgotten his age.
“Am I that old? I don’t even know how old I am,” he said when asked how he feels about turning 31 during a press conference ahead of the Padres’ home game against the New York Mets at Petco Park in San Diego, California, U.S., on Monday (July 8).He added, “I still feel like a 20-year-old. I’ve been 20 for 10 years now,” he said. He was joking, but his face was serious. “Once you find a routine, you stick with it. I’ve been doing the same routine for years,” he says, adding that he strives to stay young.
At 31, he still feels like he’s in his 20s and is in his 12th major league season. In 71 games, he’s batting .258 with a .304 on-base percentage, .428 slugging percentage, 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. It’s not a season he’s happy with, either for his team, which is just 41 wins and 46 losses, or for himself.
When asked how they can rebound, he said, “It’s simple. We have to play better baseball,” he said. “If we fight every day, do what we can, and play better baseball, good things will happen,” he said.
When asked, “What do you think was the biggest obstacle in the first half of the year in terms of playing good baseball,” he thought for a moment and said, “To be honest, it’s baseball.
“You get 700 at-bats in a season, and if you don’t get 500 of them, people say you had a good season. If you don’t get 400, you’re called a Hall of Famer. That’s baseball. You play a lot of games, you experience ups and downs. You have to get through it.”
Composure is important for a long season. “I’ve forgotten about the last series,” he said, adding that he wasn’t going to get carried away with the three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. “We have to change the scene. Looking at the past doesn’t change anything. We have to think about the future and go out and fight,” he said.
As for the transfer market, he said, “I’ve decided to stop looking into the manager’s head or thinking about what the team needs.” He said he would not be conscious of it. “Right now, we just have to keep playing better and better. If we play well, we’ll be in a better situation, and A.J. Preller and the staff will do what they need to do,” he said, leaving it in the hands of the general manager.