The Padres' win over the Cardinals on Sunday included a weird play. It wasn't a totally unusual play. But it was one you don't see every game.
Manny Machado was involved, and when Manny Machado is involved, it doesn't take long for something that may seem unorthodox to be construed as – here goes – "dirty."
The play that (for better or for worse) turned into a trending topic on Twitter occurred in the fourth inning. Jake Cronenworth hit a grounder to St. Louis second baseman and San Diego native Tommy Edman. Machado slid into Edman's legs, as is often seen when an infielder is attempting to turn a double play. In this case it happened in the middle of the base path.