TORONTO - Well we had to know that Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop would experience some big emotions since Manny Machado was traded to the Dodgers. They came up through the farm together and played so many games as Orioles together. They are the best of friends.
Schoop said today he was on a brief vacation at a lake property and could not get a cell signal. But eventually he got a call and it was from Machado. After he was told of the deal, Schoop drove three hours to Machado’s house for an emotional in-person goodbye.
“I didn’t want to believe it,” Schoop said. “I was at the lake and I had no signal back there. But my girl ran to me and I was chilling. She said, ‘Someone wants to talk with you.’ It was Manny on the phone. He asked how I was doing and I said, ‘How are you doing?’ He just (talked) to me and said, ‘I’m going to miss you buddy.’ I didn’t want to believe him. I said, ‘I’m coming up (to his house).
“Then (later) I broke down like a kid. It was real. I cried when I went to his house. I won’t see him because he’s a Dodger. I broke down and started to cry. I wish him the best and the emotions are still going on.”
Schoop said every day on the road he and Machado would come to the ballpark together. They were inseparable. But a trade has changed that.
“It’s going to be weird,” Schoop said. “I’ve got to get used to it. All the time I look on my right side, even when he played third, and me and him talk. Now he’s not there and it’s going to be weird. But I’ve got to focus to help my teammates and he has to focus over there to help his team win.
“Normally it’s hard for me to focus anyway. But when the game starts, it’s gametime. I will enjoy it and have fun and play the game the way I normally play it. Find a way to press through it. This is sad for me and him, but it’s part of the business. It’s been a long journey for me and him that came to end. We’ll be friends forever.”
It was clear this was an incredibly emotional day for the O’s second baseman.
“Me and this guy, we lived together since the minor leagues since coming up. We became really good friends outside the field. I met his wife and he met my wife. We ride together, we die together. That’s how me and him were. He’d come to Curacao to come visit me. I go to Miami. I think this is tough. I’m still going to see him and he’s going to see me but you’ve got to be professional in baseball.
“This guy believed in me more than I believed in myself,” Schoop said. “He pushed me to the limit. Me and him fight like brothers and two minutes later, we’re good. That’s what brothers do. He told me I can be the best.