Even in an unimpressive loss, Manny Machado is fun to watch

Adjustments?! You're knocking the cover off the ball! They can't get you out!

What kind of adjustments are we talking about here? Chewing bubble-gum instead of sunflower seeds?

"There are certain things," Machado said. "Some at-bats, some pitches, I get a little lazy."

Right. Otherwise he'd probably be hitting, what, .600 instead of .343?

Only when someone asked if he could ever imagine this kind of start did Machado crack a smile and break the big league cool he wears like a cloak.

"You think about it in the off-season," he said. "This is your goal. You work out. You get ready for this long season. That's when it starts. You anticipate it. You set yourself some goals.

"Then when you're here, it just happens," he said, sounding positively Zen-like at this point. "Just take it day by day, pitch by pitch and out by out. The main thing [is] to go out there and just have fun."

And who's having more fun than Manny Machado? How can you NOT have fun when you're off to such a glorious start, when you're making a game that can make 15-year veterans weep look so easy?

But there it is. Machado is playing the game so effortlessly now, so locked-in at the plate, so smoothly in the field, that he seems almost embarrassed by how well he's doing.

"He's not out there saying 'Look at me!'" left-fielder Nate McLouth said. "It's nothing like that. But you can tell he's confident in himself, as he should be. If he goes a couple games and doesn't swing the bat well, it doesn't get to him and he'll be back the next day. That's tough to do, especially for a young player."

Maybe Showalter's right, though. Maybe we should just shut up about Machado and enjoy the ride he's on.

He sure has been fun to watch.

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