Orioles third baseman Manny Machado grew up eating chips and salsa. He enjoys the delicious combination at family gatherings, tailgate parties and just when he wants a snack during his off days.
Tuesday afternoon, Machado unveiled his own line of “Machado’s Salsa,” which is being sold exclusively at Giant grocery stores in the area, as well as online at PLBsports.com. Machado’s Salsa comes in both medium and mild flavors.
“I’m very humbled by this, for salsa,” Machado said, amid some laughter, at the unveiling event held at the Pikesville Giant. “I love chips and salsa. I keep salsa in my refrigerator 24/7.”
The salsa is a product of PLB Sports, a food marketing company that pairs items with high-profile athletes and their charities. The company has also worked with Doug Flutie (Flutie Flakes), Jerod Mayo (Jerod’s All-Pro Mayo) and Matt Kemp (Matt Kemp’s True Blue Original Big League Chew), among others.
Of the company’s clients, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, former Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel and former Cleveland Brown Peyton Hillis have also produced their own salsa lines.
Machado, 21, admitted he prefers the mild salsa because “I just like the sauce and the taste of it,” he said, adding that he also enjoys chips and queso.
Asked why he didn’t come out with a hot salsa, Machado smiled and said he didn’t think people would take to that flavor as much as they would the mild and medium.
“That’s what everybody likes,” he said. “Maybe in the future, we’ll get some hot. Extra hot, maybe.”
(For what it’s worth, Miggy’s salsa line has a hot flavor. Hillis’ salsa is strictly medium while Keisel’s comes only in mild.)
After the formal announcement, Machado took pictures with fans and autographed memorabilia. About 100 people, most dressed in Orioles garb, attended the unveiling.
Machado, an All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner last season, is still fighting an appeal for his five-game suspension, which was handed down after he seemingly threw his bat toward third base during a game against the Oakland Athletics on June 8. He didn’t comment extensively on the status of his appeal but said he’s hoping to get the suspension knocked down a game or two.