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Manny Machado and Oakland's boo birds

Each time Orioles third baseman Manny Machado came to the plate this week in Oakland, he has been booed by a faction of the fans in the O.co Coliseum. On Tuesday, one screamed vulgarities at Machado loud enough that it could be heard clearly in the press box.

Machado said he hasn't heard any specific taunts. Just the chorus of boos, and he's fine with that.

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"I'm out here to play baseball, I'm here to win. I don't care what the fans do, boos and stuff," Machado said. "I just go out there and try to black it out and go play. Honestly, I'm at the point where it doesn't affect me, doesn't bother me."

Machado became Oakland baseball's enemy No. 1 in June 2014, when he had a brief dust-up with former A's superstar Josh Donaldson in one game and then flung his bat two games later when he thought he was being thrown at by A's reliever Fernando Abad. Machado was ultimately suspended five games for his actions.

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Now when he comes to Oakland, he's reminded of what occurred in the past.

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"It's part of reality," Machado said. "It's something that has been going on, something that has happened and it's not going to change. So you go out there and enjoy it, put it behind you and try to make the best of it."

Machado said he knows he's not the first pro athlete to be booed in Oakland – the A's play in the same stadium as the NFL's legendary bad boys, the Raiders, after all – and won't be the last.

"These fans here, they're one of a kind. They have been around for a long time," Machado said. "They are known for what they do – [with] the Oakland Raiders and the A's here, when they're winning. It's part of a tradition that they do. It's part of the experience when you come to the Coliseum. And I think it makes the experience that much better."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Machado should accept the boos proudly, because bad players don't get that kind of attention.

"It's like people that get pitched inside is a badge of honor. That means you're a good hitter," Showalter said. "It's kind of like [with] him."

Showalter then took a little jab at the dilapidated Coliseum and its lack of fans.

"That's fine. Go ahead [and boo]. We know it will be heard," Showalter said. "It's not like something's gonna drown it out here, except for the loudspeaker."


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