New former Oriole Manny Machado wasted no time before playing to his new fan base.
The Los Angeles Dodgers introduced him at a news conference Friday in Milwaukee, where he’ll make his debut in Dodger Blue tonight against the Brewers — one of the teams that also made a strong attempt to acquire him from the Orioles.
Machado announced that he had chosen to wear No. 8, but before Cal Ripken fans get too excited, he quickly pointed out that it was a tribute to longtime Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.
“No, number eight was, I wanted to change up — new beginning, new jersey, new team — wanted to go that route. If I have to throw an athlete out there, huge Kobe fan growing up....
Lakers star Kobe Bryant is set to play Sunday for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles' tendon last season.