Dodgers: AJ Pollock robbing Manny Machado bomb is so satisfying

Adam Weinrib
Aug 20, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (second from right) reacts after being ejected during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (second from right) reacts after being ejected during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Manny being Manny is more pleasant when the Dodgers send this particular Manny back to the dugout angry.

Thank heavens for AJ Pollock, who reached pretty far up into the stratosphere to take this particular home run back.

Hanging onto a slim 1-0 lead on the road in San Diego with a chance to bury the Padres in the Wild Card standings, Julio Urias served up a softie to Manny Machado, who deposited it deep into the night and well into the left-field seats…or so we thought.

Pollock had other ideas.

The unsung hero of this roster — who’s becoming a little more recognized lately — went above and beyond to take this home run back from LA’s No. 1 villain, as well as out of the gloves of a ruthless mob of Pads fans.

A video’s worth 1,000 words.

https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/1430369061880221701?s=20

Dodgers OF AJ Pollock robbing Manny Machado and the Padres felt great.

Nice little troll there from the Dodgers’ social team, too. We see you.

Pollock has surged to a remarkable 139 OPS+ this season after starting the campaign as the forgotten man. In Mookie Betts’ absence, the team has certainly turned to their left fielder more often than they expected to, and he’s continued to deliver highlights on both sides of the ball.

And, again, those highlights seem to matter more when they send Manny back to the dugout unsatisfied. He knew what side he was choosing when he took San Diego’s money. Didn’t work out here. Is what it is.

Now, Pollock and the rest of the Dodgers are on a mission to make him miserable — and that goes for the fans who rock his brown pinstripes, too.

Just check out this awesome action shot of the moment of impact.

Catch of the year? We’re not sure. Certainly the most hangtime you’ll see, though, and you’re going to hear a lot of other people speculate about it.

The Machado Factor definitely helps.

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