Every player who ever played in the MLB had the dream of playing baseball professionally ever since they were a kid. Manny Machado isn't different. He just shared that dream with his best friend.
The Orioles' star has been the focal point of the trade discussion between the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore, and he'll be playing out a childhood fantasy if he does. Not because he'll immediately be contending for a title. It's because he'll be contending for a title on the same team as his Albert Almora Jr.
Machado admitted playing alongside his best friend and chasing a ring would be special.
Manny Machado, wearing a sweet tiger sweater, says that he’s focused on baseball, not trade rumors, but winning a World Series with Albert Almora Jr. would be special. pic.twitter.com/K7b11YaXpE— Lauren Comitor (@laurencomitor) May 21, 2018
Orioles fans may not like the idea of him looking forward to playing with a different franchise, but can you really blame him?
Anytime we do something, we'd like to do it with our best friends. Whether it's going to school, getting a job, or playing sports, you want your right-hand man next to you. Major league baseball players are no different.
Manny Machado said of his close friend in Chicago, Albert Almora Jr.: "When we're playing in his backyard growing up, we've always dreamed about playing together someday in the big leagues, put on the same big league uniform, be on the same field, win a World Series together."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) May 21, 2018
Baltimore fans may be in luck though, as the Orioles have an interest in bringing in Almora. It's hard to imagine a scenario where they make a deal that doesn't involve Machado, but maybe the arrival of his old friend will convince him to stay in town.
As long as Almora isn't included in the deal to bring the slugging third baseman to Chicago, Machado's dream may come true.