Tensions nearly boiled over inside of the San Diego Padres dugout on Saturday night.
The Padres lost to the Cardinals on Saturday evening. It was a crushing loss for San Diego, which trails St. Louis in the Wild Card race. Time is running out for the NL West franchise to make a push for the playoffs.
Late in the contest, Padres stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. were seen yelling at each other in the dugout. It was not a warm sight for San Diego fans.
— Jim Russell (@JimRussellSD) September 19, 2021
Machado could reportedly be heard yelling at Tatis, telling him to stop worrying about balls and strike calls.
This is shortly after Fernando Tatis Jr. had been called out on strikes in the fifth inning. Manny Machado could be heard yelling, “It’s not (expletive) about you.” https://t.co/tq1rhtI95s
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) September 19, 2021
While this isn’t what you want to see if you’re a Padres fan, it’s also pretty understandable.
“This type of stuff happens when the pressure gets turned up. Padres are fighting for their playoff lives right now. I’m sure some folks will interpret this as a bad thing, but blowups like this can and have ignited teams,” Jared Carrabis tweeted.
Others, meanwhile, are very interested to see what will happen in San Diego this offseason.
“There is a reckoning on the horizon for the Padres. Expectations have been so high, now matched by the internal frustration, and it will all manifest if they don’t make the playoffs,” Buster Olney added.
There is a reckoning on the horizon for the Padres. Expectations have been so high, now matched by the internal frustration, and it will all manifest if they don’t make the playoffs.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 19, 2021
San Diego is currently 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.
It could be a very interesting offseason in San Diego if the Padres are unable to secure a postseason bid.