In the 1st round of the Baltimore Sports Moment of the Year Tournament out of the Modell Region, the fifth seed moment belongs to Manny Machado who hit two home runs against the Kansas City Royals in just his second major league game, going up against local olympic hero, Michael Phelps who won four gold medals in his last Summer Olympics in London.
Voting for this matchup begins on Saturday February 23rd at 9:00 AM and ends at 9:00 AM on Sunday February 24th.
#5 Seed: Machado Hits Two HR’s in second ML game – On the night of August 10th, rookie third baseman Manny Machado appeared in just his 2nd game in the major leagues. The night before, in his major league debut, the 20-year old went 2-4 with his first career triple in a 8-2 loss to the Royals. What did he do for an encore the next night? He took Royals’ starter Luke Hochevar deep twice, in both the 5th and 6th innings in the O’s 7-1 victory. Machado became the 12th youngest player in major league history to have a multi-homer game.
And the crowd of 17,277 at Camden Yards felt like 57,000 fans as the Yard went crazy. Quite the moment and gladly, I was able to see it in person.
#12 Seed: Phelps Wins Four Golds – In his final Olympic games, things got off to a rocky start for Phelps who finished fourth to teammate Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley.
The two would battle throughout the Olympics as Phelps bested him for gold in both the 200 medley and 100 medley. In Phelps final event, he won his 4th gold medal in the 4 x 100 medley relay and finishing with 18 career gold medals in the Olympics.
Retired from competitive swimming, he’s set to take his talents to the Golf Channel for “The Haney Project” where he’ll work with golf coach Hank Haney on his golf game.