MEXICO CITY -- Just about everything in the Mexico City Series this weekend has been taken up a notch: the atmosphere, the music, the run-scoring environment. Heck, even national anthem standoffs reach a different level here.
“I saw him staying there,” Martinez said. “I knew exactly what he was trying to do. So then I wasn’t backing down.”
Things escalated quickly between Martinez and Manaea, who shared adjacent lockers in San Diego last season. Martinez was adorned with the Padres' home run sombrero -- a new prop in their arsenal, debuted (and put to good use) on Saturday night. Manaea, meanwhile, was presented with a Lucha Libre mask, which he pulled partially over his head.
“I will stay out there as long as I need, I don’t care,” Martinez said. “I’ve got no shame. … That’s the strategy.”
Eventually, with Darvish about to get loose, two umpires approached each player and asked them to disperse. Manaea faked a move toward the dugout. Martinez didn't flinch. Finally, Manaea broke, turning his back and walking to the visitors' dugout.
Martinez lifted his sombrero, let out a roar and saluted the crowd.
Perhaps it set the tone for the afternoon. The Padres rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Giants and a sweep of the Mexico City Series.