With one out in the 13th inning of Thursday night's ALDS Game 4, Orioles rookie Manny Machado stood at third base with Yankees star Alex Rodriguez -- pupil and teacher, side by side with a game and a series on the line.
It was an improbable setting and an unlikely situation for the 20-year-old Machado.
After all, just about two years ago -- before he was the third pick in the 2010 draft, before he was billed as the top infield prospect in baseball, and before he selflessly switched from shortstop to third base for the sake of his team -- Machado was a standout at Brito Private School in Miami.
There, Machado idolized a fellow Miami product, Rodriguez, and reached out to the Yankees veteran and future Hall of Famer for advice and mentorship, dreaming that some day he could be the next A-Rod.
That day may come sooner than most expected.
Machado's double to lead off that 13th inning -- just the second Oriole to reach base in an eight-inning span -- was the game's defin...