Phillies Fan Explains Viral Manny Machado Greeting Wasn’t Staged

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PHILADELPHIA (94 WIP) -- Fifty-seven-year-old electrician Tom Cudeyro was the first Philly fan to greet Manny Machado Thursday afternoon as the superstar free-agent infielder arrived at Citizens Bank Park. 

"World series champs, I mean Super Bowl champs," Cudeyro said. "World Series here. Do the right thing and sign! Get that money!"

The internet began to come up with the theory that Cudeyro was a "plant," but he refuted that claim Friday on the 94WIP Morning Show. Cudeyro is a union electrician who was on his lunch break, and he said he is a Phillies season ticket-holder. 

"I am just a blue-collar electrician who wants Manny Machado here, no more, no less," Cudeyro said. 

"That's when I got caught up in the moment," Cudeyro added of yelling at Machado about money. "Do the deal, get the money, put the uniform and let's go, let's get this done already."

Cudeyro made the case for Machado to host Angelo Cataldi: "He instantly solidifies your infield, he solidifies your lineup, you can put him in the 3-hole, you become the favorite to win the National League East. I mean, I heard this stuff with Jimmy Rollins, 'he doesn't run ... through first base.' You have your ups and downs. We still love J-Roll. Why wouldn't we love Manny Machado?"

Machado and Bryce Harper are MLB's best free agents this winter. Machado visited with the Yankees on Wednesday, who are reportedly "enamored" with him

The Phillies have already added Andrew McCutchen in free agency and Jean Segura via a trade this offseason. 

By Andrew Porter