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PEORIA, Ariz. — Manny Machado tries to navigate his way through the crowd to reach the San Diego Padres’ spring-training clubhouse, but is mobbed by fans screaming his name.
Machado, surrounded by autograph seekers, tries to stay calm, until Padres assistant general manager Fred Uhlman Jr. rushes to his rescue. He grabs Machado by the right elbow, puts his arm in front of him, and leads him through the frenzied crowd as if he’s a Jerry Springer security guard.
“Look at me,’’ said Uhlman, dwarfed