Manny Ramirez did last night what he has done so many times before. He sat while his team needed him. Knee injury or not, the race for a playoff spot is tight and the Red Sox are obviously a better squad with Manny than without.
By declaring himself unable to play (despite two clean MRIs after the game), Manny forever likened himself to Nomar Garciaparra. I’ll confess, while watching the game last night, I didn’t put this comparison together, rather it happened Saturday morning.
Remember the 2004 game in the Bronx where Derek Jeter made one of the greatest catches ever? He was in a full sprint to snare a pop-up and his momentum carried him into the stands only to emerge bruised and bloodied? I know you know the game. It was also the same game where Nomar Garciaparra sat on the bench while the rest of his teammates were leaning against the dugout netting. Garciaparra’s brooding and unwillingness to be part of the team ultimately led to his being traded and perhaps changed the direction of the Red Sox franchise.
Well Friday night was Nomar all over again, except this time it was Manny. Enough is enough. The trade deadline is 5 days away and the Red Sox need help. David Ortiz is back, but if Manny decides to play the role of a 3 year old, again, there is no time to wait him out. Send him packing and try to acquire help. The Yankees just made a good move in getting OF help and a situational lefty. A nice pick-up for a team just 2 games back from Boston.
I am not about to propose trade ideas or what I think the Red Sox could get in return for Manny, but anything is better than a $20mm player not willing to play.
The Boston Globe’s Gordon Edes said "one player (teammate) called it a disgrace and would not be surprised if the team tried to trade Ramirez."
Ramirez is probably acting like this because he wants to know if his team option will be picked up for next year. Well, this is proof again that Ramirez is less mature than most toddlers. He fails to realize the significance of a "team first" attitude. What makes it all the more shameful is that Manny has already earned over $160,000,000 playing baseball and despite that, he is more concerned about his next paycheck than his next World Series opportunity.
Manny, you are a bore. Take your act somewhere else.
Red Sox notes: As for the game itself, Friday was a frustrating night for Red Sox fans. Too few hits (who could have helped there I wonder), a bad called third strike (part of the game) and yet another bean-ball by Joba Chamberlain aimed at Kevin Youkilis’s head. That last part is very distressing. Per Baseball Tonight, Jason Varitek was heard wondering aloud how to deal with Chamberlain. The conclusion was to ultimately take matters in the players hands. In other words, I guess we can expect a plunk fest today or tomorrow. Most likely tomorrow because Tim Wakefield just doesn’t have the capacity to, well, hurt or intimidate an opposing batter. He can humiliate them sure, but that’s really all.
Get ready for some Tim McCarver today!!!