For all you people jumping on the “trade Manny” bandwagon – here’s a little “something something” to think about.
The Manny drama is a complete and total creation of the media. They frenzy on this issue every opportunity that they get. They did this two years ago right up until the closing hour on the trade deadline - and they've been doing it this year for the last month now.
Manny is a baseball player -- he's not a well spoken political figure, politician, world leader, or even business man. He's an athlete - and we pay him to be just that. We all know that he's a loose cannon when it comes to speaking his mind. And the media preys upon that, knowing that if you can catch Manny on a bad day, he’s say something that will drum great controversy and provide things to talk about.
The problem with that though, is that it causes problems potentially within the clubhouse and management -- because he's reacting to the media -- not to his organization directly.
Listening to Dennis & Callahan, and the Zone this morning really drove me crazy. One of the big “we hate Manny now because…” conversations was about his not visiting the wounded soldiers the hospital. Do I care that he didn’t go visit the wounded troops? Truthfully? No. Every member of that organization donates their time and money in a variety of ways to many charitable organizations. Should he have gone? Maybe… but maybe he had a reason as to why he didn’t. Did everyone go? Was he the only player who didn’t? Or is it just something else to sort of say, “see, here’s why we need to trade him….”.
Manny’s made his intentions to want to stay in a Red Sox abundantly clear. If he and the Red Sox organization can work it out – then great. If not, then that would suck quite honestly.
But either way – it is not something that should be discussed, tried or determined in the court of public opinion and/or the media.
Everyone bitched that he didn’t play Friday….and how his bat would’ve, could’ve, should’ve made a difference. And so that’s a point of contention.
Saturday – everyone was ineffective at bat.
Sunday – his bat came up huge and truthfully, there have been many a game including this one – that if it wasn’t for him, maybe we wouldn’t have come out on top.
So what do you want Red Sox Nation? What is it to you if there’s drama? Do you want to win? Or don’t you.
And ask yourself this – are the Red Sox a better team with or without Manny Ramirez. That my friends, is a valid question.
And if the answer is better without – then I’d love to hear who you think would be a viable option for replacement. Because I cannot think of one player that would be worthy of a one to one trade. And I can’t even think of a combination of players that would be worth it.
We pay him crazy money to be a ball player....we created the diva. Why should we expect him to behave differently now???
This issue of whether he stays or goes should not be brought up at this juncture of the season. Period. End of discussion. The media needs to MOVE ON.
And if a trade isn’t made (which I sincerely hope doesn’t happen) by Thursday, then this girl doesn’t want to hear “boo” about it anymore.