But I love Manny Ramirez.
The photo that he held up in the dugout last night – is hysterical. I can’t possibly be the only one who laughed?
His quotes to the Press though – not so funny; there’s clearly a major league pissing contest going on here, and the real unfortunate aspect of it all is that it’s happening in the forum of the media – rather than behind closed doors, player to organization. You know, “Manny-a-mano” so to speak.
Manny makes it abundantly clear that he has a great sense of humor – even when things are turned against him. Call it not caring --- if that’s what works for him, so be it. I think it’s better to have a few laughs at your own expense, than to be a hot head and/or a mope – ala Nomar Garciaparra. However, Nomahhh (of whom I never was a fan) – didn’t perform well towards the end. There’s very little similarity to this situation outside of the fact that the Owners and Management clearly were disenchanted with both players in question, because Manny isn’t struggling.
So while my gut thinks that all this trade talk is posturing, because I truly feel that the team would get more for him after this season than at the trade deadline – and didn’t I read somewhere that his “no trade clause” needed to be signed by 3pm yesterday in order to have a trade happen today – I could very well be wrong; and come 4pm, it may very well be “Manny being Manny as a Marlin”…as the rumors are suggesting.
And I will be a very sad girl.
Because the truth of the matter is --- the Red Sox won two World Series with this player – and whether he’s a diva or not, he’s worth it to a team that wants to win. And after all is said and done, the dust has settled and the drama has cleared, when looking back on video clips of “Manny being Manny” in the dugout or hitting home runs out of the park – he is going to go down as one of the most beloved Red Sox players by Red Sox Nation.
Say what you want now…but we all know that time heals all wounds, and that we look back on past relationships with rose colored glasses.
And our love affair with Manny Ramirez – will be reflected upon no differently.
Sox fans, be careful what you wish for --- because you just may get it.