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Manny Ramirez's act does little

 
 
Miller
 
Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 05:05 am
Manny Ramirez's act does little

By Tony Massarotti | Thursday, July 31, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Boston Red Sox

Manny Ramirez stood in the corner of the room, as if huddling near the office water cooler, the gossip all abuzz.

"Hey," Ramirez asked, "am I going to get traded or not?"

All depends.

Does he want to be?

"I'm ready to go," Ramirez said without the slightest bit of hesitation.

And so on and on it goes, life on Mars with the fascinatingly complex Manuel Aristides Ramirez, indisputable man among men in the batter's box at Fenway Park [map], irrational child among children in the sandbox of life. Another year. Another deadline. More trade talks that left many wondering whether the Red Sox [team stats] are more interested in trading Ramirez or simply pacifying him with the illusion that they are trying to do so.

Meanwhile, Manny keeps kicking and screaming in the hopes that the Red Sox will give him his lollipop.

"The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes last night. "During my years here I've seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn't want them to try to turn the fans against them. The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me.

"Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy. I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don't deserve me. I'm not talking about money. Mental peace has no price, and I don't have peace here."

Blah, blah, blah.

Yada, yada, yada.

Yap, yap, yap.

For now, know this: Despite persistent rumors about a potential deal with the Florida Marlins, Ramirez remained in the Red Sox lineup throughout their catatonic 9-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Had any deal been in place, Ramirez almost certainly would have come out of the game. Just prior to the contest, when asked about the chances of trading Ramirez before today's 4 p.m. deadline, more than one club official said, "Probably not."

Of course, the Sox said the same thing about Garciaparra in 2004.

Now the greater question: Do the Red Sox really want to trade Manny? For all the nonsense Ramirez has caused during the last eight seasons, the Red Sox have had more than their share of chances to purge themselves at far more opportune times. They elected to keep him because he can hit. John Henry, Larry Lucchino, Tom Werner and Theo Epstein do not need to deal with Ramirez' shenanigans so much as manager Terry Francona does, and those men may have more to say about any trade than a skipper impossibly stuck in the middle.

Last night, in fact, there were indications that there are still those in upper management who want the Sox to exercise their $20 million option and keep Ramirez after this season, primarily because it is the smartest business decision.

Surprised? Don't be. During the 2006 winter meetings in December, one respected big league evaluator categorized the Red Sox' efforts to trade Ramirez as a "charade," suggesting it was merely an annual exercise the Sox needed to conduct in order to muzzle both the slugger and his agents.

We tried, guys, but we just couldn't get equal value. And Manny's just too darned good for us to give away.

Does that make any trade for Ramirez impossible? Of course not. But from Henry right on down to Epstein and the entire (non-uniformed) baseball operations staff, the Red Sox are now highly analytical men entirely devoid of emotion when it making decisions. So Manny kicks and screams. So he wants out. So he is a walking advertisement for Preparation H.

So what?

When it comes right down to it, with the right to control Ramirez through 2010, the Red Sox have all the power here. They own him. And short of going the Brett Favre route and retiring, thereby sacrificing both his remaining contract and career, there really is not a thing Ramirez can do about it.

From the beginning, at this particular moment on the Manny Time Line, a three-way trade involving Ramirez was the only scenario that made any sense. Without a suitable replacement for him in their lineup, the Red Sox won't win the World Series this year.

That makes trading Ramirez for prospects a virtual impossibility, unless the Sox could then spin those prospects for a proven run producer with more than two years remaining on his contract.

If you find one of those, be sure to let the Red Sox know.

Be sure to tell Ramirez, too.

He'll be waiting at the water cooler griping about his bosses.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 05:19 am
he is soooooo outta heeyuh...
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 05:27 am
Goodie!
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Stormwatch
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 09:20 am
Manny being Manny...over and over again...blah blah blah...

Yeah the guy can hit, but so can alot of others with better attitudes.

Let him go......... Rolling Eyes
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George
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 09:48 am
I don't think it's gonna happen.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 10:43 am
I saw that statement last night and laughed my a$$ off.

"During my years here I've seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn't want them to try to turn the fans against them. The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. "

Really now - then the Red Sox must have told Manny to trot slowly to first base so the fans turn against him, to shove an old man so the fans turn against him, fake an injury so the fans turn against him, and so forth and so on.

By the way, the fans never turned against Nomar - to this day most Sox fans still love the guy.

Who knows if they will trade the guy - honestly I would love for them to trade him. I don't care how "great" he is - he is a drag on the team and I am sick and tired of the excuse Manny just being Manny. Grow up and be a team member.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 11:24 am
it was ugly last night.
getting swept at home -- even against a much-improved angels team -- is inexcusible.
for the first time in two years, the team looked flat.
they looked like they'd rather be doing something else.

it's an off-day.
a shake-up is the next logical step...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 01:37 pm
watching the rumors page.
hoping it doesn't come down to: sawx wanna dump manny, but no one's willing to take him.

22 minutes to go...
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 02:42 pm
NICE!!! It happened!
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 02:46 pm
Wonder how he's gonna like Chavez Ravine...
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George
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 02:53 pm
I was so sure they wouldn't actually do it.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 03:18 pm
this year was different.
he went over the line...
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George
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 08:40 pm
That he did.

I'm not sure he knows there is a line.
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 10:06 pm
Linkat wrote:
NICE!!! It happened!


They waited till about 3:30 PM...
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Miller
 
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Reply Thu 31 Jul, 2008 10:07 pm
George wrote:
I was so sure they wouldn't actually do it.


So was Manny! Cool
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2008 03:19 am
he basically dared management to trade him...
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Miller
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2008 08:27 am
I wonder if he'll put his Ritz condo on the market.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2008 11:00 am
Manny .... who?
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2008 12:52 pm
hurray for Mannywood...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Fri 1 Aug, 2008 12:55 pm
T'was the night before August and all through the Nation
the fans on their feet in a standing ovation
Ramirez -- the baby -- is off to L.A.
So who is this guy they call Jason Bay?

He bats from the right and throws that way too
And produces the home runs; he has 22
Will he ever be Manny? "Not a chance" might be true
But when he hits his first homah, we'll all say "Manny who?"

He'll protect our Big Papi and with Mike at his back
He'll make up for what with Ramirez we lack:
Good defense in left field, base-running skill too
And he'll run out the grounders unlike you-know-who

If you look at the stats, Bay's a star on the rise
While Manny - his stature - is shrinking in size
Just look at the stats. Can you guess who is who?
AVG. HR RBI OBP SLG
Player 1: .282 22 64 .375 .519
Player 2: .299 20 68 .398 .529
(I'll give you a hint: Good-Bye Player 2!)

With the A's due in town, get the offense on track!
But will Papi and Bay will be a formidable attack?
At the end of the day brings an unnerving truth:
Yes, Papi and Manny were like Gehrig/Ruth

So here's some advice from a local Sox fan
Please try to get it right if you can:
Say "Wall"; not "Green Monster"
Pronounce "Pahk" with no "R"
Produce like you've been doing and you'll be a star.

The "bleachers" are in right field
Pesky's Pole's "down the line"
Say "I hate the Yankees" and you'll fit in just fine.

By the way Red Sox Nation, raise your glass in a toast
Pay homage to an old friend who's on the West Coast
He's a friend of the Nation and a really good sport:
Thank you, thank you, oh thank you dear old friend Frank McCourt

So we hope for the best as the day turns to night
I'll just finish my poem and turn out the light
But as I try to sleep, I turn and I toss
Jason Bay for Ramirez, Hansen, and Moss?

Did we make the right choice? Did we give up too much?
Will Jason Bay ever hit in the clutch?
I find I can't sleep and I sit up in fright
I know Manny was wrong; God I hope Theo's right.

But what about Manny? How hard will he play
Now playing with Nomar and Lowe in L.A?
I promise you this, there's more to his story
As you head off to bed, say a prayer for Joe Torre!


Go Sawx!!!
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