Just because I’ve been so caught up in the return of the Patriots lately doesn’t mean I haven’t been paying attention to the Manny Ramirez drama over at Yawkey Way. And this whole thing doesn’t sit well with me. My stomach hurts thinking of Manny on a new team. I’m disappointed, to say the least and just like the Spygate hyperbole last fall, I think the media blew this story up to its max, and in a small way, I’m impressed with how easily “die-hard” fans were swayed.
Listening to the last hour of Dennis & Callahan¹ in the past week, one would think Manny was being brought up on rape charges, or something equally disgusting. Gerry Callahan was screaming, literally screaming, about Manny’s decision to skip a team visit to Walter Reed Medical Center. With all due respect, shouldn’t this have been screamed about in February, you know, when it first occurred? Now that Manny is unhappy we bring it up? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that was cool, but there’s far worse things for a player to do nowadays. I haven’t heard so much as a peep about Nick Kazcur, you know, the Patriots OL who was caught with a boatload of drugs and turned informant to weasel his own ass out of trouble. But then again, Manny climbing into the wall in left field is SO MUCH WORSE! To D&C’s credit, I do think they made a passing statement about Patriot Willie Andrews assaulting his fiance and shoving a gun in her face. But then again, Manny holding up a sign about Brett Favre is SO MUCH WORSE! That sign was like a proverbial gun shoved in all our faces, right?
After listening to WEEI in the last week I have learned a few things. Did you know Manny is responsible for the Red Sox getting swept by the currently best team in baseball? I could also make a case for Manny’s culpability in the Patriots losing the Super Bowl, the Celtics struggles to win on the road in the playoffs and the Bruins continued suckiness for the last ten years. I also think Manny is responsible for my miserable job and meaningless life. Dramatic? That’s how some Red Sox fans have sounded in the last two weeks.
And don’t for one minute think our rivals in the Bronx haven’t noticed. Kat O’Brien of New York’s Newsday suggests: The Red Sox, who just got swept by the Angels, got worse by giving up Manny Ramirez.
Manny did his own thing, whether we liked it or not, whether it benefited the team or not, but he was a great player. He did more than contribute, bringing the Red Sox to TWO World Series. Sure, his shenanigans grew tiresome but how the “Nation” turned on him makes my stomach sick. Hell, if it was me, I’d be standing in left field waving two middle fingers in the air.
Call me an “apologist,” a term I think is bullshit, but I’m going to miss Manny and I don’t think this bodes well for the Sox. Maybe I feel kindred with Manny because I, too, am disgruntled with my job. Hey, maybe I’m even *gasp* wrong, just like when Bill Belichick cut Lawyer Milloy and I thought it was the end of the world. But then again, the Patriots had just acquired Rodney Harrison who stepped in to fill Milloy’s shoes. I can’t really comment on Jason Bay because I’ve never even heard of him!
My dad swears he will never watch the Red Sox again. I’m not so sure though because he said the same thing after Johnny Damon left, and after Bronson Arroyo was traded, and although I was too young to remember, I’m sure he said the same thing when Roger Clemens left.
¹ For the record, I will only listen to Dennis & Callahan on Monday’s during football season when Tom Brady calls in, and in the few minutes prior to the best show on WEEI, Dale and Holley. Otherwise, those two piss me off to no end.