Being the huge Red Sox fan that I am, I just had to put in my two cents on the Manny deal.
I know most of you are probably thinking, here she goes talking about baseball again, but this is HUGE. It has been the main story in Boston as well all on all the blogs, radio stations, and TV stations that talk about sports.
The questions you probably have if you are not a baseball fan are, “Who are you talking about?” “What are you talking about?” and “So what. “Why is this such big news?”
The "who" would be Manny, Manny being Manny, Manny Ramirez, Manuel Aristides Ramirez, he goes by many names.
The "what" would be that today the Red Sox have traded Manny to the L.A. Dodgers. It went right down to the wire. So, all you fans of the boys in blue are getting a fantastic player.
I am sure many of you are still saying, “So what. “Why is this such big news?” Well, Manny Ramirez is probably one of the most talented hitters playing baseball today. He was an integral part of both of Red Sox World Series wins. He was the MVP during the 2004 World Series. As of today, he has hit 510 home runs. Only 22 players in history have hit more home runs than Manny has. You would think that we (the Red Sox) would be crazy to give up such a talented player.
Well, when push came to shove, the Red Sox really did not have much of a choice. Manny started pulling his antics once again. I have lost count on how many times he has stopped playing and has demanded to be traded, and this is a guy that has been playing with an eight-year, $160 million contract.
This time, though as many have said, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. We have been playing like crap since the All Star Break. It is apparent that this "problem” has been a major distraction in the Red Sox clubhouse. Even the fans, those who have always stuck up for Manny, started to boo him this week.
Yesterday, Manny continued to sound off, egging the Red Sox on to trade him. Here is what he had to say:
"The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me," Ramirez said. "During my years here I've seen how they [the Red Sox] 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."
And my thought on all of this...it is all about the money. Greedy Scott Boras, an agent who is disliked by baseball fans from both American League and National teams alike, the person who last year just had to announce that Alex Rodriguez was going to opt-out of his ten-year contract and become a free agent IN THE MIIDDLE of the final game of the World Series, is Manny's agent. Bottom line, if the Red Sox pick up Manny's option for another year (which is a clause in his current contract), Boras gets nada, niente, nothing. But if Manny puts up such a big stink and his option is not picked up, Manny will be a free agent and I am sure Boras has promised Manny millions. Now I am not holding Manny blameless in all of this. I believe he is also seeing the dollar signs.
Manny has been one of my favorite hitters. I always defended him and put up with all the crap he pulled because when he was motivated, he was great. I just loved to watch him when he was up at bat. He is an extremely talented player and he was a Red Sox player. But after hearing his statement, "The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me.", I knew that the Red Sox would do everything possible to trade him. Because if Manny wasn't traded, he was probably going to shut down once again and that would mean our season would be over.
I think the Dodgers came out on the better end of this deal, but we didn’t do bad ourselves. Jason Bay, by the way who is from Canada (a little tidbit for all you Canadian fans) is supposed to put up similar numbers (also hit well) and is a good outfielder. It should be interesting to see what happens.
I am sad to see Manny go, but I am also glad that the drama is over and we can now get back to playing some serious baseball. GO SOX!!!
Arrivederci Manny...Aloha Manny. I wish you all the best.
I have just one request... please stay in the National League next year.