Manny Ramirez is no longer a member of the Boston Red Sox. Some of the members of the newsroom here at the Enterprise are a bit upset about this. It’s being compared to a break-up, and emotional separation has come up. If I see any tears there will be slaps doled out to foreheads.
This is a good thing.
Personally I’ve always loved Manny Ramirez. He’s been my favorite player for a long time and I will miss him. But these things happen. He wasn’t going to be happy here anymore. He was just going to be a huge distraction. Maybe he isn’t a reason that they’ve been so bad since the all-star break, but he certainly hasn’t been helping any.
And they may have actually upgraded. Jason Bay has very similar power numbers, and his batting average is good. That’s the only place that Manny has a leg up on Bay, by about 18 points or so.
Manny all but sealed his fate when he said this.
“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,” Ramirez added. “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.”
Manny doesn’t understand that the Sox weren’t going to pay up when they didn’t have to. Not yet. They had an option that they could pick up, and it would have paid him handsomely. If they hadn’t signed him he would have gotten a little less on the free agent market, but he’s still going to take home well over $12 million a year for 3-4 years if he hits the market. Somehow I don’t think his lifestyle is going to change.
But the fact remains that Ramirez was going to be a distraction for this team the rest of the way. Manny’s always been a bit dopey, but that was forgivable. But if he’s going to be a pain in the butt and difficult, well that’s just not acceptable. It was time for him to go.
Yes I will miss him. I’ll miss watching Manny be Manny, but I won’t miss the antics of late. In sports few relationships last a lifetime. My favorite player of all-time, Dewey Evans, ended his career as an Oriole. Nomar has been with Chicago and LA. Pedro went to the Mets. Doug Mientkiewiez, oh wait, I don’t care about him.
But you get the idea. We have to enjoy our favorites while they’re here, appreciate what they do on the field, and then find another one. You’re basically rooting for laundry nowadays, so find solace in the fact that the guy that wore No. 24 was here for eight years and gave his team unbelievable production and helped them win two World Series trophies.
Maybe the new guy will help them do the same. Maybe he won’t. We’ll have to wait and see Jason Bay be Jason Bay.
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