The Dirt Dogs headline is pretty blunt: Manny Being Lazy -- complete with a NESN screen shot, scolding comments from Jerry Remy and Sean McAdam, and a Manny Gaffe Gallery.
It seems like BDD hauls out the home-to-first stopwatch only when Manny is running runs down the line. Every single Red Sox player -- indeed, every single major league player from the beginning of time -- does not sprint to first on every single ground ball. If you've watched even a few innings of baseball ever, you would know this is true.
Has BDD seen Kevin Millar going from home to first over the past few weeks? He's been running so slow -- slower even than his cement shoes usually take him -- that he's been making Manny look like Willie Freakin' Wilson. ... Of course, if you spent most of your time looking to take pot shots at Ramirez, well, you would have missed that.
Can any Red Sox fan look at this team and honestly say that Manny Ramirez is the biggest problem? One of the top three problems? Top five? Top ten?
Also: Keith Foulke now says that he will be back September 1 at the earliest. ... Lenny DiNardo, sent back to Pawtucket when trot Nixon was activated, will return when rosters expand to 40 players next month, along with Kevin Youkilis, Manny Delcarmen, Craig Hansen, and possibly Hanley Ramirez and Dustin Pedroia.
The Red Sox were named the Farm of the Year for 2005 by the Minor League News. Five Boston prospects were listed among MLN's Fab50, the most for any team: Jonathan Papelbon (11), Ramirez (16), Kelly Shoppach (20), Anibal Sanchez (37) and Pedroia (45).
Despite 1.2 innings and 34 pitches last night, Bronson Arroyo is still scheduled to start on Saturday. ... The Red Sox and Mets have discussed a deal that would bring Roberto Hernandez to Boston, but the talks have died down because the Mets are still in the wild card chase.