February 22, 2006

Manny Will Report March 1

With the permission of the Boston Red Sox, Manny Ramirez will report to spring training in Fort Myers on March 1, 2006. Manny is in Florida completing an extensive training regimen, and is prepared to have an exceptional season.
So, how much ink will the media spill on this "story" over the next week? It's hard to say -- the team does have other issues that fans would like to hear about. (Hey, maybe Manny will show up on February 27 and say he decided to report early!)

Regardless, I believe Ramirez's teammates when they say they're cool with him reporting within the rules of the CBA.

Bronson Arroyo had the quote of the day:
Outwardly he's happy-go-lucky. On the inside he's got a lot of conspiracy theories going on. I would say Manny might be one of these guys [who] when he's 50 years old, he might be in his house with all the blinds shut, kind of looking out like the CIA's after him.
Orlando Cabrera stoked the fire by telling the Orange County Register that Manny "really wanted me to talk to people here [Anaheim] to tell them that he really wants to come here. ... They've been trying to get rid of him for the last three years. I don't see no reason why he would be happy."

The more interesting aspect of all of this to me is whether Ramirez will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. If he does, it would mean he'd pop into the Sox camp for one day before heading to Orlando for some workouts before the tournament.

The DR's provisional 60-man roster will be cut in half on March 2. MLB hasn't heard anything about Ramirez not playing, but David Ortiz says: "I don't know what he's going to do with the Baseball Classic. I have no idea."


Jack Marshall said...

Ok, I'm going to try it...I'm going to try to pledge NOT to let Manny's irrepressable jerk-impulse drive me insane. But it will be hard. As I read Cabrera's comments, Manny wants to leave Boston becasue of all disrespectful effort the Sox have put into trying to trade him away 1) after he said he wanted to play for the Yankees mid-season while the team was in a life-and-death struggle against the Yankees in 2003 2) last season mid-season after he said he wanted to be traded again 3) this off-season after he DEMANDED a trade.
So Manny wants to be traded because the Sox have tried to do what he says he wants. Makes sense to me!!!

I won't let it drive me crazy I won't let it drive me crazy....

DanM said...

Hey, Orlando Cabrera is just reporting one more instance of Manny being Manny. The good news about Manny being Manny is the press uses all its ink on something that doesn't matter, rather than heaping pressure upon pressure on others - say Papelbon.

Speaking of Papelbon did you see the Herald picture (in 2/23/2006 slide show) of Curt in the foreground and Jon in the background? It was a great shot and I have dubbed it "The Horse and the Pony". Later . . .

Devine said...

Oh, Manny! *wacky TV theme song* *montages of Manny watching a bird fly as the ball lands behind him in left, Manny hitting the ball so hard it explodes followed by Manny shrugging and smiling, Manny laughing and eating ice cream*

You drive Jack Marshall crazy! You drive me wild! Just drive the ball *groan* and you can keep doing whatever you want that isn't illegal, as far as I'm concerned.