Any day now, the Red Sox will grant Manny Ramirez his wish and trade away the future Hall of Famer, and millions of distraught Sox fans will moan and wail and wonder why it had to come to this.Yep. "Lyrical" is the adjective that always springs to my mind when I think of the Boston sports media experience from an athlete's point of view.
Why couldn't Manny just stay here and play here and be happy? Why was he so determined to flee our lyrical little baseball town and play somewhere else?
Well, if you really want to know why, I'll tell you:
Because he hates you, that's why.
He doesn't hate the ballpark ... [or] his teammates or his manager or the owners or the clubhouse attendants or the guy inside The Wall ... [or] the weather or the racial climate or the politics [or] the media ...
He just hates you, the paying customer and unwavering supporter of the Sox. He hates that you're always there, always yelling and cheering and fawning all over him. He hates your very nature - your devotion, your intensity, your insatiable appetite for all things Red Sox. Hell, you could say he hates you for loving him so much.
And you know what's really kind of pathetic? You just keep loving him anyway.
They won't get a player with Manny's talent in return, but look at the bright side: They will get someone with more heart and more character, guaranteed.That's the bright side?? ... I have yet to see a metric that translates "heart" and "character" into wins. Callahan must have some secret equation, though he's never seemed like a stathead to me. ... And I thought Manny was a character.
Here's what is pathetic. The fact that Callahan and his cohorts write this shit without presenting any actual evidence.
During the last two seasons, I have corresponded via email with two writers who cover the Red Sox on a daily basis. They have been more a bit more forthcoming in those emails about Manny's transgressions that they have been in their newspaper stories. So I don't doubt that Manny is not an ideal employee -- the talk is clearly not all fiction -- but I imagine every player presents some type of headache to management, whether in temperment, his media relationship or actual on-field performance.
Today's typical example of how Manny is described comes from Michael Silverman, fellow Herald scribe, who mentions Ramirez's "sometimes whimsical and ambivalent approach to playing the game".
This constant insinuation -- and nothing more -- is no longer good enough. You guys have to start presenting us with chapter and verse of all the evil things that Ramirez has done in his years in Boston. (Though if you poke around online, you'll find long-standing rumours that the Manny Out Of Boston thing has very little to do with baseball.)
If Manny is dealt, I do expect to read some stuff, since it will need to be pushed to placate angry fans. See how bad he was, be glad he's gone.
But for now, if you can't do anything more than present to us what are nothing more unsubstaniated claims, please do us all a favour and STFU.