We're confident every day. It doesn't matter how things go for you. We're not going to give up. We're just going to go and play the game, like I've said, and move on. If it doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like the end of the world or something. Why should we panic?Some people have been bothered by the "who cares". That's understandable. We want the players to care about winning as much as we do. But that isn't always going to be the case. I've been a Red Sox fan since Manny Ramirez was three years old -- six of the nine guys in the lineup were not born yet -- of course I'm going to have a stronger connection to the team that he does. And if a player allowed himself to experience the extreme highs and lows that we do as fan(atic)s, he'd be a mental wreck, institutionalized by mid-August.
So that might not have been the choice of words? It's Manny. I'm grateful every time he opens his mouth. He's entertaining. He often avoids the cliches that almost every single player regularly spouts. And there is absolutely no question that he works his ass off for every single game -- hitting as well as fielding. And there is also no question of how he feels about Red Sox fans. That is obvious from earlier comments as well as his actions.
Manny cares. But he also knows that someone has to lose and it may be Boston. Winning is not a given -- 29 of 30 teams go home empty-handed every year. You simply come back next spring and try again. If there is any group of fans that ought to understand that, it's us.
About the team's hitting woes, Manny promised:
It's going to happen. It's going to happen. We've got a lot of confidence in our teammates. They've been good all year round. Now, because we're down, three games to one ... that's what we have to do. We have to keep grinding it out and see what's going to happen. ...
We're just going to go have fun and play the game. That's it. If we go play hard and the thing doesn't come like it's supposed to come, we'll move on. We'll come next year. Why should we panic? We've got a great team.
As the Bad Man (or the gangster) once said, you make your own destination.