In years past, hearing or reading a good Manny quote was as rare (and as fun) as finding a $20 bill on the sidewalk. This season, he seems almost chatty, which can only be good news. The Herald's Rob Bradford has a bunch of quotes:
On having his 2009 option picked up:
Why isn't it going to work out? Of course it's going to work out. I don't need a list of teams. Everybody knows it's going to work out. A list? For what? I'm just going to play and have fun. ... whatever happens will happen. ... I'm going to play six years, David is going to play six years and then we're going to retire.On the pitch he hit for the tie-breaking home run in the ninth inning last night:
Like a fastball, it was something like 80. Or a changeup.On playing in Boston:
I loved going to Boston because it was a big challenge, a big challenge that I was able to do. ... [I]t made me a better player. I changed everything [in Boston]. Boston never had a player like me. They had Mo Vaughn in the '90s, but after that nothing like me. I went there and my attitude changed everything. Everybody says Boston is a hard place to play. It's not hard to play. It's easy. It depends on what you focus on. There are things you aren't going to like, but you have to look at the good things. Two championships in a city that hasn't won in 100 years. How can you not like that? What more could you want?On his "It's not the end of the world" statement during last year's ALCS:
I was just being honest. I wasn't thinking about any impact. We were trying, so it wasn't like we were slacking off out there. I didn't realize [the effect it would have]. I was just being honest. I told Ino [Guerrero] right after that we were going to win it all.Bradford says Guerrero, a Red Sox coach, confirmed the story.