Describing Manny Ramirez as someone with dreads past his shoulder blades, a jersey two sizes too big and saying he has the physical description of "husky," would be putting it nicely. Simply put, he's not your typical embodiment of a major league baseball player.
And that's why he's my guy (I will be getting that jersey in a 2XL, thanks.)
As you may have figured out by now, I am not a fan of the clean-cut. I am not a fan of the "favorite." I like my favorite players, teams, etc. to be eccentric, different, quirky, and have a general flair about them. Man-Ram is all of the above. So Boston got their panties in a bunch because he ran to first base in 5.1 seconds. He supposedly quit on the team. Seriously? I've seen worse from other players all the time. Pitchers deliberately not following the team's orders on pitches, runners not listening to the third-base coach and going for home anyway. Hitters ROUTINELY don't run out grounders and pop-ups. Not saying it's right, just that it happens all the time. And don't get me started on players who after they sign their big contracts, don't produce anymore or are constantly hurt. (Mike Hampton, Adrian Beltre, Richie Sexson...I'm talking to you.)
Boston, just do us all a favor and say you didn't want him anymore, because you didn't want to pay him. You got a younger player who is cheaper, but has no playoff experience and is not proven to be a clutch hitter. Go ahead and take out one of the ten best hitters in baseball history (look it up.) Replace that.
At the very least, you could've traded him for Brett Favre, right? LA Dodgers vs. The Boston Red Sox for the 2008 World Series...
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