One of the greatest hitters of all time? "Get rid of the bum!" Half of the greatest 3-4 combination in Red Sox history? "He's a loser!"
Same shit, different year.
Is the situation with Manny frustrating? Sure. But not just because of Manny himself. It's frustrating because things like this are orgasm inducing to the Boston sports media, who has disliked Manny from the get go because he didn't kiss their ass. That's the biggest cardinal sin here. Think about it for a minute. The two people who get the most amount of shit in this town are two of the greatest in their respective sports: Manny Ramirez and Bill Belichick. What do they have in common? Absolutely no use for the media. Coincidence? No way. And if you dare to disagree with these pricks, you're labeled an apologist. Have you ever noticed that the only apologists for the media are other member of the media? Also not a coincidence.
As hard as it is to believe, the following paragraph really did appear in the Boston Herald.
Try to think of it in these terms: Would you pay Kevin Youkilis $20 million a year? Nate McLouth? Aubrey Huff or Xavier Nady? No, no, no and no. All of those men are good players (in Youkilis’ case, he has become a very good one), and all of them entered this weekend with numbers reasonably comparable to those of Manuel Aristides Ramirez, a man whose initials spell MARz and who might as well have spent the majority of his life on another planet.
Tony Massarotti, a man whose initials spell TMi, kind of like the South Park character, went on to use the oh-so-clever MARz moniker twelve times. Here's a question: Why can't we trade sportswriters like teams trade players? How great would that be? I can think of a perfect one: Tony Massarotti, Dan Shaughnessy, Steve Buckley and John Tomase to Kansas City for Joe Posnanski. The number of people lining up to drive the four of them to the airport would be in the thousands.
The sad thing is that we might just be getting the media we deserve.
This weekend, cun...cub reporter Steve Silva, from the always accurate and insightful Boston Dirt Dogs website, asked fans at Fenway what they thought of the current situation with Manny. Here are some of their responses. (click picture for larger image)
Not only is he not going to wear Manny's jersey anymore but he's also not going to ride his bike past Manny's house anymore.
The irony of this Just For Men guy talking about anyone's hair is off the charts.
Oh no, Manny definitely wouldn't make it in New York. They don't tolerate that kind of nonsense in The Bronx. If only Manny took steroids. Then he'd be the perfect fit.
You made a sign? Well, why didn't you say so?! That changes everything!
It's Trot Nixon all over again.
Samantha Ronson called. It was your turn to clean out the bong and she's pissed.
I rest my case.