Friday, August 1, 2008

Manny Ramirez: The End Of A Good Life In Boston

Everyone in Yankees Universe is happy that Manny Ramirez is out of the American League, players included. The Red Sox lineup won't be the same without him. David Ortiz will never again see a good pitch to hit (at least, not this season, anyway). There is no way Jason Bay will come anywhere near Ramirez production-wise.

Red Sox Nation is happy, too. Well, not Red Sox Nation, I guess, but the Red Sox clubhouse and front office are both happy that Manny Ramirez is gone. They're happy, but, even more so, they're relieved. They're relived that this cancer is off the team. But while they're both happy and relieved, they should also be ashamed of themselves, for letting this sideshow called Manny Being Manny go on for so many years. If they had dealt with Manny Ramirez from the get-go, by not accepting his juvenile behavior, things would never have come to this. Instead, they enabled Manny Ramirez, they coddled him, so much so, that he grew into something they couldn't handle.

Manny Ramirez's tenure in Boston reminds me of a "Twilight Zone" episode called "It's A Good Life," in which a six year-old boy terrorizes an entire town, so much so, that the adults are deathly afraid of him. If you're a "Twilight Zone" fan, you might know the episode I'm referring to: it's the one in which a man's head, through the little boy's powers, ends up being part of a Jack-In-The-Box. Ramierez's time in Boston wasn't this horrific, of course, but I think it's still a very good analogy.

Let's hope that Joe Torre's head doesn't end up being part of a Jack-In-The-Box.

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Sherpa said...

I'm really happy to see Manny go to the NL, but at the same time, how the trade was handled was ridiculous. But that's how it went with Manny and the Sox.