Manny Ramirez Serves as Angel Berroa’s Translator in Post Game Interview

Angel Berroa homered on Wednesday night, his first since ’06. Even though he’s mostly a Spanish speaker, he was interviewed on FSN after the Dodgers’ win. One caveat however: he had Manny Ramirez — the two instantly became friends when Manny arrived in LA — translate the interview for him. As you could imagine, pure hilarity ensued. Turn up your volume for this one, and make sure you’re paying attention around the :50 mark.

How great was that when Berroa got busted? He couldn’t even play his role properly! Once again of course, Manny does not cease to provide entertainment.

Nice to See Manny’s Head Is in the Game

Amongst the many knocks on Manny Ramirez are his lack of focus and his lack of effort on defense. I don’t think there’s a better example of these shortcomings than what Manny did in his Dodgers debut on Friday night against Arizona. It was the top of the third, and Randy Johnson led off the inning by flying out to Manny in left. To repeat, Randy Johnson was the first batter of the inning and had made an out. Check out how many outs Manny flashed to center fielder Andruw Jones after making the catch:

Thanks to commenter Gene for his sharp eye noticing that. And like I said, nice to see that Manny’s head is in the game. I guess just another example of Manny being Manny.

Dodgers Finally Have a Real Superstar

So a few days ago it was a great day to be an Angels fan (and it’s still a great time to be one too, with plenty of room left on the bandwagon), but of course now it has become a great time to be a Dodgers fan as well. Despite tossing away $100 million on the likes of Jason Schmidt, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre, Ned Colletti made all the pain and suffering go away with one swift, deadline-beating blockbuster on Thursday. Colletti pulled off the ultimate coup, getting Manny Ramirez from the Red Sox. If you really examine things, he has acquired Casey Blake and Manny Ramirez for the bargain price of Jon Meloan, Carlos Santana, Andy LaRoche, and Bryan Morris — all without spending any cash — much to the delight of Mr. McCourt. Even though I was completely on board with both the Schmitty and Andruw signings which turned out to be busts, I agree with Simers who says this is finally a fullproof deal. That just means something bad is bound to happen.

Putting pessimism aside, the Dodgers finally have a legitimate superstar on their team — something they’ve lacked for a very long time. The Angels got one when they signed Vladimir Guerrero — a player who was in his prime and a legitimate MVP-candidate. Manny might not be a regular season MVP candidate anymore, but he still is one of the most entertaining players in the league, not to mention best clutch hitters. With Manny, the Dodgers finally have a legit superstar on the team for the first time in years and that’s enough to make the trade work. I’ll tell you this much — and this is probably all that McCourt really cares about — the first thing I thought of when I heard the Dodgers got Manny was “Man, I need to get to the stadium to see Manny play!” And that’s exactly it — Manny puts asses in seats. People don’t go to the ballpark to watch Juan Pierre drag bunt his way on, Russell Martin throw a runner out, or even to see Matt Kemp hit a home run. They go to watch Manny be Manny, and that includes tripping over a ball in left field turning a single into a triple, not running out a grounder to short, and of course, getting that monster clutch hit. With Manny, you have to take him as the complete package and embrace the great with all the bad.

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Could Manny Wind Up a Yankee?

For some reason all the talk out of Boston over the weekend revolved around Manny. I guess it sort of started when he pushed the traveling secretary for the team and had the matter “handled internally” by the organization. Since then, he has missed games because of his knee and even pulled himself out of Friday’s game against the Yankees although the MRIs on his knees came back clean. Needless to say, the Red Sox brass was not pleased. Things have gone so far now that many rumors swirled over the weekend that Manny would be traded, or at least the team would explore trading him. Manny said he would not object if they traded him, but that he knows the team needs him. And that’s where I stand — the Red Sox need the guy — just look at how he did on Sunday night. He’s a hitter and a valuable member of that team. And when it comes to the post-season, is there another hitter that steps up as much as he does, with the possible exception of Big Papi? I think not. That’s why they won’t be making any moves.

Now I do believe it is possible for the Red Sox not to pick up Manny’s option after the year, particularly if they don’t win the World Series again. They could use that as a chance to move on without him if he doesn’t have a big October. But there’s one reason the Red Sox should be quite wary of what they do with Ramirez — the Yankees. There are only a handful of teams in baseball that can pay the type of salary Manny commands. Is there any question that the Yanks — with all the payroll they have coming off the books — would not offer a deal to Manny? Would that not serve as the ultimate eff-you to Bean Town? Would that not be Johnny Damon ten-times over? I’m just saying that if Manny becomes available on the market, I cannot envision a scenario in which the Yankees don’t sign him. That would give them a big post-season bat, and it would screw the Red Sox in the same move. Now how crazy would that be? And tell me Manny wouldn’t want to stick it to Boston if they chose not to re-sign him. Oh I can see it happening now … Manny in pinstripes.

There’s Nobody Like Manny

He is just one of those once-in-a-generation players that we are lucky to have playing while we’re all fans. There’s nobody like him, and there probably won’t be anyone similar to him at any point in the future. From pointing to the ball to tell his teammate to get a gapper, to using the bathroom inside the Green Monster, to listening to music in the outfield on his iPod built into his customized sunglasses, Manny Being Manny may be the greatest gift to all baseball fans. And the gift that keeps on giving gave once again on Wednesday in Baltimore. Manny went deep into the left-center gap to track down a hard hit ball. He was running so fast that his momentum carried him to the wall where he did a Bo Jackson-style spiderman climb up the padding, only to high five a Red Sox as he climbed the wall. As if that wasn’t cool enough, he came back down and got the ball back into the infield in time to double up Aubrey Huff. A Manny Being Manny moment well worth your time:

Thanks to AA for the vid. I think what made that moment legendary was the fact that he got the double play after the high five. Ending the inning with a high five is cool, but the fact that he did it while the inning was still going on just makes it that much more awesome. Manny, just too funny.

Manny Ramirez Switching to Scott Boras

Funny, just a few months ago I was wondering whether or not superagent Scott Boras was losing power in the baseball world. He had little involvement in the A-Rod negotiations, we were told, and he was fired by Kenny Rogers, all within a few weeks. But now this revelation by Jon Heyman of SI that the Red Sox slugger is switching over to Boras means that all is still straight in the baseball universe.

Much ado has been made over Manny’s contract situation recently. He has said this week that he wants to remain with the Red Sox for his career. On the other hand, Manny also said he would have no problem becoming a free agent after the year, rather than exercise his option for ’09. So what to make of this news? Ordinarily you wouldn’t figure a man intending to re-sign with his existing team would go out and hire the most notorious of all baseball agents. It’s as simple as putting A and B together: hiring Boras = pursuing free agent contract.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Red Sox do have several Boras clients on their team, including JD Drew, Dice K, Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury, Julian Tavarez, and Alex Cora. Clearly Boras and the team have a good working relationship, so the possibility that Boras re-signs certainly exists. I just don’t get why any player would switch to Boras if they didn’t have the intention of making a huge score in the free agent market. We’ll wait to see what happens.

Buy Manny Ramirez’s Car on eBay

Not long ago, we had Jerome Bettis selling his rig on eBay. Now it’s Manny Ramirez. Apparently not turned off by the hardship trying to pawn off a friend’s grill via auction, Man Ram is returning to the internet for profit.

Manny’s tricked-out 2006 Crysler 300M, SRT8 with a 6.1 liter hemi, will be going, going, gone to the highest bidder.

“It’s a fun car,” said West Roxbury Motors’ Jerry Nasif, who is handling the sale of the car for Manny. “It has a lot of custom features, 22-inch wheels, chrome, a custom grill. It was Manny’s personal drive.”

Nasif said Manny wants to sell the Chrysler to make room in his garage for the ’56 Chrysler Imperial coupe he told Jay Leno he is hot to buy.

While Manny calls himself a car enthusiast, he only has four rigs in the garage. What do you expect out of the guy? He was living in a hotel recently. And memo to Man Ram: if you’re going to sell something on eBay, make sure you’re not outdone by a teammate who already sold a car that was more tricked out than yours.

(via Ballhype and Extra Mustard)