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)

Manny Being More Friendly than Ever

I’m a big fan of Manny Ramirez. Something about a guy who averages about an RBI per game and stares at moonshot home runs he clubs while his team is trailing by like eighteen runs makes me laugh. But at times, as we all know, Manny can get somewhat ornery; he’ll shy away from the media, and he’ll asks for privacy from fans. Something weird must have happened with Manny, because all of a sudden, he got way friendly with the same fans he’s complained about in the past during Boston’s World Series parade Tuesday:

Manny Ramirez did his part by inviting an entire sidewalk of fans over to his house for a party before pointing to the retired numbers on the side of Fenway Park and saying he wanted his digits to be up next to them.

Say what? Did they all grill up a carne asada or something? They gotta be jerking my chain! No way I believe that Manny invited fans over to his place for a party. And for the record, last I heard, Manny was living in a hotel. He must’ve treated them to a complimentary mini-bar. Manny being Manny. Gotta love it.