Someone send Red Sox Nation a memo, they might want to get all of their “Ramirez 24″ memorabilia ready for a bonfire. If word from the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS’ Mark Feinsand carries any credibility, former Boston all-everything outfielder Manny Ramirez is confidently telling friends that the Yankees will offer him a deal of at least three years, a marriage that would surpass the Johnny Damon defection in the pantheon of the greatest Judas moves in sports history.
(Soon to be a hated mural in Boston.)
Here’s the straight shot from Feinsand’s story — the latest in a string he’s been out in front on — as directly as you can get it:
“Manny Ramirez has told friends that he is confident the Yankees will offer him a contract of at least three years.”
Sure, Ramirez has a long way to go before he’s actually playing for the Yankees. After all, New York has yet to offer him a contract, let alone negotiate over whether he has to shave his dreadlocks, speak to the media or re-attend public high school in the Bronx to prove that he does, in fact, have an education above the fourth-grade level.
It was only a matter of time, I suppose. That it took almost two weeks for Manny to, ahem, be Manny might be the biggest surprise. In any event, Manny Ramirez, traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers on July 31, has been arguably the league’s best player the last 11 days.
During last night’s game against the Phillies, however, the dreadlocked left fielder went missing as his teammates took the field for the ninth inning. Had Manny finally been abducted by aliens to take him back to his home planet, or was it something much less sinister? Turns out, it was the latter. Video hilarity after the jump.
So far, everything has just been peachy for Manny Ramirez in Los Angeles. In 6 games, he’s hitting .565 with 4 HRs and 9 RBIs, a power spike that happened far too rare in Boston this year. And this hot start is exactly why, according to Dan Shaughnessy of the BOSTON GLOBE, the MLB is investigating the trade.
You see, Shaughnessy’s “sources” in the commissioner’s office believe that this sudden outburst by high-level play by Manny is proof positive he was only half-trying in Boston, using his poor performance as leverage to force a trade. And if that’s true, then by golly, it’s time for them to do some ol’ fashioned investigatin’!
The best idea I’ve heard in 2008 is absolutely the straight-up trade of Manny Ramirez for Brett Favre that TIRICO SUAVE recently threw out. Sadly though, it’s not likely to happen. But as Dan Shaughnessy noted, Manny has to go somewhere other than Boston. Or else, *gasp*, he (Dan) would be wrong.
And if you listen to the NEWARK (NJ) STAR LEDGER, that place could be the New York Mets. Oh, the fun we would have with Manny in the Big Apple.
You can call it Manny being Manny or living a charmed life, either way the Boston Red Sox outfielder always lands on his feet. Whether it’s making a bonehead play in the field or saying “Who cares if we lose?”, Ramirez always wins us back.
Apparently Manny has the same abilities in the financial world. Ramirez is being mailed a check for $10,000 from the Massachusetts abandoned property fund. The money is for an uncashed shoe company check. Read more…