What a week for baseball here in Los Angeles. First, the normally trade deadline-dormant Angels wrangle Mark Teixeira away from the the Braves. Then soon after, the Dodgers have a life vest handy after Manny Ramirez is thrown overboard from the S.S. Lucchino.
(With Ramirez deal, McCourt’s Dodgers no longer
botoxed boxed in by Halos)
I heard Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt say today that the Ramirez deal was right up against the deadline, and that to assist in consumating the agreement, “the commissioner’s office ran interference.”
The comment came after a press conference announcing the World Baseball Classic being held at Dodger Stadium in ‘09 - and a subsequent mention of the Ramirez trade being finalized. The main media has yet to pick up on the comment, which was aired on local Los Angeles sports radio.
Just exactly what McCourt’s remark means, I have no idea. But I’m guessing that Bud Selig & Co. were delighted to assist in any way to get Ramirez out of Boston - and into Los Angeles - where the Dodgers have long fallen flaccid in the local community.
Additionally, Curt Schilling gave perhaps the best indicator that the Red Sox would deal Ramirez at any cost this morning on his weekly WEEI-AM hit: Read more…