July 31, 2005


Trade cools, details emerge on Ramirez (Michael Silverman, July 31, 2005, Boston Herald)

``They don't talk, they haven't spoken since the first day Ramirez came,'' the source said of Francona and Ramirez. ``He's had it for Manny for a while. The friction's been there for a while. Manny's not his kind of player - Francona has one way of thinking and there's one type of player he wants on his team and that's not Manny.''

Said Francona: ``I'm not going to lower myself by responding to that.''

The source said Ramirez was disappointed about what happened when bench coach Brad Mills asked Ramirez before Wednesday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla., if he still needed a day off. Ramirez answered yes, without knowing the Sox needed him to play because Trot Nixon was hurt. If asked to play for that reason, the source said Ramirez would have played.

Also, the source said that before that game, which was started by Tampa Bay's Seth McClung, David Ortiz said aloud to Schilling, ``Man, that guy's got some nasty stuff,'' to which Schilling supposedly responded, ``Yeah, that's why Manny took the day off.''

Ramirez then supposedly said to Schilling, ``Screw you, I can hit anyone in baseball, including your ass.''

Then, the source said, Ramirez went up to Schilling and, before the confrontation escalated, Ortiz had to separate the two.
You can't keep a guy who's afraid to face the hometown fans.

Wells comes out firing (Amalie Benjamin, July 31, 2005, Boston Globe)

If any teammate of Manny Ramirez's was going to speak out, it wasn't hard to guess who it would be. David Wells, bombastic as usual, took to the New England Sports Network set postgame and, well, let his teammate have it.

Ramirez hadn't been in the lineup. And Wells, of course, had an opinion.

''I didn't know until we hit in the bottom of the inning and there's no Manny," Wells said. ''The guy's messing with my cake. I want to try to get a ring, man. If he's not out there, that creates a problem. And I don't know the situation. Whatever it is, he better have a great excuse because we need Manny Ramirez in the lineup. I don't care what's going on. This team needs him.

''If he's going to come out and say he needs another day off, that's not going to sit well with a lot of guys. There's no question. . . . It's selfish for him not to step up. Listen, we've got a couple guys hurt. We need you in there. His impact in that is tremendous. The [opposing] pitchers are going, 'Oh boy. What do we throw this guy?' He's hitting everything. For Manny not to step up, I think that was selfish on his part."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 31, 2005 11:28 AM

Manny is a one-dimensional player who probably would have had his butt kicked by teammates 30 years ago (into being more of a player).

Instead he looks more and more like Dave Kingman every day.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 31, 2005 1:08 PM

When you're getting a lecture on selfishness from Boomer you've got a problem.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 31, 2005 2:10 PM

Ramirez is the classic idiot savant. All he can do is hit a baseball, which he does extremely well. He's been mollycoddled since he was in high school and his uniform number is probably higher than his IQ so it should not be surprising that he occasionally behaves like a petulant toddler. Since he's been there, we've seen this behavior occasionally. The trick is to bench him when he does it, he gets the message and gets back with the program, to the extent he ever is with the program. He is the last remnant of a thankfully bygone era of overpaid Red Sox spoiled brat superstars. Let him play for Gorgeous George or the Mutts.

The notion that Francona, who is not stupid, who knew what Ramirez was like before entering the situation, and who has been around baseball his entire life so he's seen that act before, is giving Ramirez the silent treatment is just laughable. That is why in a town where the only alternative is the Boston Globe, people still don't buy the Herald. They'd rather try reading palms or tea leaves.

Posted by: bart at July 31, 2005 4:37 PM

The Boston sports press considers itself top of the heap and takes pride in bashing players/coaches/fans/anyone at any opportunity. Some of the articles truly fall into the tin foil hat category.

Bart - agree. I can't stomach the Globe so I tried the Herald. The Herald is less liberal partisan than the Globe but its sensationalist approach and poor research make it not readable. Thank god for blogs and the internet.

Posted by: AWW at July 31, 2005 5:15 PM

Well, Manny came up in the eighth as a pinch hitter today, the crowd stood and cheered and Manny got a base hit to beat the Twins, 4-3. But the post game interview was something else -- Chico Ruiz has the eliqution of Sir John Geilgud compared to Ramirez talking about how happy he was to be part of the Red Sox nation.

Posted by: John at July 31, 2005 8:59 PM

Anyone who thinks Manny is another Dave Kingman or that the Red Sox should send him to their rival needs to watch some more baseball. Manny is only average with the glove and makes a few bonehead plays on the bases but he has an excellent throwing arm and is just the best hitter of his generation.

I'm sure the Yankees would take him. Except for his 20 million contract, every team would take him in a heartbeat. I don't think the Yankees would hesitate.

He may be a goof but as a hitter he is sublime.

Posted by: Bob at August 1, 2005 3:50 PM