October 17, 2007


Manny, Sox unfazed by pressure: Slugger says team is confident despite trailing, 3-1, in ALCS (Ian Browne, 10/17/07, MLB.com)

How is Manny Ramirez holding up amid the pressure of his Red Sox trailing, 3-1, to the Indians in the American League Championship Series?

So well that Ramirez held a rare briefing with the media in which he let his guard down and gave reporters a sense of the carefree personality that his teammates are privy to on a daily basis.

It was a vintage seven minutes of Manny being Manny. It was almost as if Ramirez was saying, "Pressure? What pressure?"

"We're confident every day," said Ramirez. "It doesn't matter how things go for you. We're not going to give up. We're just going to go and play the game, like I've said, and move on. If it doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like the end of the world or something. Why should we panic?"

What's to be nervous about? All they need is three good starts from three of the best big game starters in baseball.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2007 6:14 PM

Yeah, and maybe if they hypnotize Dice-BB into thinking that this is really the Japanese high school baseball tourney he'll actually pitch a decent game, unlike, say, his starts over the last two or three months.

And while they're at it, how bout a bionic arm for 38-cheeseburgers so he can revisit the days when he was a big-game pitcher, and could hit 95 rather than 89 on the gun.

Meanwhile, there's Beckett's back . . . they've got a 4-man lineup, with only the 2-5 hitters doing anything . . . and . . . and . . .

Lots of laughter at the Yanks' showing in their 4 games vs the Tribe, but the Sawx actually made the Yanks look good in their 4 games.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 17, 2007 6:48 PM

If throwing hard won big games Kyle Farnsworth wouldn't be golfing.

Posted by: oj at October 17, 2007 8:14 PM

Ah...there's the Yank from Chicago, kicking away after his team withered again.

Cleveland is playing very well, and the Red Sox have looked puzzled (shocked perhaps) since the middle of Game 2.

But it isn't over yet. Ask Alex Rodriguez. Or Derek Jeter. Or Jorge Posada. Or Hideki Matsui. Or Joe Torre. Or George Steinbrenner (well, better not ask him - it's been a rough month and he's getting up there).

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 17, 2007 10:45 PM

How is Manny Ramirez holding up amid the pressure of his Red Sox trailing, 3-1, to the Indians in the American League Championship Series?

Pressure? Does Manny even know that they're trailing in the series? It sure didn't look like he knew that they were trailing 7-3 in the game last night after he hit that homer.

Posted by: John Thacker at October 17, 2007 11:05 PM

The Sox have to be right every time. The Tribe only once.

Posted by: Patrick H at October 17, 2007 11:18 PM

It will be over tomorrow night.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 17, 2007 11:28 PM

What is evident after watching the Sox this series is how hittable their starting rotation is once past Beckett.

Posted by: Perry at October 18, 2007 9:24 AM

There's a rookie infielder playing for Cleveland named Asdrubal Cabrera who started this year with the AA Akron Aeros. He's the sort of player who works hard and is just a joy to watch. It would be neat if he went from the minors to the World Series in one season.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 18, 2007 10:13 AM

Cabrera is an inferior version of Jacoby Ellsbury.

Posted by: oj at October 18, 2007 10:57 AM