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May 16, 2008
BASEBALL: Manny Being Manny

In lieu of your regularly scheduled Mets-Yankees matchup - it's somehow emblematic of these two teams' 2008 season that they should be rained out - I give you the very best of Manny Ramirez:

Inspired by this play, on which he managed to give a high five to a fan in the middle of a play (in case you missed that, too). H/T here and here.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:04 PM | Baseball 2008 | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

Man, I love him. In terms of pure entertainment combined with legitimate greatness, he & Rickey are the greatest gifts baseball gave us in our lifetimes.

Posted by: Mike at May 17, 2008 7:16 AM

Normally I can't stand to listen to the ESPN snark, but I this clip was truly hilarious.

Posted by: Freddy at May 17, 2008 8:12 AM

Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Sooze at May 17, 2008 10:09 AM

Love him. Hope they re-sign him after this year.

Wasn't there a deal proposed in 2005 for him to go to the Mets for Milledge and someone (Mike Cameron?)?

Posted by: jim at May 17, 2008 12:44 PM

Many being Manny?

How many of the pundits mention that the BoSox lost that game? Or that Manny came up the previous night with the bases loaded/no outs and grounded into a 1-2-3 double play to kill the inning (in a game they eventually lost by one run)? Or that he also hit a fly ball to left and went into his HR trot only to watch as the ball landed on the warning track?

The guy's a clown who should be mocked at every opportunity.

Posted by: Joe at May 17, 2008 8:59 PM

Joe. Fuck off.

Posted by: Duff Soviet Union at May 17, 2008 10:57 PM


Sorry but that's totally ignorant. Yeah, making a great catch and turning it into a double play caused them to lose the game. He grounded into a 1-2-3 DP in May? Crisis! Alert the authorities.

Since Manny's arrival in Boston he has:

Been a Silver Slugger 2000-6
Top 10 MVP 2000-5
Top 10 Batting Avg 4x with 1 #1
Top 10 On Base % 2000-6 with 3 #1
Top 5 Slugging % 2000-6 with 2 #1
Top 5 OPS 2000-6 with 2 #1
Top 10 HRs 4x with 1 #1
Top 10 RBIs 4x (despite hitting behind the leading RBI man in basebal over the past 4 years)
Top 10 Adjusted OPS 2000-6
2 World Series Titles and 1 WS MVP

His teammates love him and he's a first ballet HOFer. Yeah, he's a clown. How's your left-fielder performed since 2000?

Posted by: jim at May 19, 2008 12:10 PM

I forgot to mention that in the playoffs since 2004 he is:

.345/.459/.595 with 8 HRs, 32 RBIs (in 31 games) with more BBs than Ks and the Sox are 22-9.

He totally sucks.

Posted by: jim at May 19, 2008 12:23 PM

Wow, looks like I struck a nerve in RSN.

An average LF would have made a good running catch, instead of a "look what landed in my glove" miracle. Ya, he hits. But he's still a clown, and the moment he stops hitting (or the Sox stop winning) his eccentricities will go from lovable to intolerable.

Posted by: Joe at May 19, 2008 8:06 PM


The more you write the more apparent it becomes you either know little about baseball, have an ax to grind or are jealous. The point is one is willing to put up with the occasional fielding or baserunning gaffes when the person commiting them is one of the greatest right-handed hitters of all-time, is the rare superstar that is universally beloved by all his teammates, has no off-field incidents of consequence and has become one of the great play-off hitters in the history of baseball. Name the left-fielder you would rather have.

Posted by: jim at May 20, 2008 1:12 PM
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