Manny, why did you shoot your mouth off?
So LA, you get Manny. He's a great player with a terrible attitude. He's adorable, his smile is enough to light up anyone's heart, but he's a chronic misanthrope and he thinks a bit too highly of himself. Good luck to you in LA, Manny. You're really gonna hate it there. If you think the media was tough on you in Boston, you're gonna love the papparazzi. They'll eat you alive.
This is a three team deal. The Red Sox really don't gain anything valuable, but they lose Manny's huge salary, which allows them to have much more money come winter to find a replacement hitter.
The Red Sox will also lose Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss as part of the deal. Here are the names involved:
To Red Sox
Craig Hansen (from Red Sox)
Brandon Moss (from Red Sox)
Andy LaRoche (from Dodgers)
Bryan Morris (from Dodgers)
Manny, who is represented by the evil jackass Scott Boras, was willing to ink this deal as soon as it happened. He wants out. And now he's out.
Rehabbing pitcher Curt Schilling this morning said he thought the Manny Ramirez situation has affected the team and keeping him in Boston for the stretch run could present a problem.
"At the end of the day you're taking the field with a guy who doesn't want to play with you, doesn't want to be there, doesn't want to ... obviously effort-wise is just not there and that's disheartening and disappointing," Schilling said during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio WEEI's Dennis and Callahan program. "It's very obvious from anything you see or hear he doesn't want to be here. And anytime that there's a piece of the equation you have a problem, and then not trading and leaving him here is a problem because you don't know what you're going to get."
Shilling went on to say, "Scott Boras stands to make zero dollars if the Red Sox pick up Manny’s options the next two years. Manny’s not 1- years from retirement, he’s maybe four obviously, that’s where he’s at. So does Scott Boras want to get a two year-deal for Manny or a four-year deal for Manny? At the end of the day it falls on the player because Manny’s an adult… I can’t fathom Scott hasn’t had some… you read his comments, he just has no ability to answer a question short, tactfully, and straightforward. It’s a 12 paragraph way to say 19 syllable words that you just can’t figure out what the hell he’s saying.”
So it's done. Manny is no longer going to wear a Red Sox uniform. Like the two other infamous malcontents of the last 4 years, Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra, mid-season trades, while difficult, have ended only helping the Red Sox.
Trades happen. Anyone who is a fan of any sport knows that trades happen, and sometimes the players that are traded have requested to be moved elsewhere. I get that. But Manny... he didn't ever seem to be happy here, he pulled this crap ever year just as the trade deadline started to loom, and this year he went way beyond normal complaining to insults and ugly speech. What kind of role model is this for young kids? "The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me." WTF? That is someone with a serious need for an attitude adjustment. Baseball isn't the same thing as saving the world. It's a game. A game I happen to love, but a game, nevertheless. And when you think you're more important than your teammembers, than your fans, than the front office, it's time for you to go.
So you got your wish Manny. I hope you enjoy LA. Because LA isn't going to enjoy your attitude or your mouth. It's YOUR problem, Manny. You need to deal with it. Luckily LA is filled to the brim with therapists. Find one. Soon.