The Red Sox have ridded themselves of their major malcontent, Manny Ramirez, by trading him to the Dodgers. In the weeks leading up to the trade, it was obvious the relationship between club and star was deteriorating. I mean, just ask Buster Olney: it took Manny 5.7 seconds to run out a grounder; that's glacial in baseball terms!
As with any nasty breakup, both sides will try to paint the other as the bad guy. Manny had his turn yesterday, saying the Red Sox were a bunch of backstabbers. No word from the team.
I can only imagine what the writers, who no longer rely on Manny for interviews, will have to say...
- Manny Ramirez beats on the elderly.
- Manny Ramirez hates kids dying from cancer.
- Manny Ramirez fakes injuries.
- Manny Ramirez hits his teammates.
- Manny Ramirez hates the troops.
- Manny Ramirez didn't keep a promise that he made when he was in his teens.
- Manny Ramirez is the biggest bum ever.
So, Mr. Callahan, why wait until Manny was traded to share this with his (former) fans? Were you afraid to write, "Hey, you know that guy you fans adore? He's a real jerk," when the fans still supported him? Were you under orders to keep that stuff quiet? What gives?
Now, I'm not defending Manny Ramirez. Most likely, he is a jerk. I just love how some writers sit on this stuff until after the fact.