Why Red Sox fans should give Manny Ramirez a warm reception
Red Sox fans get their first chance tonight to boo
If Ramirez jogged down the line on groundballs and milked a balky knee and frustrated the manager with his day-to-day mood on whether he was good enough to play, nobody condones that as upstanding behavior. The temperament from the clubhouse when he left was "good riddance," a strong indictment from his peers. But was July 2008 so bad as to flush away the years of excitement Ramirez gave the franchise?
And this idea that Ramirez "quit" on the Red Sox or stopped trying? The guy hit .347 in July 2008 with a 1.060 OPS.
Only Williams and Foxx ever posted a better slugging percentage or OPS during their careers in a Red Sox uniform. Ramirez hit 274 homers and drove in 868 runs for Boston. In that time, only
In the epic eight-game postseason winning streak of 2004, when the Red Sox went from the brink of being swept by the Yankees in the ALCS to a franchise-altering world title, Ramirez hit .371 and was named the World Series MVP. When they won again in 2007 he hit .348 in the postseason.
Ramirez gave Red Sox fans excitement on a nightly basis, and the memories of a baseball fan's lifetime. He gave them smiles and laughs with the occasional goofiness of his play. Now is their chance to thank him and all it takes is one small moment of appreciation upon his first at-bat, the same way they did for
Philadelphia's All-Star second baseman is hitting .174 over his last 24 games with no home runs and a .221 slugging percentage in 86 at-bats. He has fewer RBI (26) on the season than Yankees catcher
"He's getting pitches to hit but he's swinging through them," Manuel said. "And he's been getting out on his front foot and rolling over on some pitches. And it seems when he does hit the ball hard it's not falling for him. He hasn't had much luck."
On Thursday night, Yankees manager
It's interesting to note that we saw a spate of surgeries after the 2008 season to repair torn hip labrums, a procedure that had largely been unheard of in baseball: Utley,
The Pirates were so proud to have added a year to the contract of GM
And so when and how does he announce the good news? In a statement Thursday during a 10-game losing streak only in response to a Foxsports.com report that Russell's job is in jeopardy. And the translation of the corporate speak went something like this: We can fire the manager at any time, regardless of a contract situation.
Pittsburgh is 14th in defensive efficiency, 15th in ERA and last in runs. If there has been any improvement toward building a mediocre team, not even a winning one, it has been marginal. It's petty thinking like this episode that brings leadership into question more than playing talent.