Live From The Trop
“That’s it. The soap opera is over.”
That is what Manny Ramirez said earlier this afternoon, and he wasn’t talking about all the drama that developed between the Sox and Rays in Boston earlier this month. He was speaking of his own incident with venerable traveling secretary Jack McCormick in which Manny allegedly threw McCormick to the ground after an argument involving tickets.
I think that incident is pretty much over, but it’s too bad it had to happen in the first place. It’s unfortunate that McCormick had to be the recipient of what was — most likely — classless behavior by Ramirez. McCormick is one of the true good guys around the Red Sox, as anyone who is even remotely familiar with the inner workings of the team, is well aware of.
What isn’t over is the American League East. Far from it. These next three games should tell a lot about the Rays, and whether they have staying power to last in this race all summer. I think they have the talent to do so.
Masterson looked a little sluggish tonight. On the other hand, Clay Buchholz again sparked for Pawtucket this evening. As someone has already said to me shortly upon my arrival in Tampa, “Draw your own conclusions.” … Oh, by the way, Timlin had an easy 1-2-3 inning for the PawSox tonight. He can be activated as early as Thursday in New York.
DH David Ortiz today confirmed the inevitable. He won’t play in the All-Star Game.