The Calm After The Storm
No more Yankees, no more Manny Ramirez two-minute speeches. Just a calm Monday after a wild weekend.
Oh, and by the way, the best team in baseball record-wise — the Angels — are in town for a three-game series.
I put the chances of Manny being traded before Thursday at 10 percent. I just don’t see the fit, where they can make a deal and improve their chances of winning the World Series.Also, do not rule out the possibility of Manny changing his mind about the 10-5 thing and vetoing a trade.
I think the Red Sox’s best hope is to just put up with Manny for the rest of the year, and hope he is engaged, as he should be, with so much money on the line.
For perspective, remember how disenchanted Manny and the Red Sox were with each other around the trade deadline in 2005? After not getting traded, Manny put up monster numbers the final two months of that season. That August, Manny hit .341 with five homers and 22 RBIs. In September, he hit .309 with 12 homers and 29 RBIs. When the Red Sox were swept by the White Sox in that year’s playoffs, Manny came up big, hitting .375 with two homers and four RBIs. The point is that Manny can put up big numbers when he’s not thrilled with his lot in life. I think the Red Sox, in their hearts, know that Manny isn’t going to quit on them when his next contract is on the line.
But the next 72 hours figure to be fascinating, that’s for sure. Will someone come up with an offer that intrigues Theo Epstein?
By the way, Peter Gammons absolutely hit a home run with his ESPN.com column on Manny today.
In other news, David Ortiz doesn’t appear to be restricted in any way by his wrist. In just his third game back, he turned on a pitch for a two-run homer Sunday night.
Ortiz had this to say earlier this afternoon: “It’s not there yet.”
When your humble blogger told him that it looked like it was there Sunday night, Ortiz offered this: “When you look at my numbers in August and September,
I’d say the man is feeling good about himself.