Posted on: June 30, 2008 6:54 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2008 7:01 pm

Blog Cabin: Manny's not so laid back these days

In the news...

Shawn Chacon assaults a GM, he is suspended indefinitely. Manny Ramirez assaults a member of the staff, he says he’s “sorry”.

I like Manny, but there’s definitely something wrong with the guy. Well, there’s always been something wrong with the guy, but this is different. After throwing a punch at Kevin Youkilis a few weeks back, Manny recently decided to toss Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground because he couldn’t get enough tickets to the game in Houston.

What’s the deal, Man-Ram? I may be making assumptions here... but did your pot dealer get pinched or something? Why all the hostility, brother? You’re supposed to be one of the most laid back players in baseball history.

Honestly, though, it shouldn’t matter what the issue is. Manny should be being Manny on his couch for the next few weeks. Think about it... the guy did physically assault a man in his 60s. How is that not worthy of a suspension?

It’s not like McCormick is another player. I can forgive when two athletes get in to it. Things happen in the heat of competition. This kind of thing is a whole different can of worms, though, and Boston is doing itself a horrible disservice by handling this the way they have.

According to reports, Ramirez and McCormick got together after the altercation, and Manny apologized for the incident. McCormick, of course, accepted the apology, because he probably wants to keep his job, and because Manny is the most popular Red Sox player since Jim Rice, and because every game matters in the AL East.

Oh, and did I mention that Boston is already locked in an early pennant race with Tampa Bay and the ever-present Yankees? And, that they just happen to be heading in to series with both those clubs in the next week?

That sounds like a few too many funny coincidences, if you ask me... and if the Steroid Era taught us anything, it’s that baseball isn’t really known for its funny coincidences. Everything in the game happens for a reason.

So, I guess this means that players should check their stat lines before they decide to throw down.

That’s right; beat it Shawn Chacon, and don’t let the door hit your big 5.04 ERA on the way out!

As for you... That’s a bad Manny! Bad, bad Manny! Now, say you’re sorry, and I want you to go to the batting cage and think about what you’ve done.

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Posted on: April 18, 2008 4:27 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2008 5:00 pm

Blog Cabin: Baseball is getting too soft

In the news...

I think baseball, and a lot of the fans, have finally started to get a little too soft for some of us old-school traditionalists.

This morning, I heard people, for the first time that I can remember, complaining that a baseball game went too long.

Last night, I watched as Boston refused to retaliate after Kyle Farnsworth buzzed a fastball behind Manny's head.

What happened to the game I knew? It’s always had its problems, but delicacy was never one of them.

It used to be that, if a game went longer than 14 or 15 innings, you were watching something special. It was history. It was an epic battle to find out which team wanted to win more than the other.

In the end, there would be a hero or a goat, and along the way you may see some of the most unconventional baseball ever played. You may see a second baseman come in to pitch. You could see pitchers pinch hitting or pinch running. Basically, it was two great games for the price of one.

Now that deal is too much for some fans? What, you guys can’t make it through one Friday on a couple hours of sleep?

OK, new rule: Unless you’re a surgeon or an assassin, you can probably survive being tired at work for one day. Actually, if you're an assassin you should probably be used to sleep deprivation, so surgeons are the only ones allowed to leave early.

As far as the Red Sox go, retaliation is not optional if guy goes headhunting for your teams’ MVP. Why Josh Beckett didn’t plunk A-Rod in the eight inning is beyond me. He knew he was almost done for the night, and he’s a big enough guy to hold his own if Rodriguez charged the mound.

There’s been a lot of that lately, though. A great hitter takes a couple fastballs square in the back... and nothing happens. I’m not saying you’ve got to bean anyone in the helmet, but at least knock somebody down. If I was Manny, I might have been inclined to have a few words with Beckett after that one.

As much as I hate to do it, I’ve got say that the Yankees did things the right way last night. Manny hit two dingers in the game, the second one of which was an absolute no-doubter. As usually, he decided to spend a little too much time standing at the plate admiring that one.

He showed up Mussina, and Farnsworth sent him a message. Anybody but Manny, and maybe that message means something. But, as we all know, Manny is Manny, and Manny is crazy.

I never thought I’d say this, but... nice job New York..

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