Manny the Clown
First of all, let me get out with an official TNS apology. The blog post you are about to read is about a member of the Boston Red Sox. I know this isn’t anything “earth-shattering” as sports networks everywhere seem to have their favorite teams. I’m also writing a post about a clown. “What is a clown” you ask? Great question.
Deep thoughts specialist Jack Handy says this about clowns: “To me, clowns aren’t funny. In fact, they’re kind of scary. I’ve wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.” Dictionary.com defines a clown as “a comic performer, as in a circus, theatrical production, or the like, who wears an outlandish costume and makeup and entertains by pantomiming common situations or actions in exaggerated or ridiculous fashion, by juggling or tumbling, etc…” Hmm…. Comic performer? Outlandish costume? Yep, I think we’re talking about Manny Ramirez.
Manny is not a scary clown like “It” (they all float down here), a tv clown like Bozo, or a cartoon clown like Krusty. But Manny stuffs water bottles in his back pocket during the game, sits on the ball after missing an outfield catch, wears a uniform three sizes too big, and high-fives a fan after making a wall-scaling catch. He is a talented clown, for sure. He has 2 world series rings, over 500 home-runs, and has a career .312 batting average. But surprisingly enough, the Red Sox have had it with Manny Ramirez. After Manny sat out two games recently because of an “injury” the Red Sox received no indication from his MRI that his knees had anything wrong. And Manny now is indicating that it may be time to move on. “I’m tired of them, they’re tired of me. If the Red Sox are a better team without Manny Ramirez they should trade me; I will not object”. WHAT? Manny has the most Red Sox homeruns this season. He is second in RBI and BB’s. Does Manny have a legitimate complaint, or is he just clownin’?
Go back to before the 2004 season, and you might remember when Manny was placed on waivers by the Red Sox, in an attempt to shed his big contract. No team bit the hook, and the Red Sox were forced to keep their relationship with Manny. Manny went on to hit 43 home runs and hit .308 in the 2004 season. Oh, the Red Sox also won the World Series. So now, the Red Sox and Manny seem to be clownin’ again. I find it hard to believe that the Red Sox would ever want to dump Ramirez. My personal feeling is that Ramirez and the Red Sox brass are bluffing. Its crazy to think that either side would risk another World Series title.
But then again, if you had to play with this guy, would YOU want to drop him?