Bloody Sox wrote:Just as you have a history of misquoting/mis-characterizing things. For at least the fifth time, I said that some blogger brought up the idea that Manny MIGHT have struck out on purpose in that particular instance, and I defended the idea that it was POSSIBLE. Given the 300 or so whacky things Manny did in his tenure in Boston and the fact that he refused to pinch hit on multiple occasions and that this event was in the middle of one of his shoot-his-way-out-of-town episodes, I do believe that it is POSSIBLE. Not definite, not absolute, not certainty - but possible. That you think it is IMPOSSIBLE in the face of all other evidence of Manny's buffoonery is what is ridiculous.
No, what you said was that there was a "very good chance that Manny did," which I still find humourous to the extreme. Read the thread yourself: viewtopic.php?t=357446&hilit=manny+ramirez+strike+out&start=40
Purposely striking out and tanking a baseball game is not on the same level as his other antics, and the only reason somebody even made this ridiculous claim was because of the ill will between the parties at that time. Boston needed another reason to say Manny brought his trade on himself and further drive him away from the fans.
Manny has struck out on 3 pitches many times in his career, and many times against pitchers worse than Mariano Rivera. Why wasn't this just another case of him being fooled by good pitching (which, I should add, is what it looked like to any unbiased person watching the play)? We already know the answer to that, though, it's because you want to believe something foul was occurring. Despite the fact that there is no good reason to believe such a thing (and no reason not to give him the benefit of the doubt), it furthers the agenda that Manny had to go to save the Sox.