Not sure what is so new about anything that Gammons is saying. He, like a lot of other sports 'experts', tends to just say shit to be heard; because, hey, that's what he get's paid for.
I think ANY sox fan is quite aware of Manny's 'oddities'. The guy is a space cadet and always has been. One of my friends who is a Yankees fans continuosly says "Ramirez? He's a clown!", and he's kinda right.
I love manny though, and he does fit in with the sox. These are players who play with their hearts on their sleeves. They aren't the mindless performers on the yankees, who attempt to show 'professionalism'. They are GOOD SPORTS, of course, but they HAVE FUN when they play.
Why are sox fans not like yankees fans? Because we are like the players we cheer for. We don't expect utter decorum from them nor do we expect them to always be at %100 every game of the season. They have bad days just like we do, and we understand that.
Baseball is the ultimate psychological pro-sport, and when you grow up watching players who show their emotions more, it creates an even greater intensity to the sport. Even when Manny comes to bat when he's in a slump, as one of the highest paid players in the game, people in the stands at Fenway are hoping he pulls it together, cheering to give him confidence, not sitting there cynically saying "gee, I wish he'd get his high-paid ass in gear already".
Gammons is just being flippant when he compares Manny to V-tek. Forget that tek is the captain this year, he's always been the catcher. Any catcher has to always have his head in the game, call the shots, be a confident partner to the pitchers, and be physically tough as nails. Left fielders? well, there's a reason why that old expression "are you out in left field?" came about.
Manny has ALWAYS been spacey. He comes to in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded when they're down 0-4 the same way he comes to bat in any other game. He is simply nonchalant. But when he makes contact, boy does that ball go places.