Bloody Sox wrote:By all accounts I've heard over the last 8 years, Manny is one of the hardest working guys on the team in terms of preparation (for hitting anyhow) and is generally liked by most of his teammates. That to me has nothing to do with the possibility that he struck out on purpose - I'm not positive he did, but I think there's a very good chance he did based on his other antics.
And I don't. Especially after I watched the pitch he struck out on.
Okay, so how about the two of you call it a draw and let it go already???? We're never going to know the "truth" anyway so why does it matter? And since when does a Jays fan defend Manny to a Sox fan? Next thing you know cats and dogs will be dancing in the street...
As far as his options are concerned, anyone who thinks the Sox are going to let Manny walk at the end of the year are crazy. Do I get a little nervous anytime a ball is hit sharply to LF? You bet. Does his base-running frustrate me sometimes? Yup. Do I love the fact that he is a future hall of famer who can probably quite easily put up .290/30/100 next year while protecting Ortiz in the line-up and give us a shot at the playoffs again? You bet I do!
He's coming back to Boston, like him or not. You have to take the good with the bad and the good and, in my humble opinion (
), the good far outweighs the bad in the case of his on-again, off-again antics.
Now, let's all play nice
I gotta go, I think my dog is swing-dancing with my neighbor's cat....