Yoda wrote:Again, as usual, you are putting words in my mouth. I never said every report was fabricated or embellished. However, Manny's attitude and behavior have been very consistent during his tenure. He never hustled after hitting a ground ball, he always put himself before the team and acted like a clown at times.
None of that mattered when he was hitting bombs and the Sox were winning did it? And the Sox have been accused of character assassination before so this is nothing new. I expect it.
If by "consistent" you mean "consistently inconsistent", then yeah. Manny actually did hustle at times (like when he came into spring training this year in the best shape of his Boston tenure) and by all accounts he was not a jerk to his teammates and was generally well liked in the clubhouse. When Manny was playing hard and acting like a model citizen, he didn't get any crap from the fans or media.
But contrast that with all the times when he requesting trades, complaining about money and doing things to sabotage the team - those were the times when he got tons of crap from the fans and media (although in reality, he got a free pass from the majority of fans and even a lot of the media even when he was doing this crap). It wasn't until it was clear that he'd sabotage the entire team's success this year because of his contract/option status that his teammates turned on him too and wanted him out of town.
It is not an accurate picture that you're painting that Boston fans (and media) were willing and eager to put up with Manny's behavior when he was hitting well and leading us to titles and then got on his case when he wasn't playing well. It had ZERO to do with his performance at the plate. As you yourself have pointed, he was performing pretty well this prior to the trade, so its not like fans wanted him gone because he wasn't getting the job done. The fans have always put up with his goofball antics and swallowed the lack of hustle - those things weren't the problem. The problem was the trade requests, bitching about money, and doing things that directly hurt the team that the fans wouldn't put up with. And those are not
things that Manny did all the time - when he did, he deservedly got the backlash. And when he was clearly shooting his way out of town, then the fans (and media and his own team) turned on him and said "good riddance", as they should have.
Another example of what I just said above is Nomar... when did the Boston fans turn on Nomar and why? It had nothing to do with his performance on the field, as evidenced by fans giving him universal support as he recovered from all his injuries. It had everything to do with bitching about money and refusing to play. If you do those types of things, the fans will turn on you, which is exactly what happened with Manny (and Pedro too).
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