Matthias wrote:ayebatter wrote:Matthias wrote:
Basically, he didn't get any more money, just another team.
With a huge Mexican American fan base, in a part of the country where locals grew up in cities and streets starting with words like San-Los-Via-Calle, where he's loved for being Manny, not reviled for being Manny.
edit: where the name Ramirez takes up as many pages of the phone books as Smith & Jones.
It also potentially cost Manny another WS ring. Bay is not Manny as a hitter and the Red Sox in the second half were not nearly the team they were in the first. Not to take anything away from the Rays, they had a great season, but if Manny had stayed in Boston, he at least would've had a shot at a third.
It's a two way street though and you could say the Red Sox cost themselves a WS by not picking up Manny's options and keeping him happy.