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Manny being Manny

There are a few things you can count on during September in New England. The Red Sox will be battling for a playoff spot. Jerry Remy will have pimped “The Remy Report” on NESN for the 1 billionth time. And Manny Ramirez will suffer a “devastating” injury.Just Manny Being Manny t-shirt

Who can forget last year when Manny missed 23 games during the playoff push with sore knees. How he hurt his knees without ever running out a ground ball or hustling in the outfield is beyond me. This year, Manny quit against the Yankees with a strained oblique muscle. Now I’m not sure what or where an oblique muscle is, but if you can’t work through your “injury” against your most hated rival who can you get excited for. If I’m paying Manny Ramirez $22 million a year he had better come up with something more credible.

Manny’s contract is up after the 2008 season, and I am counting the days. I would even prefer paying more per season for Alex Rodriguez. I can’t stand A-Rod, but I could learn to like him in a Boston uniform. This guy consistently hits well at Fenway, and his numbers for 81 home games in Boston would destroy Manny’s. The Sox might even be in the market for a third baseman this off-season. You can say a lot about A-Rod, but the word quitter is never mentioned. What does it say about Manny, one of the greatest hitters of all time, when the Red Sox have tried to trade him for the past 3 off-seasons and haven’t found any takers?

The word on Manny is out. He’s getting older, his skills are declining, and he quits on his teammates. I’m tired of Manny being Manny.

This season Manny, I’m quitting on you.

Am I allowed to be a member of Red Sox Nation and still think Jerry Remy is an idiot?

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that Jerry Remy is going to be “elected” President of Red Sox Nation, but I don’t have to like it. I guess I’ve never really understood the appeal of Jerry Remy. Sure, he’s a career .275 hitter, with a whopping 7 career home runs, and he did make the all-star team in 1978. But this guy for President??

Remy was a non-factor as a player during his 7 years with Boston. Teams never had a game plan when they played Boston on how they could contain Remy. They were worried about guys like Yaz, Rice, Lynn and Fisk. How did this guy get so popular?

Maybe it’s because he’s so engaging doing his color commentary on NESN. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of hearing “Buenos Tardes, Amigo” to begin every broadcast. Is “Remy” a Spanish last name? Could it mean disheveled chain smoker with a porno actor mustache by any chance? I can see NESN wanting to have an ex-player doing commentary. Who wouldn’t want to add that insight to the broadcast? But maybe we could have got someone with either half a brain (Dwight Evans?) or at least a little character. Bill “Spaceman” Lee would be perfect. Of course Bill Lee would be hammered for every broadcast, but I think that would be part of the allure. At least he would have a reason for his incoherent babble.

Side note: I actually had the pleasure of meeting Bill Lee a few years ago during a Pro-Am golf tournament in Sarasota, Florida. He was playing in a foursome with Ozzie Smith and two guys I never heard of. My dad and I caught up with him on the second hole of the course, and he was already blasted. During the few minutes that we talked with him, he was more engaging and real then a season’s worth of Jerry Remy.

Jerry, you can keep your awful Lumber Liquidators voiceovers and your unhealthy affection for Wally the Green Monster.

I’m voting for change in Red Sox Nation. The People have spoken…