Thursday, November 13, 2008

Breaking Down the DH


This article appeared on ESPN.com today, based on an interview Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gave to Boston's WEEI radio. There's nothing noteworthy in it; he pretty much just states that he "knew" Manny Ramirez was on his way out of Boston (who didn't?).

Read it, it really just states the obvious: Manny didn't like Boston and he wanted out. But the twisted, unorganized and difficult to understand quotes make for some interesting reading, if not a mid-day brain teaser.

"The Manny situation was a tough situation for the team, for us the teammates, for him as a player. He was trying to get to be out, everybody knows, it's not news, for the past few years and it was something that it was getting worse and worse and worse every year."

So it was a tough situation for the team, and the teammates? And Manny himself? Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but doesn't "teammates" cover all the bases? Nice to know from an insider that the Manny situation was getting "worse and worse and worse" with each passing year. They're must've been some serious tension in the clubhouse if Ortiz felt the need to say "worse" three times.

And thanks for reiterating that this is not news and that nobody should be listening to you or reading the article. ESPN should've just cut it off right there.

Ortiz also told Manny to "...pull yourself together and start getting connected with the media because that's how you express your feelings and people get to know more and Manny's good things, that people don't know about Manny."

I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around the end of that sentence, but I think he's telling Manny to be nice to people, because then you get offers to endorse anything and everything.

And then this, when asked about Ramirez quitting on the Sox last season: "Well, to tell you the truth, it was something going down between the Red Sox and Manny Ramirez that I can never really break that down for you because there's some personal reasons that he has with our owners and I never got to the bottom of it, and [he's] got his feelings. You know, Manny was, he got to the point that he really wanted to get to play for someone else."

Seems like a polite way of saying, "Yeah, he quit."

But my favorite line: "...the media is our family."

Nice! I'm kinda sorta media, so I'll be asking cousin Papi for tickets the next time the Red Sox travel to Anaheim.

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