Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
In case you haven't heard by now, Boston slugger Manny Ramirez spouted off at the mouth on Wednesday, saying it is not that big of a deal if the Red Sox lose the ALCS to the Cleveland Indians.
"We're just going to go have fun and play the game," Ramirez said. "That's it. If we go play hard and the thing doesn't come like it's supposed to come, we'll move on. We'll come next year. Why should we panic? We've got a great team. If it doesn't happen, good. We'll come next year and try to do it again."
Oh wait there is more.
"We're confident every day. It doesn't matter how things go for you. We're not going to give up. We're just going to go and play the game, like I've said, and move on. If it doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like the end of the world or something."
That is exactly what you want to hear from one of your star players on the eve of an elimination game. Who cares? There is always next season.
Can you imagine if Alex Rodriguez would have said that? He would be crucified.
It is all going to be chalked up to Manny being Manny and I guess these comments are the perfect example of why that saying even exists. But, come on, enough is enough with him. This is the same guy that has to stand and watch every single home run he hits, including his mammoth shot on Tuesday that still left his team in a three-run hole.
Manny Ramirez said it's not that big of a deal if the Red Sox lose the ALCS to the Indians.
Now he pretty much confirmed what everyone has believed all along - he could care less whether he wins or loses. And in case anyone forgot, the Red Sox pay him over $20 million a season.
By the way, Ramirez offered a little explanation on whether or not he was showing anyone up after his blast in Game 4 that capped a back-to-back-to-back home run effort by Boston.
"Man, I'm just happy to do something special like that," Ramirez said. "I'm not trying to show up anybody out there. I'm just trying to go have fun. If somebody strikes me out and shows me up, that's part of the game. I love it. I like that. I like to compete, and when people strike me out or whatever and they show me up, it's all good. There's no hard feelings. I'm not trying to show anybody up."
I guess I can respect that, but when someone throws at you don't get all bent out of shape either.
Every year the "Manny wants out of Boston" rumors start and management supposedly does their best to accommodate him, or should I say, wait around long enough for him to change his mind. This winter, though, they should make every effort to get him out of town. Send him to the West Coast, where baseball is treated with nowhere near the intensity it is in Boston. He'd be a perfect fit in Anaheim.
There is no bigger enigma in baseball, or maybe in all of sports, than Manny. He makes comments like this and everyone will pile on him, but I guarantee you he hits a home run tonight.
He is the same guy that pretty much sat out the final month of last season when the Red Sox were clearly out of any kind of race because of an "injury" and that mashed his way to a World Series MVP in 2004. He is the same guy that will loaf after a fly ball one inning then make a diving catch the next.
Don't get me wrong. Ramirez is one of the best hitters I have ever seen, but I can't take all the other stuff that goes along with him. I guess the only thing that matters is how he performs when on the field, but you would like to know that he cares a little bit.
I guess it's just Manny being Manny. Good luck, though, explaining those comments to Red Sox Nation.