Posts Tagged ‘John Henry is offended’

Red Sox Need to Wake Up: I’m with Manny…

July 18, 2008

A report came out today that Boston Red Sox owner John Henry was “offended” by Manny Ramirez’s comments about his contract situation for the coming season.

Offended? John Henry should be happy Manny even takes his calls. Manny is the commodity, not John Henry. Let’s see what Manny said:

I want no more [expletive] where they tell you one thing and behind your back they do another thing. I think I’ve earned that respect, for a team to sit down with me and tell me this is what we want, this is what we want to do.

And here is John Henry’s reaction:

I find remarks that we have been anything other than completely straightforward to be personally offensive. Manny has been a crucial part of two world championships. I do not believe we would have won either without him. He has never played a more important role than he has thus far this year.

Yeah, you’re damn right you wouldn’t have won EITHER Championship without Manny.

And don’t you forget it. Hey, Manny may be Manny.

He may be loose and child-like, happy go lucky and easy ed, but don’t get it twisted, YOU OWE MANNY RESPECT, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

Manny is the first round Hall of Famer. Manny is the dude who you can pencil in each year to either lead or be close to the leading theleague in RBIs, homers, runs and points up to Jesus Cristos, ok? If Manny says that he doesn’t know where he stands with the organization, then that means you have failed to provide him, your star player, with the requisite amount of comfort and/or communication to make him comfortable.

Do you job rather than talking about how “offended” you are. Offended? This is a man’s game and a man’s business. Talk to Manny. Make him comfortable and watch the wins pile up. And keep Manny’s name out your mouth there unless you’ve got praise for the man. The mere fact that Manny had to say anything is the front office’s fault to begin with.

You need him more than he needs you. He’s delivered while you sat up in the seats eating $8 hotdogs and performing awkward ass high fives. Meanwhile, Manny is at yet another All-Star game making your look good. Get the deal done. It’s just that simple.

– Lake