Friday, January 23, 2009
Manny can be "Manny" somewhere else, thanks.
Remember this guy? This was the up-and-comer, Manny Ramirez, back around 1992. He was one of the leading prospects for the Tribe's rebuilding phase. And, boy did he help rebuild the Tribe! Man, the Indians were smokin' in those days (well, the ones following anyway).
And, so it is that 17 years later, a young boy posed the question to Mark Shapiro, "Could you sign Manny?" To which Shapiro replied, "COULD I or WOULD I?"
Frankly, I think the answer should be the same, regardless of the question. Yes, Manny is a top-notch player, one of the best players today. But, frankly, he belongs on the Yankees. Why? Because that team is chock full of players that are self-centered hot-shots who not only spell 'team' with an 'i,' they spell it with a very large UPPERCASE "I" at that.
If the Tribe somehow managed to win some kind of lottery and decided to blow the one-time payout on ManRam, I would of course treat him like I do anyone wearing a Tribers uniform. But, I would do it while smiling between gnashed teeth.
I used to be a huge Manny Ramirez fan. I am not a 'ManRam'/'Manny being Manny' fan.
there have always been the hot-shot players, I know. And in today's life of arbitration and free agency, I know that a team is not what it used to be. But, still, let someone else deal with the egos and shenanigans of players like that which the rookie pictured above has turned into....