"Manny being Manny," a phrase that gives Theo Epstein nightmares. And where and when did this phrase originate?
The Red Sox sure let Manny be Manny and it did bring them two World Championships. However, many headaches along the way as well.
So exactly what does the phrase "Manny being Manny" mean?
Does it mean, let Manny be himself and happy and he'll produce like no one else? Or does it mean let a small child, act like a small child? For the Red Sox it meant a little of both. He produces like no other but created more problems than the Cold War!
For the fans, Manny is fun to watch because you don't know what is coming next. Is he going behind the green moster to releive himself or hit a cannon shot over the wall? Will he throw to the wrong cut off man, or attack Youkilis in the dugout?
But Manny is gone from Boston and looking for a new home. But he seems to be finding it hard to find a new team to disrupt. I wonder if Manny realizes how good he had it in Boston or is he too spoiled to realize it.
Manny is incredible to watch when he is at the plate. In fact I don't remember enjoying to watch anyone else hit as much since Jim Rice. The difference is Jim Rice is respected by many and is often seen golfing, etc. around the community.
While Manny left Boston in a truly disgraceful manner. He lost the respect of his team mates and the fans. That is why one of the best right handed hitters of all time can't find a team to play for.
A true hitting machine after 16 seasons Manny has compiled some really nice numbers like a .314 lifetime batting average with 527 home runs. And has been just as good in the post season. In 103 post season games he has 28 home runs and 74 runs batted in, while batting .286. But with all this comes the baggage of "Manny being Manny."
So will someone sign Manny this offseason?
Yes, someone will sign Manny. The bigger question is, will they regret it or not?