It was minutes before the 2008 MLB trade deadline, at approximately 3:59 p.m. on Aug. 31, when history was made. Manny Ramirez, the poster child for the Championship-winning Red Sox, was part of a three-way deal between the Dodgers, Pirates, and of course the Sox. The Red Sox acquired Jason Bay from the Pirates in this explosive deal.
Manny is being Manny alright, only this time around, he’s doing it in a blue Dodger uniform under no one else but ex-Yankee manager, Joe Torre. In an article posted on ESPN.com, Torre was quoted saying, “When a player like Manny becomes available, I don’t think there’s a manager in baseball who wouldn’t say they’re interested.”
Manny has joined forces with Torre, and they seem to be getting along quite well. Ramirez also has reunited with recent former Boston players, Derek Lowe and Nomar Garciaparra.
The point is not that Manny is taking the National League by storm, although his .324 average is quite impressive. The real story, however, is how well the Red Sox are handling the loss of the slugger. It was pretty apparent towards the end of Ramirez’s stay with the Sox, that he definitely did not want to be there anymore. His average slumped to under .300, and his efforts in the field were limited at most.
Now, the Red Sox are only one game out, right behind the Tampa Bay Rays, and losing Manny seems to be the last thing on their minds. These boys are going for a back-to-back series win and they aren’t going to let up until they get there. Jason Bay is not exactly a Manny Ramirez caliber player, but he’s not a bust either.
He has shown to be a positive addition to the Red Sox ball club. With an average of .301 with just 39 games under his belt, Bay fits right in with the rest of the team.
So, all I can say to Manny, Torre, and the rest of the boys in blue, is watch out because the Sox are hot on the Rays’ tail, and it’s possible that you will meet up with a force to be reckoned with in the post-season.
October is when it counts!