The story never gained the clarity it needed in order to soothe the pain of sports fans in response to the exit of Ramirez to the Dodgers. Yet there were a few who, over the last couple of months, had defended the player who had allegedly caused a ruckus in the Red Sox organization and forced his way out of Beantown to the West Coast.
At long last, Bill Simmons has shed some light on this murky canvas.
Simmons has essentially written a treatise on the correlating characters and influential events of the Manny Ramirez-Red Sox saga. From what he has published, there can be no heated contention that any other analysis, regardless of its source, merits any equivalence to what has been showcased on ESPN's Page 2.
This article is a must-read for anyone who has an assumption about the insanity Manny Ramirez brought to the clubhouse, the hypocritical history of Theo Epstein, the justification of Manny's departure (and Jason Bay's arrival), and the details sourced by the local and national media outlets.
This could be, just by the importance of the story, the best sports article of the year. It is a very long essay, but please be patient and try to take all of it in.
I don't want to detail what is said in the article, but I would like your take on it. After you read it, come back and tell me what you think.
P.S.: If you are from Boston, you will start hearing NESN/WEEI lambasting this article. Read the article fully. Don't skim, and give me your honest opinion.