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Mixed greeting for Ramirez in Boston

Posted on: June 18, 2010 7:34 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2010 1:06 am
 

Manny Ramirez Once again on Friday, the rest of the baseball world was held hostage to the self-loathing, self-importance that can only be the world surrounding the Boston Red Sox.

We've all understood the ESPN has solid itself out to the new Evil Empire, turning Baseball Tonight into NES(P)N, but now MLB Network is joining the show.

Even though MLB Network -- which usually does a good job of showing teams other than the Red Sox and Yankees -- was televising Stephen Strasburg's third start, we got a slow music, fuzzy focus on the good times and bad times from Tom Verducci. Verducci, who is usually above such hyperbole, called the Red Sox fans' reaction a "referendum" of Ramirez's 1,083 games with the Red Sox.

And then, with two outs in Washington and a runner on third, we get a cut in to Andre Ethier's at-bat in Boston, just so we could get all of the Manny overreaction. Of course, Either grounded out, so we got another break in when the second inning started in Boston.

So what was the result? Well, about what you'd expect from a crowd of 37,000 or so -- a little bit of everything. There were cheers from people in Red Sox garb, more from those who braved Fenway in Dodger gear, some boos, an aborted "Man-ny" chant, camera phones taking crappy pictures, some guy with a smirk with a sign about steroids who isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is. In the end, the Boston fans had an opportunity to show why they think they're the center of the baseball universe -- and unfortunately much of the baseball world once again obliged.

And in the anticlimactic moment of the night, Ramirez swung at the first pitch and lined out to center.

Oh, and Roger Clemens is at the game. Be still my heart!

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2010 10:06 am
 

Mixed greeting for Ramirez in Boston

Hey CTR,

Help me out here.  The Yankees, Red Sox and Rays have the 3 best records in MLB.  The Dodgers are not far behind.  Would you rather they started showing Pirates games?  Every major sport covers the teams that are relavent.  The NFL bumps games all the time if the games is between two lousy teams.  I understand the aversion to the artificial "Red Sox Nation" crap that was created by ownership when present ownership took over.  I hate the "Pink Hats" at the game waving to the camera and texting self pics to their friends during the game.  Unfortunately, like the obscene amount of coverage that you complain about, it's all a product of winning records. 

And I'd love to have a bad day at work like that!  Let me know when I can sign up for that!

Cool



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:25 pm
 

Mixed greeting for Ramirez in Boston

you have a job? sometimes you do things you don't like because that's your job? that's what i did

also, on the left side of your keyboard there's a key called "caps lock" -- if you hit that one more time, you won't type in all caps.

-- ctr




Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:05 pm
 

Mixed greeting for Ramirez in Boston

TRENT - I GUESS THE QUESTION THAT NEEDS TO BE ASKED IS:  IF YOU ARE SO DISGUSTED BY THE HYPE IN BOSTON, WHY ARE YOU PERPETUATING IT BY WRITING YOUR OWN SELF-LOATHING PIECE?


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