Emptiness

“No Manny in Boston leaves an emptiness in the Yankee-Sox rivalry,” says Alex Belth. I have to agree. I’m going to miss the lug. Funny that he meets up with another rivalry legend, Joe Torre. Is this where they’ll all end up? A-Rod, Jeter, Youk, Dustin, Beckett, Joba in La-La Land in 2017?

It’s not a sad day for a Yanks fan, but I can’t say I’m happy. Is it because the Sox did well in getting back Jason Bay? Probably. But maybe there’s more to it.

Update: The Yanks have sent The Attorney General to DC for 22-year old AA reliever Jhonny Nunez.

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  • Frank McCourt is intrigued by your idea and would like to give you a five year, $47 million front office contract.
    I’m a little surprised by Belth’s ‘emptiness’ comment. I take your word for it on how you feel personally, Nick, but does the rivalry really depend so much on any one player? Even if that could be the case, was Manny THAT player?
    And exactly how many Jhonny’s spell their name that way out there anyway?

    FenSheaParkway July 31, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • I don’t know, but there’s that dude from the Indians, Peralta or something like that..

    Lar July 31, 2008, 7:27 pm
  • Well yeah, but I always thought he was the only one and then this Nunez guy pops up. I kind of dig it, actually, but I didn’t figure it would be common enough to occur twice in the same profession like that.

    FenSheaParkway July 31, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • Just said it elsewhere, but feel like repeating it here:
    I’m a relatively new Sox fan (October ’03), and this is the first time I’m feeling true, true grief at a player departing. I loved that fucking guy. I’ve always wanted to shake his hand and thank him for making it fun to watch while he seemed to have fun doing it. I love his quirkiness, in spite of all the drama that came with it. I love his hair, his uniform, the pouty/worried looks he gets on his face at the plate sometimes. He was a big part of my perception of the Red Sox’ character, and I’m going to miss him so, so much. I thank Whatever that he got to deliver his biggest blow last October in a championship run. I was so happy at that moment. So happy about winning and the advantage in the ALDS and so happy for him. I hope time brings us to say, 2024 and a great big ceremony commemorating the 2004 championship and Manny getting the rousing ovation he deserves for his part in our time of triumph. But tonight, it’s like I’ve lost a friend, like he’s moving away, and we’ll visit, but it’ll never be the same again.
    That said, I can see why Theo made the deal. But to me, it’s a 2009 deal. We got cheaper and younger and still pretty damn talented and we got rid of pieces that weren’t going to be useful this year and probably next (as for the $7 million…who cares when you have the financial clout of the Sox?). The calculating part of me sees Theo’s plan and says, “Yeah, way to go, guy, I think I like what I see there.” But 2008-rooter’s all, “Dude, where’s my bullpen?” and “MANNY!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”

    Devine July 31, 2008, 8:40 pm
  • Manny is an icon. It’s tough any time you lose an icon..

    Lar July 31, 2008, 8:50 pm
  • Wait, Devine, October 2003? You’re a bandwagon fan?!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    Just kidding. I’m totally with you on the Manny loss. While I’ve taken comfort in Paul’s analysis and stats on Bay, none of that captures what it feels like as a fan to lose someone you thought almost 162 days a year.
    At least the Yanks are losing tonight. Every little bit helps!

    stuck working July 31, 2008, 9:56 pm
  • From the LA Times:
    Frank McCourt said that the Dodgers had acquired Ramirez at the end of a news conference announcing that the semifinals and final of the 2009 World Baseball Classic would be held at Dodger Stadium, stunning some of the players who attended the event.
    “I didn’t know what he was talking about,” Chan Ho Park said. “I thought he was talking about Manny Mota.”

    I'mBillMcNeal August 1, 2008, 12:27 am
  • Yawkey Way Store moves Manny items to clearance.
    The real loser today was baseball, because Manny again got away with shoving someone to the floor. He’s not being held accountable. Probably never will.
    In the end, we got what we paid for. Manny brought us joy and elation and two championships. And that swing. Oh, that sweet, sweet swing!
    But when he arrived, it was all about the money, so we got frustration, irritation and embarrassment. Pursed lips, apologists and excuses. And when he left, it was all about the money.
    Adios, Manuel. We’ve always got karma.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 1, 2008, 12:39 am
  • “…Manny brought us joy and elation and two championships….”
    and, isn’t that what it’s all about bill?…sfs have ranted about yfs only caring about winning, but that’s what you folks care about too…sure, there’s more to the game, but winning is cool…

    dc August 1, 2008, 12:47 am
  • sfs have ranted about yfs only caring about winning, but that’s what you folks care about too
    You’re ignoring the fact that he listed “joy and elation” before the two championships dc ;-)

    Atheose August 1, 2008, 8:47 am
  • Fess up. How many Sox fans wore their No. 24 Manny jerseys to bed last night, softing crying into their pillows now that Manny is gone?

    SoxFan August 1, 2008, 8:50 am
  • I don’t have a Manny jersey, SoxFan. But everything else you said is true.
    It’s like a messy breakup. You rationalize it in your head because you know it’s the right thing to do, but that doesn’t make it any easier when they’re gone.

    Atheose August 1, 2008, 8:53 am
  • Manny homered in his first at-bat. Bay has a lot to live up to tonight.

    Atheose August 1, 2008, 8:58 am
  • Well, that’s that.
    It’s only a matter of time before the new Boston left fielder makes some gaffe and the media headlines read:
    Bay being Baby

    Hudson August 1, 2008, 9:14 am
  • Manny who!?
    ;-)

    SF August 1, 2008, 9:17 am
  • “sfs have ranted about yfs only caring about winning, but that’s what you folks care about too…sure, there’s more to the game, but winning is cool…”
    Winning is DAMN cool.
    What I was trying to say was that I really loved watching him hit, especially when he was dialed in. And ESPECIALLY when hit hits helped us win.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 1, 2008, 9:20 am
  • “It’s only a matter of time before the new Boston left fielder makes some gaffe and the media headlines read:
    Bay being Baby”
    Nope. Try:
    E-Bay

    I'mBillMcNeal August 1, 2008, 9:21 am
  • My son put on his Manny T-shirt this morning.
    Then he changed his mind.

    I'mBillMcNeal August 1, 2008, 9:23 am
  • Sox finally update roster, but no number for Bay yet.
    Who gets recalled from P’tucket for Hansen?
    Aardsma due back yet? Colon?

    I'mBillMcNeal August 1, 2008, 9:25 am
  • Probably Bowden until Aardsma is ready.
    E-Bay is genius. I hope it never gets used though, cause that would mean he’s sucking.

    Atheose August 1, 2008, 9:27 am
  • “I thought he was talking about Manny Mota.”
    Almost lost my breakfast over that.

    IronHorse (yf) August 1, 2008, 10:03 am
  • Someone on SoSH had a good quip yesterday, saying that Manny heard he’d be playing for Torre so he got in his SUV and drove to the Bronx.

    SF August 1, 2008, 10:21 am
  • “E-Bay is genius. I hope it never gets used though, cause that would mean he’s sucking.”
    Thank you.
    After I posted that, I realized that it would be on the back of the NY Post if he ever gaffe’s to cost the RS a game against NYY.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2008, 10:36 am
  • The Dugout has a somewhat funny comic about Manny, where he arrives in LA and says “Where do you guys keep your Green Monster?”

    Atheose August 1, 2008, 10:36 am
  • “gaffe’s”
    Jesus. That is the worst, most annoying, most irritating typo I ever see, the unnecessary apostrophe on a plural word.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2008, 10:39 am
  • Gnats waive loduca, estrada lopez.

    I'm Bill McNeal August 1, 2008, 10:40 am

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