Manny Ramirez is really not a part of the team, he’s in the back, in the trainer’s room, not really taking a leadership role. If he was a leader, he would be with the rest of his team and honestly, over the last couple of years, he hasn’t been a leader and that’s not very good.
So sayeth Jim Rice, who apparently has already forgotten that in the “last couple of years” the Red Sox won a World Series with Manny’s absence of leadership. One wonders just what the Sox could have done if only Manny had spent time snapping towels in the locker room, or talking to Dustin Pedroia about how to improve as a hitter, or giving pep talks to Josh Beckett about how to get fired up for a playoff game, or giving advice to Jon Lester about how to bounce back from chemo.
Most ironically, this comment comes from a guy who shoved a 57 year old man after being removed for a pinch hitter in the heat of a pennant race. Not exactly an authority on “leadership”, right?
Paul may be tired of this stuff. Me, I am just sick of it.