A huge unanswered questions on this, the last say of the Red Sox’ season. Have we seen the last of one of the greatest 3-4 combos in baseball history? David Ortiz is in the lineup today; Manny Ramirez is not.
Today will almost certainly end in curtain calls for Trot Nixon (Wily Mo Pena sealed his fate earlier this season), Mark Loretta (who The Providence Journal thinks is all but certain to be replaced by Dustin Pedroia) and Alex Gonzalez (he wants a multiyear deal).
Unless he pinch hits, we may have seen the last of Manny. The wisdom of whatever decision might be made about him can be debated later. For now, it’s apparent that the Sox could be saying good-bye to their second baseman, shortstop and entire starting outfield this off-season.
And what a long off-season it will be. It’s dreary in New England today. The Sox say they will try to get the game in. Let’s hope so. And let’s hope Ramirez gets one last at-bat. He deserves a standing ovation, as do Gold Glove deservee Gonzalez, longtime Dirt Dog Nixon and Mr. Professional Loretta.
Meanwhile, if Ortiz hits one last home run in his historic season, he will become the only player in major league history to finish with 55 dingers.