So we don’t need to spend too much time establishing our bona fides with regards to Manny’s, shall we say, lack of outward devotion and ballyard jingoism to all things Red Sox. And we also don’t need to remind everyone that we’ll defend his god-given abilities to just about anyone who might demean the ridiculously gifted
right left (EDIT: brain fart – it’s spring training!) fielder (that means you, John-YF). But without sounding too pro-Manny it seems that the recent shenanigans regarding Manny’s "lateness" to Spring Training and his AWOLish (not to be confused with a-holeish) behavior with respects to the WBC are at least half off. First of all, regarding those accusing Manny showing up late to work, he’s not. El Guapo’s Ghost perused the CBA and it’s clear after a quick calendar review that Manny needs to show up March 1, no earlier. Argue all you want about what he should do, but what he’s required to do is not debatable. So Steve Buckley should stow his poison pen. He accuses Manny of "long since caring about the Red Sox", but how Buckley can substantiate this carelessness I have no clue, since he has about as much access to Manny as I do right now. It seems to me like we could turn that claim back on Buckley’s with regards to his relationship to the truth.
Now, regarding the WBC. This lack of disclosure regarding participation is a problem. For all the bashing of A-Rod we gleefully engaged in here, at least A-Rod (however torturedly) decided weeks in advance about his involvement. In this context, we think that Manny is doing the Dominican Republic, the tournament, and paying customers a disservice. Either let them know you’re coming or not. If you want to play, great – we admire those who participate even as we understand the dilemma in weighing joining the fledgling competition and risking injury against the desire to rest up and get ready for the paying day job. But Manny needs (and needed, long ago) to make a decision.