It’s gotten a bit much in Fort Myers. Manny Ramirez showed up today, in great shape, took his physical and stepped in — against Daisuke Matsuzaka. Plenty of storylines, not the least of which is that Manny showed up three days before the team said he had to, and one day before Major League Baseball said he had to. To recap, that means Manny Ramirez is ONE DAY EARLY TO CAMP.
So, of course, in a press conference with his agent, the Boston sports media tackle the important questions:
Manny is 34 now. Do you think it’s time for him to be more accountable instead of being babied like a 12-year-old?
[Genske:] “Well, I wouldn’t accept your characterization of his behavior to begin with, and again I’ll just say he’s reported to spring training here, he’s happy to be here he’s here before he’s required to be here, either by the team or the mandatory report date. He’s happy to be here and ready to go.”
Do you think since he’s your meal ticket, you should try to help him grow up?
[Genske:] “Again, I wouldn’t agree with your characterization, either of Manny’s behavior or of whatever else you’re talking about.”
Let me repeat: Manny Ramirez showed up early to camp! He … showed up … EARLY … to camp. Earlier than the team expected him, and earlier than the league required him. That is all.
Also: OK. That’s not all.
Later in the linked transcript, Genske and Manny’s other agent, Gene Matos, talked about Ramirez’s knee — he had it worked on in November and December, underwent a rehab program and now feels 100 percent. I wonder if Edes, Shaughnessy or any of the other Knights of the Keyboard plan to write a rebuttal, explaining just how they knew so well that Manny was faking the injury — beyond the usual "I’ve got super-duper secret sources that you don’t have, so just take my word for it" crap they’ve been falling back on for so many months.
Like Lockland and Brad stated in the thread below, the actions of the press here have been atrocious. If this were any other section of the newspaper, someone would be requesting sources and questioning motives, and certain writers would be scrambling for their jobs. Sadly, because it’s sports, they can continue to get away with whatever shabby excuses for journalism they come up with.