Although Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry refused comment on
Ramírez yesterday, president and CEO Larry Lucchino downplayed the
"I think it’s a stale issue," Lucchino said. "You guys are making a tempest in a teapot."
Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, however, was not as dismissive.
is a huge one for us to wait out and see what actually happens,"
Varitek said. "We can only go off [whether] it happens, what to do.
There’s not a whole lot to do. If it’s a ‘post’ thing and already
occurred, it changes the dynamics quite a bit.
"He’s scheduled to
be here, what is it, March 1? We hear he’s in great shape and ready to
go. We’ll see what happens [when] we get him here March 1."
Didn’t the captain get the memo? What does he mean when he says that this is "huge"? Does he have doubts that Manny will actually report? Does he have secret information? Does Manny’s trade demand actually have teeth this year? At least one writer thinks this latest episode will rekindle Manny trade talks. As things appear to settle down to cliche-laden soundbites (no more of this sleep-over talk) in Yankees camp, the intrigue grows in Sox land.
Hat tip to Boston Dirt Dogs.