The Greatest Article Ever

And I’m not even close to finished. The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath profiles Manny Ramirez.

In Boston, where the “knights of the keyboard,” in Ted Williams’s
famous formulation, cover baseball the way affairs of state are covered
in Washington, Ramirez remains a phenomenon more discussed than
understood. They share sightings, transcribe every utterance, and
speculate about the induction speech he’ll give in Cooperstown circa
2015. But for some reason I have not seen it remarked upon that Ramirez
chose to name both of his first two sons Manny, Jr.

There’s a lot more good stuff in the piece. Enjoy.

14 comments… add one
  • george foreman complex is what that’s called………..and still no one brings up the pizza throwing incident. your guy’s loss. it was the funniest thing i’ve seen in years.

    sf rod April 16, 2007, 6:54 pm
  • the pizza throwing incident?! Please tell.

    Nick-YF April 16, 2007, 6:56 pm
  • Beckett moved to 3-0 by limiting the Angels to one run in six innings on Monday.
    another dominant performance by a Red Sox starter….
    how’s your pitching doing, cashman?
    you should be fired.

    JP-Yf April 16, 2007, 7:27 pm
  • Yeesh, step back from the ledge. It was like this at the beginning of the season last year, too. Remember what happened?
    Anyway, the pizza-throwing was awesome. Pop foul to the edge of the stands, and two guys holding beers swipe at the ball, preventing a foulout for Drew and spilling 6 dollar beer all over themselves. Perfect fans. Then this one weirdo in a Patriots fleece a couple rows back hurls a pizza right at one of the guys who swiped at the ball, for no apparent reason other than it was entirely on purpose. Patriots fan was ejected. The NESN announcers got a kick out of it.
    It’ll definitely be on YouTube.

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 7:35 pm
  • Well, I was searching youtube and I found this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dD3mayVSLA
    You guys are famous!

    Andrew April 16, 2007, 7:39 pm
  • I am working on the pizza throw. I hope to have something up soon.

    SF April 16, 2007, 7:47 pm
  • Just another example of someone ripping off the ideas that bloggers came up with to fill a void on TV or newspaper! ha.
    What’s next, and ESPN haiku contest?
    ha.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • Just another example of someone ripping off the ideas that bloggers came up with to fill a void on TV or newspaper! ha.
    What’s next, an ESPN haiku contest?
    ha.

    Brad April 16, 2007, 8:15 pm
  • Ramirez’s appearance—he styles his hair in dreadlocks, wears a uniform cut for a sumo wrestler, and smiles broadly and indiscriminately—hints at this extracurricular flakiness, and even gives off a whiff of pothead.
    I love this line. I wonder if Manny toked up, then played as himself in MLB-2K7, would he be lights out? Or would he just get distracted by the Devil Dogs on the kitchen counter and be reduced to something like Coco Crisp?

    SF April 16, 2007, 8:42 pm
  • Long article, great read.

    attackgerbil April 16, 2007, 9:21 pm
  • Entirely irrelevant…but…
    Hey YF, your book just came up on a library search…so I realized asking you for a bit of advice may be a good idea. If anyone else has a suggestion, that’d be cool too.
    I’m writing a paper about race/racism in Boston; specifically, I’m trying to look at the way the city developed its less than stellar reputation with regard to race relations, and what impact the Red Sox and Celtics had on the situation. It seems like the two teams have racial histories that are effectively mirror opposites, so I’m trying to look at why, and how the city itself–particularly local media–covered the two clubs.
    Off the top of your head, any suggestions on books that might help in my endeavor? I know Boston sports probably isn’t your specific area of expertise, but there may be some books on the subject of race and baseball (or basketball?) more broadly that I’m not yet aware of. Thanks.

    desturbd1 April 16, 2007, 11:17 pm
  • I’m not an expert in race relations in Boston, though the place I’d begin is with J. Anthony Lukas’s “Common Ground.” I’m not sure what he has about sports in there.

    YF April 17, 2007, 12:58 am
  • D1, I never read it but I think Howard Bryant’s book, Shut Out, is supposed to be good and it’s all about Boston’s racist history in connection to baseball.

    Nick-YF April 17, 2007, 6:47 am
  • “But for some reason I have not seen it remarked upon that Ramirez chose to name both of his first two sons Manny, Jr.”
    I wonder why Manny didn’t name his two sons Manny Jr. and Manny Jr. Jr. instead.
    And if Manny had a daughter, he could name her Manuela.
    You can never have enough Manny-related names.

    yf2k April 17, 2007, 10:29 am

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