Manny Ramirez will not play in the All-Star Game this year, no surprise to Red Sox fans who have heard Terry Francona talk for nearly a week about the likelihood that the slugger’s sore knee would keep him from seeing action in the game.
Buster Olney apparently thinks this is horrible.
Manny Ramirez shouldn’t be on the ballot in 2007, or 2008, or any year going forward, until he informs Major League Baseball that he wants to participate in the All-Star Game. If and when he wants back in, his name can be restored to the ballot.
Give me a break. This isn’t a third-grade field trip.Name me one Red Sox fan who would rather see Manny play in the All-Star Game than rest a knee that has clearly cost him time during the games that actually count.
If Olney finds the questions surrounding Ramirez’s knee dubious, he need only do a little research — foreign to most ESPN pundits and commentators — that for the past month, the slugger has sat out and been sat early because of the problem. I’ll gladly give Ramirez the three days off to rest his knee so we can have those games in September than risk him aggravating it (a la Pedro’s shoulder, 1999) in a meaningless exhibition.
There are problems with the All-Star setup *coughRedmancough*. Letting hurting-but-unDLed players rest during the break is far from being one of them.