Turning People Against You 101. Your Professor: Manny Ramirez

At the beginning of July, very few Red Sox fans wanted to see Manny Ramirez traded away from the team. By the end of July, essentially every Sox fan agreed he needed to go — but most were grateful for the memories and regretful that things had turned so badly, for whatever reasons.

Even those last outposts of fondness may disappear, however, if George King’s reporting is correct (not a given) in today’s New York Post.

Having successfully orchestrated his divorce from Boston and his landing in with the Dodgers, Manny Ramirez would like to make life miserable for the Red Sox during the next few seasons.

According to people who have spoken to the eccentric outfielder since he was dealt to L.A. on July 31, Ramirez wants to sign a free-agent deal with the this offseason and get 19 chances a year to punish Boston.

"He wants to play for the Yankees so he can get at the Red Sox," a close friend of Ramirez’s told The Post.

Looks like Scott Boras is getting an early start.

5 comments… add one
  • Back in 2005 (or 2006?) he said he would consider playing for the Yankees. Not a great prospect, though with all the money coming off the books I would make the deal if I was a Steinbrenner.

    Atheose August 9, 2008, 4:35 pm
  • Not surprising whatsoever. He did grow up right there (if I’m not mistaken), so he probably wants to go out in his hometown. I probably would, if I were in his shoes. Oh well, it was (mostly) fun while it lasted with Manny.

    DUFF - SF August 9, 2008, 5:33 pm
  • I hope it doesn’t happen, but hey, he’d get paid a very large sum of money (it’s the Yankees, people) to play where he grew up. Pretty good deal for Manny.

    Devine August 10, 2008, 12:15 am
  • God no.

    nettles August 10, 2008, 1:56 am
  • Punish the Red Sox for what? The millions of dollars they paid him? For not letting him push around staff?

    mantooth August 10, 2008, 9:07 am

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