Red Sox Trade: Change for Left, for Right

2 08 2008

Yes, this is a political parable. If nobody but Chris O’Donnell gets it, that’s good enough for me.

Did you see that heartwarming and exciting game last night, a bleary, disoriented, young and shy Bay scoring both runs for his brand-new, newly energized and extremely appreciative team and community?

Manny Ramirez versus Jason Bay — two MLB players with arguably interchangeable hitting and fielding stats this year. So why trade them at all, if this was just about numerically comparing their paper trail to see what they can deliver right now?

Worse, if you only look backward, this trade looks risky and stupid.

Manny was the maverick, the talented and experienced veteran with the well-known and beloved narrative, no argument there, the MVP during Boston’s first curse-breaking championship run in 2004, and whose personal “surge” to 500 homers “worked” in 2008.

So he’s already assured of his own personal Hall of Fame berth but now he wants to collect the singular personal wealth and acclaim he feels he deserves, which is obscenely unjustifiable except that that’s how America has allowed worth to be counted.

(Maybe he’s gotten bad advice from his cynical and mercenary handlers, who DO judge total player worth only by the numbers, because that’s what pumps up the numbers on their own paychecks?)

Yet trading them one for the other made a huge difference to the viable future of the Red Sox Nation yesterday, and to the fun we’ll all have getting there together.

Guess who was better in THIS time and THIS place for THESE fans, who today are so weary of ego over team, so disenchanted with incoherent self-absorbed media antics and Manny’s literal lashing out at those who won’t hit him back in kind, because they know he’s changed and not in a good way, and just think it’s time for him to go.

What matters utterly is the very different power of story inside their heads, and ours. That’s what creates the reality we live in, not stats and not paychecks and not cynically divisive claims of their profiteering agents.

“He had a remarkable run here,” said [Theo] Epstein. “His whole career has been remarkable. He’s one of the best right-handed hitters in history and his numbers speak for themselves. He was a key part of two World Series teams. No one can ever take that away from him. We’re not going to. We don’t want to. We wish him well going forward and realize as we sit here today on Aug. 1 that’s now in our past and we’re moving forward as a team.”

Is America still playing in the majors, in it to win it?
Is Theo Epstein old enough to run for president yet?




8 responses

2 08 2008

My theory is that his new agent Scott BorASS put him up to the shenanigans. Since Manny’s old agent negotiated the Red Sox deal, Scott was facing making nothing on Manny over the next two years if the Sox picked up his options. So he forced the issue to make sure the Red Sox would not pick up the options, and in the process overplayed the hand and got a swift kick in the ass on the way out the door.

BTW, Manny grounded into a double play to end the game last night.

If that 12th inning triple had been just a few feet higher Bay would have a walk off home run in his Red Sox debut. Now THAT would have been a story!

2 08 2008

Hey, it was close enough for er, government work . . . 😉

2 08 2008

Way to go New Guy! He just hit his first-ever Red Sox homer over the Green Monster . . .

3 08 2008

I just realized that in this long and difficult relationship, clean-cut looking white guy never accuses black guy of “playing the race card” as a way to inoculate himself as white guy from any race card-playing charges.

Not in the baseball version of the game, I mean.

So either there’s actually no race-card dirty dealing involved, or he’s a lot smarter than McCain’s OR Manny’s agents. Both probably. And this is a guy who once wore a gorilla suit in public . . .

3 08 2008

And after the next trade deadline — the first Tuesday in November — I hope to feel much like our baseball surrogates did the day after dumping the old for the new:

[His] credibility was so damaged and his behavior so unpredictable that they had little choice but to part ways . . . they were able to give an exhale-inducing goodbye to the unneeded tension, drama and antics of an enigmatic slugger who had clearly overstayed his welcome and appeared to be doing anything he could to rip the club apart.

3 08 2008

John McCain says he knows how to win wars and how to capture Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice, also how to fix the whole oil-energy dependency thing.

Trying to picture how it would be received if Manny said to the press, I know how to hustle, how to fire up all burners, and I’ve known for 20 years but I’ve been waiting until the time was right, so if you sign me to a huge new contract, I will do it.
But not til then . . .

5 08 2008

The baseball analogy is lost on me but I do know that McCain an Obama both need better lighting. Or microderm abrasion.


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