Manny being… ah, who cares?
There’s speculation about just what kind of reception Manny Ramirez will receive from the fans at Fenway tonight, when the slouching slugger returns to Boston for the first time since his notorious departure two summers ago. Will he be booed? Will he be cheered? Which does he deserve?
He deserves both, and neither. Yes, he was a big time hitter for the Red Sox during their two championship seasons. But let’s not pretend he did it out of the goodness of his heart. He was paid as an elite hitter, and all he did was what he was paid for. And the way he left Boston was a disgrace.
So, the best way for the Fenway Faithful to greet Ramirez is with indifference. No boos, no cheers, just a big, “Who cares?” When Carl Beane announces that number 99 is stepping to the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time, just read your program, look at the score board, check your e-mail. Just ignore the guy in the Dodger uniform.
That’s what will get under his skin. That’s what he can’t stand… not being the center of attention. It’s Manny being some guy we no longer care about.