Mannyfest Destiny

Back in the Hunt

MANNYFEST DESTINY

Manny Ramirez points skyward as the fans go wild as he begins his home run trot following his fourth inning three run home run.

Sox Take Matters into Their Own Bats
The Def Champs are Back in the Playoffs
Wild Sox Send Yanks to the West Coast with 10-1 Romp

"It doesn't matter how you get in as long as you get there. We got a great bunch of guys man, we go out there and have fun all the time. We're gonna do it again." -- 10.2, Manny October on making it to the playoffs for the third year in a row

Manny Set the Tone with His Arm and Broke it Open with His Bat
The Old Stuff: Schilling Steps Up and Shuts Down Bombers
Mueller Stays Hot, Goes Deep; Belli Hits a Bomb in a Pinch
RBI Kings: Ortiz Gets No. 148; Manny Finishes with 145

Jon Gone Wild

Jonathan Papelbon sprays champagne over the head of a teammate in the Boston clubhouse after they clinched the American League Wild Card playoff berth with a 10-1 victory over the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Papelbonafide: Jonathan's on the Roster

“They didn’t want me to get too much work in. He told me, ‘We’re going to need you down the road.’” -- 10.2, Rookie reliever Jonathan Papelbon on his conversation with manager Terry Francona on the mound

The In Crowd

Frank Galasso Illustration

(Boston Dirt Dogs / Frank Galasso, cartoonist)

Sox Get Invited to In Party, But Act Like They've Been There,
Done That, And Worn the 'Wild Card' T-Shirts Before

"We respect each other a lot (Red Sox-Yankees) and it's not out of control in here like it has been in the past. It's like Barry Sanders said about being in the end zone after a touchdown -- act like you're been there before." -- 10.2, Johnny Damon has the right attitude

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Hanley enjoying his return > Victorino slowly getting up to speed > Ramirez fitting right in > Manuel Margot in stars in Salem

Boston Herald:

Pablo Sandoval struggles against lefties continues > Buchholz says he's sorry for the effort > Red Sox doing more right than wrong > Miley put Sox in hole

ProJo:

Brentz walkoff helps PawSox win at McCoy > Marrero more aggressive > Vic ready to make impact > Workman receives PRP injection

NY Post:

The latest way ESPN ruined Sunday Night Baseball > Girardi dusts off Mike Stanley story for Jeter's panicked replacement > Yankees all-in on Carlos Beltran, and that's a problem

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