Clay in Disarray;
Eck Rips Manny
Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz reacts after being struck by a ball hit by Anaheim Angels' Vladimir Guerrero during the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim, California July 18, 2008.
(Reuters Photo)

Buchholz Battered in Anaheim; Sox Tripped Up

Friday Night Box: Anaheim 11, Boston 3
Globe: Red Sox are Clay Pigeons
Second Straight Stumble: 5th Starter Can't Make It to Through the 5th
Buchholz Better Figure It Out Before the Next Bus to Pawtucket
Youk (No. 16), Good Time Manny (No. 19) Go Deep... Then Nothin' Doin' on Offense
More Messages to Sox Management? Ramirez Takes a Seat on Maicer Izturis's Popup
Cora, Cora, Cora! Error, Error, Error!
Celebrity Sox Fan Sighting: Michael Chiklis Strolling Up Newbury Street Late Night

"I know Bob Ryan thinks I should quit, but I'm not dead yet. I may be getting there." -- 7.18.08, Terry Francona


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(Eckersley - Boston Globe Photo / Lynne Hillman | Manny - Reuters Photo )

"It's upsetting to me, and not as an ex-player and watching this from afar. I've had guys that used to talk about their contracts all the time, Rickey Henderson, and it's just bothersome, even when I was there. And now I'm not there. I don't know the temperature of what's happening over there but I've watched what's been going down, and nobody at home... and there's people scuffling, not making very much money and this guy's dropping a $20 million bomb like it's no big deal, I'm in the driver's seat, this, that... that's bothersome to me, to watch this go on like that with Manny. I respect the guy. He's one of the greatest players ever, but this is tired, to me. The players put up with it because they have to. I don't have to. I can come on this show [NESN pregame] and tell you I don't like it. And I don't like the way Manny plays this game, not so much the way he plays it, but the way he's playing his act with his contract. I don't want to hear about it to be honest with you. He's making a lot of money. He's been making a lot of money a long, long time, eight years, all of a sudden he starts chirpin' about the last year, it's because all of a sudden it's money time again. That's about all I can say about that right now because I don't want to go too far." -- 7.18.08, Dennis Eckersley on Manny Being Greedy

Shaughnessy: Did Ramirez Intentionally Fan Flames?
Edes Update: Manny Was Fined for McCormick Melee, But Just $10-$15k;
Sox Don't Think Manny Went Down on Purpose

Lobel: Manny Fined Six-Figures for McCormick Shove
Perception Exists That May Have Mailed It in vs. Mariano in NY
Survey: Should the Sox Pick Up Manny's $20 Million Option?
Boras to Meet with Manny on the Future
Red Socks Diaries: Press Conference with Manny

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