'Enough is Enough'
Manny: ''09 I Move On'
“I don't want to talk to them about contracts right now. So what? I know they got me, but enough is enough. I'm tired of them, they're tired of me. After 2008, just send me a letter or whatever. You don't even got to call my agent or whatever. 'Hey, thank you for everything. You're going to become a free agent. We're not going to pick up your option in '09.' I’m happy, but enough is enough, you know? That’s it… (what does that mean?) They know, you got to ask Theo and John Henry, they know. I gotta go hit guys. Don’t worry about it. Enough is enough… ’09, I move on.” -- 7.27.08, Manny to reporters in Sox clubhouse before Sunday's game
Gammons: Manny Has Fantasy of $100M Contract
“I don't think there's any question it's a distraction and it's not a humorous distraction because Scott Boras put it very well, 'for $160 million for eight years, there is an obligation to perform for the team,' and Manny doesn't seem to understand he has an obligation to the Red Sox, he only sees an obligation to himself and for the first time other than 2006 when they were out of it, I think it's really come to a head here and I have no idea how it's going to resolve itself because he'll be very happy to walk away; not care less about whether the Red Sox win another game and try and go out on the market this winter and get his fantasy of $100 million for four years, which I don't think is possible. ... I don't think the Red Sox will get anything back [in a trade]... I don't see it happening...
"I find it a little different this time around. I don't sense that this rallying of 'poor Manny' [in the clubhouse]. There's a sense that... they're trying to fight for their lives, they've had a lot of guys hurt, they're out on the road... 'let's see, I'm not going to play the two games this season against [Mariners pitcher Felix] Hernandez. He didn't play the two games against [Yankees pitcher Joba] Chamberlain, He didn't play against [Reds pitcher Edinson] Voquez, he didn't play against [Tigers pitcher Justin] Verlander. I think other teammates look at that and say ''oh, he doesn't want to play against the hard throwers,' take the day... I think that's also worn people out. ...
"Apparently $168 million isn't enough. I know there's been frustration on ownership's part in the past. I think the frustration is now anger and I'm not sure it's resolvable." -- 7.27.08, Peter Gammons to WBZ-TV's Dan Roche before Sunday's game
Rosenthal: Manny Considered Sitting Until KC Series
“...several days before Ramirez missed two games, citing a knee problem, Red Sox players sensed from his demeanor that he was about to shut down.
"Once Ramirez was out, he told some teammates that he might not play "until Kansas City" — a series that begins a week from Monday, after the Red Sox's current nine-game homestand.
"Management responded forcefully, sending Ramirez for MRIs on both knees and telling him that there would be consequences if the tests came back clean. Once they did, their message to Ramirez was clear: You need to play." -- 7.27.08, Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Manny: 'I Can Play in Iraq'
“I could choose a team that offers me the best conditions or one in the chase for the postseason. I don't care where I play, I can even play in Iraq if need be. My job is to play baseball." -- 7.27.08, Manny to ESPNdeportes
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