The Real Deal

BDD -- Manny negotiations continue
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Ramirez Now a Distraction for Dodgers as Talks Drag On
Los Angeles Finally Gets to Meet the Real Manny
Scott Boras Can't Avoid Getting Low-balled by LA
And Manny Just Can't Escape His Exit From Boston

LA Times: Spring Games Begin, Manny Talks Still Haven't Ended
Olney Today: Decision-Makers Have Decided on Manny
'Low-Level' Inside Sales Rep Doesn't Really Know Manny's Deal | Ticket Seller Audio
John Heyman Boras: Ramirez, Dodgers Make Compromises, Get Closer
Dodgers GM Denies Rumors of Done Deal for Manny

"Ramirez is one of the greatest hitters we have ever seen, a unique talent who put on one of the most extraordinary performances of our generation in his 10 weeks with the Dodgers, and he's probably going to have to take about half of what Jim Thome got from the Phillies six years ago. The primary reason for this, unquestionably, is the sport-wide perception that he did not honor his contract in Boston, and went to extraordinary depths to get himself out of that contract. -- 2.25.09, Buster Olney, ESPN.com


Happy Days Are Here, Again!

Fan drinking a beer on Yawkey Way 9.5.02
(Matthew J. Lee / Globe File)

Sox Introduce Stimulus Package for Themselves,
Move Game Times to 7:10 p.m.

They've Drilled Down on the Numbers, Scrubbed All the Data
And By Moving Games Times to 7:10 p.m.
The Sox Will Sell a Helluva Lot More Beer and Gear
And You'll Get Home Later, Too!

Larry being Larry: "During the week approximately 60 percent of our fans enter the ballpark after 6:30 p.m. Moving the starts by even a few minutes will give them a little more time to make it to Fenway Park from work or home, take advantage of pregame festivities and ballpark amenities, and reach their seats before the first pitch." -- Larry Lucchino, Red Sox President/CEO

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

Boston Globe:

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Boston Herald:

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ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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