The 'C' Word
Papelbon Unloads on Manny, Calls Him a Cancer
Paps Doesn't Back Away from Comments Today
Manny Pulls Out of Dodgers Game with 'Tight Hammy'
"... And for him not to be on the same page as the rest of the team was a killer, man! It just takes one guy to bring an entire team down, and that’s exactly what was happening. Once we saw that, we weren’t afraid to get rid of him. It’s like cancer. That’s what he was. Cancer. He had to go. It sucked, but that was the only scenario that was going to work. That was it for us. And after, you could feel it in the air in the clubhouse. We got Jason Bay — Johnny Ballgame, plays the game right, plays through broken knees, runs out every ground ball — and it was like a breath of fresh air, man! Awesome! No question." -- Jonathan Papelbon goes off on LA Ram
Peter Gammons on Papelbon: “Jonathan’s very emotional. He’s not Abraham Lincoln. But there’s a lot of hard feelings. It was very telling in Colleen Dominguez’s interview with Manny that he doesn’t talk to anybody on the Red Sox. She said David Ortiz? He said no. … and it’s kind of too bad but Manny became obsessed with the money and there were things that happened like stiffing all the clubhouse kids, and stuff like that that left very bad tastes in his teammates mouths. And also the fact that Manny made it very clear. Winning is not important, my contract is. That’s the way he left. And that’s the way the players felt… I find it really distasteful for anyone to use the word “cancer” in relationship to a human being because it just, it doesn’t fit. Jonathan did not use his words well." -- 3.12.09, Peter Gammons on ESPN radio
And Steven A. Smith may have a point... Papelbon said today that while some players tried to talk to Ramirez about his behavior, he was not among them. "Well, I think some guys on our team that maybe could talk to him," Papelbon said. "Guys like me I can't talk no sense into him. I think there's other guys on this team that had a better opportunity at that than me."
I Have No Problem Calling Out Someone 3,000 Miles Away. Sincerely, Joe Torre
Umm, I Don't Think Manny's a Cancer. Sincerely, Jon Lester
Not Sure I Like the Nickname "Chemo Treatment" Paps. Sincerely, Jason Bay
Gimme Back That Filet-O-Fish! Give Me That Fish! Sincerely, Manny Ramirez
Meanwhile, Manny Just Wants to Ride His Tricycle...
No Country for Sox Men
Youk Calls for USA to Step It Up: "Hopefully we get a crowd that roots for us in the United States. It’s going to be tough. I think our fans need to step it up. The people of the United States need to step it up and cheer us on.” -- Kevin Youkilis on the weak fan support for Team USA